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It is for his sonorous bass voice that most people recognize James Earl Jones.
The American actor of stage and screen is best known for speaking the roles of Darth Vader in the “Star Wars” films and Mufasa in “The Lion King.”
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Known for his humility, Jones declined to have his name appear on the credits of both “Star Wars” and “The Empire Strikes Back” claiming that he felt his contribution wasn't significant enough to warrant a mention. He did eventually bow to pressure and agree to have his name appear of the credits for the third Star Wars film: “Return of the Jedi.”
Born in 1931 in Arkabutla, Mississippi, Earl Jones didn't always boast such a commanding voice. In fact, he suffered from a stutter in early life and took acting lessons to help control it. He has since made a career of the impressive authoritative voice, and is heard by millions every day intoning “This is CNN” on our network.
He has starred in many movies over a 40-year period, beginning with the Stanley Kubrick’s 1964 classic “Dr Strangelove”. He has since been seen on screen in “Field of Dreams,” “The Hunt for Red October” and “Patriot Games.”
As a Tony award winning stage actor (for his performance in “The Great White Hope” in 1968, Jones is treading the boards again. Currently appearing in London’s West End, as Big Daddy in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” recently transferred from Broadway.
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