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James Earl Jones ACTOR

James Earl Jones was born on January 17th, 1931 in Arkabutla, Mississippi to parents, Ruth and Robert Earl Jones.  When he was a young boy his father abandoned him and his mother and he was raised by his grandparents.  As a young boy he was introduced to drama and began taking lessons.  A Teacher also noticed he had a talent for writing.  Due to his traumatic childhood being moved around, he developed a stutter and rarely would speak out loud, however in high school a teacher forced public speaking and he finally overcame his stutter.
He graduated from Brethen High School in Michigan and chose to enroll in college at the University of Michigan where he planned to study pre-med.  However, it did not take long for him to change his mind on his career path and choose to pursue a acting profession. 
He first found part time work as a stage crew member for Ramsdell Theatre in Michigan, however his work was interrupted during the war when he was sent off to Fort Benning to attend basic infantry Officers School.  He earned his Rangers Tab and soon earned the rank of First Lieutenant.  After being discharged from the military he relocated to new York City and furthered his acting education at the American Theatre Wing while working part time as a janitor to support himself.
In 1955 he was cast in, "Othello" followed by his Broadway debut in 1957.  Over his career he continued to work on stage in such productions as, "The Great White Hope", "Fences", "King Lear", "A Mid Summer Night's Dream", "Measure for Measure", "Hamlet", "On Golden Pond", "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" and "Driving Miss Daisy".
Jones also established himself as a film actor appearing on the big screen in such features as, "The Great White Hope" for which he was nominated as Best Actor followed by film roles in, "Claudine", "Conan the Barbarian", "The Sandlot", "Coming to America", "Cry the Beloved Country", "The Hunt for Red October", "Patriot Games" and "Clear and Present Danger".
He has also done a number of voice over projects such as on, "The Simpson's" (1989), playing the Disney character Mufasa in, "The Lion King" (1994) and also the voice of Darth Vader in, "Star Wars: Episode III-Revenge of the Sith" (2005), "Robots", "The Benchwarmers" and a number of video games for the voice of Darth Vader. 
Jones ahs been  in the industry for over five decades and has managed to establish himself as one of the most versatile actors in the industry.  Along with an already highly impressive resume for stage and film, he did not stop there.  Jones made numerous television appearances on such shows as, "Guiding Light", "Dragnet", "Roots; The Next Generation", "Under One Roof", "Touched By an Angel", "Will & Grace", "Two & a Half Men", "Clipping Wings" and also hosted the children's show, "Long Ago and Far Away" (1989-1993).
He won two Emmy's in the same year, one for his role in, "Gabriel's Fire" (1991) and for Best Supporting Actor in, "Heat Wave" (1991).  James has also been nominated fro numerous Emmy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, Spirit Awards and in 2009 was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Jones has been married twice throughout his lifetime.  His first wife was Julienne Marie whom he married from 1968 through 1972.  He then married Cecilia Hart in 1982 and they have one child and remain married today. 


2012 Starbright
2012 Gimme Shelter
2011 Star Tours: The Adventures Continue
2010 Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey 
2010 Jack and the Beanstalk 
2009 House M.D. 
2009 La Premiere 
2009 The Magic 7
2008 Two and a Half Men 
2008 Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins 
2006 Click
2006 Scary Movie 4 
2006 The Benchwarmer
2005 The Reading Room
2005 Nine Dog Christmas 
2005 Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith 
2005 The Sandlot 2 
2005 Robots
2003-2004 Everwood
2004 According to Jim
2001 Feast of All Saints
2001 Recess Christmas: Miracle on Third Street
2001 Finder's Fee
2001 Disney's American Legends 
1999 Santa and Pete
1999 The Annihilation of Fish 
1999 Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun 
1999 Undercover Angel 
1999 Summer's End 
1999 SOn the Q.T. 
1999 Our Friend, Martin 
1997 An American Moment
1998 Recess
1998 The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride 
1998 Merlin 
1990-1998 The Simpsons
1997 Alone 
1997 What the Deaf Man Heard
1997 Homicide: Life on the Street
1997 Criminal Intent
1997 Stargate SG-1 
1997 Casper: A Spirited Beginning 
1997 The Second Civil War 
1997 Frasier 
1997 Touched by an Angel
1997 Mad About You 
1997 Monopoly Star Wars
1996 Timepiece 
1996 Rebound: The Legend of Earl 'The Goat' Manigault
1996 Good Luck 
1996 3rd Rock from the Sun 
1996 A Family Thing 
1995 People: A Musical Celebration 
1995 Cry, the Beloved Country 
1995 Judge Dredd
1995 Under One Roof
1995 Jefferson in Paris 
1995 Signs and Wonders 
1995 Who's in Rabbit's House? 
1995 Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child
1994 Bah, Humbug!: The Story of Charles Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol
1994 Animated StoryBook: The Lion King 
1994 Clear and Present Danger 
1994 The Lion King 
1994 Twilight Zone: Rod Serling's Lost Classics
1994 Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
1994 Clean Slate
1994 Picket Fences 
1994 Confessions: Two Faces of Evil
1994 The Vernon Johns Story
1994 Under a Killing Moon
1993 American Playhouse
1993 Law & Order
1993 Percy & Thunder
1993 The Meteor Man
1993 Excessive Force
1993 The Sandlot 
1993 ABC Weekend Specials 
1993 Sommersby 
1993 Dreamrider 
1992 Lincoln 
1992 Garfield and Friends 
1987-1992 Square One TV 
1992 Sneakers
1992 Freddie as F.R.O.7. 
1992 Patriot Games
1992 Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories 
1991-1992 Pros and Cons
1992 The Second Coming 
1992 Ramayana: The Legend of Prince Rama 
1991 Convicts
1990-1991 Gabriel's Fire
1991 Scorchers 
1987-1991 Mathnet
1990 Ivory Hunters 
1990 Heat Wave 
1990 Grim Prairie Tales: Hit the Trail... to Terror 
1990 Last Flight Out
1990 By Dawn's Early Light
1990 The Ambulance
1990 The Hunt for Red October 
1990 Teach 109
1989 Best of the Best 
1989 American Playwrights Theater: The One-Acts 
1989 Saturday Night with Connie Chung
1989 Field of Dreams
1989 Three Fugitives 
1988-1989 L.A. Law
1989 Long Ago and Far Away 
1989 The Hunting of the Snark
1989 Noah's Ark 
1988 Coming to America 
1988 Terrorgram
1987 CBS Schoolbreak Special
1987 Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night
1987 Matewan
1987 Gardens of Stone
1987 Highway to Heaven
1986 Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold 
1986 Soul Man
1986 My Little Girl 
1986 Faerie Tale Theatre
1986 Lone Star Kid
1986 Moses
1985 Me and Mom
1985 The Atlanta Child Murders 
1984 The Vegas Strip War
1984 City Limits
1984 Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears
1983 Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi
1982 Bloodtide
1982 ABC Afterschool Specials
1982 The Flight of Dragons
1982 Conan the Barbarian
1982 Freedom to Speak 
1981 The Bloody Bushido Blade
1981 CBS Library
1981 The Creation
1981 Beauty and the Beast
1980 The Golden Moment: An Olympic Love Story 
1980 Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back 
1980 Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones 
1979-1980 Paris 
1979 Paul Robeson
1979 Roots: The Next Generations
1978 The Star Wars Holiday Special
1977 The Greatest Thing That Almost Happened
1977 A Piece of the Action 
1977 The Last Remake of Beau Geste 
1977 Exorcist II: The Heretic
1977 Star Wars
1977 The Greatest
1977 Jesus of Nazareth
1977 Roots
1976 Deadly Hero
1976 Swashbuckler 
1976 The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings
1976 The River Niger 
1976 Vegetable Soup 
1975 The UFO Incident 
1974 The Cay
1974 Claudine
1974 Great Performances
1972 The Man
1970 The Great White Hope
1970 End of the Road
1970 NBC Children's Theatre 
1969 N.Y.P.D. 
1967-1968 Tarzan 
1967 The Comedians
1966 As the World Turns 
1966 Guiding Light 
1966 Dr. Kildare
1962-1964 The Defenders 
1964 Channing
1964 Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb 
1963 East Side/West Side 
1963 Look Up and Live

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