James Earl Jones Bio Details
James Earl Jones
Date of birth
Arkabutla, Mississippi, USA
University of Michigan, Michigan, United States (Finished 1953)
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 Family
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James Earl Jones's son is Flynn Earl Jones
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James Earl Jones's wife is Cecilia Hart
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James Earl Jones's former wife is Julienne Marie
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Other people in this association:
Sir Christopher Lee, CBE 2002 - 2005
Harrison Ford 1977
Keira Knightley 1999