James Earl Jones

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James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones at the 60th Annual Tony Awards
Biographical information

James Earl Boggins Jones


Todd (childhood)

Date of birth

January 17, 1931

Place of birth

Arkabutla, Mississippi, USA




6' 1½" (1.87 m)

Hair colour

Dark Brown

Eye colour




Marital status


Other information
Notable role(s)

Darth Vader (Star Wars), Mufasa (The Lion King)

Stargate universe information


James Earl Jones is a long-time character actor with a distinctive deep voice, most well known to Sci-Fi fans as the voice of Darth Vader in the Star Wars series of movies. He also voiced Simba's father (Mufasa) in Disney's "The Lion King." He has appeared in 3 films based on Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan novels.

He has also been a guest star on The Simpsons on several occasions.



His "death" was announced during a live broadcast of an NBA playoff game in April of 1998. The deceased was actually James Earl Rey, the convicted assassin of Martin Luther King, Jr..

James had a stuttering problem as a child and still struggles with the problem and says he has to think about what he says carefully before saying it (impressive, since he is known widely for his voice).

He is the voice that says "This is CNN".

People who are using Bell Atlantic pay phones often hear Jones's voice assuring them "Welcome to Bell Atlantic".

His first significant onscreen role was in Stanley Kubrick's "Dr. Strangelove".

He was the first established celebrity to appear on the series "Sesame Street" (1969).

Has appeared in two films with Madge Sinclair where they play the main character's parents. In Coming to America, they (Jones & Sinclair) play the mother and father of Eddie Murphy's character, Hakeem. In The Lion King, they play the mother and father of Simba. In Coming to America, he appears with Samuel L. Jackson, who also appears with him in Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith, in which James Earl Jones voices Darth Vader, the father of original trilogy hero Luke Skywalker. In The Lion King, Jones' character is named Mufasa. In Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith, Darth Vader is severely injured on the planet Mustafar which is possibly an homage to his character in The Lion King.

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