James Earl Jones

  • Birth Place: Arkabutla, Mississippi, United States
  • Profession: Actor
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Fast Facts

  • When he was a child, he had a severe stutter.
  • Recruited by the U.S. Army in 1953, he served two years in the Reserve Officers' Training Corps.
  • Made his first movie appearance in the 1964 film Dr. Strangelove.
  • In 1966, he began a recurring role as Dr. Jerry Turner on the CBS daytime drama As The World Turns.
  • Made his Broadway debut in the critically acclaimed play The Great White Hope. He later reprised his role for the 1970 film version.
  • In 1992, was honored with an NAACP Image Hall of Fame Award and the National Medal of the Arts.
  • Is internationally known for his voice.

Awards

  • 1995, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1991, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Special: Winner
  • 2008, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Life Achievement Award: Winner
  • 1990, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Special: Nominee
  • 2011, Oscar — Honorary Award: Winner
  • 1976, Grammy — Best Spoken Word Recording: Winner
  • 1987, Tony — Actor (Play): Winner
  • 1969, Tony — Actor (Dramatic): Winner
  • 2004, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1976, Grammy — Best Spoken Word Album: Winner
  • 1994, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2014, Critics' Choice Television Awards — Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1970, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2017, Tony — Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre: Winner
  • 1971, Golden Globe — New Star of the Year - Actor: Winner
  • 1971, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 2012, Tony — Actor (Play): Nominee
  • 2005, Tony — Actor (Play): Nominee
  • 2010, Olivier Awards — Best Actor: Nominee
  • 1991, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Winner
  • 1991, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: Nominee
  • 1997, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1975, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1995, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1988, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Supporting Male: Nominee
  • 1992, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: Nominee
  • 1964, Emmy — Outstanding Single Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee

Relationships

  • Julienne Marie — Ex-wife
  • Flynn Earl Jones — Son
  • Robert Earl Jones — Father
  • Ruth Williams Jones — Mother
  • Maggie Connolly — Grandmother
  • John Connolly — Grandfather
  • Cecilia Hart — Wife (deceased)

College

  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States (BA in Drama, 1953)

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