James Earl Jones Net Worth 2021: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

James Earl Jones net worth is
$45 Million

James Earl Jones Wiki Biography

James Earl Jones was born on January 17 1931, in Arkabutla, Mississippi USA, of part Irish and Native-American descent. He is a renowned actor, basing his career not only on screen, but as well in theater, taking part in countless and varied successful film and theater productions such as “Conan the Barbarian”, “Dr. Strangelove”, “Great White Hope” and “Othello”.

Have you ever wondered how rich James Earl Jones is? According to sources it is estimated that James Earl Jones`s net worth is $45 million, his wealth earned through a successful acting career, and thanks to his deep voice he expanded his career to voice acting, earning him roles in “The Lion King” as Musafa and in “Star Wars” as the voice of Darth Vader. Jones has been an active member of the entertainment industry since 1953.

James Earl Jones Net Worth $45 Million

Jones`s childhood was nothing to brag about; his father left the family soon after he was born, and Jones was raised by his maternal grandparents. The move to his grandparent`s farm when he was five was a rather stressful event and Jones ended-up with a stutter that lasted almost through his whole education, until a professor in high school helped him to get rid of it completely. After graduation from Betheran High School, he continued his education at the University of Michigan studying medicine, however, his mind was more focused on drama at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance than on medicine, and before long he discovered his true vocation: acting. During the Korean War he served in the military, earning a Ranger tab and attaining First Lieutenant rank. He eventually graduated from University in 1955 after four years of studying.

However, James’ acting career had started as early as 1953 at the Ramsdell Theatre in Manistee, where he worked as a stage carpenter, and later through 1955 to 1957 he worked as an actor and stage manager. In 1955 came his first role, in Othello in this theater. Then he expanded his career on to Broadway, and in 1969 he has won his first Tony Award for the role as boxing championship Jack Johnson in “Great White Hope”. After the theater production, film of the same name was made, in which Jones repeated his role. However, this wasn`t his first role on film; his debut was in “Dr. Strangelove” in 1964, as a young lieutenant Lothar Zogg.

James Earl Jones net worth increased during the next few years as he was more and more involved in theater roles, mostly doing Shakespeare`s classics, “Othello”, “King Lear” and “Hamlet”. He won his second Tony Award for the theater show “Fences” in 1987. Also his film career thrived with roles in films “Claudine” and “Conan the Barbarian”. His career also expanded into voice acting, his deep voice used as Musafa in “The Lion King” and being the voice behind the Darth Vader`s mask in the “Star Wars” franchise, which added a considerable amount to his net worth.

Jones is also successful in television shows, mostly as a guest star in TV series including “Lois and Clark: The new Adventures of Superman”, “Two and a half Men”, and “The Big Bang Theory”.

Through his whole acting career, which is still active, James has been nominated for numerous notable awards, winning a Golden Globe for the film “Great White Hope” in 1970 and several Emmy Awards as a best supporting actor in TV productions. In addition, Jones received an Honorary Academy Award in 2011.

Regarding his personal life, he has a son, Flynn Earl Jones, with the actress Cecilia Hart with whom he has been in marriage since 1982. Jones has one divorce behind him, from Julienne Marrie, an actresssinger to whom he was married from 1968-72.



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Full Name James Earl Jones
Net Worth $45 Million
Date Of Birth January 17, 1931
Place Of Birth Arkabutla, Mississippi, United States
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.87 m)
Profession Actor, Voice Actor, Soldier
Education University of Michigan
Nationality United States of America
Spouse Cecilia Hart (m. 1982), Julienne Marie (m. 1968–1972)
Children Flynn Earl Jones
Parents Ruth Connolly, Robert Earl Jones
Siblings Matthew Earl Jones
Nicknames James Earl Boggins Jones , Todd , Jones
Twitter http://www.twitter.com/jamesearljones
IMDB http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000469
Awards Academy Honorary Award, Kennedy Center Honors, Tony Award for Best Lead Actor in a Play, Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play, Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album, NAACP Ima…
Nominations Academy Award for Best Actor, Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture – Drama, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role, Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion…
Movies Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Return of the Jedi, The Lion King, Conan the Barbarian, Coming to America, Field of Dreams, The Sandlot, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, The Great White Hope, The Hunt for Red October, Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins, Best of the Best, …
TV Shows The Simpsons, Gabriel’s Fire, Star Wars Rebels, Jesus of Nazareth, Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child, Under One Roof, Paris, The Atlanta Child Murders, CBS Schoolbreak Special, Merlin, Vegetable Soup, Pros and Cons, Me and Mom
# Trademark
1 Unmistakeable contagious laugh
2 Famous for his deep authoritative voice, used most famously for impressive roles as leaders like Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy and Mufasa in The Lion King (1994)
Title Salary
Coming to America (1988) $900,000
Star Wars (1977) $9,000
# Quote
1 [on Star Wars] I am so pleased to be part of that full legend. Even as an observer. I am just an observer.
2 [on being the recipient of a lifetime achievement Oscar] If an actor’s nightmare is being onstage buck naked and not knowing his lines, what the heck do you call this?
3 I have to look for film or TV work. If the great roles aren’t around — and they usually aren’t — then I try to pick projects which will at least take me to interesting locations. To the best of my abilities, I give them Academy Award caliber performances. I can’t put down any jobs that help me pay my bills. The problem is most of the movies and TV shows I’ve been in haven’t given me much to do or say.
4 The world is filled with violence. Because criminals carry guns, we decent law-abiding citizens should also have guns. Otherwise, they will win and the decent people will lose.
5 [on the terrible stutter he suffered from as a young man]: One of the hardest things in life is having words in your heart that you can’t utter.
6 [on the Iraq war]: All people have to be prepared. If we are going to be the police, we also have to be the guardians. We can no longer play games. I was not against the war in Bosnia. I was against it taking so long. I was not against the war in Somalia. Again, it took too long, and we didn’t finish the job. We should’ve stayed and finished the job. About this pending war, I just think we should’ve finished that war the first time.
7 When I read that part in the script where it said, “Luke, I am your father”, I thought, “He’s lying. I have to see how they carry this lie out.”.
8 If you take a villain like Thulsa Doom or Darth Vader and have fun with it, that destroys the credibility of the character.
9 [from “James Earl Jones: Voices and Silences” page 360]: My voice is for hire. My endorsement is not for hire. I will do a voice-over, but I cannot endorse without making a different kind of commitment. My politics are very personal and subjective.
# Fact
1 Was originally set to star in Othello (1981). However, plans fell through due to issues with Equity and Anthony Hopkins was cast instead.
2 Was considered for the role of Captain John Sheridan on Babylon 5 (1994). The role went to Bruce Boxleitner.
3 Was considered for the role of Captain Benjamin Sisko on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993). The role went to Avery Brooks.
4 Auditioned for the role of Bart in Blazing Saddles (1974). The role went to Cleavon Little.
5 Auditioned for the role of Tom Robinson in To Kill a Mockingbird (1962). The role went to Brock Peters, who would later on also play Darth Vader in the Star Wars radio plays.
6 Was considered to voice Manny in Ice Age (2002). The role went to Ray Romano.
7 At the same time James Earl Jones was performing as Big Daddy in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” in London, the Tate Modern was doing an exhibition on Star Wars iconography during the Iraq War.
8 Has never met David Prowse.
9 Is a Republican.
10 Currently lives in Pawling, Dutchess County, New York. [September 2006]
11 He was awarded a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars on January 7, 1996.
12 Has appeared with Harrison Ford in five films: Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977), Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983), Patriot Games (1992) and Clear and Present Danger (1994).
13 Is one of only 14 individuals who are an “EGOT”, meaning that he has received at least one of all of the four major entertainment awards: an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony. The other recipients, in chronological order, are Richard Rodgers, Barbra Streisand, Helen Hayes, Rita Moreno, Liza Minnelli, John Gielgud, Audrey Hepburn, Marvin Hamlisch, Jonathan Tunick, Mel Brooks, Mike Nichols, Whoopi Goldberg and Scott Rudin. Three of the 14 recipients, including Jones, did receive one non-competitive award: Streisand won a Special Tony, Minnelli won a Special Grammy, and Jones won a Special Oscar.
14 James Earl Jones appeared in Coming to America (1988) in which Samuel L. Jackson had a cameo. They would both appear in the Star Wars film series. In addition, Samuel L. Jackson would star in The Great White Hype (1996) which was a spoof of The Great White Hope (1970) starring James Earl Jones.
15 Although he played Dorian Harewood‘s son in Roots: The Next Generations (1979), he is more than 19 years his senior in real life.
16 Is the first African-American actor to play the President of the United States on film in The Man (1972).
17 He used to use “Darth Vader” as his handle on his CB radio but stopped when it was frightening people.
18 Is a United States Army veteran and former member of the 75th Rangers Regiment.
19 A Norwegian rock band has named themselves after him: James Earl Jones Barbershop Explosion!.
20 According to Jones, when George Lucas was trying to cast the voice of Darth Vader, his immediate idea was to cast Orson Welles. However, he felt that Welles was too well-known for the role. So instead, he looked for an actor with a deep voice, “like Orson Welles”, which is how he got the role.
21 Brother: Matthew Earl Jones.
22 Is a member of the National Rifle Assocation of America (NRA).
23 His father-in-law’s favorite movie is Gunga Din (1939).
24 His vocal performance of Darth Vader is ranked #84 on Premiere Magazine’s 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.
25 He was awarded the American National Medal of the Arts in 1992 by the National Endowment of the Arts in Washington, D.C.
26 Has appeared in two films with Madge Sinclair where they play the main character’s parents. In Coming to America (1988), they play the mother and father of Eddie Murphy‘s character, Akeem. In The Lion King (1994), they play the mother and father of Simba. In Coming to America (1988), he appears with Samuel L. Jackson, who also appears with him in Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005), in which James Earl Jones voices Darth Vader, the father of original trilogy hero Luke Skywalker. In The Lion King (1994), Jones’ character is named Mufasa. In Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005), Darth Vader is severely injured on the planet Mustafar, which necessitates the synthesized voice Jones provides.
27 While in college, was a member of the Pershing Rifles, Co. M-3, a collegiate fraternal organizations for members of the school’s ROTC program. Other members of this organization include Colin Powell and G. Gordon Liddy.
28 On June 15, 2005, he was forced to leave the Broadway revival of On Golden Pond (1981) due to a bout of pneumonia.
29 To help get over his stuttering, he would write poetry, and his schoolteachers would let him read it in front of the class.
30 His parents, Ruth Connolly and Robert Earl Jones, separated just before he was born. He was raised by his maternal grandparents.
31 His parents were both African-American. He is also said to have Native American (Choctaw and Cherokee) and Irish ancestry. His maternal great-great-grandmother is said to be Parthenia Connolly, a native of Ireland who worked as an indentured servant, and married a former slave named Brice. Because Brice had no surname of his own, he took his wife’s name, “Connolly”.
32 On October 8, 2002, he appeared along with Theo Lion from PBS’s Between the Lions (1999) before the House Education Reform Subcommittee to explain the importance of supporting literacy programs.
33 He was the first established celebrity to appear on the series Sesame Street (1969).
34 Has appeared in the animated comedy Robots (2005) with Stanley Tucci. In a television biopic of Peter Sellers, Stanley Tucci played Stanley Kubrick, who directed Peter Sellers in Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964), which was also Jones’ first film.
35 Known for his humility, he declined to have his name appear on the credits of both Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977) and Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980), claiming that he felt his contribution wasn’t significant enough to warrant a credit. He did agree to have his name appear of the credits of Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983).
36 In the original Star Wars trilogy, he and Billy Dee Williams were the only black actors to play major roles. One of Billy Dee Williams‘ other roles was the title role in Scott Joplin (1977). Scott Joplin‘s ragtime music was used as the score for The Sting (1973), which features James’s father, Robert Earl Jones.
37 Has won two Tony Awards: in 1969, as Best Actor (Dramatic), for “The Great White Hope”, a role he recreated in an Oscar-nominated performance in the film version of the same title, The Great White Hope (1970) and in 1987, as Best Actor (Play), for August Wilson‘s “Fences”.
38 Co-starred with Madge Sinclair five times.
39 Announced the forty-fifth greatest movie villain of all time by Maxim Magazine’s “Fifty Greatest Movie Villains of All Time” list for his character of Darth Vader in Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977).
40 Narrated the documentary Black Indians: An American Story (2001) , which explores issues of racial identity between the mixed-descent peoples of both Native American and African American heritage. Jones himself is a Black Indian.
41 He received the John F. Kennedy Centre Honour in December 2002.
42 His “death” was announced during a live broadcast of an NBA playoff game in April 1998. The deceased was actually James Earl Ray, the convicted assassin of Martin Luther King.
43 Was once a United States Army officer after college.
44 Callers using Bell Atlantic pay phones often hear Jones’s voice assuring them “Welcome to Bell Atlantic”, just before a female voice asks for a calling card number.
45 Grew up in the small town of Dublin, Michigan.
46 Attended and graduated from Kaleva-Norman-Dickson High School in Brethren.
47 His first time acting was at the Ramsdell Theater in Manistee, Michigan.
48 Attended and graduated from the University of Michigan in 1955.
49 He’s the commanding voice that says “This is CNN”.
50 Son of prizefighter-turned-actor Robert Earl Jones, from whom he was (allegedly) estranged long into adulthood. Yet they starred together in a well-received stage revival of John Steinbeck‘s “Of Mice and Men”, as Lennie Small and Crooks, respectively (Kevin Conway also starred in the play, as George Milton).
51 Provided the thunderous voice (uncredited) of Darth Vader, the villain of the original Star Wars trilogy.
52 Had a stuttering problem as a child and said very little as a child; still struggles with the problem and says he has to think about what he says carefully before saying it (impressive, since he is known widely for his voice).
53 Son, with Cecilia Hart: Flynn Earl Jones.
54 Took acting lessons to control his stutter.
55 Born at 6: 05am.

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