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James Earl Jones

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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).

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet The Lion King
  • Actor
2019
No Score Yet Warning Shot
  • Actor
2017
85% 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
23% 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
87% Disneynature Earth
  • Narrator (US)
$32M 2009
22% 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
37% 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
79% 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
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
100% Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson
  • 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
70% The Annihilation of Fish
  • Fish
2000
82% 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
33% The Lion King II: Simba's Pride
  • Mufasa
1998
80% 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
56% 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 Timepiece
  • Lawrence
1996
No Score Yet Dreamfield
  • Host
1996
85% Cry, the Beloved Country
  • Rev. Stephen Kumalo
1995
18% Judge Dredd
  • Narrator
1995
33% Jefferson in Paris
  • Madison Hemings
1995
No Score Yet People
  • Actor
1995
No Score Yet Making of 'Jurassic Park'
  • Host
1995
82% Clear and Present Danger
  • Admiral Greer
1994
92% The Lion King
  • Mufasa
$94.3M 1994
19% Clean Slate
  • Dolby
1994
100% Africa: The Serengeti
  • Narrator
1994
55% 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
58% The Sandlot
  • Mr. Mertle
1993
63% Sommersby
  • Judge Isaacs
1993
No Score Yet Ramayana: The Legend of Prince Rama
  • Actor
1993
No Score Yet Percy and Thunder
  • Percy
1993
81% Sneakers
  • Bernard Abbott
1992
75% Patriot Games
  • Adm. Greer
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 From the Black Tradition
  • Actor
1992
No Score Yet Stories to Remember
  • Narrator
1992
No Score Yet Lincoln: Now He Belongs to the Ages, 1865
  • Narrator
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
86% 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
69% 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
43% 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
80% 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
94% 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
43% 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
20% Exorcist II: The Heretic
  • Older Kokumo
1977
No Score Yet A Piece of the Action
  • Joshua Burke
1977
No Score Yet Jesus of Nazareth
  • Balthazar
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
99% 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

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
28% Agent X
2015
  • Chief Justice Caleb Thorne
  • 2015
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • Hoke Colburn
  • Performer
  • 2015
100% Star Wars Rebels
2014
  • Voice
  • 2015
82% The Big Bang Theory
2007
  • Himself
  • 2014
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
  • 2010
No Score Yet House
2004-2012
  • Dibala
  • 2009
No Score Yet Two and a Half Men
2003-2015
  • Himself
  • 2008
No Score Yet Everwood
2002-2006
  • Will Cleveland
  • 2004
  • 2003
No Score Yet Will & Grace
1998-2006
  • Himself
  • 2003
No Score Yet Nature
1982
  • Voice
  • Narrator
  • 1998
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
  • 1998
  • 1994
  • 1990
No Score Yet Frasier
1993-2004
  • Norman
  • Guest
  • 1997
No Score Yet Sesame Street
1969
  • Voice
  • 1996
  • 1971
  • 1970
  • 1969
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
  • Horace McCoy
  • 1993

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