James Earl Jones young
January 17, 1931
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 began his acting career on the stage, at the Ramsdell Theatre in Manistee, Michigan. He made his Broadway debut in 1957. He made his big screen debut in role as Lieutenant Lothar Zoggin in black comedy film Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) directed by Stanley Kubrick. 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.
He received an Honorary Academy Award, on November 12, 2011.
Conan the Barbarian (1982) fantasy adventure with 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 is known as the voice of Darth Vader.
He voiced Mufasa in Disney's The Lion King.
He won Tony awards for The Great White Hope (1969) and for Fences (1987).
He won three Emmy Awards for his television roles.
He played Gabriel Bird in ABC television series Gabriel's Fire (1990–1991) and Nesbit "Neb" Langston in CBS drama series Under One Roof (1995).
He portrayed Junius Johnson in action thriller television film Heat Wave (1990).
He was married to American actress and singer Julienne Marie (1968-1972).
He married actress Cecilia Hart in 1982, they had one son Flynn Earl Jones.
Lives in Brethren, Michigan, United States.
When I read that part in the script where it said, "Luke, I am your father" I thought, "He's lying. I have to see how they carry this lie out".
The world is filled with violence. Because criminals carry guns, we decent
law-abiding citizens should also have guns. Otherwise they will win and the
decent people will lose.
If you take a villain like Thulsa Doom or Darth Vader and have fun with it that destroys the credibility of the character.
Before my grandpa built his own church, we went to the neighboring town, and it was a white community. You know, up north, mostly middle European people and Indians, Chippewa Indians. We were welcome to that church, but once we got in they didn't know what to do with us.
I don't ever want to be a sentimentalist. I prefer to be a realist. I'm not a romantic really.
I love to see actors' work. I love to surf channels late at night and accidentally run into movies I hadn't seen before. It makes me very proud of the profession.
Actors never discuss future plans.