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James Earl Jones

James Earl Jones (born January 17, 1931) is a multi-award-winning American actor of theater and film, well known for his distinctive bass voice and for his portrayal of characters of substance, gravitas and leadership. He is known for providing the voice of Darth Vader in the Star Wars franchise and the tagline for CNN. James Earl Jones was born in Arkabutla, Mississippi, the son of Ruth (née Connolly) and Robert Earl Jones. At the age of five, he moved to Jackson, Michigan, to be raised by his maternal grandparents, but the adoption was traumatic and he developed a stutter so severe he refused to speak aloud. 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. He credits his high school teacher, Donald Crouch, who discovered he had a gift for writing poetry, with helping him out of his silence. Jones attended the University of Michigan where he was a pre-med major. While there, he joined the Reserve Officer Training Corps, and excelled. During the course of his studies, Jones discovered he was not cut out to be a doctor. Instead he focused 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. After four years of college, Jones left without his degree. In 1953 he found a part-time stage crew job at the Ramsdell Theatre in Manistee, Michigan, which marked the beginning of his acting career. 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. After his discharge from the Military, Jones moved to New York, where he attended the American Theatre Wing to further his training and worked as a janitor to earn a living. 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. 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. For his role, Jones was nominated Best Actor by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, making him the second African-American male performer (following Sidney Poitier) to receive a nomination. In 1969, Jones participated in making test films for a proposed children's television series; these shorts, combined with animated segments were the beginnings of the Sesame Street format. The next year, in the early 1970s, James appeared with Diahann Carroll in the film called Claudine. While he has appeared in many roles, he is well known as the voice of Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy. Darth Vader was portrayed in costume by David Prowse in the original trilogy, with Jones dubbing Vader's dialogue in postproduction due to Prowse's strong West Country accent being unsuitable for the role. At his own request, he was originally uncredited for the release of the first two films (he would later be credited for the two in the 1997 re-release).  His other voice roles include Mufasa in the 1994 film Disney animated blockbuster The Lion King, and its direct-to-video sequel, The Lion King II: Simba's Pride. He also has done the CNN tagline, "This is CNN", as well as "This is CNN International", and the Bell Atlantic tagline, "Bell Atlantic: The heart of communication". When Bell Atlantic became Verizon, Jones used the tagline greeting of "Welcome to Verizon" or "Verizon 411" right before a phone call would go through. 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. In addition to his film and voice over work, 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. Othello, King Lear, Oberon in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Abhorson in Measure for Measure, and Claudius in Hamlet are Shakespearean roles he has played. He received Kennedy Center Honors in 2002. Jones has been married to actress Cecilia Hart since 1982. They have one child, Flynn Earl Jones. He was previously married to American actress/singer Julienne Marie (born March 21, 1933, Toledo, Ohio); they had no children. Jones is a registered Republican.

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Jan 17, 1931 In Arkabutla, Mississippi, USA
In the series The Ed Sullivan Show 1948-06-20
Series Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child 2017
Poster of Film Night
Poster of 生活大爆炸
Poster of 辛普森一家
Poster of East Side/West Side
Series Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child Unknown 2017
Series Film Night Unknown 2017
電影 星球大戰外傳:俠盜一號 Darth Vader (voice) 2016-12-14
電影 Star Wars Rebels: The Siege of Lothal Darth Vader (voice) 2015-04-18
電影 鐵衛雄獅:咆哮歸來 Mufasa (voice) 2015-11-22
電影 布魯克林最憤怒的人 Ruben 2014-05-23
電影 Driving Miss Daisy Hoke Colburn 2014-06-04
Series 星球大戰:義軍崛起 Darth Vader 2014-10-13
電影 黑鯨 Himself (archive footage) 2013-06-07
電影 Milius Himself 2013-03-09
電影 給我庇護 Frank McCarthy 2013-10-17
電影 Muse of Fire Himself 2013-09-26
電影 Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey Admiral (voice) 2012-12-02
電影 Jack and the Beanstalk The Giant (voice) 2009-11-06
電影 Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins Papa Jenkins 2008-02-08
電影 地球 Narrator 2007-04-22
Series 生活大爆炸 Himself 2007-09-24
Series The One Show Unknown 2006-08-14
電影 人生遙控器 Narrator of Michael's Past (uncredited) 2006-06-22
電影 Vader Sessions Darth Vader 2006-08-25
電影 機器人曆險記 Voice Box at Hardware Store (voice) 2005-03-10
電影 The Sandlot 2 Mr. Mertle 2005-05-03
電影 By Any Means Necessary: The Making of Malcolm X Narrator 2005-02-08
電影 The Reading Room 2005-11-04
電影 星球大戰3:西斯的複仇 Darth Vader (voice) 2005-05-17
Series Deal or No Deal Unknown 2005-12-19
電影 Black Indians: An American Story Narrator 2004-01-01
電影 Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy Himself 2004-09-12
電影 Nine Dog Christmas Narrator 2004-10-05
Series 豪斯醫生 Dibala 2004-11-16
電影 Beneath the Surface: The Making of 'The Hunt for Red October' Himself 2003-05-06
Series 好漢兩個半 Unknown 2003-09-22
電影 The Great Year Narrator 2003-08-01
Series 雪山鎮 Unknown 2002-09-16
電影 Muhammad Ali - Through The Eyes Of The World 2001-11-19
電影 Disney's American Legends Narrator 2001-02-12
電影 Finder's Fee Avery Phillips 2001-01-01
Series According to Jim Unknown 2001-10-03
電影 Feast of All Saints Older Marcel 2001-11-11
電影 Conan Unchained: The Making of 'Conan' Himself 2000-01-01
電影 Summer's End Dr. William 'Bill' Blakely 2000-04-18
電影 The Annihilation of Fish Fish 1999-01-01
電影 Our Friend, Martin Daddy King (voice) 1999-01-12
電影 幻想曲 2000 Himself - Host 1999-12-17
電影 Undercover Angel The Judge 1999-05-16
電影 Santa and Pete James Earl Jones 1999-12-05
Series Merlin Rock of Ages 1998-04-26
電影 Merlin Mountain King 1998-04-26
Series Will & Grace Unknown 1998-09-21
電影 獅子王2:辛巴的榮耀 Mufasa (voice) 1998-10-24
電影 The Second Civil War Jim Kalla 1997-03-15
Series 星際之門:SG-1 Unknown 1997-07-27
電影 Gang Related Arthur Baylor 1997-10-08
電影 Alone Grey 1997-12-21
電影 What the Deaf Man Heard Archibald Thacker 1997-11-23
電影 Rebound: The Legend of Earl 'The Goat' Manigault Dr. McDuffie 1996-01-01
電影 A Family Thing Ray Murdock 1996-03-29
電影 Looking for Richard Himself/Interview 1996-10-11
電影 Timepiece Lawrence 1996-12-22
電影 Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable Mufasa (voice) 1995-01-21
電影 Jefferson in Paris Madison Hemings 1995-03-31
Series Under One Roof Neb Langston 1995-03-14
電影 The Making of 'Jurassic Park' Host 1995-05-09
電影 Cry, the Beloved Country Rev. Stephen Kumalo 1995-12-15
電影 The First 100 Years: A Celebration of American Movies 1995-06-05
電影 白頭神探終極悔辱 James Earl Jones 1994-03-18
電影 Confessions: Two Face of Evil Charles Lloyd 1994-01-17
電影 非洲:塞倫蓋蒂國家公園 Narrator 1994-03-31
電影 The Vernon Johns Story 1994-01-15
電影 Clean Slate John Dolby 1994-05-06
電影 獅子王 King Mufasa (voice) 1994-06-23
電影 燃眉追擊 Admiral James Greer 1994-08-03
電影 Twilight Zone: Rod Serling's Lost Classics Host 1994-05-11
電影 沙地傳奇 Mr. Mertle 1993-04-07
電影 似是故人來 Judge Barry Conrad Issacs 1993-02-05
Series Homicide: Life on the Street Unknown 1993-01-31
電影 Excessive Force Jake 1993-05-14
Series 超人新冒險 Unknown 1993-09-12
電影 The Meteor Man Earnest Moses 1993-08-06
電影 Michael Jackson - Dangerous - The Short Films Himself (Superbowl Heal The World) Voice 1993-09-28
Series Frasier Unknown 1993-09-16
電影 愛國者遊戲 Adm. James Greer 1992-06-04
電影 神鬼尖兵 NSA Agent Bernard Abbott 1992-09-09
電影 Lincoln 1992-12-26
電影 Ramayana: The Legend of Prince Rama Narrator (English) 1992-12-05
電影 Scorchers Bear 1991-07-07
電影 Convicts Ben Johnson 1991-01-01
電影 True Identity Himself 1991-07-23
Series Pros and Cons 1991-09-26
電影 By Dawn's Early Light Looking Glass General - 'Alice' 1990-05-19
電影 獵殺紅色十月 Admiral James Greer 1990-03-02
電影 Teach 109 Dr. Winston 1990-01-01
電影 Last Flight Out Al Topping 1990-05-22
電影 Ivory Hunters Inspector Nkuru 1990-08-20
電影 Grim Prairie Tales Morrison 1990-09-14
電影 Heat Wave Junius Johnson 1990-08-13
Series 法律與秩序 Attorney Horace McCoy 1990-09-13
Series Gabriel's Fire Gabriel Bird 1990-09-12
Series Long Ago and Far Away Host 1989-02-11
電影 Field of Dreams Terrence Mann 1989-04-21
電影 Stories to Remember: Noah's Ark Narrator 1989-01-01
電影 Three Fugitives Dugan 1989-01-27
電影 The Ambulance Lt. Spencer 1989-11-23
Series 辛普森一家 Unknown 1989-12-17
電影 Best of the Best Frank Couzo 1989-11-10
電影 Coming to America King Jaffe Joffer 1988-06-28
電影 Terrorgram Retribution (voice) 1988-08-08
電影 Gardens of Stone Sgt. Maj.'Goody' Nelson 1987-05-05
電影 Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night Emperor of the Night (voice) 1987-08-06
電影 Matewan 'Few Clothes' Johnson 1987-08-28
電影 My Little Girl Ike Bailey 1986-08-31
Series L.A. Law Unknown 1986-09-15
電影 Soul Man Professor Banks 1986-10-24
電影 Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold Umslopogaas 1986-12-17
Series The Atlanta Child Murders Unknown 1985-02-10
Series Me and Mom 1985-04-05
電影 The Atlanta Child Murders Major Walker 1985-02-10
電影 City Limits Albert 1984-01-01
電影 The Vegas Strip War Jack Madrid 1984-11-25
電影 星球大戰6:絕地歸來 Voice of Darth Vader (voice) 1983-05-23
電影 野蠻人柯南 Thulsa Doom 1982-04-02
電影 The Flight of Dragons Omadon 1982-08-17
電影 Blood Tide Frye 1982-09-01
電影 The Creation Narrator 1981-01-01
電影 The Bushido Blade The Prisoner 1981-11-20
電影 Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones Father Divine 1980-04-15
Series CBS Schoolbreak Special Detective Robb 1980-04-19
電影 星球大戰5:帝國反擊戰 Darth Vader (Voice) 1980-05-20
電影 The Golden Moment: An Olympic Love Story Dane Oliver 1980-05-25
Series Roots: The Next Generations Alex Haley 1979-02-18
Series Paris 1979-09-29
Series The Kennedy Center Honors Unknown 1978-12-28
電影 The Star Wars Holiday Special Darth Vader (voice) 1978-12-01
電影 星球大戰4:新希望 Voice of Darth Vader (voice) 1977-05-25
電影 The Greatest Malcolm X 1977-05-17
電影 The Last Remake of Beau Geste Sheikh 1977-06-15
Series Jesus of Nazareth Balthazar 1977-01-06
電影 The Greatest Thing That Almost Happened Morris Bird, Jr. 1977-10-26
電影 A Piece of the Action Joshua Burke 1977-10-07
電影 The Making of 'Star Wars' Darth Vader (voice) (uncredited) 1977-09-16
電影 Exorcist II: The Heretic Older Kokumo 1977-06-17
電影 The River Niger Johnny Williams 1976-04-14
電影 Swashbuckler Nick Debrett 1976-01-01
電影 The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings Leon Carter 1976-07-16
Series Vegetable Soup 1975-09-22
電影 The UFO Incident Barney Hill 1975-10-20
電影 Deadly Hero Rabbit Shazam 1975-12-14
電影 Claudine Roop 1974-04-22
電影 The Cay Timothy 1974-10-24
Series The American Film Institute Salute to ... Unknown 1973-04-02
電影 The Man Douglass Dilman 1972-07-19
電影 End of the Road Doctor D 1970-02-10
電影 King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis 1970-03-24
電影 The Great White Hope Jack Jefferson 1970-10-11
Series Sesame Street Unknown 1969-11-10
電影 The Comedians Dr. Magiot 1967-10-31
Series Tarzan Unknown 1966-09-08
電影 奇愛博士 Lt. Lothar Zogg 1964-01-29
Series East Side/West Side Unknown 1963-09-23
Series The Defenders Unknown 1961-09-16
Series Dr. Kildare Unknown 1961-09-27
Series Hallmark Hall of Fame Unknown 1951-12-24
Series The Ed Sullivan Show Unknown 1948-06-20