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      James Earl Jones

      James Earl Jones

      Highest Rated: 100% Africa: The Serengeti (1994)

      Lowest Rated: Not Available

      Birthday: Jan 17, 1931

      Birthplace: Arkabutla, Mississippi, USA

      With his deep resonant voice and imposing physical presence, James Earl Jones became one of the most easily recognizable figures in the entertainment industry. A native of Arkabutla, Mississippi, he spent most of his childhood in Michigan living with his grandparents. The move north was such a jarring event, that he developed a severe stutter and barely spoke until high school. With help, Jones overcame the stutter as a teenager and became involved in artistic pursuits. A theater major at the University of Michigan, he served in the military as an officer immediately after graduating. Once his service ended, he relocated to New York to pursue acting. He soon began appearing regularly both on and off Broadway. His voice and stature made him a natural for the lead role in Shakespeare's "Othello," a part that he would play in several productions throughout his career. He made his film debut when Stanley Kubrick cast him as a bombardier in his satire "Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb" (1965). He had a prominent role in "The Comedians" (1967) opposite Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, but his biggest break was still in the offing. Jones took the part of boxer Jack Johnson in the Broadway production of "The Great White Hope," earning a Tony award and critical acclaim. He went on to star in the 1970 film version, picking up an Academy Award nomination. Firmly established as an actor, he worked steadily from then on in film, television and stage. In the mid-1970s, a young filmmaker named George Lucas cast Jones as the voice of the villain in his sci-fi adventure "Star Wars" (1977). The character, Darth Vader, would become one of the greatest bad guys in history, and Jones continued providing the character's voice through the initial two sequels, "The Empire Strikes Back" (1980) and "Return of the Jedi" (1983), as well as a variety of ancillary projects over the subsequent decades. His voice became perhaps his greatest calling card, with his basso profundo closely associated with ads for Bell Atlantic/Verizon and on-air promotion for cable news giant CNN. While he worked regularly in film and on television, including starring in the short-lived series "Me and Mom" (CBS, 1985), he enjoyed an on-screen renaissance in the late-'80s. He played the African king father of Eddie Murphy in the blockbuster comedy "Coming to America" (1988). He then memorably joined Kevin Costner for the sentimental baseball film "Field of Dreams" (1989) playing reclusive writer Terence Mann. His soliloquy from the movie extolling the virtues of baseball would be played for years to come at stadiums across the country. In the '90s, he tried his hand again at series television, starring in "Gabriel's Fire" (ABC, 1990-91) and a reworking of the premise called "Pros and Cons" (ABC, 1991-92). His voice, though, would again make a bigger impact. Disney cast the actor as Mufasa, the leader of a lion pride and father of the protagonist Simba, in the animated hit "The Lion King" (1994). As with Darth Vader, Jones became so closely aligned with the character that he was asked to provide the voice again for Jon Favreau's blockbuster remake of the film in 2019. When not appearing on screen, the actor returned regularly to the stage, including a starring role in the initial Broadway run of August Wilson's acclaimed play "Fences." Jones later returned to familiar territory once more, joining Murphy for the long-gestating sequel "Coming 2 America" (2020).

      Highest rated movies

      Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb poster Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb Matewan poster
      The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars and Motor Kings poster
      The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars and Motor Kings
      The Hunt for Red October poster The Hunt for Red October Field of Dreams poster Field of Dreams Cry, the Beloved Country poster
      Cry, the Beloved Country
      Clear and Present Danger poster Clear and Present Danger Sneakers poster Sneakers




      49% 38% Coming 2 America King Jaffe Joffer (Character) - 2021
      52% 88% The Lion King Mufasa (Voice) $543.6M 2019
      No Score Yet 61% Warning Shot Pendleton (Character) - 2018
      84% 87% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Darth Vader (Voice) $533.2M 2016
      No Score Yet 57% The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar Mufasa (Voice) - 2015
      9% 30% The Angriest Man in Brooklyn Ruben (Character) - 2014
      28% 63% Gimme Shelter Frank McCarthy (Character) $1.4M 2014
      No Score Yet 71% Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey Admiral (Voice) - 2010
      No Score Yet 32% Jack and the Beanstalk The Giant (Voice) - 2009
      23% 63% Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins Papa Jenkins (Character) $42.2M 2008
      86% 82% Earth Narrator $32.0M 2007
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Trail of Tears: Cherokee Legacy Narrator - 2006
      No Score Yet 77% The Reading Room William (Character) - 2005
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ultimate Super Heroes, Ultimate Super Villains, Ultimate Super Vixens Interviewee (Character) - 2005
      40% 41% The Sandlot 2 Mr. Mertle (Character) - 2005
      64% 54% Robots Voice box at hardware store (Voice) - 2005
      No Score Yet 62% Nine Dog Christmas Unknown (Character) - 2004
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Great Year Narrator - 2004
      60% 59% Finder's Fee Avery Phillips (Character) - 2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Black Indians: An American Story Narrator - 2001
      No Score Yet 67% American Legends Unknown (Character) - 2001
      67% 92% Muhammad Ali: Through the Eyes of the World Unknown (Character) - 2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Antietam: A Documentary Drama Narrator - 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet On the Q.T. Leo (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet 73% Santa and Pete Grandpa Nicholas (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet 73% Undercover Angel The Judge (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet 58% Summer's End Dr. William "Bill" Blakely (Character) - 1999
      81% 75% Fantasia 2000 Himself (Host) (segment "Carnival of the Animals") (Voice) $60.5M 1999
      67% 80% The Annihilation of Fish Fish (Character) $2.2K 1999
      No Score Yet 65% Our Friend, Martin Daddy King (Voice) - 1999
      62% 61% The Lion King II: Simba's Pride Mufasa (Voice) - 1998
      No Score Yet 0% Alone Grey (Character) - 1997
      0% 42% Casper: A Spirited Beginning Kibosh (Voice) - 1997
      60% 61% The Second Civil War Jim Kalla (Character) - 1997
      50% 65% Gang Related Arthur Baylor (Character) $5.9M 1997
      No Score Yet 88% What the Deaf Man Heard Archibald Thacker (Character) - 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Timepiece Lawrence (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet 63% Good Luck James Bing (uncredited) (Character) $40.0K 1996
      No Score Yet 94% Rebound -- The Legend of Earl The Goat Manigault Dr. McDuffie (Character) - 1996
      73% 72% A Family Thing Ray Murdock (Character) $10.1M 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Who's in Rabbit's House? Narrator - 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Countdown to Freedom: 10 Days That Changed South Africa Narrator - 1995
      85% 73% Cry, the Beloved Country Rev Stephen Kumalo (Character) $337.2K 1995
      31% 34% Jefferson in Paris Madison Hemings (Character) $2.5M 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Twilight Zone: Rod Serling's Lost Classics Host - 1994
      100% 70% Africa: The Serengeti Narrator - 1994
      No Score Yet 83% The Vernon Johns Story Vernon Johns (Character) - 1994
      80% 74% Clear and Present Danger Adm. James Greer (Character) $121.5M 1994
      93% 93% The Lion King King Mufasa the Lion (Voice) $422.8M 1994
      19% 36% Clean Slate John Dolby (Character) $7.3M 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Confessions: Two Faces of Evil Charles Lloyd (Character) - 1994
      25% 36% The Meteor Man Earnest Moses (Character) $8.0M 1993
      64% 89% The Sandlot Mr. Mertle (Character) $31.7M 1993
      63% 59% Sommersby Judge Barry Conrad Issacs (Character) $46.4M 1993
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Percy and Thunder Percy (Character) - 1993
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hallelujah Old Man Taylor (Character) - 1993
      20% 36% Excessive Force Jake (Character) $1.1M 1993
      80% 80% Sneakers Bernard Abbott, NSA (Character) $50.6M 1992
      74% 72% Patriot Games Adm. James Greer (Character) $82.7M 1992
      No Score Yet 68% Scorchers Bear (Character) - 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dreamrider William Perry (Character) - 1992
      No Score Yet 33% Convicts Ben Johnson (Character) - 1991
      50% 24% True Identity Self $4.7M 1991
      No Score Yet 49% The Ambulance Lt. Spencer (Character) - 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Heat Wave Junius Johnson (Character) - 1990
      No Score Yet 73% By Dawn's Early Light Alice (Character) - 1990
      88% 88% The Hunt for Red October Admiral James Greer (Character) $119.1M 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Last Flight Out Al Topping (Character) - 1990
      No Score Yet 42% Grim Prairie Tales Morrison (Character) - 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ivory Hunters Inspector Nkuru (Character) - 1990
      No Score Yet 80% Terrorgram Unknown (Character) - 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Last Elephant Inspector Nkuru (Character) - 1990
      14% 50% Three Fugitives Dugan (Character) $40.0M 1989
      33% 72% Best of the Best Frank Couzo (Character) $5.9M 1989
      88% 86% Field of Dreams Terence Mann (Character) $61.8M 1989
      73% 85% Coming to America King Jaffe Joffer (Character) $128.1M 1988
      50% 61% Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night Emperor of the Night (Voice) $2.7M 1987
      40% 21% Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold Umslopogaas (Character) $2.0M 1987
      44% 55% Gardens of Stone Sgt. Maj."Goody"Nelson (Character) $4.4M 1987
      94% 93% Matewan 'Few Clothes' Johnson (Character) $23.9K 1987
      13% 34% Soul Man Professor Banks (Character) $27.3M 1986
      No Score Yet 43% My Little Girl Ike Bailey (Character) - 1986
      No Score Yet 8% City Limits Albert (Character) - 1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Vegas Strip Wars Jack Madrid (Character) - 1984
      83% 94% Star Wars: Episode VI -- Return of the Jedi Darth Vader (Voice) $309.3M 1983
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp Genie (Voice) - 1983
      No Score Yet 92% The Flight of Dragons Bryagh/Smrgol (Voice) - 1982
      66% 74% Conan the Barbarian Thulsa Doom (Character) - 1982
      No Score Yet 35% The Bushido Blade The Prisoner (Character) - 1981
      No Score Yet 11% Blood Tide Frye (Character) - 1981
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Demon Island Frye (Character) - 1981
      94% 97% Star Wars: Episode V -- The Empire Strikes Back Darth Vader (voice) (Voice) $291.9M 1980
      42% 62% The Last Remake of Beau Geste Sheikh (Character) - 1977
      No Score Yet 82% A Piece of the Action Joshua Burke (Character) - 1977
      10% 13% Exorcist II: The Heretic Older Kokumo (Character) - 1977
      93% 96% Star Wars: Episode IV -- A New Hope Darth Vader (voice) (Voice) $345 1977
      No Score Yet 46% The Greatest Malcolm X (Character) - 1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Greatest Thing That Almost Happened Jr. Morris Bird (Character) - 1977
      No Score Yet 75% Deadly Hero Rabbit (Character) - 1976
      89% 67% The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars and Motor Kings Leon Carter (Character) - 1976
      44% 58% Swashbuckler Nick Debrett (Character) - 1976
      No Score Yet 44% The River Niger Johnny Williams (Character) - 1976
      No Score Yet 46% The UFO Incident Barney Hill (Character) - 1975
      67% 91% Claudine Roop (Character) - 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet King Lear King Lear (Character) - 1974
      No Score Yet 100% Malcolm X Narrator - 1972
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Man Douglass Dilman (Character) - 1971
      No Score Yet 31% End of the Road Doctor D (Character) - 1970
      43% 66% The Great White Hope Jack Jefferson (Character) - 1970
      27% 48% The Comedians Dr. Magiot (Character) - 1967
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Comedians In Africa Self - 1967
      98% 94% Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb Lt. Lothar Zogg (Character) - 1964


      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rachael Ray Guest 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Great Performances Unknown (Character) 2015
      98% 83% Star Wars Rebels Darth Vader (Guest Star) 2015
      No Score Yet 100% PBS NewsHour Weekend Guest 2014
      81% 83% The Big Bang Theory James Earl Jones (Guest Star) 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show Guest 2011
      No Score Yet 20% Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Guest 2010
      90% 96% House Dibala (Guest Star) 2009
      65% 65% Two and a Half Men James Earl Jones (Guest Star) 2008
      93% 96% Everwood Unknown (Guest Star) 2003-2004
      No Score Yet 96% Sesame Street Unknown (Guest Star),
      1969 2004
      No Score Yet No Score Yet According to Jim Unknown (Guest Star) 2004
      No Score Yet 87% Will & Grace Himself (Guest Star) 2003
      85% 76% The Simpsons Serak the preparer/Narrator (Guest Voice) 1990 1994 1998
      91% 87% Homicide: Life on the Street Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
      95% 93% Frasier Norman Royster (Guest Star) 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Touched by an Angel Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
      No Score Yet 87% Mad About You Himself (Guest Voice) 1997
      No Score Yet 100% Masterpiece Theatre Unknown (Character) 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child Unknown (Voice) 1995
      86% No Score Yet Under One Roof Neb Langston (Character) 1995
      86% 88% Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Unknown (Guest Star) 1994
      No Score Yet 96% Law & Order Unknown (Guest Star) 1993
      75% No Score Yet Gabriel's Fire Gabriel Bird (Character) 1990-1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Highway to Heaven Gabe Wilson (Guest Star) 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Atlanta Child Murders Major Walker (Character) 1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tarzan Nerlan (Guest Star) 1967-1968
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dr. Kildare Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet East Side/West Side Unknown (Guest Star) 1963