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James Earl Jones

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James Earl Jones

American actor add

Category: Movies & TV

Born in 1931.

Countries: United States (66%), United Kingdom (22%), Italy (3%)

Main connections: Christopher Plummer, Vanessa Redgrave, Othello

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James Earl Jones was born in 1931 add something


1953

Jones was commissioned in mid 1953 and reported to Fort Benning to attend Infantry Officers Basic Course add something


1955

After four years of college, Jones graduated from the University in 1955 add something


 

Since his Broadway debut in 1957, Jones has spent more than five decades as "one of America's most distinguished and versatile actors" On November 12, 2011, Jones received an Honorary Academy award add something


1961

Maya Angelou - In 1961, Angelou performed in Jean Genet's "The Blacks", along with Abbey Lincoln, Roscoe Lee Brown, James Earl Jones, Louis Gossett, Godfrey Cambridge, and Cicely Tyson


1964

Hibiscus (entertainer) - In 1964, the family moved to New York, and Harris appeared in commercials, television, and in 1966 in an Off Broadway play titled "Peace Creeps" by John Wolfson with Al Pacino and James Earl Jones


1966

Roscoe Lee Browne - Browne desired to do more than act and narrate, and in 1966 he wrote and made his directorial stage debut with "A Hand Is On The Gate" starring Cicely Tyson, James Earl Jones, Moses_Gunn, and other rising black talent


1967

Jane Alexander - Alexander's major break in acting came in 1967 when she played Eleanor Backman in the original production of Howard Sackler's "The Great White Hope" at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. Like her co-star, James Earl Jones, she went on to play the part both on Broadway , winning a Tony *award for her performance, and in the film version , which earned her an Oscar nomination


1969

In 1969, Jones participated in making test films for a proposed children's television series called "Sesame Street"; these shorts, combined with animated segments, were shown to groups of children to gauge the effectiveness of the then-groundbreaking "Sesame Street" format add something

 

Jones is an accomplished stage actor; he has won Tony awards in 1969 for "The Great White Hope" and in 1987 for "Fences" add something

 

This and other segments featuring Jones were eventually aired as part of the "Sesame Street" series itself when it debuted later in 1969 and Jones is often cited as the first celebrity guest on that series, although a segment with Carol Burnett was the first to actually be broadcast add something


1970

Zoe Caldwell - Caldwell's directed the Broadway production of "Othello" in the late 1970s with James Earl Jones, Christopher_Plummer and Dianne Wiest

 

Marcel Dalio - Dalio played the "dirty" old Italian in "Catch-22" and appeared in "The Great White Hope" with James Earl Jones, both in 1970

 

Pat Corley - In the 1970s Corley appeared in several Broadway productions including "Of Mice and Men" with James Earl Jones and "Sweet Bird of Youth" with Christopher Walken

 

Jack Johnson (boxer) - Johnson's story is the basis of the play and subsequent 1970 movie "The Great White Hope," starring James Earl Jones as Johnson , and Jane Alexander as his love interest


1974

In 1974 Jones appeared with Diahann Carroll in the film "Claudine", the story of a woman who raises her six children alone after two failed and one "almost" marriage add something

 

Frankie Faison - Faison started his acting career in 1974 in the New York Shakespeare Festival production of "King Lear", with James Earl Jones in the title role

 

Bernando LaPallo - She played Cordelia opposite James Earl Jones's "King Lear" in 1974 in the Delacorte Theatre at the New York Shakespeare in the Park Festival

 

Of Mice and Men - The play was revived in a 1974 Broadway production in the Brooks Atkinson Theatre starring Kevin Conway as George and James Earl Jones as Lennie


1979

First, he appeared on the short-lived CBS police drama "Paris," which aired during autumn 1979 add something

 

Lee Chamberlin - In 1979, she played the wife of James Earl Jones' character on the short-lived police drama "Paris

 

Bernando LaPallo - In 1979, she played the wife of James Earl Jones's character on the short-lived police drama "Paris"


1980

Christopher Plummer - In the 1980s, he appeared on Broadway in two Shakespearean tragedies, "Othello", playing Iago to James Earl Jones' Moor, and the title role in "Macbeth" with Glenda Jackson playing his lady

 

Lydia Cornell - In the summer of 1980, Cornell spent nine weeks filming in the Greek Isles for her appearance the mythological horror film "Blood Tide", which featured Oscar winners James Earl Jones, Jose_Ferrer and Lila Kedrova and was produced by Nico Mastorakis and Donald Langdon


1981

Karen Dotrice - In 1981, Dotrice took the role of Desdemona in the Warner Theatre production of "Othello" opposite James Earl Jones and Christopher Plummer


1982

Jones has been married to actress Cecilia Hart since 1982 add something

 

Helen Slater - Slater made her acting debut in the ABC Afterschool Special "Amy & the Angel", aired in 1982, alongside James Earl Jones, Meg_Ryan, and Matthew Modine

 

Othello - The 1982 Broadway staging starred James Earl Jones as Othello and Christopher Plummer as Iago, who became the only actor to receive a Tony *award nomination for a performance in the play

 

Bruce Weitz - They were divorced in 1982, shortly after which she married actor James Earl Jones


1988

Billy Dee Williams - His most recent Broadway appearance was in August Wilson's "Fences," as a replacement for James Earl Jones in the role of Troy Maxson in 1988

 

Frankie Faison - In 1988 he starred alongside Eddie Murphy and James Earl Jones in "Coming to America" in the role of a landlord and won a minor role in the 1989 Spike Lee film "Do the Right Thing"


1989

From 1989 to 1993, Jones served as the host of the children's TV series "Long Ago and Far Away" add something

 

John Dye - In 1989, he starred alongside actors James Earl Jones and Eric Roberts in the martial-arts drama "Best of the Best"


1990

In 1990, Jones performed voice work for the Simpsons Halloween episode "Treehouse of Horror", in which he was the narrator for the Simpsons' version of Edgar Allan Poe's poem "The Raven" add something

 

The second show aired on ABC between 1990 and 1992, the first season being titled "Gabriel's Fire" and the second , "Pros and Cons" add something


1991

Jones has the unusual distinction of being the only actor to win two Emmys in the same year, in 1991 as Best Actor for his role in "Gabriel's Fire" and as Best Supporting Actor for his work in "Heat Wave" add something

 

David Beaird - In 1991 he adapted his 1985 stage play "Scorchers" for the big screen, with Faye Dunaway, James Earl Jones, Emily_Lloyd, Jennifer Tilly, and Leland Crooke in the leading roles


1992

In 1992, Jones was often seen as the host on the video tele-monitor for the Sea World resort in Orlando, Florida, Florida add something


1995

In 1995, Jones starred in "Under One Roof" as Neb Langston, a widowed African-American police officer sharing his home in Seattle with his daughter, his married son with his children, and Neb's newly adopted son add something

 

Merlin Santana - In 1995, Santana was cast as Marcus Henry in the short-lived CBS family drama "Under One Roof", co-starring with James Earl Jones, Joe_Morton and Vanessa Bell Calloway

 

Vanessa Bell Calloway - In 1995, she co-starred opposite James Earl Jones and Joe Morton in the short-lived CBS drama "Under One Roof"


1996

In 1996, James guest starred in the CBS drama "Touched by an Angel" as the Angels of Angels in the episode "Clipped Wings" add something

 

Richard Paul Evans - His 1996 book "Timepiece" was made into a television movie featuring James Earl Jones and Ellen Burstyn, as were 1998's "The Locket", which starred Vanessa Redgrave, and 2003's "A Perfect Day", which starred Rob Lowe and Christopher Lloyd

 

Shirley Verrett - In 1996 Verrett joined the faculty of the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance as a Professor of Voice and the James Earl Jones University Professor of Music


1997

Gang Related - "'Gang Related"' is a 1997 American crime thriller film written and directed by Jim Kouf starring James Belushi, Tupac Shakur, Dennis Quaid, Lela Rochon, David Paymer and James Earl Jones


1998

In 1998, Jones starred in the widely acclaimed syndicated program "An American Moment" add something


2000

The opening for NBC's coverage of the 2000 and 2004 Summer Olympics; "the Big PI in the Sky" in the computer game add something


2001

Charles Burnett (director) - "Annihilation of Fish" is an interractial romance film starring James Earl Jones and Lynn Redgrave that won the Jury *award from the Newport Beach Film Festival in 2001, the Audience *award at the Sarasota Film Festival in 2001, and a Silver *award at WorldFest Houston in 2000

 

Anne Rice - "The Feast of All Saints" was made into a Showtime original miniseries in 2001, directed by Peter Medak and starring James Earl Jones and Gloria Reuben


2002

He received Kennedy Center Honors in 2002 add something


2003

Gordon Davidson (director) - In 2003, Davidson made a brief cameo appearance as himself, directing a play starring James Earl Jones and Jack McFarland, in an episode of Will & Grace


2004

He would dub Vader's voice again for a different dialog with Emperor Palpatine, now played by Ian McDiarmid, for the 2004 DVD version add something


2005

On April 7, 2005, James Earl Jones and Leslie Uggams headed the cast in an African-American Broadway revival version of "On Golden Pond", directed by Leonard Foglia and produced by Jeffrey Finn add something

 

Jeffrey Finn - Jeffrey Finn received a 2005 Tony *award for Best Revival of a Play nomination for the Broadway production of "On Golden Pond" starring James Earl Jones and Leslie Uggams


2006

Jones lent his voice for a narrative part in the Adam Sandler comedy, "Click", released in June 2006 add something

 

Andre Braugher - He narrated the introduction to the Olympic Games on NBC from 2006 to 2010, succeeding James Earl Jones in the role


2007

Elizabeth Taylor - On December 1, 2007, Taylor acted on-stage again, appearing opposite James Earl Jones in a benefit performance of the A. R. Gurney play "Love Letters"


2008

In February 2008, he starred on Broadway as Big Daddy in a limited-run, all-African-American production of Tennessee Williams's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof", directed by Debbie Allen and mounted at the Broadhurst Theatre add something

 

Giancarlo Esposito - In 2008 he appeared on Broadway as Gooper in an African American production of Tennessee Williams' Pulitzer Prize-winning drama "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof", directed by Debbie Allen and starring James Earl Jones, Phylicia_Rashad, Anika Noni Rose, and Terrence Howard

 

Margaret Avery - In 2008, Avery played Mama Jenkins in "Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins", opposite Martin Lawrence and James Earl Jones, and Sarah Brown in Tyler Perry's "Meet the Browns", which stars Angela Bassett

 

Terrence Howard - In 2008, he made his Broadway debut, playing Brick in an all-African-American production of Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, directed by Debbie Allen and starring James_Earl_Jones, Phylicia_Rashad and Anika Noni Rose.


2009

In November 2009, James reprised the role of Big Daddy in "Cat On A Hot Tin Roof" at the Novello Theatre in London's West End. This production stars Sanaa Lathan as Maggie, Phylicia Rashad as Big Mamma, and Adrian Lester as Brick add something


2010

In October 2010, Jones returned to the Broadway stage in Alfred Uhry's "Driving Miss Daisy" along with Vanessa Redgrave at the Golden Theatre add something

 

Richard Blackwood - In 2010 he played Brightie in the Tennessee Williams play "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof", alongside Adrian Lester and James Earl Jones at the Novello Theatre in London

 

Vanessa Redgrave - In October 2010 she starred in the Broadway premiere of "Driving Miss Daisy" starring in the title role opposite James Earl Jones


2011

In November 2011, Jones starred in "Driving Miss Daisy" in London's West End, and on November 12 Jones received his honorary Oscar in front of the audience at the Wyndham's Theatre, which was presented to him by Ben Kingsley add something

 

On November 12, 2011, he received an Honorary Academy award add something


2012

In March 2012, Jones played the role of President Art Hockstader in Gore Vidal's "The Best Man" on Broadway at the Schoenfeld Theatre add something

 

Cybill Shepherd - In July 2012, Shepherd made her Broadway debut in the revival of Gore Vidal's "The Best Man" at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre alongside James Earl Jones, John_Stamos, John Larroquette, Kristin Davis and Elizabeth Ashley to positive reviews


2013

In 2013 Jones starred opposite Vanessa Redgrave in a production or "Much Ado About Nothing" directed by Mark Rylance at The Old Vic, London add something

 

Angela Lansbury - Lansbury and her "The Best Man" co-star James Earl Jones will star in a strictly-limited three-week run of "Driving Miss Daisy" in Australia, at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Brisbane, Queensland, starting on 5 February 2013

 

Vanessa Redgrave - In September 2013 Redgrave once again starred opposite James Earl Jones in a production of "Much Ado About Nothing" at The Old Vic, London, directed by Mark Rylance


2014

Star Wars - In 2014, Jones reprised his voice role of Darth Vader for an extended prologue featured on the ABC broadcast of the first episode of "Star Wars Rebels" add something


2015

On September 23, 2015, Jones will open in a new revival of The Gin Game opposite Cicely Tyson, in the same venue where the play originally premiered : the John Golden Theater add something


2016

Star Wars - In 2016, Jones will reprise his role of Darth Vader for the upcoming "Star Wars Anthology" film "Rogue One" add something

 

In April 2016, Jones spoke publicly for the first time in nearly 20 years about his long-term health challenge with type 2 diabetes add something

 

Hart died on October 16, 2016, after a one-year battle with ovarian cancer add something


2017

In February 2017, it was announced that Jones would again voice the character in a live-action remake of the film, which will be directed by Jon Favreau add something

 

On May 25, 2017, he received an Honorary Doctor of Arts degree from Harvard University and concluded the event's benediction with "May the Force be with you" add something


2018

Jesus of Nazareth (miniseries) - As of February, 2018, Robert Powell, Olivia Hussey, Yorgo Voyagis, Tony Lo Bianco, John Duttine, Ian McShane, Christopher Plummer, James Earl Jones, Michael York, Stacy Keach, Ian Holm, Claudia Cardinale and Valentina Cortese are the only surviving main cast members

 

Jesus of Nazareth (miniseries) - As of February 2018, Robert Powell, Olivia Hussey, Yorgo Voyagis, Tony Lo Bianco, John Duttine, Ian McShane, Christopher Plummer, James Earl Jones, Michael York, Stacy Keach, Ian Holm, Claudia Cardinale and Valentina Cortese are the only surviving main cast members


2019

Jesus of Nazareth (miniseries) - As of June 2019, Robert Powell, Claudia Cardinale, Valentina Cortese, James Earl Jones, Stacy_Keach, Tony Lo Bianco, Ian McShane, Christopher Plummer, Michael York, Olivia Hussey, Ian Holm, Yorgo Voyagis, Lee Montague, Oliver Tobias, Norman Bowler, Roy Holder, Oliver Smith, Michael Cronin, Renato Montalbano, John Duttine, Keith Skinner, Mark Eden, Forbes Collins, Donald Sumpter and Pino Colizzi are the only surviving cast members

 

Jesus of Nazareth (miniseries) - As of July 2019, Robert Powell, Claudia Cardinale, James Earl Jones, Stacy_Keach, Tony Lo Bianco, Ian McShane, Christopher Plummer, Michael York, Olivia Hussey, Ian Holm, Yorgo Voyagis, Lee Montague, Oliver Tobias, Norman Bowler, Roy Holder, Oliver Smith, Michael Cronin, Renato Montalbano, John Duttine, Keith Skinner, Mark Eden, Forbes Collins, Donald Sumpter and Pino Colizzi are the only surviving cast members