James Earl Jones

Birthday: Jan 17, 1931
Birthplace: Arkabutla, Mississippi, USA
James Earl Jones is a distinguished African American actor instantly recognizable for his deep, resonant Shakespearean voice and wide smile. The son of prizefighter and actor Robert Earl Jones, he was raised on a farm. In college, he briefly studied medicine but switched to drama. After serving with the Army he enrolled at the American Theater Wing in New York. He made his Broadway debut in 1957, then went on to appear in many plays before spending several seasons with Joseph Pap's New York Shakespeare Festival. Jones' biggest success onstage was as the star of The Great White Hope on Broadway (1966-68); for his work (portraying heavyweight champion Jack Jefferson) he received a Tony award. He had a small part in Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove (1964), but did not begin to appear onscreen much until the '70s. In addition to stage and occasional film work, he also appeared as an African chieftain in the TV series Tarzan and was one of the first black actors to be cast as a regular on the soap opera The Guiding Light in 1967. Reprising his stage role, he received a Best Actor Oscar nomination and won a Golden Globe award for his work in the screen version of The Great White Hope (1970) and went on from there to have a busy screen career. He starred in the TV series Paris in 1979-80. Beginning in 1977, he provided the melodiously wicked voice of the villainous Darth Vader in the three Star Wars films. Since then he has continued to appear on screen (over 40 films to date), stage, and television. He also continues to provide voiceovers (he can frequently be heard on the CNN television network). His portrayal of the grouchy, reclusive writer opposite Kevin Costner in Field of Dreams (1989) is among his most notable turns. In 1987 he won another Tony Award, this time for his portrayal of a frustrated baseball player in August Wilson's Fences. Most recently, Jones provided the voice for Mufasa, the regal patriarch in Disney's animated film The Lion King (1994).


Highest Rated Movies



55% The Lion King Mufasa 2019
No Score Yet Warning Shot Pendelton 2018
84% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Darth Vader $532.2M 2016
No Score Yet The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar Mufasa 2015
No Score Yet August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand Actor 2015
10% The Angriest Man in Brooklyn Ruben 2014
27% Gimme Shelter Frank McCarthy $1.4M 2014
No Score Yet Joe Papp In Five Acts Actor 2012
No Score Yet Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey Admiral 2010
No Score Yet Jack and the Beanstalk The Giant 2009
86% Disneynature Earth Narrator (US) $32M 2009
23% Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins Papa Jenkins $42.2M 2008
No Score Yet The Magic 7 Actor 2007
No Score Yet Ali Rap Actor 2006
No Score Yet The Clinton 12 Actor 2006
35% Scary Movie 4 Himself $90.7M 2006
No Score Yet Trail of Tears: Cherokee Legacy Narrator 2006
No Score Yet Searching for Orson Actor 2006
No Score Yet Afro Promo Actor 2005
No Score Yet The Reading Room William Campbell 2005
80% Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith Darth Vader 2005
No Score Yet God's Trombones Actor 2005
64% Robots Voice Box at Hardware Store $128.2M 2005
100% Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson Actor 2005
40% The Sandlot 2 Mr. Mertle 2005
No Score Yet Clay Classics: God's Trombones Actor 2005
No Score Yet Paul Robeson: James Earl Jones One-Man Show Actor 2004
No Score Yet Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears Actor 2004
No Score Yet Nine Dog Christmas Actor 2004
No Score Yet Black Indians: An American Story Actor 2004
No Score Yet Stories to Remember - Noah's Ark Actor 2003
No Score Yet American Legends Actor 2001
67% Muhammad Ali: Through the Eyes of the World Actor 2001
No Score Yet The Feast of All Saints Older Marcel 2001
60% Finder's Fee Avery Phillips 2001
No Score Yet Recess Christmas: Miracle on Third Street Santa Claus 2001
67% The Annihilation of Fish Fish 2000
81% Fantasia 2000 Narrator 2000
No Score Yet Summer's End Dr. William Blakely 2000
No Score Yet Grim Prairie Tales Morrison 2000
No Score Yet Black Indians: An American Story Narrator 2000
No Score Yet Our Friend, Martin Daddy King 1999
No Score Yet Santa and Pete Grandpa 1999
No Score Yet Undercover Angel The Judge 1999
No Score Yet Sidney Poitier: One Bright Light Actor 1999
No Score Yet Talento Leo 1999
No Score Yet Alone Grey 1998
43% The Lion King II: Simba's Pride Mufasa 1998
82% Merlin Mountain King 1998
No Score Yet Bingo Long And His Traveling All Stars Actor 1998
No Score Yet What the Deaf Man Heard Archibald Thacker 1997
53% Gang Related Arthur Baylor 1997
0% Casper: A Spirited Beginning Kibosh 1997
No Score Yet The Second Civil War Jim Kalla 1997
No Score Yet Century of Black Cinema Actor 1997
No Score Yet Horton Foote's Alone Actor 1997
No Score Yet Rebound: The Legend of Earl the Goat Manigault Dr. McDuffie 1996
No Score Yet Good Luck James Bing 1996
81% Looking for Richard Himself 1996
73% A Family Thing Ray Murdoch 1996
No Score Yet Dreamfield Host 1996
No Score Yet Timepiece Lawrence 1996
85% Cry, the Beloved Country Rev. Stephen Kumalo 1995
17% Judge Dredd Narrator 1995
31% Jefferson in Paris Madison Hemings 1995
No Score Yet People Actor 1995
No Score Yet Making of 'Jurassic Park' Host 1995
80% Clear and Present Danger Admiral Greer 1994
93% The Lion King Mufasa $94.3M 1994
19% Clean Slate Dolby 1994
100% Africa: The Serengeti Narrator 1994
54% The Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult Himself 1994
No Score Yet The Vernon Johns Story Dr. Vernon Johns 1994
No Score Yet Dreamrider Actor 1993
29% The Meteor Man Mr. Moses 1993
20% Excessive Force Jake 1993
60% The Sandlot Mr. Mertle 1993
62% Sommersby Judge Isaacs 1993
No Score Yet Ramayana: The Legend of Prince Rama Actor 1993
No Score Yet Percy and Thunder Percy 1993
78% Sneakers Bernard Abbott 1992
73% Patriot Games Adm. Greer 1992
No Score Yet Lincoln: Now He Belongs to the Ages, 1865 Narrator 1992
No Score Yet Great Bears of Alaska Actor 1992
No Score Yet Lincoln: I Want to Finish This Job, 1864 Narrator 1992
No Score Yet Lincoln: The Pivotal Year, 1863 Narrator 1992
No Score Yet Lincoln: The Making of a President, 1860-1862 Narrator 1992
No Score Yet Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories Actor 1992
No Score Yet Stories to Remember Narrator 1992
No Score Yet Stories From the Black Tradition Actor 1992
43% True Identity Himself 1991
No Score Yet Scorchers Bear 1991
No Score Yet JFK Conspiracy Actor 1991
No Score Yet Greatest Adventure Stories from the Bible: Queen Esther Actor 1991
No Score Yet The Ambulance Lt. Spencer 1990
No Score Yet Heat Wave Junius Johnson 1990
No Score Yet The Last Elephant Insp. Nkuru 1990
No Score Yet By Dawn's Early Light Alice 1990
88% The Hunt for Red October Adm. Greer 1990
No Score Yet Convicts Ben Johnson 1990
No Score Yet Terrorgram Retribution 1990
No Score Yet Last Flight Out Al Topping 1990
No Score Yet Best of the Best Couzo 1989
86% Field of Dreams Terence Mann 1989
14% Three Fugitives Det. Dugan 1989
No Score Yet JFK: The Day the Nation Cried Actor 1989
67% Coming to America King Jeffe Joffer 1988
No Score Yet Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night Emperor 1987
93% Matewan: A Luta Final Few Clothes 1987
No Score Yet My Little Girl Ike Bailey 1987
47% Gardens of Stone Sgt. Maj. 'Goody' Nelson 1987
No Score Yet Hard Road to Glory: 1988 Narrator 1987
14% Soul Man Prof. Banks 1986
No Score Yet Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold Umslopogaas 1986
No Score Yet Great Bible Stories: Moses Actor 1986
No Score Yet City Limits Albert 1985
No Score Yet Greatest Adventure: Stories from the Bible Actor 1985
No Score Yet The Atlanta Child Murders Major Walker 1985
No Score Yet The Vegas Strip Wars Jack Madrid 1984
81% Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi Darth Vader 1983
No Score Yet Blood Tide (Demon Island) (The Red Tide) (Bloodtide) Frye 1982
70% Conan the Barbarian Thulsa Doom 1982
No Score Yet The Flight of Dragons Omadon 1982
No Score Yet Amy and the Angel The Angel Gabriel 1982
95% Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back Darth Vader $4.6M 1980
No Score Yet Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones Father Divine 1980
No Score Yet The Bushido Blade Harpooner 1979
30% Star Wars: Holiday Special Actor 1978
33% The Last Remake of Beau Geste Sheikh Abdul 1977
93% Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope Darth Vader 1977
17% Exorcist II: The Heretic Older Kokumo 1977
No Score Yet A Piece of the Action Joshua Burke 1977
No Score Yet The Greatest Malcolm X 1977
87% The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings Leon Carter, All-Star 1976
No Score Yet The River Niger Johnny Williams 1976
No Score Yet Swashbuckler Nick Debrett 1976
No Score Yet Deadly Hero Rabbit 1976
No Score Yet The UFO Incident Actor 1975
No Score Yet King Lear King Lear 1974
No Score Yet Claudine Roop 1974
No Score Yet The Man Douglas Dilman 1972
No Score Yet Malcolm X Narrator 1972
No Score Yet Malcolm X Actor 1972
43% The Great White Hope Jack Jefferson 1970
No Score Yet King: A Filmed Record...Montgomery to Memphis Actor 1970
No Score Yet End of the Road Dr. D 1970
27% The Comedians Dr. Magiot 1967
98% Dr. Strangelove Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb Lt. Lothar Zogg 1964
No Score Yet Ebony Elegance Actor 1958
No Score Yet Lone Star Kid Actor


No Score Yet Rachael Ray
  • 2016
28% Agent X
Chief Justice Caleb Thorne
  • 2015
No Score Yet Great Performances
Performer Hoke Colburn
  • 2015
100% Star Wars Rebels
  • 2015
81% The Big Bang Theory
  • 2014
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
  • 2010
  • 2009
91% House
  • 2009
63% Two and a Half Men
  • 2008
No Score Yet According to Jim
  • 2004
  • 2003
92% Everwood
Will Cleveland
  • 2004
  • 2003
No Score Yet Will & Grace
  • 2003
No Score Yet Nature
Voice Narrator
  • 1998
No Score Yet Stargate SG-1
Voice of Unas
  • 1998
  • 1997
85% The Simpsons
  • 1998
  • 1994
  • 1990
94% Frasier
Guest Norman
  • 1997
91% Homicide: Life on the Street
Felix Wilson
  • 1997
No Score Yet Mad About You
The Voice
  • 1997
No Score Yet Touched by an Angel
Angel of Angels
  • 1997
No Score Yet Sesame Street
  • 1996
  • 1971
  • 1970
  • 1969
86% Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
Franklin Stern
  • 1994
82% Picket Fences
Bryant Thomas
  • 1994
No Score Yet Law & Order
Horace McCoy
  • 1993
71% Gabriel's Fire
Gabriel Bird
  • 1991
  • 1990
No Score Yet Highway to Heaven
  • 1987
No Score Yet Jesus of Nazareth
  • 1977
86% Under One Roof
Neb Langston