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James Earl Boggins Jones
6' 1½" (1.87 m)
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[on the terrible stutter he suffered from as a young man]: One of the hardest things in life is having words in your heart that you can't utter.
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