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James Earl Boggins Jones
6' 1½" (1.87 m)
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[on Star Wars] I am so pleased to be part of that full legend. Even as an observer. I am just an observer.
According to Jones, when George Lucas
was trying to cast the voice of Darth Vader, his immediate idea was to cast Orson Welles
. However, he felt that Welles was too well-known for the role. So instead, he looked for an actor with a deep voice, "like Orson Welles", which is how he got the role.
Famous for his deep authoritative voice, used most famously for impressive roles as leaders like Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy and Mufasa in The Lion King