Born on January 17, 1931 in Arkabutla, Mississippi
Thanks for everything,so far...still active
His career has spanned more than 60 years, and he has been described as "one of America's most distinguished and versatile" actors and "one of the greatest actors in American history". Since his Broadway debut in 1957, Jones has won many awards, including a Tony Award for his role in The Great White Hope, which also earned him a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role for the film version of the play. Jones has won three Emmy Awards, including two in the same year in 1990. He is also known for his voice roles as Darth Vader in the Star Wars film series and Mufasa in Disney's The Lion King, as well as many other film, stage and television roles. Jones has been said to possess "one of the best-known voices in show business, a stirring basso profondo that has lent gravel and gravitas" to his projects, including live-action acting, voice acting, and commercial voice-overs.
Some glimpses from his long career:
2012 winning the Honorary Oscar Award.
Dr. Strangelove 1964, making his feature length movie debut.
The Comedians 1967
The Great White Hope 1970, recreating his awardwinning stage role, and earning his only (!) Oscar nomination.
The Man 1972
The River Niger 1976
The voice of Darth Vader in Star Wars started in 1977
Paris TV-series 1979 to 1980
Conan the Barbarian 1982 as Thulsa Doom
The Atlanta Child Murders 1985 TV two part mini series.
James Earl Jones is still my difinitive “King Lear.” The 1974 video of Joseph Papp’s New York Shakespeare Festival at an outdoor theater in Central Park, filmed in front of a live audience, is available on DVD. Not to be missed.