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James Earl Jones


James Earl Jones was born on January 17, 1931 in Arkabutla, Mississippi, USA. At an early age, he started to take dramatic lessons to calm himself down. It appeared to work as he has since starred in many films over a 40-year period, beginning with the Stanley Kubrick classic Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (... See full bio »

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 2014-2016 Star Wars Rebels (TV Series)
Darth Vader
- Shroud of Darkness (2016) ... Darth Vader (voice)
- The Siege of Lothal (2015) ... Darth Vader (voice)
- Spark of Rebellion (2014) ... Darth Vader (voice)
 2015 The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar (TV Movie)
Mufasa (voice)
 2015 Agent X (TV Series)
Chief Justice Caleb Thorne
- Back in Your Arms (2015) ... Chief Justice Caleb Thorne
- Pilot (2015) ... Chief Justice Caleb Thorne
 1974-2015 Great Performances (TV Series)
Hoke / King Lear
- Driving Miss Daisy (2015) ... Hoke
- King Lear (1974) ... King Lear
 2009 The Magic 7 (TV Movie)
5-Toe (voice)
 2009 House M.D. (TV Series)
Dibala
- The Tyrant (2009) ... Dibala
 2005 The Reading Room (TV Movie)
William
 2004 According to Jim (TV Series)
Royal Flush Voice
- The Toilet (2004) ... Royal Flush Voice (voice)
 2001 Feast of All Saints (TV Movie)
Older Marcel
 1999 Santa and Pete (TV Movie)
Grandpa Nicholas
 1999 Summer's End (TV Movie)
Dr. William 'Bill' Blakely
 1998 Merlin (TV Mini-Series)
Mountain King
- Part 3 (1998) ... Mountain King (voice)
- Part 2 (1998) ... Mountain King (voice)
- Part 1 (1998) ... Mountain King (voice)
 1990-1998 The Simpsons (TV Series)
Narrator / Maggie Simpson / Moving Man / ...
- Das Bus (1998) ... Narrator (voice)
- Treehouse of Horror V (1994) ... Maggie Simpson (voice, as James Earl Boggins Jones)
- Treehouse of Horror I (1990) ... Moving Man / Serak the Preparer / Narrator (voice)
 1997 An American Moment (TV Series) (1998)
 1997 Alone (TV Movie)
Grey
 1997 What the Deaf Man Heard (TV Movie)
Archibald Thacker
 1997 Stargate SG-1 (TV Series)
Unas
- Thor's Hammer (1997) ... Unas (voice)
 1997 The Second Civil War (TV Movie)
Jim Kalla
 1997 Frasier (TV Series)
Norman Royster
- Roz's Krantz & Gouldenstein Are Dead (1997) ... Norman Royster
 1996 Timepiece (TV Movie)
Lawrence
 1996 3rd Rock from the Sun (TV Series)
Narrator
- See Dick Run (1996) ... Narrator (uncredited)
- Post-Nasal Dick (1996) ... Narrator (uncredited)
 1995 People: A Musical Celebration (TV Movie)
The Storyteller (voice)
 1995 Under One Roof (TV Series)
Neb Langston
- Ronnie's Got a Gun (1995) ... Neb Langston
- Secrets (1995) ... Neb Langston
- Sophisticated Lady... Not! (1995) ... Neb Langston
- Pilot (1995) ... Neb Langston
- Daddy's Girl (1995) ... Neb Langston
 1995 Signs and Wonders (TV Series)
Diamond
- Episode #1.4 (1995) ... Diamond
- Episode #1.3 (1995) ... Diamond
- Episode #1.2 (1995) ... Diamond
- Episode #1.1 (1995) ... Diamond
 1995 Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (TV Series)
King Dakkar
- The Valiant Little Tailor (1995) ... King Dakkar (voice)
 1994 Picket Fences (TV Series)
Bryant Thomas
- System Down (1994) ... Bryant Thomas
 1994 Confessions: Two Faces of Evil (TV Movie)
Charles Lloyd
 1993 American Playhouse (TV Series)
Old Man Taylor
- Hallelujah (1993) ... Old Man Taylor
 1993 Law & Order (TV Series)
Horace McCoy
- Profile (1993) ... Horace McCoy
 1993 Percy & Thunder (TV Movie)
Percy
 1993 ABC Weekend Specials (TV Series)
 1992 Lincoln (TV Movie)
Narrator (voice)
 1987-1992 Square One Television (TV Series)
Announcer / Chief Thad Greene / Chief Thad Green
- Episode #5.19 (1992) ... Announcer (voice)
- Episode #4.6 (1991) ... Chief Thad Greene
- Episode #3.1 (1990) ... Announcer (voice)
- Episode #1.20 (1987) ... Chief Thad Green
 1992 Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories (TV Series)
Narrator (segment "Millions of Cats")
- Blumpoe the Grumpoe Meets Arnold the Cat/Millions of Cats (1992) ... Narrator (segment "Millions of Cats") (voice)
 1987-1991 Mathnet (TV Series)
Chief Thad Green / Chief Thad Greene
- Despair in Monterey Bay (1991) ... Chief Thad Greene
- The Case of the Missing Air (1988) ... Chief Thad Greene (voice)
- The Case of the Deceptive Data (1988) ... Chief Thad Green
- The Trial of George Frankly (1987) ... Chief Thad Green
- The Problem of the Passing Parade (1987) ... Chief Thad Green
 1990 Teach 109 (TV Short)
Dr. Winston
 1990 Ivory Hunters (TV Movie)
Inspector Nkuru
 1990 Heat Wave (TV Movie)
Junius Johnson
 1990 Last Flight Out (TV Movie)
Al Topping
 1990 By Dawn's Early Light (TV Movie)
Alice
 1989 Long Ago and Far Away (TV Series)
Host
 1989 American Playwrights Theater: The One-Acts (TV Series)
Willie
- Third and Oak: The Pool Hall (1989) ... Willie
 1988-1989 L.A. Law (TV Series)
Lee Atkins
- Victor/Victorious (1989) ... Lee Atkins
- Chariots of Meyer (1988) ... Lee Atkins
 1987 CBS Schoolbreak Special (TV Series)
Detective Robb
- Soldier Boys (1987) ... Detective Robb
 1987 Highway to Heaven (TV Series)
Gabe Wilson
- A Song of Songs (1987) ... Gabe Wilson
 1986 Faerie Tale Theatre (TV Series)
Genie / Narrator
- Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp (1986) ... Genie / Narrator
 1986 The Lone Star Kid (TV Movie)
 1985 Me and Mom (TV Series)
Lou Garfield
- Final Cut (1985) ... Lou Garfield
- The Murder Game (1985) ... Lou Garfield
- Episode #1.4 (1985) ... Lou Garfield
- Davie (1985) ... Lou Garfield
- A Flawed Affair (1985) ... Lou Garfield
 1985 The Atlanta Child Murders (TV Mini-Series)
Major Walker
- Episode #1.2 (1985) ... Major Walker
- Episode #1.1 (1985) ... Major Walker
 1984 The Vegas Strip War (TV Movie)
Jack Madrid
 1982 ABC Afterschool Specials (TV Series)
Gabriel
- Amy & the Angel (1982) ... Gabriel
 1981 CBS Library (TV Series)
Narrator - Beauty and the Beast
- Misunderstood Monsters (1981) ... Narrator - Beauty and the Beast
 1980 The Golden Moment: An Olympic Love Story (TV Movie)
Dane Oliver
 1980 The Me Nobody Knows (TV Movie)
Introduced by
 1980 Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones (TV Movie)
Father Divine
 1979-1980 Paris (TV Series)
Detective Capt. Woodrow 'Woody' Paris
- America the Beautiful (1980) ... Detective Capt. Woodrow 'Woody' Paris
- Pay the Two Bucks (1980) ... Detective Capt. Woodrow 'Woody' Paris
- Fitz's Boys (1980) ... Detective Capt. Woodrow 'Woody' Paris
- The Ghost Maker (1980) ... Detective Capt. Woodrow 'Woody' Paris
- The Price Is Right (1980) ... Detective Capt. Woodrow 'Woody' Paris
 1979 Paul Robeson (TV Movie)
Paul Robeson
 1979 Roots: The Next Generations (TV Mini-Series)
Alex Haley
- Episode #1.7 (1979) ... Alex Haley
 1978 The Star Wars Holiday Special (TV Movie)
Darth Vader (voice)
 1977 The Greatest Thing That Almost Happened (TV Movie)
Morris Bird, Jr.
 1977 Jesus of Nazareth (TV Mini-Series)
Balthazar
- Part 1 (1977) ... Balthazar
 1976 Vegetable Soup (TV Series)
Long John Spoilsport
 1975 The UFO Incident (TV Movie)
Barney Hill
 1975 The American Parade (TV Mini-Series)
Narrator
- Sojourner (1975) ... Narrator
 1974 The Cay (TV Movie)
Timothy
 1969 N.Y.P.D. (TV Series)
Candy Latsen / Candy Lateen
- Candy Man: Part 2 (1969) ... Candy Latsen
- Candy Man: Part 1 (1969) ... Candy Lateen
 1967-1968 Tarzan (TV Series)
Nerlan / Chief Bella
- The Convert (1968) ... Nerlan
- To Steal the Rising Sun (1967) ... Chief Bella
 1966 Dr. Kildare (TV Series)
Dr. Lou Rush
- These Hands That Heal (1966) ... Dr. Lou Rush
- Adrift in a Sea of Confusion (1966) ... Dr. Lou Rush
- Gratitude Won't Pay the Bills (1966) ... Dr. Lou Rush
- A Cry from the Street (1966) ... Dr. Lou Rush
 1962-1964 The Defenders (TV Series)
Reverend Harris Bonham / Lieutenant Andrews
- The Non-Violent (1964) ... Reverend Harris Bonham
- Along Came a Spider (1962) ... Lieutenant Andrews
 1964 Channing (TV Series)
Dr. Peter Cooke
- Freedom Is a Lovesome Thing God Wot (1964) ... Dr. Peter Cooke
 1963 East Side/West Side (TV Series)
Joe Goodwin
- Who Do You Kill? (1963) ... Joe Goodwin
 1963 Look Up and Live (TV Series)
Book
- Room for Death (1963) ... Book
 1962 Monitor (TV Series documentary)
Prince of Morocco
 1956 As the World Turns (TV Series)
Dr. Jerry Turner (1966)
 1952 Guiding Light (TV Series)
Dr. Jim Frazier #2 (1966)
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Appeared (as "President Art Hockstader," portrayed by 'Lee Tracy (I)' in The Best Man (1964)) in "The Best Man" on Broadway. Written by Gore Vidal. Also in cast: Eric McCormack (as "Sen. Joseph Cantwell"), John Larroquette (as "Secretary of State William Russell"), Candice Bergen (as "Alice Russell"), Angela Lansbury (as "Sue ... See more »

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1 Print Biography | 3 Interviews | 4 Articles | 2 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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Alternate Names:

James Earl Boggins Jones

Height:

6' 1½" (1.87 m)
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When I read that part in the script where it said, "Luke, I am your father", I thought, "He's lying. I have to see how they carry this lie out.". See more »

Trivia:

Has appeared in two films with Madge Sinclair where they play the main character's parents. In Coming to America (1988), they play the mother and father of Eddie Murphy's character, Akeem. In The Lion King (1994), they play the mother and father of Simba. In Coming to America (1988), he appears with Samuel L. Jackson, who also appears with him in Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)... See more »

Trademark:

Unmistakeable contagious laugh See more »

Nickname:

Todd

Star Sign:

Capricorn

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