James Earl Jones is at the top of his career at 92!
James Earl Jones, (born January 17, 1931, Arkabutla, Mississippi, United States), an American actor, who used his deep, resonant voice to great effect in the stage, film, and television roles of James Earl Jones. Actor James Earl Jones, Broadway, television, and movie star, is best known for the voice of actor James Earl Jones as Darth Vader in Star Wars and for his book, The Sound of Sound and the Silence. James Earl Jones (actor) is a leading classic theater actor--his performances as Lear and Othello are towering achievements--but as the voice of Darth Vader, he is the embodiment of villainy to the billions of Star Wars fans.
At once, James Earl Jones is recognized by theatergoers as one of the most distinguished translators of great modern playwrights like August Wilson and Athol Fugard, and beloved and respected by a generation of youngsters for his role as Mufasa, lion patriarch, in Disneys animated movie The Lion King. At once James Earl Jones, actor, is recognized by theatergoers as one of the foremost interpreters of great contemporary playwrights such as August Wilson and Athol Fugard, and loved and respected by a generation of youngsters as the lion patriarch Mufasa in Disney’s animated film, The Lion King. In just one two-year span, James Earl Jones (actor) appeared in 19 plays, leading to his successes in Fugards works, especially Boesman and La Nina, his first production of Othello at the New York Shakespeare Festival, as well as winning his first Oscar nomination in a 1969 Tony award for his breakthrough performance as boxer Jack Johnson in Broadways success The Great White Hope (which also earned him a 1970 Oscar nomination in its film adaptation). In one two-year period alone, James Earl Jones (actor appeared in 19 plays, leading to his triumphs in works by Fugard, particularly Boesman and Lena, his first Othello for the New York Shakespeare Festival, and his 1969 Tony Award for his breakthrough role as boxer Jack Johnson in the Broadway hit, The Great White Hope (which also garnered him a nomination for an Academy Award in the 1970 film adaptation ). Jones has won numerous awards, including a Tony, Golden Globe, three Emmys, including two in one year, in 1991, and an Oscar nomination as best actor for the lead role in the movie version, The Great White Hope.
Despite this, Jones has continued to receive three Emmys, two Tonys, a Grammy, and an Honorary Oscar. In 1977, Jones was also awarded the Grammy for best-spoken word album for Great American Documentary. In addition to his work in movies and on the voiceover track, Jones is also a skilled stage actor; he won Tony Awards for The Great White Hope in 1969 and for Fences in
- Jones has been said to have one of the most famous voices in show business, a rousing basso profundo which has added grit and gravitas to his projects, including stage performances, voiceovers, and commercials.
During the early-to-mid-1960s, Jones performed various works by William Shakespeare, becoming one of the most famous Shakespearean actors at the time. Jones continued his studies in acting, and landed his first role on Broadway in 1958, in Sunrise in Campobello. After he was discharged from the Army, Jones moved to New York City, attended the American Theater Wing for more training, and worked as a janitor to make his living. During the time of his studies, Jones discovered that he was not suited for medicine.
Jones gained international fame as Darth Vaders voice for Darth Vader in the Star Wars film series, beginning in the original 1977 film. Darth Vader was played by David Prowse in the films trilogies, with Jones dubbing Darth Vaders dialogue in post-production, as Prowses thick, Western-country accent was considered inappropriate for the part by director George Lucas.
While Hayden Christenson was in Vaders costume, the Darth Vader voice was heard throughout the scenes, not that of a 41-year- old man.
Until this point, there had been no announcement as to whether Jones voice was going to once again voice Darth Vader. Jones’s familiar voice was heard in episode three, which dropped today. Another familiar voice is heard in the third episode, too, which is that of Zach Braff. For his performance, Jones was nominated by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for Best Actor, making him only the second African-American male actor (after Sidney Poitier) to win a nomination.
In 2009, for his work in movies and television, Jones was presented the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award by Forest Whitaker. In 1998, Jones starred in the critically acclaimed syndicated television series An American Moment (created by James R. Kirk and Ninth Wave Productions). James Earl Jones’s subsequent Broadway credits include the 2008 production of Tennessee Williams’s Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, which featured an all-black cast, and the productions of Drive Miss Daisy (2010-11), Gore Vidals The Best Man (2012), George C. Kaufman and Moss Harts You Cannot Take It With You (2014), and The Gin Game (2015-16). Jones’s television work includes a role as the private eye on Gabriel’s Fire (1990-91; retitled "Pros and Cons, 1991-92), for which he won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.
He has been described as one of the most acclaimed and versatile actors in American cinema, television, and theatre, and as one of the greatest actors in American history.
As a little kid, I would be talking with my family, or at least with people who did not mind being confused or confused about his babbling, Jones told MailOnline in 2010. In an unrelated interview for the Making-of feature, James Earl Jones said that the first time he read the Empire Strikes Back script, he thought for certain that Darth Vader was lying to Luke Skywalker about being his father, saying, I thought, He is lying. James Earl Jones, one of the greatest actors of all time.
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