Biography - James Earl Jones

Last Modified: 8th Aug, 2023
James Earl Jones
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The Great White Hope (film)
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Robert Earl Jones
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Cecilia Hart
1982-03-15 to 2016-10-16
Julienne Marie
1968-01-02 to 1972
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Flynn Earl Jones
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Who is James Earl Jones?

James Earl Jones is an American actor.

James Earl Jones– Age, Parents, 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, in New York.

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

James Earl Jones – Girlfriend, 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.

He went on to have an affair with 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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Source: People (James Earl Jones and late wife Julienne Marie)

James Earl Jones – Career

Military, Stage Career

As the war was ongoing in Korea, he joined the military. He had secured a position as 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 Othello, The 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 Pond, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, etc. 

Since 2010, he has been a stage actor in Driving Miss Daisy, The Best Man, Much Ado About Nothing, You Can't Take it With You (2014), and 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), and 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 the 2016 film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Others include- Mufasa in The Lion King (1994), The Lion King II: Simba's Pride, The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar (2015), and The Lion King (2019).

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

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

James Earl Jones – Awards, Nominations

Jones was nominated for eight Primetime Emmy Awards,  three Tony Awards, five Golden Globe Awards, Academy Awards, three Grammy Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, 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)

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James Earl Jones – Net Worth, Salary

Jones' net worth is estimated at around $40 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, and Facebook.

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