JAMES EARL JONES (Frank McCarthy) has a voice known by
people of all ages and
walks of life, from the Star Wars fans who know him as Darth Vader to children
who think of him
as Mufasa in The Lion King. Jones received an Oscar nomination for The Great
White Hope (1971) and
in 2011 he was honored with one of the Academy's prestigious Governors Awards
for that year.
Additionally, Jones was awarded the National Medal of Arts and is a Kennedy
The actor recently completed work on Phil Alden Robinson's dramedy The Angriest
Brooklyn, starring Mila Kunis, Peter Dinklage and Robin Williams.
Other film credits include Dr. Strangelove, Claudine, The Comedians, The
River Niger, The Greatest,
A Piece of the Action, Gardens of Stone, Conan the Barbarian, Coming to America,
The Sandlot, The Hunt for
Red October, Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, Matewan, Cry, the Beloved
Country, Field of Dreams, A
Family Thing, Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins and Jack and the Beanstalk.
Jones' wide-ranging TV career includes two primetime Emmy Awards (for
and "Heat Wave") and an additional six nominations. He starred in "Roots: The
and has amassed a great number of guest appearances on series ranging from "The
"Dr. Kildare" to, more recently, "Two and a Half Men" and "House."
Jones made his Broadway debut in 1957 and had his first breakthrough in 1960
Papp cast him in "Henry V," marking the beginning of Jones' long affiliation
with the New York
Shakespeare Festival. Among his many distinguished performances for the company
were the title
roles in "Othello," "Macbeth" and "King Lear."
Jones won Tony Awards for the Broadway productions of "The Great White Hope"
"Fences" (also a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award). He received a Tony
nomination for "On
Golden Pond" and won Drama Desk Awards for "Othello," "Les Blancs," "Hamlet,"
Orchard" and "Fences." He won Obie Awards for "Clandestine on the Morning Line,"
Apple," "Moon on a Rainbow Shawl" (also a Theatre World Award) and "Baal."
Most recently, Jones starred in William Shakespeare's "Much Ado About
Nothing" at the
Old Vic alongside Vanessa Redgrave, directed by Mark Rylance. In 2012 Jones and
completed a six-month Australian tour of Alfred Uhry's "Driving Miss Daisy." The
Jones and Vanessa Redgrave starred in "Driving Miss Daisy" in both the West End
Additional theater credits include "Paul Robeson," "The Iceman Cometh," "Of
Men" and "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" (Olivier Award nomination for Best Actor).
The actor's memoir, reissued by Limelight Editions in 2004, is called Voices and
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