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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 23 wins & 25 nominations. See more awards »

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Rogue One
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The Hunt for Red October
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Coming to America
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 2019 The Lion King (filming)
Mufasa (voice)
 2018 Warning Shot (post-production)
 2016 Rogue One
Darth Vader (voice)
 2014-2016 Star Wars Rebels (TV Series)
Darth Vader
 2015 The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar (TV Movie)
Mufasa (voice)
 2015 Agent X (TV Series)
Chief Justice Caleb Thorne
 1974-2015 Great Performances (TV Series)
Hoke / King Lear
 2014 Driving Miss Daisy
 2014 The Big Bang Theory (TV Series)
James Earl Jones
 2013 Gimme Shelter
Frank McCarthy
 2011 Star Tours: The Adventures Continue (Short)
Darth Vader (voice)
 2011 Season 3 According to Jim (Video short)
Royal Flush Voice (uncredited)
 2009 The Magic 7 (TV Movie)
5-Toe (voice)
 2009 Jack and the Beanstalk
The Giant (voice)
 2009 House M.D. (TV Series)
 2009 La Premiere (Short)
 2008 Two and a Half Men (TV Series)
James Earl Jones
 2008 Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins
Papa Jenkins
 2006 Click
Narrator of Michael's Past (uncredited)
 2006 Scary Movie 4
Narrator (uncredited)
 2006 The Benchwarmers
Darth Vader (voice)
 2005 The Reading Room (TV Movie)
 2005 Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith
Darth Vader (voice, uncredited)
 2005 The Sandlot 2 (Video)
Mr. Mertle
 2005 Robots
Voice Box at Hardware Store (voice)
 2003-2004 Everwood (TV Series)
Will Cleveland
 2004 Nine Dog Christmas (Video)
Narrator (voice)
 2004 According to Jim (TV Series)
Royal Flush Voice
 2001 The Feast of All Saints (TV Movie)
Older Marcel
 2001 Recess Christmas: Miracle on Third Street (Video)
Santa Claus (voice)
 2001 Finder's Fee
Avery Phillips
 1999 On the Q.T.
 1999 Santa and Pete (TV Movie)
Grandpa Nicholas
 1999 Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun (Video Game)
General James Solomon
 1999 Undercover Angel
The Judge
 1999 Summer's End (TV Movie)
Dr. William 'Bill' Blakely
 1999 Our Friend, Martin (Video)
Daddy King (voice)
 1998 Recess (TV Series)
Santa Claus
 1998 The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride (Video)
Mufasa (voice)
 1998 Merlin (TV Mini-Series)
Mountain King
 1998 Primary Colors
CNN Voiceover (voice)
 1990-1998 The Simpsons (TV Series)
Narrator / Maggie Simpson / Moving Man / ...
 1997 Monopoly Star Wars (Video Game)
Darth Vader (voice)
 1997 Alone (TV Movie)
 1997 What the Deaf Man Heard (TV Movie)
Archibald Thacker
 1997 Homicide: Life on the Street (TV Series)
Felix Wilson
 1997 Gang Related
Arthur Baylor
 1997 Stargate SG-1 (TV Series)
 1997 Casper: A Spirited Beginning (Video)
Kibosh (voice)
 1997 The Second Civil War (TV Movie)
Jim Kalla
 1997 Frasier (TV Series)
Norman Royster
 1997 Touched by an Angel (TV Series)
The Angel of Angels
 1996 Timepiece (TV Movie)
 1996 Rebound: The Legend of Earl 'The Goat' Manigault (TV Movie)
Dr. McDuffie
 1996 Good Luck
James Bing
 1996 3rd Rock from the Sun (TV Series)
 1996 A Family Thing
Ray Murdock
 1995 Who's in Rabbit's House? (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 1995 People: A Musical Celebration (TV Movie)
The Storyteller (voice)
 1995 Cry, the Beloved Country
Rev. Stephen Kumalo
 1995 Judge Dredd
Narrator (voice, uncredited)
 1995 Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (TV Series)
King Dakkar
 1995 Under One Roof (TV Series)
Neb Langston
 1995 Jefferson in Paris
Madison Hemings
 1995 Signs and Wonders (TV Series)
 1995 Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable (Short)
Mufasa (voice)
 1994 Bah, Humbug!: The Story of Charles Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol' (TV Movie)
Narrator / Ebenezer Scrooge
 1994 Animated StoryBook: The Lion King (Video Game)
Mufasa (voice)
 1994 Under a Killing Moon (Video Game)
Great P.I. of the Universe (voice)
 1994 Clear and Present Danger
Adm. James Greer
 1994 Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (TV Series)
Franklin Stern
 1994 Clean Slate
John Dolby
 1994 Picket Fences (TV Series)
Bryant Thomas
 1994 Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult
James Earl Jones (uncredited)
 1994 The Lion King
Mufasa (voice)
 1994 Confessions: Two Faces of Evil (TV Movie)
Charles Lloyd
 1994 The Vernon Johns Story (TV Movie)
Vernon Johns
 1993 American Playhouse (TV Series)
Old Man Taylor
 1993 Law & Order (TV Series)
Horace McCoy
 1993 Percy & Thunder (TV Movie)
 1993 The Meteor Man
Earnest Moses
 1993 Dreamrider
William Perry
 1993 Excessive Force
 1993 Sesame Street (TV Series)
Lemming #30
 1993 The Sandlot
Mr. Mertle
 1993 ABC Weekend Specials (TV Series)
 1993 Sommersby
Judge Issacs
 1992 Ramayana: The Legend of Prince Rama
Narrator (voice)
 1992 The Second Coming (Short)
 1992 Lincoln (TV Movie)
Narrator (voice)
 1992 Garfield and Friends (TV Series)
 1987-1992 Square One Television (TV Series)
Announcer / Chief Thad Greene / Chief Thad Green
 1992 Sneakers
Mr. Bernard Abbott
 1992 Freddie as F.R.O.7.
Narrator (American version) (voice)
 1992 Patriot Games
Admiral Greer
 1992 Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories (TV Series)
Narrator (segment "Millions of Cats")
 1991-1992 Pros and Cons (TV Series)
Gabriel Bird
 1987-1991 Mathnet (TV Series)
Chief Thad Green / Chief Thad Greene
 1991 Convicts
Ben Johnson
 1991 Scorchers
 1990-1991 Gabriel's Fire (TV Series)
Gabriel Bird
 1990 Teach 109 (TV Short)
Dr. Winston
 1990 Terrorgram
Retribution (voice)
 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)
 1990 The Ambulance
Lt. Spencer
 1990 The Hunt for Red October
Admiral Greer
 1989 Long Ago and Far Away (TV Series)
 1989 The Hunting of the Snark (Short)
 1989 Best of the Best
Frank Couzo
 1989 American Playwrights Theater: The One-Acts (TV Series)
 1989 Saturday Night with Connie Chung (TV Series)
Vernon Johns
 1989 Field of Dreams
Terence Mann
 1989 Three Fugitives
 1988-1989 L.A. Law (TV Series)
Lee Atkins
 1988 Coming to America
King Jaffe Joffer
 1987 CBS Schoolbreak Special (TV Series)
Detective Robb
 1987 Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night
Emperor of the Night (voice)
 1987 Matewan
Few Clothes
 1987 Gardens of Stone
'Goody' Nelson
 1986-1987 Faerie Tale Theatre (TV Series)
Narrator / Genie
 1987 Highway to Heaven (TV Series)
Gabe Wilson
 1986 Soul Man
Professor Banks
 1986 My Little Girl
Ike Bailey
 1986 Moses (Video short)
Pharaoh (voice)
 1986 The Lone Star Kid (TV Movie)
 1985 Greatest Adventure Stories from Bible (TV Series)
 1985 Me and Mom (TV Series)
Lou Garfield
 1985 The Atlanta Child Murders (TV Mini-Series)
Major Walker
 1984 Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 1984 The Vegas Strip War (TV Movie)
Jack Madrid
 1984 City Limits
 1983 Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi
Darth Vader (voice)
 1983 Freedom to Speak (TV Mini-Series)
Frederick Douglass / Martin Luther King Jr.
 1982 Bloodtide
 1982 ABC Afterschool Specials (TV Series)
 1982 The Flight of Dragons (Video)
Ommadon (voice)
 1982 Conan the Barbarian
Thulsa Doom
 1981 Beauty and the Beast (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 1981 The Creation (Short)
 1981 The Bushido Blade
The Prisoner
 1981 CBS Library (TV Series)
Narrator - Beauty and the Beast
 1979-1980 Paris (TV Series)
Detective Capt. Woodrow 'Woody' Paris
 1980 The Golden Moment: An Olympic Love Story (TV Movie)
Dane Oliver
 1980 Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back
Darth Vader (voice, uncredited)
 1980 Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones (TV Movie)
Father Divine
 1979 Paul Robeson (TV Movie)
Paul Robeson
 1979 Roots: The Next Generations (TV Mini-Series)
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 A Piece of the Action
Joshua Burke
 1977 Exorcist II: The Heretic
Older Kokumo
 1977 Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope
Darth Vader (voice, uncredited)
 1977 The Greatest
Malcolm X
 1977 Jesus of Nazareth (TV Mini-Series)
 1976 Vegetable Soup (TV Series)
Long John Spoilsport
 1976 Swashbuckler
Nick Debrett
 1976 The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings
Leon Carter, All-Star (C)
 1976 The River Niger
Johnny Williams
 1975 Deadly Hero
 1975 The UFO Incident (TV Movie)
Barney Hill
 1975 The American Parade (TV Mini-Series)
 1974 The Cay (TV Movie)
 1974 Claudine
 1972 The Man
Douglass Dilman
 1971 NBC Children's Theatre (TV Series)
 1970 The Great White Hope
Jack Jefferson
 1970 End of the Road
Doctor D
 1969 N.Y.P.D. (TV Series)
Candy Latsen / Candy Lateen
 1968 NET Playhouse (TV Series)
 1967-1968 Tarzan (TV Series)
Nerlan / Chief Bella
 1967 The Comedians
Dr. Magiot
 1966 Dr. Kildare (TV Series)
Dr. Lou Rush
 1962-1964 The Defenders (TV Series)
Reverend Harris Bonham / Lieutenant Andrews
 1964 Channing (TV Series)
Dr. Peter Cooke
 1963 East Side/West Side (TV Series)
Joe Goodwin
 1963 Look Up and Live (TV Series)
 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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Other Works:

Stage: Appeared in "Infidel Caesar", but the production never opened on Broadway. 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


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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. See more »


Is a member of the National Rifle Assocation of America (NRA). See more »


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