James Earl Bio, Age, Family, Wife, Movies, Star War, Net Worth

James Earl Biography

James Earl whose fullname is James Earl Jones is an American actorwho has worked for almost seven decades. For his roles in film, stage, and television, he has been called “one of America’s most distinguished and varied” performers.  He is as well known as “one of the greatest actors in American history.”

James Earl Age

Earl is 90 years old as of October 2021. He was born on January 17, 1931 in Arkabutla, Mississippi, U.S. He celebrates his birthday on 17th January every year.

James Earl Height and Weight

The talented actor stands at a height of 6ft 1inch (1.87m) and weight is 88 kg (194.01 lbs).

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James Earl Family | Parents

Ruth Jones, a teacher and maid, and Robert Earl Jones, a boxer, butler, and driver, gave birth to James Earl Jones on January 17, 1931, in Arkabutla, Mississippi. Soon after James Earl’s birth, his father left the family and went on to become a stage and film performer in New York and Hollywood. Jones and his father did not meet until the 1950s, after which they reconciled. In interviews, he has stated that both of his parents are of mixed African-American, Irish, and Native American descent.

Jones was raised on a farm in Jackson, Michigan, by his maternal grandparents, John Henry and Maggie Williams, from the age of five; they had relocated from Mississippi during the Great Migration.

James Earl Wife

Jones was married to Julienne Marie, an American actress and singer whom he met in 1964 while playing as Othello. They divorced in 1972 after having no children. He married actress Cecilia Hart in 1982, and they have one child, Flynn Earl Jones (born 1982). On October 16, 2016, Hart died of ovarian cancer.


Jones attended the Browning School for Boys in high school and graduated from Dickson Rural Agricultural School (now Brethren High School) in Brethren, Michigan, as vice president of his class. He was a pre-med major at the University of Michigan when he graduated. Jones enlisted in the Reserve Officer Training Corps and performed admirably. He appreciated the companionship of his fellow cadets in the Pershing Rifles Drill Team and the Scabbard and Blade Honor Society, and he felt at ease in the military milieu. It was during his studies that Jones found that he was not cut out to be a doctor.

Instead, he concentrated on drama at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance in the hopes of accomplishing something he enjoyed before being drafted to fight in the Korean War, which he expected he would have to do. Jones graduated from the institution in 1955 after four years of education.

James Earl Career

He started his acting profession as an entertainer on the stage. Preceding his tactical help, he worked low maintenance at the ‘Ramsdell Theatre.’  In 1953, he functioned as a phase craftsman. Subsequently, he made his acting introduction in Shakespeare’s “Othello” in 1955. In the years that  followed, he showed up in a significant number of Shakespeare’s plays . A portion of the plays incorporate; ‘Ruler Lear,’ ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream,’ ‘Measure for Measure,’ and ‘Hamlet.’ In 1964, he accepted his first film part in Stanley Kubrick’s terrible parody ‘Dr. Strangelove,’ playing Lieutenant Lothar Zogg.

The Great White Hope | Jack Jefferson

He played the boxing champion ‘Jack Jefferson’ in the 1967 play ‘The Great White Hope,’ in which he performed the major role. The play was a huge hit, with a total of 546 performances. As a result in the 1970 film ‘The Great White Hope,’ he reprised his role as ‘Jack Jefferson,’ which was based on the play of the same name. For his performance, he was nominated for a ‘Academy Award’ for ‘Best Actor.’ Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, he had a lot of success playing a variety of roles in films of all genres. ‘Claudine’ (1974), ‘The Greatest’ (1977), ‘Conan the Barbarian’ (1982), ‘Gardens of Stone’ (1987), and ‘Best of the Best’ are some of his best-known works from this period (1989).

James Earl Star War

As a result of being favored with a profound and particular voice, James voiced ‘Darth Vader’ in the ‘Star War’ set of three: ‘Star Wars’ (1977), ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ (1980), and ‘Return of the Jedi’ (1983). Upon his solicitation, he was uncredited for his work until 1997. He later played the principle character ‘Gabriel Bird’ in the TV series ‘Gabriel’s Fire’ which ran from 1990 to 1991. In the series, he depicted a previous Chicago cop who gets illegitimately condemned to life detainment. In 1995, he showed up in the TV dramatization series ‘Under One Roof’ which rotated around the existences of three ages of an African-American family that shares a house.

Similarly he depicted ‘Fire up Stephen Kumalo’ in the 1995 movie ‘Cry, the Beloved Country’ which was coordinated by Darrell Roodt. The film depended on Alan Paton’s novel of a similar name. The entertainer turned 69 as the new thousand years unfolded.  However, his age couldn’t prevent him from doing what he adored. During the 2000s, he was exceptionally dynamic in theater and showed up in many plays, for example, ‘On Golden Pond’ (2005), ‘Bundle of nerves’ (2008), and ‘Driving Miss Daisy’ (2010). Jones featured as ‘Boss Justice Caleb Thorne’ in the American show series ‘Specialist X’ in 2015.

Meanwhile in 2019, he voiced ‘Mustafa’ in Disney’s melodic film ‘The Lion King.’ In 2021, James Earl Jones was found in the film ‘Coming 2 America’. The film is the continuation of ‘Coming to America’ (1988) and James Earl Jones repeated his job of Jaffe Joffer.


  • The Annihilation of Fish
  • Fantasia 2000
  • Finder’s Fee
  • Robots
  • The Sandlot 2
  • Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
  • The Benchwarmers
  • Click
  • Scary Movie 4
  • Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins
  • Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey
  • Jack and the Beanstalk
  • Star Tours
  • Gimme Shelter
  • The Angriest Man in Brooklyn
  • Driving Miss Daisy
  • Rogue One
  • Warning Shot
  • The Lion King
  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
  • Coming 2 America

James Earl Salary and Net Worth

He has an estimated net worth of $40 million which he has earned through his career as an actor. However, details of his annual salary are not known to the public yet.