James Earl Jones - Biography

Last Modified: Jul 2, 2020

James Earl Jones
Nick Name: Todd
Profession: Actor
Best Known For: The Great White Hope, The Lion King
Salary: Under Review
Net Worth: $45 million

Personal Details

Born on : January 17, 1931 (age 90)
Birth Name /
Full Name:
James Earl Jones
Birth Place: Arkabutla, Mississippi, USA
Horoscope: Capricorn
Father's Name: Robert Earl Jones
Mother's Name: Ruth Connolly
Siblings: 1

Matthew Earl Jones (half-brother)

High School: Brethren High School
University: University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance
Ethnicity: Multi-ethnic (African- American, Irish, Native-American)
Nationality: American

Relationships

Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Widower
Married Date: March 15, 1982
Wife's Name: Cecilia Hart
Ex-Spouse:

Julienne Marie (on January 2, 1968- 1972)

Children: 1

Flynn Earl Jones (son)

Body Measurements

Height: 1.87 meter (6 feet 2 inch)
Weight: N/A
Hair Color: Blac/ Grey
Eye Color: Brown
Shoe Size: N/A
Bicep Size: N/A
Chest Size: N/A
Waist Size: N/A

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Who is James Earl Jones?

James Earl Jones is an American actor.

James Earl Jones: Age, Mother, Father, Siblings

James Earl Jones’ birth took place on January 17, 1931, in Arkabutla, Mississippi, U.S.A. His father Robert Earl Jones (1910–2006) worked as a butler, boxer as well as a chauffeur while his mother, Ruth Connolly was a teacher and a maid.

Before James Earl Jones was born, his parents divorced and he only reconciled with his father in the 1950s. Through his father’s subsequent marriages, Jones also has a half-brother, Matthew Earl Jones. Later on, his father went into acting and became one of the first African-American movie stars.

James Earl Jones was raised by his maternal grandparents, John Henry, and Maggie Williams. The transition at the age of 5 to live with his grandparents was so traumatic that he began to develop a stutter. The stutter got so severe that he remained mute from his first year of school until his high school days, a total of eight years.

Source: Academy of Achievement (James Earl Jones in 1961)

Education, Ethnicity

While he received his education at the Browning School for boys and later at the Dickson Rural Agricultural School (now Brethren High School), his teacher became a great impact on his life. Jones’ English teacher, Donald Crouch, helped him overcome his silence as well as discover his talent for writing poetry.

After graduating high school as vice president of his class, Jones attended the University of Michigan, initially as a pre-med major. He later changed his subject to Drama at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance. He graduated from the same in 1955. Jones also studied at the American Theatre Wing, New York.

His ethnicity is African- American, Irish, Native-American.

James Earl Jones: Wife, Children, Divorce

While performing as Othello, he met actress/singer Julienne Marie. The two had met in 1964 and they married on January 2, 1968. Their marriage did not last, ending in divorce in 1972. They did not have any children together.

Source: People (James Earl Jones and late wife Julienne Marie)

He went on to have an affair actress Cecilia Hart, to whom he was married on March 15, 1982. Jones and his wife welcomed a son, Flynn Earl Jones, in 1982. After a year of being diagnosed with ovarian cancer, Hart passed away on October 16, 2016.

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James Earl Jones: Career

Military and Stage Career

As the war was ongoing in Korea, he joined the military. He had secured a position of the first lieutenant before he was discharged.

James Earl Jones began his career in acting at the Ramsdell Theatre. During his days in theater he performed in OthelloThe Great White Hope (1969), Fences (1987), Othello, King Lear, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Measure for Measure, Hamlet, Of Mice and Men (1974), On Golden PondCat on a Hot Tin Roof, etc. 

Since 2010, he has been a stage actor in Driving Miss DaisyThe Best ManMuch Ado About Nothing, You Can't Take it With You (2014),  The Gin Game, among others.

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Source: Academy of Achievement (James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson in a scene from off-broadway in 1961)

Film, Series

The skilled actor James Earl Jones has portrayed roles in films including Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964), The Comedians (1967), The Great White Hope (1970), The Man (1972), Claudine (1974), The Cay (1974), Conan the Barbarian (1982), Matewan (1987), Coming to America (1988),  The Sandlot (1993), A Family Thing (1996), among numerous others.

Other TV roles of Jones are Gabriel's Fire (1991), Under One Roof (1995), An American Moment (1998), to name a few.

He lent his voice as a voice actor in movies- as Darth Vader in Star Wars trilogy (1977, 1980, 1983) and in 2016 film Rogue One: A Star Wars StoryOthers include- as Mufasa in The Lion King (1994), The Lion King II: Simba's PrideThe Lion Guard: Return of the Roar (2015) and The Lion King (2019).

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Source: Academy of Achievement (James Earl Jones and Jane Alexander in 1968 film The Great White Hope)

Co-stars

On the set of 2019's The Lion King, Jones has worked with Shahadi Wright JosephSeth RogenChiwetel EjioforJohn OliverKeegan-Michael Key.

James Earl Jones: Awards, Nominations

Jones was nominated for eight Primetime Emmy Awards,  three Tony Award, five Golden Globe Award, Academy Award, three Grammy Award, two Screen Actors Guild Award, a Daytime Emmy Award etc.

Among the nominations he won Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play (1969, 1987), Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year – Actor (1970), Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album (1977), Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie (1990), Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (1990), Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in a Children's Special (1999), Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award (2008) and an Academy Honorary Award (2011).

Source: Academy of Achievement (James Earl Jones accepts award in 1991)

James Earl Jones: Net Worth, Salary

Jones' net worth is estimated at around $45 million while the figure on his annual salary is under review.

James Earl Jones: Instagram, Twitter, Facebook

On Twitter, James Earl Jones is followed by thousands of followers but is absent from  Instagram, Facebook.

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