James Earl Jones


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Widely regarded as the one of greatest stage and screen actors both in his native USA and internationally, James Earl Jones was born on January 17, 1931 in Arkabutla, Mississippi. 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 ... See full bio »

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(2016)
The Lion King Mufasa
(2019)
The Hunt for Red October Admiral Greer
(1990)
Coming to America King Jaffe Joffer
(1988)

Filmography

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 2021 Coming 2 America
King Jaffe Joffer
 2019 The Lion King
Mufasa (voice)
 2018 Warning Shot
Pendleton
 2016 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Darth Vader (voice)
 2014-2016 Star Wars Rebels (TV Series)
Darth Vader
- Twilight of the Apprentice: Part 2 (2016) ... Darth Vader (voice)
- Shroud of Darkness (2016) ... Darth Vader (voice)
- The Siege of Lothal: Part 2 (2015) ... 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 Short)
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
 1974-2014 Great Performances (TV Series)
Hoke / King Lear
- Driving Miss Daisy (2014) ... Hoke
- King Lear (1974) ... King Lear
 2014 The Angriest Man in Brooklyn
Ruben (Video store owner)
 2014 The Big Bang Theory (TV Series)
James Earl Jones
- The Convention Conundrum (2014) ... 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 Jack and the Beanstalk
The Giant (voice)
 2009 House (TV Series)
Dibala
- The Tyrant (2009) ... Dibala
 2009 La Premiere (Short)
Narrator
 2009 The Magic 7 (TV Movie)
5-Toe (voice)
 2008 Two and a Half Men (TV Series)
James Earl Jones
- The Devil's Lube (2008) ... 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)
William
 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
- The Tipping Point (2004) ... Will Cleveland
- The L Word (2004) ... Will Cleveland
- Three Miners from Everwood (2003) ... Will Cleveland
 2004 Nine Dog Christmas (Video)
Narrator (voice)
 2004 According to Jim (TV Series)
Royal Flush Voice
- The Toilet (2004) ... Royal Flush Voice (voice)
 2003 The Lion King Read-Along (Video short)
Mufasa
 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
 2001 On the Q.T.
Leo
 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
- Yes, Mikey, Santa Does Shave: Part 2 (1998) ... Santa Claus (voice)
- Yes, Mikey, Santa Does Shave: Part 1 (1998) ... Santa Claus (voice)
 1998 The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride (Video)
Mufasa (voice)
 1998 Merlin (TV Mini Series)
Mountain King
- Part 2 (1998) ... Mountain King (voice)
- Part 1 (1998) ... Mountain King (voice)
 1998 Primary Colors
CNN Voiceover (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 (1990) ... Moving Man / Serak the Preparer / Narrator (voice)
 1997 Monopoly Star Wars (Video Game)
Darth Vader (voice)
 1997 What the Deaf Man Heard (TV Movie)
Archibald Thacker
 1997 Homicide: Life on the Street (TV Series)
Felix Wilson
- Blood Ties: Part 3 (1997) ... Felix Wilson
- Blood Ties: Part 2 (1997) ... Felix Wilson
- Blood Ties: Part 1 (1997) ... Felix Wilson
 1997 Gang Related
Arthur Baylor
 1997 Stargate SG-1 (TV Series)
Unas
- Thor's Hammer (1997) ... Unas (voice)
 1997 Casper: A Spirited Beginning (Video)
Kibosh (voice)
 1997 Alone (TV Movie)
Grey
 1997 The Second Civil War (TV Movie)
Jim Kalla
 1997 Frasier (TV Series)
Norman Royster
- Roz's Krantz & Gouldenstein Are Dead (1997) ... Norman Royster
 1997 Touched by an Angel (TV Series)
The Angel of Angels
- Clipped Wings (1997) ... The Angel of Angels
 1996 Timepiece (TV Movie)
Lawrence
 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)
Narrator
- See Dick Run (1996) ... Narrator (uncredited)
- Selfish Dick (1996) ... Narrator (uncredited)
- Father Knows Dick (1996) ... Narrator (uncredited)
- Assault with a Deadly Dick (1996) ... Narrator (uncredited)
- Dick Like Me (1996) ... Narrator (uncredited)
 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
- The Valiant Little Tailor (1995) ... King Dakkar (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 Jefferson in Paris
Madison Hemings
 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 Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable (Short)
Mufasa (voice)
 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
Admiral Greer
 1994 The Lion King
Mufasa (voice)
 1994 Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (TV Series)
Franklin Stern
- The House of Luthor (1994) ... Franklin Stern
 1994 Clean Slate
John Dolby
 1994 Picket Fences (TV Series)
Bryant Thomas
- System Down (1994) ... Bryant Thomas
 1994 Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult
James Earl Jones (uncredited)
 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
- Hallelujah (1993) ... Old Man Taylor
 1993 Law & Order (TV Series)
Horace McCoy
- Profile (1993) ... Horace McCoy
 1993 Percy & Thunder (TV Movie)
Percy
 1993 The Meteor Man
Earnest Moses
 1993 Dreamrider
William Perry
 1993 Excessive Force
Jake
 1993 Sesame Street (TV Series)
Lemming #30
- Episode #24.115 (1993) ... Lemming #30 (voice)
 1993 The Sandlot
Mr. Mertle
 1993 Sommersby
Judge Issacs
 1992 Columbus: Encounter, Discovery and Beyond (Video Game)
Narrator
 1992 The Second Coming (Short)
Narrator
 1992 Lincoln (TV Movie)
Narrator (voice)
 1992 Garfield and Friends (TV Series)
Diablo
 1987-1992 Square One Television (TV Series)
Announcer / Chief Thad Green
- Episode #5.19 (1992) ... Announcer (voice)
- Episode #4.6 (1991) ... Chief Thad Green
- Episode #3.1 (1990) ... Announcer (voice)
- Episode #1.20 (1987) ... 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 Ramayana: The Legend of Prince Rama
Narrator (voice)
 1991-1992 Pros and Cons (TV Series)
Gabriel Bird
- Do You Take This Man? (1992) ... Gabriel Bird
- The Ex Spots the Mark (1992) ... Gabriel Bird
- Ho! Ho! Hold Up! (1991) ... Gabriel Bird
- Scarlet Biretta (1991) ... Gabriel Bird
- May the Best Man Win (1991) ... Gabriel Bird
 1987-1991 Mathnet (TV Series)
Chief Thad Green / Chief Thad Greene
- Despair in Monterey Bay (1991) ... Chief Thad Green
- The Case of the Missing Air (1988) ... Chief Thad Green (voice)
- The View from the Rear Terrace (1988) ... Chief Thad Greene (credit only)
- The Case of the Deceptive Data (1988) ... Chief Thad Green
- The Case of the Great Car Robbery (1988) ... Chief Thad Greene (credit only)
 1991 Convicts
Ben Johnson
 1991 Scorchers
Bear
 1990-1991 Gabriel's Fire (TV Series)
Gabriel Bird
- Belly of the Beast (1991) ... Gabriel Bird
- Birds Gotta Fly (1991) ... Gabriel Bird
- Kelly Green (1991) ... Gabriel Bird
- One Flew Over the Bird's Nest (1991) ... Gabriel Bird
- A Prayer for the Goldsteins (1991) ... Gabriel Bird
 1990 Terrorgram
Retribution (voice)
 1990 Grim Prairie Tales
Morrison
 1990 The Ambulance
Lt. Spencer
 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
 1990 The Hunt for Red October
Admiral Greer
 1989 The Hunting of the Snark (Short)
Narrator
 1989 Best of the Best
Frank Couzo
 1989 American Playwrights Theater: The One-Acts (TV Series)
Willie
- Third and Oak: The Pool Hall (1989) ... Willie
 1989 Saturday Night with Connie Chung (TV Series)
Vernon Johns
- God's Bad Boy (1989) ... Vernon Johns
 1989 Teach 109 (TV Movie)
Dr. Winston
 1989 Field of Dreams
Terence Mann
 1989 Three Fugitives
Dugan
 1988-1989 L.A. Law (TV Series)
Lee Atkins
- Victor/Victorious (1989) ... Lee Atkins
- Chariots of Meyer (1988) ... Lee Atkins
 1988 Coming to America
King Jaffe Joffer
 1987 CBS Schoolbreak Special (TV Series)
Detective Robb
- Soldier Boys (1987) ... 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
 1987 Highway to Heaven (TV Series)
Gabe Wilson
- A Song of Songs (1987) ... Gabe Wilson
 1986 Soul Man
Professor Banks
 1986 My Little Girl
Ike Bailey
 1986 Faerie Tale Theatre (TV Series)
Genie of the Lamp / Genie of the Ring
- Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp (1986) ... Genie of the Lamp / Genie of the Ring
 1986 Moses (Video short)
Pharaoh (voice)
 1986 Lone Star Kid (TV Movie)
M. Holmes
 1985 The Greatest Adventure: Stories from the Bible (TV Series short)
Pharoah
- Moses (1985) ... Pharoah (voice)
 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
 1984 City Limits
Albert
 1984 Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears (Short)
Narrator (English version, voice)
 1983 Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi
Darth Vader (voice)
 1982 Bloodtide
Frye
 1982 ABC Afterschool Specials (TV Series)
Gabriel
- Amy & the Angel (1982) ... Gabriel
 1982 The Flight of Dragons (Video)
Ommadon (voice)
 1982 Conan the Barbarian
Thulsa Doom
 1981 The Creation (Short)
Narrator
 1981 The Bushido Blade
The Prisoner
 1981 CBS Library (TV Series)
Narrator - Beauty and the Beast
- Misunderstood Monsters (1981) ... Narrator - Beauty and the Beast
 1981 Beauty and the Beast (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 1979-1980 Paris (TV Series)
Woody Paris
- America the Beautiful (1980) ... Woody Paris
- Pay the Two Bucks (1980) ... Woody Paris
- Fitz's Boys (1980) ... Woody Paris
- The Ghost Maker (1980) ... Woody Paris
- The Price Is Right (1980) ... 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
- Part VII (1960-1967) (1979) ... Alex Haley
 1978 The Star Wars Holiday Special (TV Movie)
Darth Vader (voice)
 1978 The Story of the Faithful Wookiee (Short)
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)
Balthazar
- Part 4 (1977) ... Balthazar
- Part 3 (1977) ... Balthazar
- Part 2 (1977) ... Balthazar
- Part 1 (1977) ... Balthazar
 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 Vegetable Soup (TV Series)
Long John Spoilsport
 1975 Deadly Hero
Rabbit
 1975 The UFO Incident (TV Movie)
Barney Hill
 1974 The Cay (TV Movie)
Timothy
 1974 Claudine
Roop
 1972 The Man
Douglass Dilman
 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
- Candy Man: Part 2 (1969) ... Candy Latsen
- Candy Man: Part 1 (1969) ... Candy Lateen
 1968 NET Playhouse (TV Series)
Reverend Ridgley Washington
- Trumpets of the Lord (1968) ... Reverend Ridgley Washington
 1967-1968 Tarzan (TV Series)
Nerlan / Chief Bella
- The Convert (1968) ... Nerlan
- To Steal the Rising Sun (1967) ... Chief Bella
 1967 The Comedians
Dr. Magiot
 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 documentary)
Book
- Room for Death (1963) ... Book
 1962 Monitor (TV Series documentary)
Prince of Morocco
- Stratford-On-The-Subway (1962) ... 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:

Movie trailer: Narrated the The Night of the Iguana (1964) trailer. See more »

Publicity Listings:

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Alternate Names:

James Earl Boggins Jones

Height:

6' 1½" (1.87 m)

Spouse:

Cecilia Hart  (her death)  (1 child) | See more »

Children:

Jones, Flynn Earl

Parents:

Connolly, Ruth | Jones, Robert Earl
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Personal Quote:

The world is filled with violence. Because criminals carry guns, we decent law-abiding citizens should also have guns. Otherwise, they will win and the decent people will lose. See more »

Trivia:

He has appeared in six films that have been selected for the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant: Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964), King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis (1970), Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back ... See more »

Trademark:

Unmistakeable contagious laugh. See more »

Nickname:

Todd

Star Sign:

Capricorn

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