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James Earl Jones

 
Birth Place:
Arkabutla, MS, USA
Bio:
James Earl Jones made his Broadway debut in 1957 and has won Tony Awards for the Broadway productions of The Great White Hope and Fences; a Tony nomination for On Golden Pond; Drama Desk Awards for Othello, Les Blancs, Hamlet, The Cherry Orchard and Fences; Obie Awards for Clandestine on the Morning ... (read complete bio)
 
Date of Birth: January 17, 1931 (91)

Birth Place: Arkabutla, MS, USA

Bio:
James Earl Jones made his Broadway debut in 1957 and has won Tony Awards for the Broadway productions of The Great White Hope and Fences; a Tony nomination for On Golden Pond; Drama Desk Awards for Othello, Les Blancs, Hamlet, The Cherry Orchard and Fences; Obie Awards for Clandestine on the Morning ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

  [Regional (US)]
American Repertory Theater Regional Production, 2017
Nonno
  [Off-Broadway]
New York City Center Encores Off-Center Production, 2016
Kilgore Trout
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival Production, 2015
Weller Martin
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2014
Martin Vanderhof
  [US Tour]
National Tour, 2013
Robbins [Replacement]
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2012
Ex-President Arthur Hockstader
  [West End]
London Production, 2011
Hoke Colburn
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2010
Hoke Colburn
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2008
Big Daddy
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2005
Norman Thayer, Jr.
  [Broadway]
1987
Troy Maxson
  [Broadway]
1982
Sam [Replacement]
  [Broadway]
1982
Othello
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1980
Steve Daniels
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1978
Paul Robeson
  [Broadway]
1974
Lennie
  [Broadway]
1973
Theodore Hickman
  [Off-Broadway]
1973
Lear
  [Off-Broadway]
1972
Lopahin
  [Off-Broadway]
1972
Claudius
  [Broadway]
1970
Tshembe Matoseh
  [Off-Broadway]
1970
Boesman
  [Broadway]
1968
Jack Jefferson
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1966
Performer
  [Broadway]
1965
Performer
  [Off-Broadway]
1965
Ajax
  [Off-Broadway]
1965
Junius Brutus
  [Off-Broadway]
1965
Ekart
  [Off-Broadway]
1964
Othello
  [Off-Broadway]
1964
Othello
  [Off-Broadway]
1964
Zachariah Pieterson
  [Off-Broadway]
1963
Rudge
  [Off-Broadway]
1963
George Gulp
  [Off-Broadway]
1962
Mario Saccone
  [Off-Broadway]
1962
Prince of Morocco
  [Off-Broadway]
1961
Performer
  [Off-Broadway]
1961
Performer
  [Off-Broadway]
1961
Deodatus Village
  [Broadway]
1960
Harrison Thurston
  [Broadway]
1958
Edward
  [Broadway]
Performer

Productions

 
[Off-Broadway, 1972]
Conceiver

Photos

Hedy Weiss, James Earl Jones II and Judith Share Photo

Hedy Weiss, James Earl Jones II and Judith Share

From: 
Date:
08/20/2019
Penny Fuller & Hal Prince.attending The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's 11th Annual M Photo

Penny Fuller & Hal Prince.attending The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's 11th Annual Monte Cristo Award honoring James Earl Jones at Bridgewayers in New York City.

From: 
Date:
08/06/2019
Mike Turner, Kiko Macan, Stacia Fernandez, James Earl Jones, Richmond Hoxie, Amanda P Photo

Mike Turner, Kiko Macan, Stacia Fernandez, James Earl Jones, Richmond Hoxie, Amanda Plummer, Susannah Perkins

From: 
Date:
06/13/2018
Kiko Macan, Stacia Fernandez,  James Earl Jones, Richmond Hoxie  Photo

Kiko Macan, Stacia Fernandez, James Earl Jones, Richmond Hoxie

From: 
Date:
06/13/2018
Gilbert Domally, James Earl Jones II, Nancy Wagner and Lorenzo Rush, Jr Photo

Gilbert Domally, James Earl Jones II, Nancy Wagner and Lorenzo Rush, Jr

From: 
Date:
04/25/2018

 

Stage

Performances
  [Regional (US)]
American Repertory Theater Regional Production, 2017
Nonno

  [Off-Broadway]
New York City Center Encores Off-Center Production, 2016
Kilgore Trout

  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival Production, 2015
Weller Martin

  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2014
Martin Vanderhof

  [US Tour]
National Tour, 2013
Robbins [Replacement]

  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2012
Ex-President Arthur Hockstader

  [West End]
London Production, 2011
Hoke Colburn

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2010
Hoke Colburn

  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2008
Big Daddy

  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2005
Norman Thayer, Jr.

  [Broadway]
1987
Troy Maxson

  [Broadway]
1982
Sam [Replacement]

  [Broadway]
1982
Othello

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1980
Steve Daniels

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1978
Paul Robeson

  [Broadway]
1974
Lennie

  [Broadway]
1973
Theodore Hickman

  [Off-Broadway]
1973
Lear

  [Off-Broadway]
1972
Lopahin

  [Off-Broadway]
1972
Claudius

  [Broadway]
1970
Tshembe Matoseh

  [Off-Broadway]
1970
Boesman

  [Broadway]
1968
Jack Jefferson

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1966
Performer

  [Broadway]
1965
Performer

  [Off-Broadway]
1965
Ajax

  [Off-Broadway]
1965
Junius Brutus

  [Off-Broadway]
1965
Ekart

  [Off-Broadway]
1964
Othello

  [Off-Broadway]
1964
Othello

  [Off-Broadway]
1964
Zachariah Pieterson

  [Off-Broadway]
1963
Rudge

  [Off-Broadway]
1963
George Gulp

  [Off-Broadway]
1962
Mario Saccone

  [Off-Broadway]
1962
Prince of Morocco

  [Off-Broadway]
1961
Performer

  [Off-Broadway]
1961
Performer

  [Off-Broadway]
1961
Deodatus Village

  [Broadway]
1960
Harrison Thurston

  [Broadway]
1958
Edward

  [Broadway]
Performer

Productions

Conceiver

James Earl Jones Biography

James Earl Jones made his Broadway debut in 1957 and has won Tony Awards for the Broadway productions of The Great White Hope and Fences; a Tony nomination for On Golden Pond; Drama Desk Awards for Othello, Les Blancs, Hamlet, The Cherry Orchard and Fences; Obie Awards for Clandestine on the Morning Line, The Apple, Moon on a Rainbow Shawl and Baal; a Theatre World Award for Moon on a Rainbow Shawl; the Los Angeles Critics Circle Award for Fences; and an Olivier Award nomination for his portrayal of Big Daddy in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof in London.
Additional theatre credits include Cat on a Hot Tin Roof on Broadway, Paul Robeson, The Iceman Cometh, Of Mice and Men and most recently the Broadway and London productions of Driving Miss Daisy.

Jones is also an award-winning film and television actor and was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Oscar.

James Earl Jones Awards and Nominations

 
Tony Awards - 2017 - Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement Gold Star
James Earl Jones
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2012 - Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play Gold Star
James Earl Jones, The Best Man
 
Tony Awards - 2012 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
James Earl Jones, Gore Vidal's The Best Man
 
Olivier Awards - 2010 - Best Actor
James Earl Jones, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2008 - Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play Gold Star
James Earl Jones, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
 
Helen Hayes Awards - 2005 - Outstanding Lead Actor, Non-Resident Production
James Earl JonesOn Golden Pond
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2005 - Outstanding Actor in a Play
James Earl Jones, On Golden Pond
 
Tony Awards - 2005 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
James Earl Jones, On Golden Pond
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1987 - Outstanding Actor - Play Gold Star
James Earl Jones, Fences
 
Drama League Awards - 1987 - Distinguished Performance Award Gold Star
James Earl Jones, Fences
 
Helen Hayes Awards - 1987 - The American Express Tribute Gold Star
James Earl Jones
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1987 - Best Actor Gold Star
James Earl Jones, Fences
 
Tony Awards - 1987 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play Gold Star
James Earl Jones, Fences
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1978 - Outstanding Actor - Play
James Earl Jones, Paul Robeson
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1973 - Outstanding Performance Gold Star
James Earl Jones, The Cherry Orchard
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1973 - Outstanding Performance Gold Star
James Earl Jones, Hamlet
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1971 - Outstanding Performance Gold Star
James Earl Jones, Les Blancs
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1969 - Outstanding Performance Gold Star
James Earl Jones, The Great White Hope
 
Tony Awards - 1969 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play Gold Star
James Earl Jones, The Great White Hope
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1965 - Best Performance Gold Star
James Earl Jones, Othello
 
Obie Awards - 1965 - Performance Gold Star
James Earl JonesBeal
 
Obie Awards - 1962 - Best Actor Gold Star
James Earl Jones , Clandestine on the Morning Line
 
Obie Awards - 1962 - Best Actor Gold Star
James Earl Jones , The Apple
 
Obie Awards - 1962 - Best Actor Gold Star
James Earl Jones Moon on a Rainbow Shawl
 
Theatre World Awards - 1962 - Performance Gold Star
James Earl JonesMoon on a Rainbow Shawl

James Earl Jones News

Mercedes Ruehl & Harris Yulin to Star in Suffolk Theater's LOVE LETTERS By A.R. Gurne Photo Mercedes Ruehl & Harris Yulin to Star in Suffolk Theater's LOVE LETTERS By A.R. Gurney
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 23, 2022

Suffolk Theater will present Academy Award winner Mercedes Ruehl and Harris Yulin starring in a production of Love Letters, written by A.R. Gurney, directed by Harris Yulin, and produced by Josh Gladstone on Saturday, July 9 at 8PM and Sunday, July 10 at 3PM.

BWW Review: COME FROM AWAY brings an exhilarating and heartfelt show to the San Diego Photo BWW Review: COME FROM AWAY brings an exhilarating and heartfelt show to the San Diego Civic Theatre
by E.H. Reiter - May 19, 2022

COME FROM AWAY tour brings a wonderful cast and the heartwarming show back to San Diego.  Playing at the San Diego Civic Theatre through Broadway San Diego this show offers irresistible Celtic-inspired music, a strong ensemble playing multiple roles, and a reminder that even in the darkest of moments light can be found.  COME FROM AWAY is playing through May 22nd.

COME FROM AWAY is Coming to Segerstrom Center for the Arts Photo COME FROM AWAY is Coming to Segerstrom Center for the Arts
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 18, 2022

Segerstrom Center for the Arts has announced that the national tour of COME FROM AWAY, a Broadway musical about the true story of the small town that welcomed the world, is returning to Costa Mesa at Segerstrom Hall for a limited one week engagement from June 21-26.

Cast Announced For COME FROM AWAY At Center Theatre Group Photo Cast Announced For COME FROM AWAY At Center Theatre Group
by A.A. Cristi - May 13, 2022

Critically acclaimed and widely celebrated ‚ÄúCome From Away,‚ÄĚ a Broadway musical about the true story of the small town that welcomed the world, will return to Los Angeles at Center Theatre Group / Ahmanson Theatre for a limited engagement May 31 through June 12.

VIDEO: Watch the Trailer for AMERICAN MASTERS: JOE PAPP IN FIVE ACTS on PBS Photo VIDEO: Watch the Trailer for AMERICAN MASTERS: JOE PAPP IN FIVE ACTS on PBS
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 13, 2022

Ahead of the 60th Anniversary Season of Free Shakespeare in The Park at New York City's Delacorte Theater in Central Park, American Masters: Joe Papp in Five Acts tells the story of this indomitable, street-wise champion of the arts.

Carl Clemons-Hopkins and Crystal Dickinson to Star in the World Premiere of LESSONS I Photo Carl Clemons-Hopkins and Crystal Dickinson to Star in the World Premiere of LESSONS IN SURVIVAL: 1971 at Vineyard Theatre
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 12, 2022

Vineyard Theatre has announced casting and design team for the upcoming World Premiere of Lessons in Survival: 1971 at Vineyard Theatre (108 East 15th Street) now on-sale. Lessons In Survival: 1971 will begin previews at Vineyard Theatre (108 East 15th Street) May 26, 2022 and play through June 30 with an opening night set for June 9.  

AMERICAN MASTERS Documentary on PBS to Focus on the Career, Social Vision & Impact of Photo AMERICAN MASTERS Documentary on PBS to Focus on the Career, Social Vision & Impact of The Public Theater's Joe Papp
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 12, 2022

A cultural change agent for more than fifty years, Papp’s stages held up a mirror to society with work that reflected the reality of people’s lives. Directed, produced and written by Tracie Holder and Karen Thorsen, American Masters: Joe Papp in Five Acts premieres nationwide Friday, June 3 at 9 p.m. ET on PBS.

Myles Frost, Sharon D. Clarke, Jaquel Spivey & More Amongst 2022 Theatre World Awards Photo Myles Frost, Sharon D. Clarke, Jaquel Spivey & More Amongst 2022 Theatre World Awards Recipients
by Nicole Rosky - May 6, 2022

Each year The Theatre World Awards presents 12 awards to outstanding debut performances on and off-Broadway. This year's honorees have just been announced!

BWW Review: COME FROM AWAY at Washington Pavilion Photo BWW Review: COME FROM AWAY at Washington Pavilion
by Sonja Niles - May 4, 2022

This show will make you laugh, cry and recognize the value of human connection. Don’t miss it.

Teyana Taylor Announces The Last Rose Petal 2… Farewell Tour Photo Teyana Taylor Announces The Last Rose Petal 2… Farewell Tour
by Michael Major - May 3, 2022

Produced by Live Nation and Femme It Forward, the 18-city tour kicks off on Wednesday, August 3rd at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, CA, making stops across the US in Las Vegas, Atlanta, Miami and more before performing in Europe and wrapping up on Thursday, September 8th in Paris, France at the Bataclan. 

James Earl Jones Videos

VIDEO: Watch the Trailer for AMERICAN MASTERS: JOE PAPP IN FIVE ACTS on PBS VideoVIDEO: Watch the Trailer for AMERICAN MASTERS: JOE PAPP IN FIVE ACTS on PBS
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 13, 2022

Ahead of the 60th Anniversary Season of Free Shakespeare in The Park at New York City's Delacorte Theater in Central Park, American Masters: Joe Papp in Five Acts tells the story of this indomitable, street-wise champion of the arts.

VIDEO: Nick Duckart Talks Bringing COME FROM AWAY To Chicago VideoVIDEO: Nick Duckart Talks Bringing COME FROM AWAY To Chicago
by Stage Tube - Feb 25, 2022

Come From Away is now in Chicago through March 6th, 2022. Watch as Nick Duckart who plays Kevin J and others talks about bringing a bit of Gander to the Windy City.

VIDEO: Annaleigh Ashford Talks Working with Stephen Sondheim on LATE NIGHT VideoVIDEO: Annaleigh Ashford Talks Working with Stephen Sondheim on LATE NIGHT
by Michael Major - Jan 27, 2022

Annaleigh Ashford appeared on Late Night with Seth Meyers last night to discuss the new season of B Positive, which is currently in its second season on CBS. During the interview, Ashford discussed her memories working with the late Stephen Sondheim during the 2017 revival of Sunday in the Park with George. Watch the interview now!

VIDEO: The Broadway League Launches THIS IS BROADWAY Initiative With Short Film Narra VideoVIDEO: The Broadway League Launches THIS IS BROADWAY Initiative With Short Film Narrated by Oprah Winfrey
by BroadwayWorld TV - Aug 30, 2021

The Broadway League has launched THIS IS BROADWAY, a new initiative to welcome theater lovers back to Times Square following the industry’s 18-month shutdown.  

VIDEO: Courtney B. Vance Gushes Over Aretha Franklin on THE TONIGHT SHOW VideoVIDEO: Courtney B. Vance Gushes Over Aretha Franklin on THE TONIGHT SHOW
by Stage Tube - Mar 9, 2021

Courtney B. Vance talks about the pandemic ruining his 60th birthday and shares what he learned about Aretha Franklin while filming his show Genius: Aretha.

VIDEO: Annaleigh Ashford Talks About Her Move to L.A. on THE LATE LATE SHOW VideoVIDEO: Annaleigh Ashford Talks About Her Move to L.A. on THE LATE LATE SHOW
by Stage Tube - Jan 13, 2021

James checks in with fellow Broadway alum Annaleigh Ashford who is currently starring on the CBS sitcom 'B Positive' and the two chat about Annaleigh's recent move to LA, her lack of athletic prowess and why she may still owe Blockbuster a new copy of 'All That Jazz.'

VIDEO: Annaleigh Ashford Talks B POSITIVE and More on THE LATE LATE SHOW VideoVIDEO: Annaleigh Ashford Talks B POSITIVE and More on THE LATE LATE SHOW
by Stage Tube - Jan 13, 2021

During last night's episode of The Late Late Show With James Corden, James checked in with fellow Broadway alum Annaleigh Ashford.

VIDEO: Watch the Official Trailer for COMING 2 AMERICA VideoVIDEO: Watch the Official Trailer for COMING 2 AMERICA
by Stage Tube - Dec 22, 2020

Set in the lush and royal country of Zamunda, newly-crowned King Akeem (Eddie Murphy) and his trusted confidante Semmi(Arsenio Hall) embark on an all-new hilarious adventure that has them traversing the globe from their great African nation to the borough of Queens, New York ‚Äď where it all began.

VIDEO: Tony Nominee Colman Domingo Talks MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM & Chadwick Boseman VideoVIDEO: Tony Nominee Colman Domingo Talks MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM & Chadwick Boseman
by Stage Tube - Dec 9, 2020

Colman Domingo had the pleasure of working with the late Chadwick Boseman in their upcoming Netflix film 'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom.' He shares a touching story of a scene they worked on together that moved them both to tears. Tune in for more with Colman Domingo.

VIDEO: Adam Rothenberg Takes Part in Richard Skipper's #StayHome Campaign VideoVIDEO: Adam Rothenberg Takes Part in Richard Skipper's #StayHome Campaign
by Stage Tube - Apr 2, 2020

Richard Skipper has started a #StayHome campaign!


James Earl Jones Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has James Earl Jones been in?
James Earl Jones has appeared on Broadway in 20 shows.

How many West End shows has James Earl Jones been in?
James Earl Jones has appeared on London's West End in 1 shows.

What was James Earl Jones's first West End show?
James Earl Jones's first West End show was Driving Miss Daisy which opened in 2011

What awards has James Earl Jones been nominated for?
Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement (Tony Awards) , Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for The Best Man , Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play (Tony Awards) for Gore Vidal's The Best Man , Best Actor (Olivier Awards) for Cat On A Hot Tin Roof , Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof , Outstanding Lead Actor, Non-Resident Production (Helen Hayes Awards) for On Golden Pond , Outstanding Actor in a Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for On Golden Pond , Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play (Tony Awards) for On Golden Pond , Outstanding Actor - Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Fences , Distinguished Performance Award (Drama League Awards) for Fences , The American Express Tribute (Helen Hayes Awards) for , Best Actor (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Fences , Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play (Tony Awards) for Fences , Outstanding Actor - Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Paul Robeson , Outstanding Performance (Drama Desk Awards) for The Cherry Orchard , Outstanding Performance (Drama Desk Awards) for Hamlet , Outstanding Performance (Drama Desk Awards) for Les Blancs , Outstanding Performance (Drama Desk Awards) for The Great White Hope , Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play (Tony Awards) for The Great White Hope , Best Performance (Drama Desk Awards) for Othello , Performance (Obie Awards) for Beal , Best Actor (Obie Awards) for Clandestine on the Morning Line , Best Actor (Obie Awards) for The Apple Best Actor (Obie Awards) for Moon on a Rainbow Shawl and Performance (Theatre World Awards) for Moon on a Rainbow Shawl .

What awards has James Earl Jones won?
Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement (Tony Awards), Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for The Best Man , Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Outstanding Actor - Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Fences, Distinguished Performance Award (Drama League Awards) for Fences, The American Express Tribute (Helen Hayes Awards) for , Best Actor (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Fences, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play (Tony Awards) for Fences, Outstanding Performance (Drama Desk Awards) for Hamlet, Outstanding Performance (Drama Desk Awards) for The Cherry Orchard, Outstanding Performance (Drama Desk Awards) for Les Blancs, Outstanding Performance (Drama Desk Awards) for The Great White Hope, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play (Tony Awards) for The Great White Hope, Best Performance (Drama Desk Awards) for Othello, Performance (Obie Awards) for Beal, Best Actor (Obie Awards) for Clandestine on the Morning Line, Best Actor (Obie Awards) for The Apple Best Actor (Obie Awards) for Moon on a Rainbow Shawland Performance (Theatre World Awards) for Moon on a Rainbow Shawl.