James Earl Jones Bio Details

Full name

James Earl Jones





Date of birth

17 Jan 1931

Birth place

Arkabutla, Mississippi, USA


Actor (1957)


University of Michigan, Michigan, United States (Finished 1953)

American Theatre Wing, New York, New York, United States

A stuttering start...

As a very young boy Jones developed a debilitating stutter and refused to talk at school, pretending to be mute.  Eventually a teacher, Mr. Crouch, encouraged James to read one of his own epic poems to the class - Ode to Grapefruit - and because he had the lines memorised from writing them, young James was able to overcome his stutter.  He went on to win school prizes in Public Speaking.

A Broadway baby...

Before becoming a household name via the medium of film, Jones established himself as one of the foremost black stage actors of the time, starring in a number of Shakespeare productions including playing the lead in Othello, and winning a couple of Tony Awards for his work on Broadway.

Suffering from premature death...

In August 2015 Jones was the victim of an online death hoax.  It was widely reported on social media sites that James Earl Jones had died, but it was quickly established that this was rather tasteless practical joke and the actor was in fact alive and well.  Before this, in 1998 he was declared dead in the radio by the play-by-play announcer at a baseball game, who had mistaken him for James Earl Ray (assassin of Martin Luthor King).

James Earl Jones

The voice of Darth Vader and Mufasa from 'The Lion King'
James Earl Jones

Relationship History

Cecilia Hart


1 child together

15 Mar 1982

Julienne Marie


marriage 1968
divorce 1972

James Earl Jones Children

Flynn Earl Jones


Flynn Earl Jones

with Cecilia Hart

James Earl Jones Family

James Earl Jones's parents:

James Earl Jones's father is Robert Earl Jones James Earl Jones's mother was Ruth Connolly Jones

James Earl Jones's children:

James Earl Jones's son is Flynn Earl Jones

James Earl Jones's current partners:

James Earl Jones's wife is Cecilia Hart

James Earl Jones's former partners:

James Earl Jones's former wife is Julienne Marie

James Earl Jones's grandparents:

James Earl Jones's grandfather was John Henry Connolly James Earl Jones's grandmother was Maggie Connolly

James Earl Jones FameChain Links

Star Wars


Other people in this association:

Sir Christopher Lee, CBE 2002 - 2005

Harrison Ford 1977

Keira Knightley 1999


Famous Voices Behind the Character


Other people in this association:

David Bowie 2007

Sir Christopher Lee, CBE 2005

Rihanna 2015


Golden Globe Award Winners 1971 - The 28th

Other people in this association:

Frank Sinatra 1971

Barbra Streisand 1971

Clint Eastwood 1971


Academy Award Winners 2012 - The 84th


Other people in this association:

Woody Allen 2012

Meryl Streep 2012

Christopher Plummer OBE 2012