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James Earl Jones Bio, Childhood, Family, and Education
James Earl Jones was born on 17th January 1931 in Arkabutla, Mississippi, the USA His father name is Robert Earl Jones and his mother’s name is Ruth Williams Jones. He had a difficult childhood at his maternal grandparents’ farm and developed a severe stutter. His paternal grandfather was not in good terms with his father, hence they abandoned his father when James was young. Because of this he became withdrawn and refused to speak to anyone. After he started going to school, he gradually started gaining confidence.
He has a sibling namely, Matthew Earl Jones. Likewise, he attended the Browning School for boys and then graduated from the Brethren High School. He went to the University of Michigan to study medicine but soon realized that he was not meant to be a doctor and dropped out. James holds American nationality and belongs to mixed (African-American) ethnicity. He has 6 feet 2 inches height and has unknown weight. He has black hair colour and has blue eye colour. His zodiac sign is Capricorn.
James Earl Jones Career
James Earl Jones began his career as a stage artist. He started working part-time at the Ramsdell Theatre prior to his military stint. He was a stage carpenter in 1953 and began working as an actor in 1955 when he performed in Shakespeare’s ‘Othello’. Over the next few years, he acted in many of Shakespeare’s plays like ‘King Lear’, ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, ‘Measure for Measure’ and ‘Hamlet’. He landed his first film role in 1964 when he was cast as Lieutenant Lothar Zogg in Stanley Kubrick’s black comedy ‘Dr. Strangelove’.
He played the lead role in the 1967 play ‘The Great White Hope’ in which he portrayed the boxing champion, Jack Jefferson. The play was highly successful and ran for 546 performances. He enjoyed great success all through the 1970s and 1980s by performing a variety of roles in different genres of cinema. The best known of his works for the period were ‘Claudine’ (1974), ‘The Greatest’ (1977), ‘Conan the Barbarian’ (1982), ‘Guardians of Stone’ (1987), and ‘Best of the Best’ (1989).
Blessed with a deep and distinctive voice, he voiced the character Darth Vader in Star War trilogy: Star Wars (1977), The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983). However, he had personally requested to be uncredited for this until 1997. In the year 1995, he appeared in the television drama series ‘Under One Roof’ which revolved around the lives of three generations of an African-American family that shared a house. He portrayed Rev Stephen Kumalo in the 1995 film ‘Cry, the Beloved Country’ directed by Darrell Roodt. The movie was based on the novel of the same name by Alan Paton.
Additionally, he won the Golden Globe Award for New Star of
the Year-Actor for the film ‘The Great White Hope’.
He won the Emmy Award for the Outstanding Lead Actor – Drama Series for the television series ‘Gabriel’s Fire’ in 1991. He was presented with the Academy Honorary Award in 2011. These special awards are given to individuals for motion picture achievements not covered by existing Academy Awards.
James Earl Jones Relationship
The 88 years old, James Earl Jones is married man. He is married to Cecilia Hart on March 15, 1982, the marriage lasted till the death of her. The couple had one child namely, Flynn Earl Jones. Previously, he was married with Julienne Marie on January 2, 1968, but the marriage didn’t last long so they decided to separate in 1972.
James Earl Jones Net Worth and Online Presence
The American actor, James Earl Jones has earned the decent income from his career. He has a net worth of $45 million USD. Likewise, James is active on Twitter rather than Facebook and Instagram. He has around 26.2K followers on Twitter. But he doesn’t have an official page on Facebook and Instagram.