Saturday, 20 February 2016

Fun Facts About James Earl Jones

Fun and Fascinating Facts About James Earl Jones

1. James Earl Jones is an African-American actor most famous for having one of the best voices on the planet. He was born on the 17th of January 1931, in Arkabutler, Mississippi, which happens to be a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away.

2. James Earl Jones is well known for being the voice of Darth Vader in the mildly popular Star Wars movies. His parents were Shmi Skywalker and the Force itself. Or midichlorians. Or something like that.

3. His actual parents were Robert Earl Jones, who was an actor, boxer, and chauffeur, and Ruth Connolly Jones, who was a teacher and maid.

4. His father, Robert, left the family soon after little James Earl Jones was born. When he was five, James moved to Jackson, Michigan and was brought up by his maternal Grandparents.

5. James Earl Jones once described his grandmother, Maggie, as "The most racist person I have ever known."

6. James Earl Jones had a very bad stutter when he was a child. So bad, in fact, was his stutter, he refused to speak. He was mute for almost eight years until an English teacher, Donald Crouch, taught him how to write poetry and Jones ended his long-running silence.

7. Jones said of his stutter, "I was a stutterer. I couldn't talk. So my first year of school was my first mute year, and then those mute years continued until I got to high school."

8. James started out as a baby before progressing to be the most evil Jedi turned Sith in the whole galaxy. Although, to be factually correct, Darth Vader wasn't the most hated of evil monsters in Star Wars. That accolade went to George Lucas after he ruined the prequel trilogy.

9. James Earl Jones was only paid $7,000 for his appearance in the first Star Wars film. He didn't mind, though, and it doesn't matter now, as he is worth in excess of $45 million.

10. "I got paid $7,000," James Earl Jones told the American Film Institute in an interview, "and I thought that was good money." He hasn't revealed what he earned for the two sequel movies.

11. James Earl Jones is also the voice of Mufasa in the Lion King.

12. James Earl Jones has type 2 diabetes.

13. He has played title roles in Othello, King Lear, Hamlet, and Macbeth.

14. In fact, he has won four Tony Awards for being the best actor in a play. The most recent Tony Award was in 2012 for his role in The Best Man.

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