James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones

Gender

Male

Known Credits

41

James Earl Jones

Date of Birth: Jan 17, 1931

Birthplace: Arkabutla, Mississippi, USA

 

 

Biography

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.

Known For

Filmography

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

as Anakin Skywalker / Darth Vader (voice)

2016

Michael Jackson - Dangerous - The Short Films

Michael Jackson - Dangerous - The Short Films

as Himself (Superbowl Heal The World) Voice

2014

Gimme Shelter

Gimme Shelter

as Frank McCarthy

2014

Finder's Fee

Finder's Fee

as Avery Phillips

2001

Fantasia 2000

Fantasia 2000

as Host

1999

The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride

The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride

as Mufasa (voice)

1998

Merlin (1998)

Merlin (1998)

as Rock of Ages

1998

Jefferson in Paris

Jefferson in Paris

as Madison Hemings

1995

Clear and Present Danger

Clear and Present Danger

as Admiral James Greer

1994

The Lion King

The Lion King

as King Mufasa

1994

Clean Slate

Clean Slate

as John Dolby

1994

Sommersby

Sommersby

as Judge Barry Conrad Issacs

1993

Patriot Games

Patriot Games

as Adm. James Greer

1992

By Dawn's Early Light

By Dawn's Early Light

as Looking Glass General - 'Alice'

1990

The Hunt for Red October

The Hunt for Red October

as Admiral James Greer

1990

Teach 109

Teach 109

as Dr. Winston

1990

Best of the Best

Best of the Best

as Frank Couzo

1989

Field of Dreams

Field of Dreams

as Terrence Mann

1989

Terrorgram

Terrorgram

as Retribution (voice)

1988

Coming to America

Coming to America

as King Jaffe Joffer

1988

Matewan

Matewan

as 'Few Clothes' Johnson

1987

Soul Man

Soul Man

as Professor Banks

1986

The Vegas Strip War

The Vegas Strip War

as Jack Madrid

1984

Return of the Jedi

Return of the Jedi

as Voice of Darth Vader (voice)

1983

The Bushido Blade

The Bushido Blade

as The Prisoner

1981

The Creation

The Creation

as Narrator

1981

Exorcist II: The Heretic

Exorcist II: The Heretic

as Older Kokumo

1977

Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope

Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope

as Voice of Darth Vader (voice)

1977

Jesus of Nazareth

Jesus of Nazareth

as Balthasar

1977

Claudine

Claudine

as Roop

1974

End of the Road

End of the Road

as Doctor D

1970

Muse of Fire

Muse of Fire

as Himself

1965

Will & Grace

Will & Grace

as  Himself

1969