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James Earl Jones

James Earl Jones (born January 17, 1931) is a multi-award-winning American actor of theater and film, well known for his distinctive bass voice and for his portrayal of characters of substance, gravitas and leadership. He is known for providing the voice of Darth Vader in the Star Wars franchise and the tagline for CNN. James Earl Jones was born in Arkabutla, Mississippi, the son of Ruth (née Connolly) and Robert Earl Jones. At the age of five, he moved to Jackson, Michigan, to be raised by his maternal grandparents, but the adoption was traumatic and he developed a stutter so severe he refused to speak aloud. When he moved to Brethren, Michigan in later years a teacher at the Brethren schools started to help him with his stutter. He remained functionally mute for eight years until he reached high school. He credits his high school teacher, Donald Crouch, who discovered he had a gift for writing poetry, with helping him out of his silence. Jones attended the University of Michigan where he was a pre-med major. While there, he joined the Reserve Officer Training Corps, and excelled. During the course of his studies, Jones discovered he was not cut out to be a doctor. Instead he focused himself on drama, with the thought of doing something he enjoyed, before, he assumed, he would have to go off to fight in the Korean War. After four years of college, Jones left without his degree. In 1953 he found a part-time stage crew job at the Ramsdell Theatre in Manistee, Michigan, which marked the beginning of his acting career. During the 1955–1957 seasons he was an actor and stage manager. He performed his first portrayal of Shakespeare’s Othello in this theater in 1955. After his discharge from the Military, Jones moved to New York, where he attended the American Theatre Wing to further his training and worked as a janitor to earn a living. His first film role was as a young and trim Lt. Lothar Zogg, the B-52 bombardier in Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb in 1964. His first big role came with his portrayal of boxer Jack Jefferson in the film version of the Broadway play The Great White Hope, which was based on the life of boxer Jack Johnson. For his role, Jones was nominated Best Actor by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, making him the second African-American male performer (following Sidney Poitier) to receive a nomination. In 1969, Jones participated in making test films for a proposed children's television series; these shorts, combined with animated segments were the beginnings of the Sesame Street format. The next year, in the early 1970s, James appeared with Diahann Carroll in the film called Claudine. While he has appeared in many roles, he is well known as the voice of Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy. Darth Vader was portrayed in costume by David Prowse in the original trilogy, with Jones dubbing Vader's dialogue in postproduction due to Prowse's strong West Country accent being unsuitable for the role. At his own request, he was originally uncredited for the release of the first two films (he would later be credited for the two in the 1997 re-release).  His other voice roles include Mufasa in the 1994 film Disney animated blockbuster The Lion King, and its direct-to-video sequel, The Lion King II: Simba's Pride. He also has done the CNN tagline, "This is CNN", as well as "This is CNN International", and the Bell Atlantic tagline, "Bell Atlantic: The heart of communication". When Bell Atlantic became Verizon, Jones used the tagline greeting of "Welcome to Verizon" or "Verizon 411" right before a phone call would go through. The opening for NBC's coverage of the 2000 and 2004 Summer Olympics; "the Big PI in the Sky" (God) in the computer game Under a Killing Moon; a Claymation film about The Creation; and several guest spots on The Simpsons. In addition to his film and voice over work, Jones is an accomplished stage actor as well; he has won Tony awards in 1969 for The Great White Hope and in 1987 for Fences. Othello, King Lear, Oberon in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Abhorson in Measure for Measure, and Claudius in Hamlet are Shakespearean roles he has played. He received Kennedy Center Honors in 2002. Jones has been married to actress Cecilia Hart since 1982. They have one child, Flynn Earl Jones. He was previously married to American actress/singer Julienne Marie (born March 21, 1933, Toledo, Ohio); they had no children. Jones is a registered Republican.

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Jan 17, 1931 No(a) Arkabutla, Mississippi, USA
Filme / Créditos de TV:
Apareceu pela primeira vez:
No(a) movie Dr. Fantástico 1964-01-29
Último projeto:
Filme The Lion King 2019-07-17
Conhecido Por
Filme The Lion King Mufasa 2019-07-17
Filme Rogue One: Uma História Star Wars Darth Vader (voice) 2016-12-14
Filme A Guarda do Leão: Um Novo Rugido Mufasa (voice) 2015-11-22
Filme Star Wars Rebels: The Siege of Lothal Darth Vader (voice) 2015-04-18
Filme O que Fazer? Ruben 2014-05-23
Filme Em Busca de um Lar Frank McCarthy 2013-10-17
Filme Blackfish – Fúria Animal Himself (archive footage) 2013-06-07
Filme Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey Admiral (voice) 2012-12-02
Filme Jack and the Beanstalk The Giant (voice) 2009-11-06
Filme Click Narrator of Michael's Past (uncredited) 2006-06-22
Filme The Reading Room 2005-11-04
Filme The Story of Star Wars Darth Vader 2005-08-18
Filme Star Wars: Episódio III - A Vingança dos Sith Darth Vader (voice) 2005-05-17
Filme The Sandlot 2 Mr. Mertle 2005-05-03
Filme Robôs Voice Box at Hardware Store (voice) 2005-03-10
Filme Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy Himself 2004-09-12
Filme Finder's Fee Avery Phillips 2001-01-01
Filme Feast of All Saints Older Marcel 2001-11-11
Filme Disney's American Legends Narrator 2001-02-12
Filme Conan Unchained: The Making of 'Conan' Himself 2000-01-01
Filme Fantasia 2000 Himself - Host 1999-12-17
Filme O Rei Leão 2 - O Reino de Simba Mufasa (voice) 1998-10-24
Filme Merlin Mountain King 1998-04-26
Filme What the Deaf Man Heard Archibald Thacker 1997-11-23
Filme As Duas Faces da Lei Arthur Baylor 1997-10-08
Filme The Second Civil War Jim Kalla 1997-03-15
Filme Looking for Richard Himself/Interview 1996-10-11
Filme Rebound: The Legend of Earl 'The Goat' Manigault Dr. McDuffie 1996-01-01
Filme The First 100 Years: A Celebration of American Movies 1995-06-05
Filme The Making of 'Jurassic Park' Host 1995-05-09
Filme Clean Slate John Dolby 1994-05-06
Filme Corra que a Polícia Vem Aí! 33⅓: O Insulto Final James Earl Jones 1994-03-18
Filme The Vernon Johns Story 1994-01-15
Filme Twilight Zone: Rod Serling's Lost Classics Host 1994-05-11
Filme Perigo Real e Imediato Admiral James Greer 1994-08-03
Filme O Rei Leão King Mufasa (voice) 1994-06-23
Filme Michael Jackson - Dangerous - The Short Films Himself (Superbowl Heal The World) Voice 1993-09-28
Filme The Meteor Man Earnest Moses 1993-08-06
Filme Excessive Force Jake 1993-05-14
Filme Lincoln 1992-12-26
Filme Quebra de Sigilo NSA Agent Bernard Abbott 1992-09-09
Filme Jogos Patrióticos Adm. James Greer 1992-06-04
Filme Caçada ao Outubro Vermelho Admiral James Greer 1990-03-02
Filme Heat Wave Junius Johnson 1990-08-13
Filme By Dawn's Early Light Looking Glass General - 'Alice' 1990-05-19
Series Long Ago and Far Away Host 1989-02-11
Filme Three Fugitives Dugan 1989-01-27
Filme Um Príncipe em Nova York King Jaffe Joffer 1988-06-28
Filme Jardins de Pedra Sgt. Maj.'Goody' Nelson 1987-05-05
Filme Allan Quatermain e a Cidade do Ouro Perdido Umslopogaas 1986-12-17
Filme Uma Escola Muito Louca Professor Banks 1986-10-24
Filme The Atlanta Child Murders Major Walker 1985-02-10
Filme Guerra nas Estrelas: O Retorno de Jedi Voice of Darth Vader (voice) 1983-05-23
Filme Conan, o Bárbaro Thulsa Doom 1982-04-02
Filme The Flight of Dragons Omadon 1982-08-17
Filme The Golden Moment: An Olympic Love Story Dane Oliver 1980-05-25
Filme Guerra nas Estrelas: O Império Contra-Ataca Darth Vader (Voice) 1980-05-17
Series Paris 1979-09-29
Series Roots: The Next Generations Alex Haley 1979-02-18
Filme The Star Wars Holiday Special Darth Vader (voice) 1978-12-01
Filme Jesus of Nazareth Balthasar 1977-03-27
Series Jesus of Nazareth Balthazar 1977-01-06
Filme Guerra nas Estrelas Voice of Darth Vader (voice) 1977-05-25
Filme The Greatest Malcolm X 1977-05-17
Filme O Exorcista II - O Herege Older Kokumo 1977-06-17
Filme The River Niger Johnny Williams 1976-04-14
Filme Swashbuckler Nick Debrett 1976-01-01
Series Vegetable Soup 1975-09-22
Filme The Comedians Dr. Magiot 1967-10-31
Filme Dr. Fantástico Lt. Lothar Zogg 1964-01-29