James Earl Jones


James Earl Jones Trivia


  • Trivia

    • In 2000, James won another Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in a Children's Special playing Dr. William Blakely on Summer's End.

    • James was honored as the 45th recipient of the Screen Actor's Guild Life Achievement Award.

    • In 2008, James received a Drama Desk Special Award for being a "commanding force on the stage for nearly half a century".

    • In June 2008, James played Big Daddy in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, on stage in New York.

    • In 1996, James was nominated for a SAG Award for "Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role" for his work in Cry, the Beloved Country.

    • James Earl Jones stands at 6'1½".

    • He was awarded the American National Medal of the Arts in 1992 by the National Endowment of the Arts in Washington D.C.

    • His vocal performance of Darth Vader is ranked #84 on Premiere Magazine's "100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time".

    • While in college, was a member of the Pershing Rifles, Co. M-3, a collegiate fraternal organizations for members of the school's ROTC program. Other members of this organization include Colin Powell and G. Gordon Liddy.

    • Jones co-starred five times with the late Madge Sinclair. Twice she played his queen.

    • He graduated from The University of Michigan.

    • He was born at 6:05 AM.

    • Jones won a Tony Award in 1969 for The Great White Hope.

    • Jones took acting lessons to control his stutter.

    • He was hospitalised with pneumonia while performing in On Golden Pond on Broadway in June 2005.

    • According to Charlton Heston, Jones is a card-carrying member of the National Rifle Association (NRA).

    • Jones is widely believed to be politically conservative, since he voiced his support for the Iraq war in October 2002, and also said he had supported the first Gulf War and the Kosovo War. However, in another interview he stated that his endorsement is not for hire, and described his political beliefs as a private matter.

    • In 1991, James Earl Jones won 2 Emmy Awards, for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series playing Gabriel Bird in Gabriel's Fire and Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Special playing Junius Johnson on Heat Wave.

    • George Lucas originally planned to use Orson Welles' voice to dub over David Prowse's. He later decided against it, deeming Welles' voice too recognizable. Instead he chose to use Jones' relatively obscure voice for the voice of Darth Vader. However, Welles did perform the narration for the film's first trailer, released in late 1976.

    • His name did not originally appear in the ending credits of Star Wars (1977), though he was credited in The Star Wars Holiday Special (1978). At the time of the film's release, he felt he hadn't done enough to deserve a credit. His name was added to the special edition release of the film in 1997. Lucas liked his commanding voice very much and had no intention of using David Prowse's, who spoke Vader's lines during filming.

    • The Simpsons' episode where Bleeding Gums Murphy died (Round Springfield) has a tribute to Jones where Simpsons' cast member Harry Shearer sends up Jones' three most famous roles: Mufasa (You must avenge my death, Kimba... dah, I mean Simba), Darth Vader (Luke, I am your father), and the CNN announcer (This is CNN).

    • His casting as the pompous King Jaffe Joffer in the 1988 Eddie Murphy's film Coming to America, alongside the late Madge Sinclair, is believed to have inspired their later pairing in The Lion King. They also co-starred in Gabriel's Fire.

    • Jones' death was erroneously announced in 1998 by Pittsburgh Pirates radio Baseball commentator Larry Frattare when James Earl Ray died.

    • He was in The Sandlot and The Sandlot 2.

    • He was in Field of Dreams.

  • Quotes

    • James: When I came to New York to study acting, my teachers at the American Theatre Wing said, "Don't wait or look for the black character that you want to play, look for the character you want to play."

    • Jones: 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.

    • Jones: (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.

    • Jones: (On the Iraq war) All people have to be prepared. If we are going to be the police, we also have to be the guardians. We can no longer play games. I was not against the war in Bosnia. I was against it taking so long. I was not against the war in Somalia. Again, it took too long, and we didn't finish the job. We should've stayed and finished the job. About this pending war, I just think we should've finished that war the first time.

    • Jones: 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".

    • Jones: If you take a villain like Thulsa Doom or Darth Vader and have fun with it, that destroys the credibility of the character.

    • Jones: (From James Earl Jones: Voices and Silences page 360) My voice is for hire. My endorsement is not for hire. I will do a voice-over, but I cannot endorse without making a different kind of commitment. My politics are very personal and subjective.