James Earl Jones

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Date of Birth January 17, 1931
Place of Birth Mississippi
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James Earl Jones

James Earl Jones is an American actor. His career spans more than seven decades and he has been described as "one of America's most distinguished and versatile" actors known for his performance in film, theater and television, and "one of the greatest actors in American history". Throughout his acting career, Jones has won three Tony Awards, a Grammy Award, and two Primetime Emmy Awards. In 1985, he was Inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame. In 1992, Jones was presented with the National Medal of the Arts by President George H.W. Bush. In 2002, he received the Kennedy Center Honor. In 2009, Jones was invited by President Barack Obama to perform Shakespeare at the White House Evening for Poetry. That same year he also received the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award. On November 12, 2011, he received an Honorary Academy Award. On May 25, 2017, he received an Honorary Doctor of Arts degree from Harvard University.

Born: January 17, 1931, Arkabutla, Mississippi, U.S.
Alma mater: University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance
Occupation: Actor
Years active: 1953–present
Children: 1
Parent(s): Robert Earl Jones, Ruth Connolly
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About James Earl Jones

Golden Globe-winning actor whose career has spanned over 50 years. He became known for providing the voice of Darth Vader in Star Wars and won a Tony Award and a Golden Globe Award for The Great White Hope.

Before Fame

He had a stutter as a child, but overcame it to cultivate his distinctive bass voice. He began his acting career as a stage carpenter at the Ramsdell Theatre in Michigan.

Achievement

He provided the voice of Mufasa in The Lion King.

Family Life

He was once married to actress and singer Julienne Marie. He married Cecilia Hart in 1982, and the couple had a child named Flynn together.

Associations

While Jones provided the voice of Darth Vader, the character was physically portrayed by David Prowse.

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