James Earl Jones
January 17, 1931
90 years old
6 ft 2 in | 188 cm
93 kg | 205 lbs
James Earl Jones was born in Arkabutla, Mississippi, United States, on January 17, 1931, is an American actor.
Young James Earl Jones first started his acting career on stage, at the Ramsdell Theatre in Manistee, Michigan.
He landed his Broadway debut in a play "Sunrise at Campobello" (1958–1959), in role as Edward, at Cort Theatre.
He won two Tony Awards for Best Actor in a Play:
The Great White Hope (1969) in role as Jack Jefferson
Fences (1987) in role as Troy Maxson
He made his big screen debut in black comedy movie Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) in role as Lieutenant Lothar Zoggin, directed by Stanley Kubrick.
He got his television debut in CBS drama series East Side / West Side (1963) in episode "Who Do You Kill?", in role as Joe Goodwin.
James breakthrough performance came as Jack Jefferson in biographical romantic drama movie The Great White Hope (1970), for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor and he won a Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year – Actor.
Coming 2 America (2020) romantic comedy in role as King Jaffe Joffer, opposite Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall
He voiced Darth Vader in the Star Wars film series:
Star Wars (1977)
The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Return of the Jedi (1983)
Rogue One (2016)
Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker (2019)
He voiced character Mufasa in animated Disney movies:
The Lion King (1994)
The Lion King II: Simba's Pride (1998)
The Lion King (2019)
He was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for his role as Rupert "Roop" B. Marshall in comedy drama romantic film Claudine (1974).
Conan the Barbarian (1982) fantasy adventure opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger
The Hunt for Red October (1990) thriller drama opposite Sean Connery and Alec Baldwin
Field of Dreams (1989) fantasy drama sports with Kevin Costner and Ray Liotta
Clear and Present Danger (1994) spy thriller with Harrison Ford and Willem Dafoe
Best of the Best (1989) martial arts with Eric Roberts and Chris Penn
Coming to America (1988) romantic comedy opposite Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall
A Family Thing (1996) drama with Robert Duvall
Patriot Games (1992) spy thriller with Sean Bean and Harrison Ford
Soul Man (1986) comedy with Rae Dawn Chong and C. Thomas Howell
He won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor for his role as Junius Johnson in thriller drama television film Heat Wave (1990).
He won a Primetime Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for his role as Gabriel Bird in ABC television series Gabriel's Fire (1990–1991).
He was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor for his role as Nesbit "Neb" Langston in CBS drama series Under One Roof (1995).
He was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor for his role as Alice in HBO movie By Dawn's Early Light (1991).
He was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for his role as Gabriel Bird in ABC series Pros and Cons (1991–1992).
Dr. Kildare (1996) NBC medical drama series in role as Dr. Lou Rush
Paris (1979-1980) CBS series in role as Woodrow Paris
Me and Mom (1985) ABC detective comedy drama series in role as Lou Garfield
Mathnet (1987-1991) children's television show in role as Chief Thad Green
He hosted PBS television series Long Ago and Far Away (1989-1992).
Under One Roof (1995) CBS drama series in role as Neb Langston
Homicide: Life on the Street (1997) NBC police procedural television series in role as Felix Wilson
Everwood (2003-2004) The WB drama series in role as Will Cleveland
Attended the Browning School for boys.
Graduated from Dickson Rural Agricultural School (now Brethren High School) in Brethren, Michigan.
Studied drama at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance, graduated in 1955.
Studied at the American Theatre Wing in New York.
He is known as the voice of Darth Vader.
He voiced Mufasa in Disney's The Lion King.
Served in the United States Army during the Korean War.
He was nominated for two Tony Awards for Best Actor in a Play:
On Golden Pond (2005) in role as Norman Thayer, Jr.
The Best Man (2012) in role as Former President Arthur "Artie" Hockstader
He received the Honorary Academy Award in 2011.
Received the Kennedy Center Honor in 2002.
Lives in Brethren, Michigan, United States.
He was married to Cecilia Hart (1982-2016), they have one son Flynn Earl Jones
Julienne Marie (1968-1972)
Gloria Patricia Mosolino (1957-1958)