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James Earl Jones Net Worth


James Earl Jones tops the list of one the richest celebrities in Hollywood with a net worth of $40 million. Famous for his iconic voice as Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy, his long and illustrious career as a stage, film, and voice actor won him numerous awards during his tenure, including three Tony Awards, a Grammy Award, and an Emmy Award.

Key facts:

  • James Earl Jones has won numerous awards throughout his career, including three Tony Awards, a Grammy Award, and an Emmy Award.
  • Although James Earl Jones is known for lending his voice to the character of Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy, he is a successful stage, film, and voice actor.
  • James Earl Jones began his career with theatre work in Michigan and has built a reputation as a prominent Shakespearean actor.
  • James Earl Jones suffered from speech impediments shortly after moving away from Mississippi and was mute until he entered high school.
  • In 1982, James Earl Jones married actress Cecilia Hart. They had one child together before Hart died of ovarian cancer in 2016.

Basic Information About James Earl Jones

CategoryCelebrities › Actors
ProfessionsActor, Voice Actor, Soldier
Net worth$40,000,000
Date of birth1931-01-17 (93 years old)
Place of birthArkabutla
NationalityUnited States of America
Curiosities and TrademarksFamous for his deep authoritative voice, used most famously for impressive roles as leaders like Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy and Mufasa both in The Lion King (1994) and The Lion King (2019).
Unmistakeable contagious laugh
SpouseCecilia Hart - (15 March 1982 - 16 October 2016) (her death) (1 child)
Julienne Marie - (2 January 1968 - 1972) (divorced)
Height6 ft 1 in (1.87 m)
Social Media↗︎ Wikipedia ↗︎ IMDb

What Movie Awards did James Earl Jones win?


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James Earl Jones awards

Award Name State Movie / Series Name Year
Image Award - Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance (Television or Motion Picture)WinnerThe Lion King2020
Primetime Emmy - Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama SeriesNomineeEverwood2004
Gold Derby TV Award - Drama Guest ActorNomineeEverwood2005
BTVA People's Choice Voice Acting Award - Best Male Vocal Performance in a Television Series in a Guest Role - Action/DramaWinnerStar Wars: Rebels2015
Image Award - Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy SeriesNomineeFrasier1998
ACE - Actor in a Comedy SeriesNomineeFaerie Tale Theatre1987
Black Reel - Outstanding Actor, TV Movie or Limited SeriesNomineeGreat Performances2016

James Earl Jones roles

Movie / Series Role
Coming 2 AmericaKing Jaffe Joffer
Coming to AmericaKing Jaffe Joffer
The Lion KingMufasa (voice)
The Lion KingMufasa (voice)
Rogue OneDarth Vader (voice)
Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of SkywalkerDarth Vader (voice)
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the JediDarth Vader (voice)
The BenchwarmersDarth Vader (voice)
The Hunt for Red OctoberAdmiral Greer
Patriot GamesAdmiral Greer
Clear and Present DangerAdmiral Greer
ClickNarrator of Michael's Past (uncredited)
Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the SithDarth Vader (voice) (uncredited)
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes BackDarth Vader (voice) (uncredited)
Star WarsDarth Vader (voice) (uncredited)
Field of DreamsTerence Mann
Scary Movie 4Narrator (uncredited)
RobotsVoice Box at Hardware Store (voice)
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the BombLt. Lothar Zogg
The SandlotMr. Mertle
Conan the BarbarianThulsa Doom
Judge DreddNarrator (voice) (uncredited)
SneakersMr. Bernard Abbott
Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final InsultJames Earl Jones (uncredited)
Best of the BestFrank Couzo
BlackfishSelf (archive footage)
Soul ManProfessor Banks
Exorcist II: The HereticOlder Kokumo
Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of GoldUmslopogaas
Fantasia 2000Self - Host (segment "Carnival of the Animals")
The Angriest Man in BrooklynRuben (Video store owner)
Primary ColorsCNN Voiceover (voice)
Gang RelatedArthur Baylor
Will & GraceSelf 1 episode, 2003
According to JimRoyal Flush Voice 1 episode, 2004
EverwoodWill Cleveland 3 episodes, 2003-2004
3rd Rock from the SunNarrator (uncredited) unknown episodes
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of SupermanFranklin Stern 1 episode, 1994
The SimpsonsNarrator / ... 3 episodes, 1990-1998
Law & OrderHorace McCoy 1 episode, 1993
Reading RainbowSelf 1 episode, 1983
Sesame StreetSelf / ... 11 episodes, 1969-2004
Star Wars: RebelsDarth Vader 4 episodes, 2014-2018
FrasierNorman Royster 1 episode, 1997
Faerie Tale TheatreGenie of the Lamp / ... 1 episode, 1986
Two and a Half MenJames Earl Jones 1 episode, 2008
Dr. KildareDr. Lou Rush 4 episodes, 1966
Stargate SG-1Unas 1 episode, 1997
CBS News Sunday MorningSelf - Actor (segment "Eric McCormack") 2 episodes, 2012-2020
Homicide: Life on the StreetFelix Wilson 3 episodes, 1997

James Earl Jones's Movie/Shows Salary

Movie / Series Salary
Star Wars (1977)$9,000
Coming to America (1988)$900,000

James Earl Jones's Quotes

  • [from "James Earl Jones: Voices and Silences" page 360]: My voice is for hire. My endorsement is not for hire. I will do a voice-over, but I cannot endorse without making a different kind of commitment. My politics are very personal and subjective.
  • If you take a villain like Thulsa Doom or Darth Vader and have fun with it, that destroys the credibility of the character.
  • When I read that part in the script where it said, "Luke, I am your father", I thought, "He's lying. I have to see how they carry this lie out.".
  • [on the Iraq war]: All people have to be prepared. If we are going to be the police, we also have to be the guardians. We can no longer play games. I was not against the war in Bosnia. I was against it taking so long. I was not against the war in Somalia. Again, it took too long, and we didn't finish the job. We should've stayed and finished the job. About this pending war, I just think we should've finished that war the first time.
  • [on the terrible stutter he suffered from as a young man]: One of the hardest things in life is having words in your heart that you can't utter.

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Interesting Facts about James Earl Jones

  1. Born at 6:05 am.
  2. Took acting lessons to control his stutter.
  3. Son, with Cecilia Hart: Flynn Earl Jones.
  4. Had a stuttering problem as a child and spoke very little; 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).
  5. Provided the thunderous voice (uncredited) of Darth Vader, the villain of the original Star Wars trilogy.
  6. Son of prizefighter-turned-actor Robert Earl Jones, from whom he was (allegedly) estranged long into adulthood. Yet they starred together in a well-received stage revival of John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men", as Lennie Small and Crooks, respectively (Kevin Conway also starred in the play, as George Milton).
  7. He's the commanding voice that says "This is CNN".
  8. Attended and graduated from the University of Michigan in 1955.
  9. His first time acting was at the Ramsdell Theater in Manistee, Michigan.
  10. Attended and graduated from Kaleva-Norman-Dickson High School in Brethren.
  11. Grew up in the small town of Dublin, Michigan.
  12. Callers using Bell Atlantic pay phones often hear Jones's voice assuring them "Welcome to Bell Atlantic", just before a female voice asks for a calling card number.
  13. Served in the United States Army as a Lieutenant during the Korean War after graduating from college.
  14. His "death" was announced during a live broadcast of an NBA playoff game in April 1998. The deceased was actually James Earl Ray, the convicted assassin of Martin Luther King.
  15. He received the Kennedy Center Honor in December 2002.
  16. Narrated the documentary Black Indians: An American Story (2001) , which explores issues of racial identity between the mixed-descent peoples of both Native American and African American heritage. Jones himself is a Black Indian.
  17. Announced the forty-fifth greatest movie villain of all time by Maxim Magazine's "Fifty Greatest Movie Villains of All Time" list for his character of Darth Vader in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977).
  18. Co-starred with Madge Sinclair five times.
  19. Has won two Tony Awards: in 1969, as Best Actor (Dramatic), for "The Great White Hope", a role he recreated in an Oscar-nominated performance in the film version of the same title, Einde van de laatste ronde (1970) and in 1987, as Best Actor (Play), for August Wilson's "Fences".
  20. In the original Star Wars trilogy, he and Billy Dee Williams were the only black actors to play major roles. One of Billy Dee Williams' other roles was the title role in Scott Joplin (1977). Scott Joplin's ragtime music was used as the score for The Sting (1973), which features James's father, Robert Earl Jones.

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