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Jones, JamesEarl

James Earl Jones

James Earl Jones (born Todd Jones) was born on  January 17, 1931, in Arkabutla, Tate Co., Mississippi to Robert Earl Jones (a former prizefighter, actor - The Sting as Luther Coleman, and activist - summarily blacklisted for the latter) and Ruth Connolly Jones (his parents separated before his birth).  
 Jones also has a younger brother, Matthew Earl Jones, president and co-founder of Earl Jones Institute for Film & Television.  He was raised by his grandparents (his grandfather, he recounts, was his hero - his grandmother was part Cherokee) and his mother, in Arkabutla, on a farm that had been his family since Reconstruction.  When Jones was five his family moved to a farm in Michigan and the move had seemingly detrimental effects on him.  Mr. Jones struggled with a major stutter from that time forward, so severe that he refused to talk for eight years.  It was one of his teachers at Brethren, MI High School, Donald Crouch, who noticed Jones had a gift for poetry (Jones wrote instead of spoke) and encouraged him to read his poetry out loud.  Mr. Crouch said and believed that Jones hadn't written the poem, Ode to Grapefruit,  himself and challenged him to prove it by reading (by heart) aloud to the class, which Jones did with great success (the stutter disappeared).  This was enough to motivate Jones to do a great many things, this teacher was the impetus that drove Jones to pursue other activities such as debates (which he won), and even a scholarship to the University of Michigan. At the University of Michigan Jones was a pre-med student but was compelled by the power of drama.

During his high school years at Brethren, MI High School he was an outstanding student that excelled in forensics and athletics (especially track). Jones started out as a stage carpenter in high school for the local productions at Ramsdell Theatre (Michigan), until it was found out that Jones wanted to act, they let him have a go and the results were terrific.  In addition to spending four summers with the acting group at Ramsdell, he held many jobs with them: master carpenter, Assistant Stage Manager, and Stage Manager, directed a Children's Theatre play, and acted in twenty-eight productions.  Jones graduated from MI High School in 1949 and went on to attend the University of Michigan with a plan to study medicine (pre-med), but found that theatre's call was greater.  He graduated Cum Laude, 1953, with a B.A. degree in drama.  Jones had a brief engagement, two years, as an Army Ranger after college.

After completing his Army commitment he made his way to New York and studied with the American Theatre Wing and performing with the New York Shakespeare Festival where he starred in more than thirty productions.

Mr. Jones has had a wide range of roles in his long and productive career, as is evident with the lists below, and has won awards from the Academy to the Tony.  He has one of the most recognizable voices in film history and his work literally speaks volumes.

Mr. Jones was married to actress Julienne Marie (div) and is married now to Cecilia Hart (1982- present), they currently reside in Pawling, New York on a quiet farm.

Coming 2 America - King Jaffe Joffer
Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker - voice of Darth Vader
The Lion King - voice of Mufasa 
Warning Shot - Pendleton
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - voice of Darth Vader
The Angriest Man in Brooklyn - Ruben - Video Store Owner
Gimme Shelter - Frank MCarthy
Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey (originally released in 2004) - The Professor
Jack and the Beanstalk - voice of The Giant
Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins - Papa Jenkins
Searching for Orson (documentary) - Interviewee
The Clinton 12 - narrator
The Hunting of the Snark - narrator
Click - uncredited Michael's Past - Narrator
The Benchwarmers - voice of Darth Vader
Short film for Dynamic Earth Exhibit - narrator
Broadway's Lost Treasures Collection -  (V) Jones in his Tony Award-winning performance as in the Great White Hope (1969)
Scary Movie 4 - uncredited Cameo/Narrator
Perseverance and the American Dream - Himself
Conan: The Rise of a Fantasy Legend - (special thanks) (V)
By Any Means Necessary: The Making of Malcolm X - Narrator
Robots - Voicebox at Hardware Store (see Actor Connections - Film) Note: also a Star Wars reference
Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith~2005 (voice) - Darth Vader
The Sandlot 2 - Mr. Mertle
The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie- cameo in trailer (see Actor Connections - Film)
Black Indians: An American Story - Narrator
Finder's Fee - Avery Phillips
On the Q.T. - Leo
The Papp Project - Himself
Walking With Dinosaurs - Narrator
Finder's Fee- Avery Phillips
When Willows Touch
Antietam: A Documentary Drama (voice) - Narrator
On the Q.T. -  Leo
Undercover Angel -  The Judge (cameo)
Our Friend, Martin (V) (voice) - Daddy King
Quest for Atlantis - The Judge
Fantasia 2000 - Host (segment - Carnival of the Animals)
Santa and Pete - Grandpa Nicholas
The Annihilation of Fish - Fish
 James Earl Jones as Fish in Annihilation of Fish - photo

New York City...Come Visit the World
The Lion King II: Simba's Pride (V) (voice) - Mufasa
Primary Colors (voice) - CNN Voiceover
Casper: A Spirited Beginning (V) (voice) - Kibosh
Gang Related - Arthur Baylor

Looking for Richard - Himself
Good Luck - uncredited James Bing
A Family Thing - Ray Murdock
Cry, the Beloved Country - Reverend Stephen Kumalo
 James Earl Jones as Reverend Stephen Kumalo in Cry, The Beloved Country
Judge Dredd (voice) (uncredited) - Narrator
Jefferson in Paris - Madison Hemings
Clean Slate - John Dolby
Twister: A Ritual Reality (V) (archive footage) - Applause
Clear and Present Danger - Admiral James Greer, Deputy Director of Intelligence CIA
The Lion King - voice of Mufasa
Africa: The Serengeti (voice) - Narrator
Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult - uncredited Himself
Dreamrider - William Perry
The Meteor Man - Mr. Moses
The Sandlot - Mr. Mertle
Sommersby - Judge Isaacs
Excessive Force - Jake
The Prince Of Light: The Legend Of Ramayana- Narrator (see Actor Connections - Film)
The Second Coming - Narrator
Sneakers - Bernard Abbott
Patriot Games - Admiral Greer
Freddie as F.R.O.7. - Narrator (English version) 
Ramayana: The Legend of Prince Rama - Narrator
Scorchers - Bear
True Identity - Himself
Terrorgram - Narrator
Convicts - Ben Johnson
Grim Prairie Tales - Morrison
The Ambulance - Lieutenant Spencer
Heat Wave - Junius Johnson

The Hunt for Red October - Admiral James Greer
Field of Dreams - Terence Mann
Best of the Best - Coach Frank Couzo
The Hunting of the Snark - Narrator
Three Fugitives - Dugan
Michael Jackson: The Legend Continues (V) - Himself/Narrator
Coming to America - King Jaffe Joffer
Gardens of Stone - "Goody" Nelson
Allan Quartermain and the Lost City of Gold - Umslopogaas
Matewan - 'Few Clothes' Johnson

Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night - voice of Emperor of the Night

My Little Girl - Ike Bailey
Soul Man - Professor Banks

City Limits - Albert
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (voice) - Darth Vader
Blood Tide - Frye
The Flight of Dragons - Ommadon, the Red Wizard
Conan the Barbarian - Thulsa Doom

Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (voice) (uncredited) - Darth Vader
The Bushido Blade - Michael Chevalier u.v.a. - Harpooner and Prisoner

Black Theatre: The Making of a Movement - Himself
A Piece of the Action - Joshua Burke
The Last Remake of Beau Geste - Sheikh
The Greatest - Malcolm X
Exorcist II: The Heretic - Older Kokumo
Star Wars (voice) - Darth Vader

The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor King - Leon Carter (see Actor Connections - Film)
The River Niger - Johnny Williams
Swashbuckler - Nick Debrett

Deadly Hero - Rabbit
Claudine - Roop
Malcolm X (voice) - Biographical Narration (from the album based on the film)
The Man - Douglass Dilman - President pro tempore/President

End of the Road - Doctor D
The Great White Hope - Jack Jefferson (Arena
King: A Filmed Record...Montgomery to Memphis) - Commentator

The Great White Hope - Jack Jefferson


The Comedians in Africa (uncredited) - Himself
The Comedians - Dr. Magiot 
Dr Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb~1964 - Lieutenant Lothar Zogg, Bombardier (see Actor Connections - Film)


Film Other
Money: History In Your Hands - narrator/host

Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey (2004: A Light Knight's Odyssey) - Admiral (see Actor Connections - Film)

Star Wars Rebels - voice of Darth Vader in:
    Twilight of the Apprentice Part 2
    Shroud of Darkness
    The Siege of Lothal: Parts 1and 2
    Spark of Rebellion
The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar - voice of Mufasa
Agent X - Chief Justice Caleb Thorne in:
    Back in Your Arms
The Big Bang Theory - James Earl Jones in The Convention Conundrum 
Great Performances - 
    Hoke in Driving Miss Daisy (2014 - from a performance at the Comedy Theatre in Melbourne, Australia)
    King Lear (1974)
The Magic 7 - voice of 5-Toe
House - Dibala in The Tyrant
Two and a Half Men - James Earl Jones in The Devil's Lube
AFI 100 Years...100 Cheers: America's Most Inspiring Movies - Himself 6/14/06
The Reading Room - Widower William Campbell 11/2005
Getaway - Himself in Found (#14.20) 6/23/05
AFI Tribute to George Lucas - Himself/Narrator
59th Annual Tony Awards - Nominee and Presenter
Speaking Freely - interview
The Magic 7 - 5-Toe
Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson (mini)  -  Himself (see Actor Connections - TV)
According to Jim - voice of Royal Flush XP toilet in The Toilet (#3.24) 4/27/04
Nine Dog Christmas: The Movie - narrator
Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony - Narrator (NBC)
The Great Year -  Narrator
Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy - Himself
Everwood - Will Cleveland in:
    The Tipping Point (2004) (see Actor Connections - TV)
    The L Word (2004)
    Three Miners from Everwood (2003)
Noz & Grakk: Alien Abductors - Tobot the Robot
Brilliant But Cancelled  -  Himself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts  -  Himself (honoree)
The Perfect Pitch  -  Himself
Beauty and the Beast: The Story Behind the Story (V) -  Host
Inside TV Land: African Americans in Television  -  Himself
Feast of All Saints - Older Marcel
Disney's American Legends (V) -  Host
Black Indians: An American Story - Narrator
The Papp Project -  Himself
Muhammad Ali: Through the Eyes of the World
Ennis' Gift -  Himself
Tina Turner: One Last Time Live in Concert (V) (voice) -  Announcer
Antietam: A Documentary Drama (voice) -  Narrator
Inside the Making of Dr. Strangelove (V) -  Himself
The Art of Stanley Kubrick: From Short Films to Strangelove (V) -  Himself
Sidney Poitier: One Bright Light  (uncredited) - Himself
Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony - Narrator (NBC)

Howard Stern Radio Show- Himself 11/6/99
In Search of Liberty Bell 7 (voice) - Narrator
AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies - Himself
Recess - voice of Santa Claus in Yes, Mikey, Santa Does Shave
Summer's End  - Dr. William Blakely
Merlin (voice) - Mountain King

The Simpsons -
    Narrator for Das Bus (#9.14) 2/15/98
    Maggie Simpson in Treehouse of Horror V (as James Earl Boggins Jones)
    Moving Man/Serak the Preparer/Narrator in The Tree House of Horror (# 2.3) 10/25/90
Alone - Grey
What the Deaf Man Heard  (voice) - Archibald Thacker
Homicide: Life on the Street - Felix Wilson in Blood Ties: Parts 1, 2, 3 (#6.2) 10/31/1997, (#6.2) 10/24/97, (#6.1) 10/17/97
Stargate SG-1 - voice of Unas in Thor's Hammer (#1.10) 9/26/97

Frasier - Norman Royster in Roz's Krantz & Gouldenstein are Dead (#4.15) 3/11/97
Touched by an Angel - Angel of Angels in Clipped Wings (#3.19) 2/16/97
The Second Civil War - Jim Calla

Howard Stern - Himself 7/1/96
Timepiece  - Lawrence
Rebound: The Legend of Earl 'The Goat' Manigault - Dr McDuffie
3rd Rock from the Sun series (uncredited) - Narrator (19 episodes)
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child  series - voice of The Frog Prince
People:A Musical Celebration - voice of The Storyteller
Signs and Wonders - Diamond in 1.1-1-4
Under One Roof - Neb Langston in:
    Ronnie's Got a Gun
    Sophisticated Lady...Not!
    Daddy's Girl
The Dick Cavett Show - Himself

Bah, Humbug!: The Story of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol  - Narrator/Ebenezer Scrooge
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman - Franklin W. Stern in  House of Luthor, The (#1.21) 5/8/94
Late Show with David Letterman - Himself 1/5/94
The Lion King: A Musical Journey with Elton John  - Himself
Twilight Zone: Rod Serling's Lost Classics  - Host
Confessions: Two Faces of Evil - Charles Lloyd
The Vernon Johns Story  - Vernon Johns
Picket Fences - Bryant Thomas in System Down (#2.18) 4/1/94
Late Show with David Letterman - Himself 10/29/93
Late Show with David Letterman - Himself 10/13/93
American Playhouse: Hallelujah - Old Man Taylor
Percy & Thunder - Percy (see Actor Connections - Film)
Law & Order - Horace McCoy in Profile (#4.4) 10/13/1993
Sesame Street - Lemming #30 in 24.115
Lincoln: I Want to Finish this Job - Narrator

Diamonds on the Silver Screen - Narrator

Garfield and Friends - Diablo in Ghost of a Chance 
Square One Television -  
    Announcer in 5.19 (1992)
    Voice Over for Shakespearean Boy/Chief Thad Green in 4.6 (1991) 

    Announcer in 3.1 (1990)
    Chief Thad Green in 1.20 (1987)
When It Was a Game (voice-over)
Pros and Cons - Gabriel Bird
Mathnet - Chief Thad Green in:
    Despair in Monterey Bay (1991) 
    The Case of the Missing Air (1988)
    The View from the Rear Terrace (1988)
    The Case of the Deceptive Data (1988)
    The Case of the Great Car Robbery (1988)
    The Case of the Willing Parrot (1988)
    The Trial of George Frankly (1987)
    The Problem of the Passing Parade (1987)
By Dawn's Early Light - Looking Glass General - 'Alice' (Thanks to Tom Earley for this credit!)
Gabriel's Fire - Gabriel Bird (full run - 22 episodes)
Last Flight Out - Al Topping
Ivory Hunters - Inspector Nkuru (see Actor Connections - TV)
11-22-63: The Day the Nation Cried - Host
American Playwrights Theater: The One-Acts - Willie in Third and Oak: The Pool Hall 
Teach 109 (Perverse Destiny) - Dr. Winston4
Saturday Night with Connie Chung - Vernon Johns in God's Bad Boy (Chung presents the 30 minute special)
L.A. Law - Lee Atkins in
    Victor/Victorious (3.9) 1/19/89
    Chariots of Meyer (2.20) 5/5/88
Highway to Heaven - Gabe Wilson in Song of Songs, A (3.16) 1/21/1987
Gardens of Stone  series - 'Goody' Nelson
Square One TV series - Thad Green in '1987' 1987
CBS Schoolbreak Special - Detective Robb in Soldier Boys
Lone Star Kid - Holmes
Faerie Tale Theater - The Genie in Aladdin and his Wonderful Lamp (5.1) 7/14/1986

The Greatest Adventure: Stories from the Bible - Pharoah (King Ramses II) in Moses
Me and Mom - Lou Garfield - Private Investigator (6 episodes)
Atlanta Child Murders (mini) - Major Walker in 1.1, 1.2
The Vegas Strip War - Jack Madrid
Reading Rainbow - Himself - reading Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain (1.4) 1983
Amy and the Angel (ABC Afterschool Specials)  - The Angel Gabriel
Faerie Tale Theater series - Henry Hudson/Narrator in Rip Van Winkle (see Actor Connections - TV)
CBS Library: Beauty and the Beast - Narrator in Misunderstood Monsters
The Golden Moment: An Olympic Love Story  - Dane Oliver
Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones - Father Divine
Paris - Detective Captain Woodrow 'Woody' Paris (13 episodes - full run)
Paul Robeson - Paul Robeson
Roots: The Next Generations - Alex Haley
Sesame Street - Himself (movie star in Hooper's Store searching for perfect egg cream) 
The Star Wars Holiday Special  (voice) - Darth Vader
Circus of the Stars #2
The Greatest Thing That Almost Happened - Morris Bird, Jr.
Jesus of Nazareth  mini series - Balthazar in Parts 1-4
Vegetable Soup - Long John Spoilsport
The UFO Incident - Barney Hill
Deadly Hero - Rabbit
The Cay - Timothy
Great Performances - King Lear in: King Lear 1974

 James Earl Jones as King Lear in King Lear - photo

Black Omnibus - Host (12 episodes)
Police Story: The Big Walk - 
What's My Line? -  Mystery Guest 11/25/704
CBC Interview (Canadian Broadcast Company) - Himself 
N.Y.P.D. - Candy Latsen/Lateen in Candy Man: Parts 1 and 2 (#2.17) 2/11/69
Sesame Street - Himself (reciting the alphabet) (he was the very first celebrity guest on Sesame Street) episode 2

NET Playhouse - Reverend Ridgley Washington in Trumpets of the Lord
Tarzan -  
    Nerlan in The Convert
    Chief Bella in To Steal the Rising Sun (#1.24) 2/24/67
As the World Turns - Dr Jerry Turner 1966
Dr. Kildare - Dr. Lou Rush in:
    These Hands That Heal (#5.42) 2/1/66
    Adrift in a Sea of Confusion (#5.40) 1/31/66
    Gratitude Won't Pay the Bills (#5.39) 1/25/66
    A Cry From the Street (#5.38) 1/24/66
The Guiding Light - Dr Jim Frazier (#2) 1966 Note: This role was first played by Star Wars alum Billy Dee Williams.
The Defenders - Reverend Harris Bonham in Non-Violent, The (#3.33) 6/3/1964
Channing - Dr. Peter Cooke in Freedom is a Lovesome Thing God Wot (#1.21) 3/4/64
East Side/West Side - Joe in Who Do You Kill? (#1.7) 11/4/634
Look Up and Live - Book in Room For Death 2/24/63
Monitor (doc) - Prince of Morocco in Stratford-On-The-Subway
The Defenders - Andrews in Along Came a Spider (#1.31) 5/5/62

TV Director
Channing~1963 - Dr. Peter Cooke in Freedom Is a Lovesome Thing God Wot (#1.21) 3/4/64
East Side/West Side~1963 - Joe in Who Do You Kill? (#1.7) 11/4/63
Look Up and Live - Book in Room For Death 2/24/63
The Defenders - Andrews in Along Came a Spider (#1.31) 5/5/62


Casino Morongo (California - near Palm Springs)
Fisher (Audio Products)
Goodyear Vector Tires
Verizon (radio/TV)
Bell Atlantic
Poughkeepsie Day School (NY)
Wells Lamont Gloves
Ruben's Dinners (restaurant chain)

God's Trombones: The Creation - narrator
Speaking Freely - interview
Diane Rhem Show - Himself (interview)
NPR - Himself (interview)
Preston & Steve Show (Philadelphia, PA - Y100) - Himself
A People's History of the United States - participant/reader as Frederick Douglass (on Democracy Now!)
Remembering Slavery - participant

The Gin Game - Weller Martin (John Golden Theatre, New York, NY)
You Can't Take It With You - Martin Vanderhof (Longacre Theatre, New York, NY)
The Best Man - Former President Arthur "Artie" Hockstader (Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre - previously The Plymouth Theatre, Manhattan, NY)
Driving Miss Daisy - Hoke (Comedy Theatre (Australian Tour), Melbourne, Australia; John Golden Theatre, Manhattan, NY)
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof - Big Daddy (Broadhurst Theatre, New York, NY)
Thurgood - Thurgood Marshall (Westport Country Playhouse, Westport, CT)
 Illustration of James Earl Jones as Thurgood Marshall in Thurgood
On Golden Pond - Norman Thayer Jr. (Cort Theatre, NY; Dupont Theatre, Wilmington, VT; Washington DC)
Fences -Troy Maxson (46th Street Theatre, NY)

 James Earl Jones as Troy Maxson with Mary Alice and Courtney Vance in Fences
Othello - Othello (New York Shakespeare Festival, New York, NY)
Master Harold...and the Boys - (Lyceum Theatre, New York, NY)
Paul Robeson - Paul Robeson (Lunt-FontanneTheatre, New York, NY)

Master Harold and the Boys - Sam (replacement for Zakes Mokae) (Lyceum Theatre, NY)
Othello - Othello (Winter Garden Theatre, NY) (see Actor Connections - Theatre)
 James Earl Jones, Graeme Campbell, and Dianne Wiest in Othello. - Photo Martha Swope TIMEPIX
Othello - Othello  (Parker Playhouse, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida) (see Actor Connections - Theatre)
A Lesson from Aloes- Steve Daniels (Playhouse Theatre, NY)
Paul Robeson - Paul Robeson (Lunt-Fontaine Theatre, NY; Booth Theater, NY)
Of Mice and Men - Lennie (Brooks Atkinson Theatre, NY)'
King Lear - King Lear (New York Shakespeare Festival, Delacorte Theater, New York, NY)  (see Actor Connections - Theatre)
The Iceman Cometh - Theodore "Hickey" Hickman (Circle in the Square Theatre, NY)
The Cherry Orchard - Lopahin (Joseph Papp Public Theater, Anspacher Theatre, New York, NY)
Hamlet - Claudius (Delacorte Theatre, New York, NY)
Othello - Othello (Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, CA) (Thanks to Jordan for this credit!)
Boesman & Lena - Boesman (Circle in the Square, New York, NY)
Les Blancs - Tshembe Matoseh (Longacre Theatre, NY)
The Great White Hope - Jack Jefferson (Alvin Theatre, NY)
James Earl Jones (right) as Jack Jefferson in The Great White Hope - photo Stephen Kroll
Othello - Othello (Goodman Theatre,  Chicago, IL)
Of Mice and Men - (Experimental Theatre, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN) (with his father Robert Earl Jones)
James Earl Jones and Kevin Conway in Of Mice and Men - Photo Martha Swope TIMEPIX
A Hand Is on the Gate - (Longacre Theatre, NY)
Danton's Death - Philippeau (Vivian Beaumont Theatre, NY)
Coriolanus - Junius Brutus (Delacorte Theatre, New York, NY)
Baal - Ekart (Martinique Theatre, New York, NY)
Troilus and Cressida - Ajax (Delacorte Theatre, New York, NY)
Othello - Othello (Martinique Theatre/Delacorte Theatre, New York, NY)
The Blood Knot - Zachariah Pieterson (Cricket Theatre, New York, NY)
The Emperor Jones - (tour Europe ending at the Edinburgh Festival, Scotland)
The Love Nest - George Gulp (Writers Stage Theatre, New York, NY) 
The Winter's Tale - Camillo (Delacorte Theatre, New York, NY)
Nedxt Time I'll Sing to You - Rudge (Phoenix Theatre, New York, NY)
Othello - Othello (New York Shakespeare Festival, NY) Note: Desdemona - pictured - is played by Julienne Marie, Jones's wife.

P.S. 193 - Mario Saccone (Writers Stage Theatre, New York, NY)
Infidel Caesar - Cinna The Senator (Music Box Theatre, NY) (with his father Robert Earl Jones)
The Apple -
Macbeth - (New York Shakespeare Festival, NY)
Moon on a Rainbow Shawl -  (with his father Robert Earl Jones)
Clandestine on the Morning Line - (Actors' Playhouse, New York, NY)
The Blacks: A Clown Show -  Deodatus Village (The Foundry Theatre, St. Marks Playhouse, New York, NY) Note: The Blacks was the longest-running Off-Broadway non-musical of the 60s.
 Cicely Tyson and James Earl Jones in The Blacks - photo Martha Swope - TIMEPIX

Richard II - Lord Marshall
The Cool World - Harrison Thurston (Eugene O'Neil Theatre, NY)
King Henry V - Williams (Belvedere Theatre, New York, NY)
Sunrise at Campobello - Edward (Cort Theatre, NY)
Wedding in Japan - (American Theatre, New York)
The Egghead - (understudy for Perry Hall) (Ethyl Barrymore Theatre, New York, NY)
Othello - Othello (Manistee Civic Theatre, Manistee, Michigan)

Theatre Conceiver
The Cherry Orchard
Procussions: 5 Sparrows for 2 Cents~2006 - guest hook on the Brazilian-influenced "American Fado"
The American Christmas Carol~2005 - narrator
Golden Slumbers, A Father's Love~2005 - reader/participant
The People Speak CD: American Voices, Some Famous, Some Little Known, from Columbus to the Present~2004
Thanks and Giving: Teeny Meany~2004 - narrator ( benefiting St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital)

Audio Books
The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales
The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey
James Earl Jones Reads The Bible
James Earl Jones Mulmed Bible~1998 software
KJV New Testament~1996 Reader1995:
Poetry Out Loud~1995 - reader
James Earl Jones: Voices and Silences~1994
The Art of the Lion King~1994
Noah's Ark~1992 (audio)
We Hold These Truths
The Dream Awake
Native Son
Contest Problem Book III 1969-72

Audio Plays
Are You Now or Have You Ever Been~ - (see Actor Connections - Theatre)
Babbitt~ - (see Actor Connections - Theatre)

Listen to This with James Earl Jones (Verizon sponsored) - The Raven; The Gettysburg Address; Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. 10/2005; 1/2005; 12/2005

Live Appearances/Performances
Jazz in Our Time - Host (Kennedy Center, New York, NY)
One World: A Spectacular Global Celebration - Himself (New York City Center, New York, US)
August in February - reader (Pittsburgh, PA)
"Speaker" - speaker (Byham Theatre (Perry Traditional Academy, Pittsburgh, PA)
Boston Symphony presents John Williams - Narrator of the Star Wars Suite 8/12/06 (Tanglewood, Boston, MA)
Penn State University - Speaker (Eisenhower Auditorium, Penn State University,  State College, Pennsylvania)
Conversations in the Arts: Up Close With ...~2005 - Himself/Speaker 2/16/06 (Columbia College, Chicago, IL)
Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Celebration~2006 - Keynote Speaker 1/13/06 (Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD)
National Association of Independent Schools People of Color Conference - Featured speaker (Hyatt Regency, Dallas, TX)
SCORES After School Program - Guest for students (Denver, CO)
Campbell Park Elementary School - reading Casey at the Bat 9/13/05 (St. Petersburg, FL)
Devil Rays vs. Yankees game - Reciting National Anthem 9/13/05 (St. Petersburg, FL)
Distinguished Speaker Series - speaker 9/22/05  (Penn State University, PA)
Ebony Outstanding Women in Marketing and Communications Awards - presenter
Oxonian Society - Himself/speaking on race 1/24/05 (New York, NY)
Shakespeare in the Minority Key - Himself (Ashland University, Ashland, OH)
Barnes & Noble- Himself (Barnes & Noble, Lincoln Centre, New York, NY)
The Culture Quest: How Culture Affects Us and How We Affect Culture - Himself, renowned speaker (Bergen Community College, Bergen, NJ)
Culture Quest: How Culture Affects Us and How We Affect Culture, The
An Evening with James Earl Jones~2004 - Himself (Missouri Repertory Theatre, Kansas City, MO)
Albion College's Opening Convocation~2002 - Himself (Albion College, Albion, MI)
Ithaca College Commencement Speech~2002 - Himself (Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY)
UJA-Federation of NY~2002 - Emcee of benefit dinner
An Evening with James Earl Jones~2001 - Himself (University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA)
Fanfare~2001 - Himself (Southeastern Louisiana University Arts Festival, Hammond, LA)
International Poetry Forum~2000 - The Voice (Pittsburgh, PA)
MLK Community Celebration~2000 - Himself, keynote speaker (Austin, TX)
Founder's Day Convocation: The Necessary Arts - From Fishing Lures to Fine Arts~1997 - Himself, speaker (Wait Chapel, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC)
God Speaks~1982 - reader with choir (Calvary Episcopal Church, Shadyside, Pittsburgh, PA)

James Earl Jones Reads the Bible~2000  by James Earl Jones
People Could Fly : American Black Folktales, The~2000 by Virginia Hamilton, et al
Native Son~1989 by Richard Wright, James Earl Jones
They Can't Hide Us Anymore~2000 by Richie Havens, et al
Othello (Everyman Paperback Classics)   by William Shakespeare, et al 
Poetry Out Loud~1996 by Robert Alden Rubin (Editor), James Earl Jones (Introduction)   
Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey, The~2000 with Other and CD (Audio)  by Susan Wojciechowski, et al
Lorraine Hansberry Collection~2001 by James Earl Jones (Editor), et al
James Earl Jones~1999   by Judy Hasday
James Earl Jones (Overcoming Adversity)~1999  by Judy L. Hasday
James Earl Jones Mulmed Bible~1998
The Bond: People and Their Animals~1997 by Roger Caras - Jones is photographed with his
Contest Problem Book III : Annual High School Contest 1966-1972 : Of the Mathematical Association of America : Society of Actuaries : Mu Alpha Theta~1973 by Charles T. Salkind, James Earl Jones   
James Earl Jones : Voices and Silences~1994  by James Earl Jones
Art of the Lion King, The~1994 by Christopher Finch, James Earl Jones         
Dream Awake, The~1991 by James Earl Jones
Noah's Ark~1992 by Peter Spier (Illustrator), James Earl Jones

Antietam Review~2005 - on the cover

Video Games
Kingdom Hearts~2006 - Mufasa (see Actor Connections - Video Games)
Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun~1999 - General Solomon
Under a Killing Moon~2000 - Voice of Big P.I. in the Sky
Under a Killing Moon~1994 - The Big P.I. in the Sky
Star Wars~1983 (voice) - Darth Vader
Star Wars Interactive Video Board Game~1978 - Darth Vader

Celebration III Darth Vader Action Figure~2005 - voice of Darth Vader

Awards, Honors, and Nominations:
Academy Awards:
Nom  1970  The Great White Hope
Annie Glenn Awards (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association)
Rec'd 1987 for contributions in helping others with speech and hearing disorders (first recipient of this award)
Cable Ace Awards:
Rec'd 1991 Actor in a Movie or Mini-Series Heatwave
Nom 1987 Actor in a Comedy Series for Faerie Tale Theatre: Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp
Daytime Emmy:
Rec'd 2000 Outstanding Performer in a Children's Series for Summer's End
Drama Desk Awards:
Rec'd 1965 Othello (Vernon Rice Award)
Rec'd 1969 The Great White Hope
Rec'd 1971 Les Blancs
Rec'd 1973  The Cherry Orchard AND Hamlet
DVD Exclusive Awards:
Rec'd 2003 DVDX Award for Best Actor in a DVD Premiere Movie for Finder's Fee
Emmy Awards:
Nom 2004 Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for Everwood as Will Cleveland
Nom 1997  Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for Frasier: Roz's Krantz and Gouldenstein Are Dead
Nom 1995  Outstanding Supporting Actor in a drama Series Under One Roof (pilot) Daddy's Girl
Nom 1994 Outstanding Guest actor in a Drama Series  Picket Fences System Down
Rec'd 1991 Heat Wave
Nom 1990 Outstanding supporting Actor in a Mini Series or Special  By Dawn's Early Light as Alice
Rec'd 1990 Gabriel's Fire
Nom  1964 Outstanding Single Performance by an Actor East Side/West Side Who Do You Kill?
Flanders International Film Festival:
Rec'd 1995 Joseph Plateau Lifetime Achievement Award
Golden Globes:
Nom 1992 Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series - Drama for Pros and Cons
Nom 1991 Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series - Drama Gabriel's Fire
Nom 1975 Best Motion Picture Actor - Musical/Comedy Claudine
Rec'd 1971 Most Promising Newcomer - Male for The Great White Hope
Nom 1971 Best Motion Picture Actor - Drama for The Great White Hope
Rec'd 1971 Historic Award - New Male Star of the Year in a Motion Picture The Great White Hope
Grammy Awards:
Nom         for spoken word for The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey
Rec'd 1976 (shared with: Helen Hayes, Orson Welles and Henry Fonda) for best spoken word recording - Great American Documents
Horatio Alger Award:
Rec'd 1997
Independent Spirit Awards:
Nom 1988 Best Supporting Male for Matewan
Joseph Plateau Awards:
Rec'd 1995 Joseph Plateau Life Achievement Award
Kennedy Center Honors:
Rec'd 2002 Life Achievement
Los Angeles Critics Circle Awards:
Rec'd 19?? for Fences
Method Fest:
Rec'd 2001 Lifetime Achievement Award
National Board of Review:
Rec'd 1995 Career Achievement Award
National Medal of Arts:
Rec'd 1992 award
NAACP Awards (Image Awards):
Nom 1998 Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for Frasier
Nom 1996 Lead Actor in a Motion Picture for Cry, The Beloved Country
Nom Outstanding Performance in an Animated/Live Action/Dramatic Children's Series/Special for Happily Ever After: Fairytales for Every Child
Rec'd Image Hall of Fame Award
Norman Peale Award:
Rec'd 2006 Norman Peale Award for Positive Thinking "recognizes individuals whose lives exemplify the power of thinking positively, with faith, deep caring for people, and a dedicated commitment to improving our world."
Obie's (Off Broadway):
Rec'd 1962  Best Actor The Blacks
Rec'd 1962 - Best actor Clandestine on the Morning Line, The Apple, and Moon on a Rainbow Shawl
Rec'd 1965  Distinguished Performances in Baal
Screen Actor's Guild (SAG) Award:
Nom 1996 Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Lead Role for Cry, The Beloved Country
Theatre World Awards:
Rec'd 1962 Most Promising Personality for Moon on a Rainbow Shawl
Tony Awards:
Nom 2005 Best Performance by a Leading Actor for On Golden Pond
Rec'd 1987 Fences
Rec'd 2 1968 Great White Hope
Nom- 1994 Picket Fences

200? - Detroit, IL - Received key to the city from Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick

2005 - Teamed up with The Ravens and Verizon to promote the Baltimore Reads program - Reginald F. Lewis Museum

2005 - Designed a lunchbox (Star Wars themed) for Food Bank of New York charity.

Mr. Jones was mistakenly announced as dead by the Pittsburgh Pirates radio commentator Lanny was James Earl Ray that had died.

When he got a CB radio some time ago his handle was Darth Vader.

The theatre at the Poughkeepsie Day School is named "The James Earl Jones Theatre"

2005 - Lansing, Michigan.  Walk of Fame

2005 - Calendar: Mississippi Scenic Wall Calendar (JEJ's birthday is noted in January)

2005 - According to a survey (conducted by StrategyOne on behalf of Microsoft Corp.'s Automotive Business Unit) , consumers are ready to embrace James Bond's car of the future today - and the majority of them trust a software company such as Microsoft to be their co-pilot.  If consumers could give their high-tech car a voice, their top choice would be former 007 Sean Connery's famous Scottish brogue. Their second choice would be that of actor James Earl Jones' Darth Vader.

Made a special appearance at Fletcher-Johnson Education Center in Southeast DC for DC SCORES 10th Anniversary (11/17/04) - reading some of his favorite poems.

A member of the Horatio Alger Association

Played with the New York Shakespeare Festival for seven years

Member of the Manistee Summer Theatre Company at the Ramsdell Theatre in 1953, 1955, 1956 and 1957

Received honorary doctorates of Fine Arts from Princeton, Yale and the University of Michigan.

Jones was paid $2500 for his voice-work in Star Wars

Noted for his deep voice

¤Narrates a short film called The Mississippi River at the Riverpark Museum   in Tunica, MS

¤Narrates a short film presented at the Louisville Slugger Museum in Louisville, KY. (much to my surprise and delight!)

¤Narrates a short film that is anti SDI (Strategic Defense Initiative, AKA: Star Wars)

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