|James Earl Jones|
James Earl Jones, 2004
January 17, 1931
Arkabutla, Mississippi, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Cecilia Hart (1982-present)|
James Earl Jones (born January 17, 1931) is an American Academy Award-nominated, Emmy- and Tony Award-winning actor of film and stage well known for his deep basso voice. Events 38 BC - Octavian marries Livia Drusilla. 1287 - King Alfonso III of Aragon invades Minorca Year 1931 ( MCMXXXI) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1931 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Arkabutla is a small unincorporated community in northwestern Tate County Mississippi. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the Cecilia Hart, born in Cheyenne Wyoming is an actress of the stage and television Events 38 BC - Octavian marries Livia Drusilla. 1287 - King Alfonso III of Aragon invades Minorca Year 1931 ( MCMXXXI) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1931 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the "The Oscar" redirects here for the film see The Oscar (film. The Antoinette Perry Awards for Excellence in Theatre, more commonly known as the Tony Awards, recognize achievement in live American Theatre and are presented An actor, actress, player or thespian (see terminology) is a person who Acts in a Dramatic production and who works Theatre (or theater, see spelling differences) is the branch of the Performing arts defined by Bernard Beckerman as what "occurs when one
Jones was born Todd Jones in Arkabutla, Tate County, Mississippi, the son of Ruth (née Connolly), a teacher and maid, and Robert Earl Jones (1910-2006), an actor, boxer, butler, and chauffeur who left the family before James Earl's birth. Arkabutla is a small unincorporated community in northwestern Tate County Mississippi. Tate County is a County located in the northwestern portion of the U Robert Earl Jones ( February 3 1910 – September 7 2006) was an American Actor and the father of actor James Boxing (sometimes also known as English boxing or pugilism) is a Combat sport in which two participants generally of similar weight,  Jones and his father reconciled many years later in the 1980s and 1990s. Jones was raised by his maternal grandparents, farmers Maggie and John Henry Connolly, and is of African, Irish, Choctaw and Cherokee descent. "Mom" "Mum" and "Mommy" redirect here A farmer is a person who raises living organisms for food or raw materials The Irish people ( Irish: Muintir na hÉireann, na hÉireannaigh, na Gaeil) are a Western European Ethnic group who originate The Choctaw are a Native American people originally from the Southeastern United States ( Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana) The Cherokee (ᎠᏂᏴᏫᏯ a-ni-yv-wi-ya, in the Cherokee language) are a people native to North America, who at the time of European contact 
He moved to his grandparents' farm in Jackson, Michigan at the age of five, but the adoption was traumatic and he developed a stutter so severe he refused to speak aloud. Jackson is a city located along Interstate 94 in the south central area of the U When he moved to Brethren, Michigan in later years a teacher at the Brethren schools started to help him with his stutter. He remained functionally mute for eight years until he reached high school. Selective mutism is a Social anxiety disorder in which a person who is normally capable of speech is unable to speak in given situations or to specific people High school is the name used in some parts of the world (in particular Scotland, North America and Australia) to describe an institution He credits his high school teacher, Donald Crouch, who discovered he had a gift for writing poetry, with helping him out of his silence.  The teacher believed forced public speaking would help him gain confidence and insisted he recite a poem in class each day. Public speaking is the process of speaking to a group of people in a structured deliberate manner intended to inform influence or entertain the listeners "I was a stutterer. I couldn't talk. So my first year of school was my first mute year, and then those mute years continued until I got to high school. "
Jones attended the University of Michigan where he majored in pre-med. The University of Michigan Ann Arbor ( U of M, U-M, UM or simply Michigan) is a top-ranked Coeducational public research  He joined the Reserve Officer Training Corps, and excelled. ROTC links here For other uses see ROTC (disambiguation A Reserve Officers' Training Corps ( ROTC) ROTC produces officers in all branches He felt comfortable within the structure of the military environment, and enjoyed the camaraderie of his fellow cadets in the Pershing Rifles Drill Team and Scabbard and Blade Honor Society. During the course of his studies, Jones discovered he was not cut out to be a doctor. Instead he refocused himself on drama, with the thought of doing something he enjoyed, before, he assumed, he would have to go off to fight in the Korean War. The Korean War refers to a period of military conflict between North Korean and South Korean regimes with major hostilities lasting from June 25 1950 until the After four years of college, Jones decided to leave without his degree. With the war intensifying in Korea, Jones supposed he would be shipped off to the war as soon as he received his officer's commission.
Instead, he went home. As he waited for his orders to active duty, he found a part-time stage crew job at the Manistee Summer Theater, where he had performed before. By the end of summer 1953, Jones received his second lieutenant's commission, his official orders, and was off to Fort Benning to attend Basic Infantry Officers School. Second Lieutenant is the lowest commissioned officer Military rank in many Armed forces. Fort Benning is a United States Army post located southwest While there, Jones went through Ranger training. Jones graduated from Ranger training, and received his black and gold arc tab insignia. His first duty station was supposed to be at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, but his orders changed, and his unit was instead sent to Colorado where the Army planned to establish a cold weather training command at the old Camp Hale near Aspen, Colorado. Fort Leonard Wood is a Census-designated place (CDP in Pulaski County, Missouri, United States. Missouri ( or) is a state in the Midwestern region of the United States bordered by Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee The State of Colorado ( or chiefly by nonresidents) is a state located in the Rocky Mountain region of the United States of America. The United States Army is a military organization whose primary mission is to "provide necessary forces and capabilities. Camp Hale, between Red Cliff and Leadville in the Eagle River valley in Colorado, was a U The City of Aspen is a Home Rule Municipality that is the County seat and the most populous city of Pitkin County, Colorado, United His regiment was established as training unit, to train in the bitter cold weather and the rugged terrain of the Rocky Mountains. Mountain peaks of the Rocky Mountains The Rocky Mountains, often called the Rockies, are a Mountain range in western North America. 
Jones had his acting career beginnings at the Ramsdell Theatre in Manistee, Michigan. The Ramsdell Theatre is a historic playhouse and Opera house built in 1902 - 1903 by local lawyer and Philanthropist Thomas Jefferson Ramsdell Manistee is a city in the US state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 6586 In 1953 he was a stage carpenter. During the 1955 – 1957 seasons he was an actor and stage manager. He performed his first portrayal of Shakespeare’s Othello in this theater in 1955. William Shakespeare ( baptised 
His first film role was as a young and trim Lt. Lothar Zogg, the B-52 bombardier, in Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb in 1964 which was more famous for the work of Peter Sellers and Slim Pickens. Richard Henry Sellers, CBE, commonly known as Peter Sellers ( 8 September 1925 &ndash 24 July 1980) was a British Louis Burton Lindley Jr (June 29 1919 &ndash December 8 1983 better known by the Stage name Slim Pickens, was an American Rodeo performer and His first big role came with his portrayal of boxer Jack Jefferson in the film version of the Broadway play, The Great White Hope which was based on the life of boxer Jack Johnson. Broadway theater, commonly called simply Broadway, refers to theatrical performances presented in one of the 39 large professional theaters with 500 seats or more located The Great White Hope is a 1967 play written by Howard Sackler adapted in 1970 for a film of the same name. Arthur John Johnson (March 31 1878 – June 10 1946 better known as Jack Johnson and nicknamed the “Galveston Giant” was an American boxer and For his role, Jones was nominated Best Actor by the Academy, with George C. Scott ultimately taking home the Oscar for his role in Patton. Best Actor is the name of an award It is presented by various film organizations Film festivals and people's awards "The Oscar" redirects here for the film see The Oscar (film. George Campbell Scott (October 18 1927 - September 22 1999 was an American stage and film Actor, director, and producer. Patton (UK Patton Lust for Glory) is a 1970 biography drama War film, which tells the story of General George S He was the second African-American male performer following Sidney Poitier to receive a nomination. Sir Sidney Poitier, KBE (ˈpwɑːtie born February 20, 1927) is an Oscar - Golden Globe - BAFTA - and Grammy 
In 1969, Jones participated in making test films for a proposed children's television series called Sesame Street; these shorts, combined with animated segments, were shown to groups of children to gauge the effectiveness of the then-groundbreaking Sesame Street format. Sesame Street is an American educational Children's television series and a pioneer of the contemporary educational television standard combining As cited by production notes included in the DVD release Sesame Street: Old School 1969-1974, the short that had the greatest impact with test audiences was one showing bald-headed Jones counting slowly to ten. DVD (also known as " Digital Versatile Disc " or " Digital Video Disc " - see Etymology)is Sesame Street Old School is the title of a series of DVD releases produced by Sesame Workshop. This and other segments featuring Jones were eventually aired as part of the Sesame Street series itself when it debuted later in 1969 and Jones is often cited as the first celebrity guest on that series, although a segment with Carol Burnett was the first to actually be broadcast. Carol Creighton Burnett (born April 26, 1933) is an American Actress, Comedian, Singer, Dancer and 
He has appeared in many roles since, but is best known as the sinister voice of Darth Vader in the Star Wars films. Voice acting is the art of providing voices for animated characters (including those in feature films television series animated shorts and Video games) and Anakin Skywalker Darth Vader is a fictional character in George Lucas ' Science fiction saga Star Wars. Star Wars is an epic Space opera franchise initially conceived by George Lucas during the 1970s and significantly expanded Darth Vader was portrayed in costume by David Prowse in the original films, with Jones dubbing Vader's dialogue in postproduction. David Prowse, MBE (born 1 July, 1935) is an English bodybuilder weightlifter and actor most widely known for his role as the physical form Star Wars is an epic Space opera franchise initially conceived by George Lucas during the 1970s and significantly expanded In filmmaking, dubbing or looping is the process of recording or replacing voices for a Motion picture. See also Filmmaking Post-production occurs in the making of motion pictures, television programs, Videos audio recordings At his own request, he was originally uncredited for the first two released films:
|“||When Linda Blair did the girl in The Exorcist, they hired Mercedes McCambridge to do the voice of the devil coming out of her. Linda Denise Blair (born January 22 1959 is an American actress most famous for her role as the possessed child Regan in the 1973 film The Exorcist is a 1973 American Horror film, adapted from the 1971 novel of the same name by William Peter Blatty, Carlotta Mercedes McCambridge ( March 16, 1916 – March 2, 2004) nicknamed Mercy, was an Academy Award -winning The Devil is the And there was controversy as to whether Mercedes should get credit. I was one who thought no, she was just special effects. The illusions used in the Film, Television, Theater, or Entertainment industries to simulate the imagined events in a story are traditionally called So when it came to Darth Vader, I said, no I'm just special effects. But it became so identified that by the third one, I thought, OK I've been denying it, I've been saying it sounds like the uncola nut guy Holder. 7 Up is a brand of a Lemon - lime flavored non-caffeinated Soft drink. Geoffrey Holder! . Geoffrey Holder (born August 1 1930) is a Trinidadian Actor, Choreographer, Dancer, painter, Costume . . But for the third one, I said OK, I'll let them put my name on it. ||”|
While many assume he is the uncredited, briefly heard voice of Darth Vader at the conclusion of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Jones, when specifically asked if he had supplied the voice, either newly or from a previous recording, told Newsday, "You'd have to ask Lucas about that. Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith is a 2005 Space opera Film written and directed by George Lucas. Newsday is a daily Tabloid -size Pulitzer Prize winning Newspaper that primarily serves Long Island and the New York City I don't know". 
His other voice roles include Mufasa in the 1994 film Disney animated feature The Lion King, and its sequel The Lion King II: Simba's Pride, and the Emperor of the Night in Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night. Mufasa is a Fictional Lion who first appeared in Disney's popular 1994 animated feature film The Lion King. The year 1994 in film involved some significant events Top grossing films (U The Lion King is a 1994 American animated feature film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation, released in theaters on June 15 1994 The Lion King II Simba's Pride (later retitled The Lion King 2 Simba's Pride) is an American Direct-to-video movie released by the Pinocchio and the Emperor of The Night is an animated Feature film that was released in Christmas of 1987 by New World Pictures. He also has done the CNN tagline, "This is CNN"; the opening for NBC's coverage of the 2000 and 2004 Summer Olympics' "the Big PI in the Sky" (God) in the computer game Under a Killing Moon; a Claymation film about The Creation; and several guest spots on The Simpsons. Cable News Network, usually referred to by its Initialism CNN, is a major English language Television network founded in 1980 by Ted Turner The National Broadcasting Company ( NBC) is an American Television network headquartered in the GE Building in New York City's The Summer Olympic Games or the Games of the Olympiad are an International Multi-sport event, usually quadrennial organised by the International A personal computer Game (also known as a computer game or simply PC game) is a Video game played on a Personal computer, rather Under a Killing Moon ( 1994) was the third installment in the Tex Murphy series of Adventure games produced by Access Software Clay animation is one of many forms of Stop motion animation Each animated piece either character or background is "deformable"&mdashmade of a malleable substance He is also credited in the movie Robots with the voice of Darth Vader from a voice module. Robots is a 2005 American computer-animated Comedy film produced by Blue Sky Studios for 20th Century Fox (the
He also played the character Terence Mann in the baseball film Field of Dreams; the feared neighbor and owner of the dog Hercules, in The Sandlot; King Jaffe Joffer in Coming to America, Reverend Stephen Kumalo in Cry, The Beloved Country; Admiral James Greer in The Hunt for Red October; Patriot Games, and Clear and Present Danger; the villain Thulsa Doom in Conan the Barbarian; and author Alex Haley in the television mini-series Roots: The Next Generations. Field of Dreams is a 1989 American fantasy / Drama film, directed and adapted by Phil Alden Robinson from the novel The Sandlot is a 1993 Film about young Baseball players The film was directed by David Evans and was released with the title Coming to America is a 1988 Academy Award -nominated Comedy film directed by John Landis. Cry the Beloved Country is a 1995 Film directed by Darrell Roodt. The Hunt for Red October is a film based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Tom Clancy. Patriot Games is a 1992 film based on the novel of the same name by Tom Clancy. Clear and Present Danger is a 1994 film directed by Phillip Noyce, based on the book of the same name by Tom Clancy. Origin as a Pulp Character Thulsa Doom is a Fictional character first appearing in the Kull short story Delcardes' Cat by Robert Conan the Barbarian is a 1982 film by director John Milius and is recognized as the acting Breakthrough of bodybuilder Alexander Murray Palmer Haley (August 11 1921–February 10 1992 was an American Writer. Roots The Next Generations is a 1979 television miniseries that continues the story of the family of Alex Haley from the time of Reconstruction 
Jones is an accomplished stage actor as well; he has won Tony awards in 1969 for The Great White Hope and in 1987 for Fences, and his performance of Othello is considered one of the greatest in history. The Antoinette Perry Awards for Excellence in Theatre, more commonly known as the Tony Awards, recognize achievement in live American Theatre and are presented The Great White Hope is a 1967 play written by Howard Sackler adapted in 1970 for a film of the same name. Fences is a 1983 play by American Playwright, August Wilson. Set in the 1950s it is the sixth in Wilson's ten-part Pittsburgh Cycle Other Shakespearean roles include King Lear, Oberon in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Abhorson in Measure for Measure, and Claudius in Hamlet. William Shakespeare ( baptised King Lear is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written between 1603 and 1606 and is considered one of his greatest works A Midsummer Night's Dream is a romantic comedy by William Shakespeare, suggested by " The Knight's Tale " from Measure for Measure is a play by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written in 1603 or 1604 Hamlet is a Tragedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written between 1599 and 1601 He received Kennedy Center Honors in 2002. The Kennedy Center Honors is an annual honor given to artists in the performing arts
In February 2008, he began starring on Broadway as Big Daddy in a limited-run, all-African-American production of Tennessee Williams's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, directed by Debbie Allen and mounted at the Broadhurst Theatre. African Americans or Black Americans are citizens or residents of the United States who have origins in any of the black populations of Africa Thomas Lanier Williams III (March 26 1911 &ndash February 25 1983 better known as Tennessee Williams, was a major American playwright who received many of the top theatrical The Pulitzer Prize, ˈpʊlɨtsɚ PULL-it-sər is an American award regarded as the highest national honor in Newspaper journalism, Drama is the specific mode of Fiction represented in Performance. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is a Tony -nominated play by Tennessee Williams. Deborrah Kaye “Debbie” Allen (b January 16, 1950) is an American Actress, Choreographer, Television director, The Broadhurst Theatre is a legitimate Broadway theatre located at 235 West 44th Street in midtown Manhattan. He appears alongside stage veterans Phylicia Rashad (Big Mama) and Anika Noni Rose (Maggie), as well as film actor Terrence Howard making his Broadway debut as Brick. Phylicia Rashād (born Phylicia Ayers-Allen on June 19, 1948) is a Tony Award -winning American actress, perhaps best known Anika Noni Rose (born September 6, 1972) is an Tony -awarding winning American singer and actress Terrence Dashon Howard (born March 11, 1969) is an Academy Award -nominated American Film and stage Actor, and Broadway theater, commonly called simply Broadway, refers to theatrical performances presented in one of the 39 large professional theaters with 500 seats or more located
His other works include his portrayal of GDI's commanding general James Solomon in Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun, a starring role in the television program Under One Roof as widowed police officer Neb Langston for which he received an Emmy nomination, and television and radio advertising for Verizon Business DSL and Verizon Online DSL from Verizon Communications. The United Nations' Global Defense Initiative (or UNGDI for short is a Fictional militarized branch of the United Nations which is featured prominently For the NIGRO Army General see Nick Parker This page lists the characters of the Global Defense Initiative, one of the primary factions in Command & Conquer Tiberian Sun is a futuristic strategy game by Westwood Studios A television program (US television programme (UK or television show (U Under One Roof is a short-lived American drama series that aired on CBS in 1995 Nomination is part of the process of selecting a Candidate for either Election to an Office, or the bestowing of an honor or Award. "Verizon" redirects here this article is about the corporation see also Verizon Wireless, Verizon Online DSL and Verizon FiOS.
From 1989 to 1993, Jones served as the host of the children's TV series Long Ago and Far Away. Long Ago and Far Away is an award-winning TV series that aired on PBS Television from 1989 until 1993
He has guest-starred on such sitcoms as Frasier, Will & Grace and Everwood. Frasier is an American sitcom, a Spin-off of Cheers starring Kelsey Grammer as Will & Grace is a popular Emmy Award -winning American television sitcom that was originally broadcast on NBC from 1998 to 2006 Everwood was a Prime time television Drama that aired in the United States on The WB. Jones also lent his voice for a narrative part in the Adam Sandler comedy, Click, released in June 2006. Adam Richard Sandler (born September 9 1966 is an American Comedian, Click is an Academy Award-nominated 2006 comedy/drama / Science fiction / fantasy Film directed by Frank His voice is also used to create an audio version of the King James Bible.
On April 7, 2005, James Earl Jones and Leslie Uggams headed the cast in an African-American Broadway revival version of On Golden Pond, directed by Leonard Foglia and produced by Jeffrey Finn. Events 529 - First draft of Corpus Juris Civilis (a fundamental work in Jurisprudence) is issued by Eastern Roman Emperor Year 2005 ( MMV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. 
Jones has been married to Cecilia Hart since 1982, with whom he has two children, Flynn Earl Jones and Shaquonique Shantell Jones. He was previously married to actress and singer Julienne Marie. They had no children. Both actors had played the role of Desdemona in the same production in which Jones played Othello. Desdemona is a fictional character in the tragedy Othello the Moor of Venice (1604 by William Shakespeare. 
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|Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play|
|NAME||Jones, James Earl|
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Todd Jones|
|DATE OF BIRTH||17 January 1931|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Arkabutla, Mississippi|
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