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James Earl Jones

James Earl Jones (born January 17, 1931) is a well-known African-American actor who was born Todd Jones in Arkabutla, Mississippi and raised in Dublin, Michigan.

His first film role was in Dr. Strangelove in 1964. He has appeared in many roles since, but is probably best known as the sonorous voice of Darth Vader in the Star Wars films, Mufasa in The Lion King, a Disney animated feature, and CNN tagline, This is CNN. He has performed considerable amounts of other voice-over work. He has also periodically performed guest voices on television's The Simpsons. James portrayed General Solomon in the computer game Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun. He also starred in the television program Under One Roof as Neb Langston, a widowed police officer. He is a spokesman for Verizon Wireless.

He won Tony awards in 1959 in The Great White Hope and in 1987 in Fences. He received Kennedy Center Honors in 2002.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.

James Earl Jones Facts

Birth NameTodd Jones
BirthdayJanuary 17, 1931 (90)
BirthplaceArkabutla, Mississippi, USA
Height6' 1½" (1m87)  How tall is James Earl Jones compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Trading Places
Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
Patriot Games
Marvel's The Avengers: Age Of Ultron
Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three
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