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  • James Earl Jones Biography

    Born: December 31, 1969 in Arkabutla, Mississippi, USA

    JAMES EARL JONES has a voice known by people of all ages and walks of life, from the Star Wars fans who know him as Darth Vader to children who think of him as Mufasa in The Lion King. Jones received an Oscar® nomination for The Great White Hope (1971) and in 2011 he was honored with one of the Academy's prestigious Governors Awards for that year. Additionally, Jones was awarded the National Medal of Arts and is a Kennedy Center honoree.

    The actor recently completed work on Phil Alden Robinson's dramedy The Angriest Man in Brooklyn, starring Mila Kunis, Peter Dinklage and Robin Williams.

    Other film credits include Dr. Strangelove, Claudine, The Comedians, The River Niger, The Greatest, A Piece of the Action, Gardens of Stone, Conan the Barbarian, Coming to America, The Sandlot, The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, Matewan, Cry, the Beloved Country, Field of Dreams, A Family Thing, Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins and Jack and the Beanstalk.

    Jones' wide-ranging TV career includes two primetime Emmy Awards® (for "Gabriel's Fire" and "Heat Wave") and an additional six nominations. He starred in "Roots: The Next Generation" and has amassed a great number of guest appearances on series ranging from "The Defenders" and "Dr. Kildare" to, more recently, "Two and a Half Men" and "House."

    Jones made his Broadway debut in 1957 and had his first breakthrough in 1960 when Joseph Papp cast him in "Henry V," marking the beginning of Jones' long affiliation with the New York Shakespeare Festival. Among his many distinguished performances for the company were the title roles in "Othello," "Macbeth" and "King Lear."

    Jones won Tony Awards® for the Broadway productions of "The Great White Hope" and "Fences" (also a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award). He received a Tony nomination for "On Golden Pond" and won Drama Desk Awards for "Othello," "Les Blancs," "Hamlet," "The Cherry Orchard" and "Fences." He won Obie Awards for "Clandestine on the Morning Line," "The Apple," "Moon on a Rainbow Shawl" (also a Theatre World Award) and "Baal."

    Most recently, Jones starred in William Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing" at the Old Vic alongside Vanessa Redgrave, directed by Mark Rylance. In 2012 Jones and Angela Lansbury completed a six-month Australian tour of Alfred Uhry's "Driving Miss Daisy." The previous year, Jones and Vanessa Redgrave starred in "Driving Miss Daisy" in both the West End and on Broadway.

    Additional theater credits include "Paul Robeson," "The Iceman Cometh," "Of Mice and Men" and "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" (Olivier Award nomination for Best Actor).

    The actor's memoir, reissued by Limelight Editions in 2004, is called Voices and Silences.

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