James Earl Jones

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James Earl Jones
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James Earl Jones in 2013
Born (1931-01-17) January 17, 1931 (age 92)
OccupationActor
Years active1948–present
Spouse(s)Julienne Marie (1968–1972; divorced)
Cecilia Hart (1982–2016; her death)
Children1

James Earl Jones (born on January 17, 1931)[1] is an American actor. He is famous for doing the voice of Darth Vader in the Star Wars movies,[2] for doing the voice of Mufasa in The Lion King and in the 2019 remake,[2] and for the CNN tagline ("This...is CNN"). He starred in Lincoln Portrait which has music by Aaron Copland.

Jones has won two Tony Awards for his live theatre work on Broadway. He won an Emmy Award for his role on the television series Gabriel's Fire.

He is a son of actor Robert Earl Jones.[1]

Film[change | change source]

James Earl Jones turned towards the right speaking while at the Governor's Ball after the Emmy Awards in August 1991
Jones at the Governor's Ball after the 43rd Annual Emmy Awards in August 1991
James Earl Jones wearing a hat and facing the camera but looking towards the left in January 2013
Jones rehearsing for the Australian tour of the stage production Driving Miss Daisy in January 2013
Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1964 Dr. Strangelove Lt. Lothar Zogg [3]
1967 The Comedians Dr. Magiot [4]
1967 The Comedians in Africa Himself Short film [5]
1970 The End of the Road Doctor D [6]
1970 The Great White Hope Jack Jefferson [7]
1970 King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis Himself [8]
1972 Malcolm X Malcolm X [9]
1972 The Man Douglass Dilman [10]
1974 Claudine Roop [11]
1976 The River Niger Johnny Williams [12]
1976 The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings Leon Carter [13]
1976 Swashbuckler Nick Debrett [14]
1976 Deadly Hero Rabbit [15]
1977 The Greatest Malcolm X [16]
1977 A New Hope Darth Vader (voice) Uncredited [17]
1977 Exorcist II: The Heretic Older Kokumo [18]
1977 The Last Remake of Beau Geste Sheikh [19]
1977 A Piece of the Action Joshua Burke [20]
1980 The Empire Strikes Back Darth Vader (voice) Uncredited [17]
1981 Bushido Blade Harpooner [21]
1982 The Flight of Dragons Ommadon (voice) [22]
1982 Conan the Barbarian Thulsa Doom [23]
1982 Blood Tide Frye aka Demon Island and The Red Tide [24]
1983 Return of the Jedi Darth Vader (voice) [17]
1985 City Limits Albert [25]
1986 Soul Man Professor Banks [26]
1987 Gardens of Stone Sgt. Maj. "Goody" Nelson [27]
1987 Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold Umslopogaas [28]
1987 My Little Girl Ike Bailey [29]
1987 Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night Emperor of the Night [30]
1987 Matewan Few Clothes [31]
1988 Coming to America King Jaffe Joffer [32]
1989 Three Fugitives Dugan [33]
1989 Field of Dreams Terence Mann [34]
1989 Best of the Best Couzo [35]
1990 Convicts Ben Johnson [36]
1990 The Hunt for Red October Admiral James Greer [37]
1990 The Ambulance Lt. Spencer [38]
1990 Grim Prairie Tales Morrison [39]
1991 Scorchers Bear [40]
1992 Patriot Games Admiral James Greer [41]
1992 Freddie as F.R.O.7 Narrator American version [42]
1992 Sneakers NSA Agent Bernard Abbott [43]
1993 Dreamrider William Perry [44]
1993 Sommersby Judge Barry Conrad Isaacs [45]
1993 The Sandlot Mr. Mertle [46]
1993 Excessive Force Jake [47]
1993 The Meteor Man Earnest Moses [48]
1994 Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult Himself Cameo [49]
1994 Clean Slate Dolby [50]
1994 The Lion King Mufasa (voice) [51]
1994 Clear and Present Danger Admiral James Greer [52]
1995 Jefferson in Paris Madison Hemings [53]
1995 Cry, the Beloved Country Rev. Stephen Kumalo [54]
1995 Judge Dredd Narrator [55]
1996 A Family Thing Ray Murdock [56]
1996 Good Luck James Bing [57]
1997 Casper: A Spirited Beginning Kibosh Direct-to-video [58]
1997 Gang Related Arthur Baylor [59]
1998 Primary Colors CNN Voiceover [60]
1998 The Lion King II: Simba's Pride Mufasa Direct-to-video [61]
1999 Our Friend, Martin Daddy King [62]
1999 On the Q.T. Leo [63]
1999 Undercover Angel The Judge [64]
1999 The Annihilation of Fish Fish [65]
1999 Fantasia 2000 Himself Introduction to Carnival of the Animals segment [66]
2001 Finder's Fee Avery Phillips [67]
2001 Recess Christmas: Miracle on Third Street Santa Claus [68]
2005 Robots Voice Box at Hardware Store (voice) [69]
2005 The Sandlot 2 Mr. Mertle Direct-to-video [70]
2005 Revenge of the Sith Darth Vader (voice) [71]
2006 Click Narrator of Michael's Past Uncredited [72]
2006 Scary Movie 4 Narrator [73]
2008 Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins Papa Jenkins [74]
2009 Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey Admiral [75]
2010 Jack and the Beanstalk The Giant [76]
2011 Star Tours—The Adventures Continue Darth Vader (voice) Short [77]
2013 Gimme Shelter Frank McCarthy [78]
2014 The Angriest Man in Brooklyn Ruben [79]

Television[change | change source]

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1963 East Side/West Side Joe Goodwin Episode: "Who Do You Kill?"
1966 Dr. Kildare Dr. Lou Rush 4 episodes
1969 N.Y.P.D. Candy Lateen 2 episodes
1977 Roots Alex Haley Episode: "Part XII" [80]
1977 Jesus of Nazareth Balthazar Episode: "Part 1" [81]
1979–1980 Paris Woodrow Paris 13 episodes
1979 Roots: The Next Generations Alex Haley Episode: "1.7"
1985 Me and Mom Lou Garfield 6 episodes
1986 Faerie Tale Theatre Genie Episode: "Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp"
1987–1991 Mathnet Chief Thad Green 5 episodes
1987, 1990–1992 Square One TV Announcer / Chief Thad Greene 4 episodes
1992 Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories Narrator Segment "Millions of Cats"
1988–1989 L.A. Law Lee Atkins 2 episodes
1989 Saturday Night with Connie Chung Vernon Johns Episode: "God's Bad Boy"
1990, 1994, 1998 The Simpsons Narrator / Maggie Simpson / Moving Man (voices) 3 episodes
1990–1991 Gabriel's Fire Gabriel Bird 22 episodes
1991–1992 Pros and Cons Gabriel Bird 12 episodes
1992 Garfield and Friends Diablo Episode: "Ghost of a Chance"
1993 ABC Weekend Special Episode: "The Parsley Garden"
1993 Law & Order Horace McCoy Episode: "Profile"
1993 American Playhouse Old Man Taylor Episode: "Hallelujah"
1994 Picket Fences Bryant Thomas Episode: "System Down"
1994 Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Franklin Stern Episode: "The House of Luthor"
1995 Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child King Dakkar (voice) Episode: "The Valiant Little Tailor" [82]
1995 Signs and Wonders Diamond 4 episodes
1995 Under One Roof Neb Langston 6 episodes
1996 3rd Rock from the Sun Narrator 2 episodes
1997 Mad About You James Earl Jones Episode: "Chicken Man"
1997 Touched by an Angel Angel of Angels Episode: "Clipped Wings"
1997 Frasier Norman Royster Episode: "Roz's Krantz & Gouldenstein Are Dead"
1997 Stargate: SG-1 Unas Episode: "Thor's Hammer"
1997 Homicide: Life on the Street Felix Wilson 3 episodes
1998 Merlin Mountain King 3 episodes
1998 Recess Santa Claus 2 episodes
2003–2004 Everwood Will Cleveland 3 episodes
2004 According to Jim Royal Flush XP Toilet Episode: "The Toilet"
2008 Two and a Half Men James Earl Jones Episode: "The Devil's Lube" [83]
2009 House Dibala Episode: "The Tyrant"
2014 The Big Bang Theory James Earl Jones Episode: "The Convention Conundrum" [84]
2014-2015 Star Wars Rebels Darth Vader 2 episodes
2015 Agent X TBA Filming

Television film[change | change source]

Year Title Role Ref.
1974 The Cay Timothy [85]
1975 The UFO Incident Barney Hill [86]
1977 The Greatest Thing That Almost Happened Morris Bird, Jr. [87]
1978 Star Wars Holiday Special Darth Vader (voice) [88]
1980 Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones Father Divine [89]
1984 The Vegas Strip War Jack Madrid [90]
1990 By Dawn's Early Light Alice [91]
1990 Heat Wave Junius Johnson [83]
1992 Lincoln Narrator [92]
1993 Percy & Thunder Percy [93]
1994 Confessions: Two Faces of Evil Charles Lloyd [94]
1994 The Road to Freedom: The Vernon Johns Story Vernon Johns [95]
1994 Rod Serling's Lost Classics Host [96]
1994 Bah, Humbug! Narrator / Ebenezer Scrooge [97]
1995 People: A Musical Celebration The Storyteller (voice) [98]
1996 Rebound: The Legend of Earl "The Goat" Manigault Dr. McDuffie [99]
1996 Timepiece Lawrence [100]
1997 Alone Grey [101]
1997 What the Deaf Man Heard Archibald Thacker [102]
1997 The Second Civil War Jim Kalla [103]
1999 Santa and Pete Grandpa Nicholas [104]
1999 Summer's End Dr. William Blakely [105]
2001 The Feast of All Saints Older Marcel [106]
2005 The Reading Room William [107]
2009 The Magic 7 5-Toe (voice) [108]

Narrator[change | change source]

Year Title Notes Ref.
1970 King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis [109]
1980 There Was Always Sun Shining Someplace: Life in the Negro Baseball Leagues Documentary [110]
1992 Ramayana: The Legend of Prince Rama [111]
1994 Africa: The Serengeti Documentary [112]
1995 Who's in Rabbit's House? Audio book [113]
2001 Black Indians: An American Story [114]
2002 Disney's American Legends [115]
2004 Nine Dog Christmas Video [116]
2006 The Trail of Tears: Cherokee Legacy [117]
2007 Earth Documentary [118]

Theatre[change | change source]

James Earl Jones standing on a stage with a black background with a wooden chair to his right and a table to his left while performing Driving Miss Daisy at the Theatre Royal in Sydney in March 2013
Jones performing Driving Miss Daisy in Sydney in March 2013
Year Title Role Venue Ref.
1958–1959 Sunrise at Campobello Edward Cort Theatre [119]
1960 The Cool World Harrison Thurston Eugene O'Neill Theatre [120]
1961–1964 The Blacks Deodatus Village St. Mark's Playhouse [121]
1961 Clandestine on the Morning Line Actors' Playhouse [122]
1961 The Apple Living Theatre [123]
1962 The Merchant of Venice Prince of Morocco Delacorte Theater [124]
1962 P.S. 193 Mario Saccone Writers Stage Theatre [125]
1963 The Love Nest George Gulp Writers Stage Theatre [126]
1963 The Winter's Tale Camillo Delacorte Theater [127]
1963 Next Time I'll Sing to You Rudge Phoenix Theatre [128]
1964 The Blood Knot Zachariah Pieterson Cricket Theatre [129]
1964–1965 Othello Othello Martinique Theatre / Delacorte Theater [130][131]
1965 Baal Ekart Martinique Theatre [132]
1965 Coriolanus Junius Brutus Delacorte Theater [133]
1965 Troilus and Cressida Ajax Delacorte Theater [134]
1965 Danton's Death Vivian Beaumont Theatre [135]
1966 A Hand Is on the Gate Longacre Theatre [136]
1968–1970 The Great White Hope Jack Jefferson Alvin Theatre [137]
1970 Les Blancs Tshembe Matoseh Longacre Theatre [138]
1972 Hamlet Claudius Delacorte Theater [139]
1972–1973 The Cherry Orchard Lopahin Joseph Papp Public Theater/Anspacher Theater [140]
1973 King Lear Lear Delacorte Theater [141]
1973–1974 The Iceman Cometh Theodore Hickman Circle in the Square Theatre [142]
1974–1975 Of Mice and Men Lennie Brooks Atkinson Theatre [143]
1978 Paul Robeson Paul Robeson Lunt-Fontanne Theatre / Booth Theatre [144]
1980–1981 A Lesson From Aloes Steve Daniels Playhouse Theatre [145]
1982 Othello Othello Winter Garden Theatre [146]
1982–1983 "Master Harold"...and the Boys Lyceum Theatre [147]
1987–1988 Fences Troy Maxson 46th Street Theatre [148]
2005 On Golden Pond Norman Thayer, Jr. Cort Theatre [149]
2008 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Big Daddy Broadhurst Theatre [150]
2010–2011, 2013 Driving Miss Daisy Hoke Colburn John Golden Theatre (2010–2011)
Australian Tour (2013)
[151][152]
2012 The Best Man Former President Arthur "Artie" Hockstader Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre [153]
2014–2015 You Can't Take It with You Martin Vanderhof Longacre Theatre [154]

Video game[change | change source]

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1999 Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun General James Solomon Live action cutscenes [155]
2000 The Lion King: Simba's Mighty Adventure Mufasa [156]
2005 Kingdom Hearts II Mufasa [157]
2007 Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga Darth Vader [158]

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