Who is James Earl Jones and what is his net worth 2018? Legendary actor James Earl Jones career has spanned over six decades. He is considered as one of the most versatile actors and also one of the greatest actors in the history of America. He is best known for his role in the film Great White Hope. He is also a voiceover for successful films like Star Wars and The Lion King. The veteran actor is respected for his versatile and distinguished acting. James was also a soldier in the army before joining the entertainment industry. He has been respected both by critics and by the audience.
James Earl Jones was born on 17 January 1931 Arkabutla, Mississippi. His parents were Robert Earl Jones who was an actor, Butler, boxer and chauffeur and Ruth Jones who worked as teacher and maid. He was raised by his maternal grandparents and was educated at the Browning School. He attended Dickson Rural Agricultural School in Michigan and graduated as the vice president of his class. Following that, he went to the University of Michigan. James Earl Jones joined the Reserve Officer Training Corps and also learned theater in University of Michigan School of Music (Theatre and Dance) thereby graduating in 1955.
He worked as a stage crew in Ramsdell Theatre and got commissioned to join Infantry Officers Basic Course. James then went to Ranger School and was sent to learn cold weather training command in Colorado. Before getting discharged, he was promoted to a first lieutenant. Subsequent to that, he went to New York to pursue in the American Theatre Wing where he worked as a concierge.
James Earl Jones is married to actress Julienne Marie. They married in 1968 and divorced in 1972. He again married actress Cecilia Hart in 1982. He has a son, Flynn Earl Jones from his marriage to Cecilia. In October 2016, his wife died of ovarian cancer. Jones has been diagnosed with diabetes.
By the year 1955, James Earl Jones was an actor and stage manager. His first theatre performance was Othello in 1955. He also appeared in the ABC radio series Theatre-Five. With time, he became a proficient stage actor. His first role in a movie was in 1964 in the film Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. He was then seen in The Great White Hope in 1970. It was critically acclaimed and Jones went on to win many awards for the role. He was again seen in the movie Claudine (1974).
It was followed by Conan the Barbarian, Matewan, Coming to America, The Hunt for Red October and Patriot Games. He lent his voice for the film Star Wars: A New Hope (1977) as Darth Vader. It was followed by The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. He also gave his voice for the Disney movie The Lion King (1994) as Mufasa. Jones has lent his voice to the TV series Simpsons in 1990. He has appeared in the TV series Roots: The Next Generations and also appeared in the video game Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun. He was seen as a guest star in House, M.D. in 2009.
He has won several awards and accolades for his performance. He won the Tony Award for Best Actor and a Golden Globe Award for his role in The Great White Hope. He has also won 2 Emmy Awards in 1990. In 1992, he was conferred with the National Medal of Arts. In 2017, he was given the Honorary Doctor of Arts by Harvard University.
James Earl Jones Net Worth
James Earl Jones is a veteran who is known for his voiceover talent. The 86 year old has appeared in various films and TV serials and has made quite a fortune. James Earl Jones estimated net worth is $50 million. He is the recipient of the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center Monte Cristo Award. In his career he has appeared in several stages plays like Much Ado About Nothing, You Can’t Take it With You, The Gin Game and Driving Miss Daisy. He was given an honorary Oscar for his role in Driving Miss Daisy. The talented actor has dedicated his entire life to entertain people and also to his country by serving in the army.
James is an admired actor who apart from acting awards and the honorary degree, has also won the National Association for Hearing and Speech Action’s Annie Glenn Award. His performance and voice have always captivated theatre lovers.