On this day in film history, James Earl Jones was born in Mississippi in 1931.
A young James Earl Jones
Over his long career, Jones has performed many roles in such films as Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964), Conan the Barbarian (1982), The Hunt for Red October (1990), Patriot Games (1992), Clear and Present Danger (1994), as well as the voice of Mufasa in The Lion King (1994). But Jones’ most famous voice role would have to be Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy (as well as a voice cameo at the end of Revenge of the Sith).
Who’d have imagined that the voice of Mufasa could also be the voice of such an iconic villain???
As well as being an iconic film and voice actor, Jones has also had a lengthy career on the stage. In the world of Shakespeare, he has performed in King Lear, Othello, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Measure for Measure, and Hamlet.
James Earl Jones was honored for his stellar career at the 2002 Kennedy Center Honors.
Watch Jones be honored here: James Earl Jones- 2002 Kennedy Center Honors
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