Robert Earl Jones

Robert Earl Jones

Born Feb 3, 1904

Robert Earl Jones was an American actor. He is best known for his leading roles in films such as Lying Lips (1939) and later in his career for supporting roles in blockbusters such as The Sting (1973) and The Cotton Club (1984) and as the father of actor James Earl Jones.… Read More

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1911 Birth Born in Mississippi, the specific location of his birth is unclear as some sources indicate Senatobia, while others suggest nearby Coldwater. Additionally, his date of birth has been variously reported by different sources as between 1900 and 1911. … Read More


1938 27 Years Old In New York in the 1930s Jones worked with young people on the Works Progress Administration, the largest New Deal agency, through which he met Langston Hughes, who cast him in his 1938 play, Don't You Want to Be Free?


1973 62 Years Old …  Jones appeared in the Oscar-winning 1973 film The Sting, as Luther Coleman, an aging grifter whose con is requited with murder leading to "the sting". … Read More
1974 63 Years Old Jones told the New York Times in 1974:
1988 77 Years Old Toward the end of his life, Jones was noted for his stage portrayal of Creon in a 1988 musical version of the Oedipus legend, The Gospel at Colonus. … Read More
1991 80 Years Old One of his last stage roles was in a 1991 production of Mule Bone by Hughes and another figure from the Harlem renaissance, Zora Neale Hurston. … Read More
2006 96 Years Old Jones died at his home on September 7, 2006, in Englewood, New Jersey, of natural causes.
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