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James Earl Jones

 
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)
 
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

James Earl Jones Theater Photo

James Earl Jones Theater

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09/12/2022
James Earl Jones Theater Photo

James Earl Jones Theater

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James Earl Jones Theater Photo

James Earl Jones Theater

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09/12/2022
Hedy Weiss, James Earl Jones II and Judith Share Photo

Hedy Weiss, James Earl Jones II and Judith Share

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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.

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Date:
08/06/2019

 

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

Wake Up With BWW 9/15: MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG Extends, and More! Photo Wake Up With BWW 9/15: MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG Extends, and More!
by - Sep 15, 2022

Top stories include an extension for the off-Broadway production of Merrily We Roll Along, starring Daniel Radcliffe, Jonathan Groff, and Lindsay Mendez. Plus, new cast members will join The Lion King tour, and more!

John Stamos to Write Memoir for Henry Holt Photo John Stamos to Write Memoir for Henry Holt
by Michael Major - Sep 14, 2022

Henry Holt, a division of Macmillan Publishers, has acquired actor John Stamos’s memoir, If You Would Have Told Me. Stamos is the critically acclaimed, Emmy-nominated actor whose multifaceted career spans four decades. Executive Editor James Melia acquired the book from Esther Newberg and Kristyn Keene Benton at CAA.

VIDEO: Broadway Comes Out to Celebrate the Newly Dedicated James Earl Jones Theatre Photo VIDEO: Broadway Comes Out to Celebrate the Newly Dedicated James Earl Jones Theatre
by BroadwayWorld TV - Sep 14, 2022

Earlier this week, the Cort Theatre was officially renamed the James Earl Jones Theatre in honor of the iconic multi-award-winning American actor! Go inside the ceremony, which included special guests Brian Stokes Mitchell, Norm Lewis, Samuel L. Jackson, Phylicia Rashad, Danielle Brooks, cast members from the Tony-winning Best Musical, A Strange Loop and more. Watch the full video!

Wake Up With BWW 9/14: THE MUSIC MAN Sets Closing, LEOPOLDSTADT Begins Previews, and  Photo Wake Up With BWW 9/14: THE MUSIC MAN Sets Closing, LEOPOLDSTADT Begins Previews, and More!
by - Sep 14, 2022

Today's top stories include The Music Man setting its closing date for January 1, 2023. Plus, get a first look at a clip from Sing Street at the Huntington, Leopoldstadt begins previews on Broadway tonight, and more!

VIDEO: Watch James Earl Jones See His Newly Dedicated Broadway Theatre for the First  Photo VIDEO: Watch James Earl Jones See His Newly Dedicated Broadway Theatre for the First Time
by BroadwayWorld TV - Sep 13, 2022

The Shubert Organization, Inc. officially dedicated and revealed the newly renamed James Earl Jones Theatre, formerly the Cort Theatre, in honor of the iconic multi-award-winning American actor. The dedication ceremony follows a $47 million restoration and expansion of the building. Watch the full video interview!

Photos: Stars Turn Out for the 'James Earl Jones Theater' Dedication! Photo Photos: Stars Turn Out for the 'James Earl Jones Theater' Dedication!
by Jennifer Broski - Sep 12, 2022

This afternoon, the Cort Theatre was officially renamed the James Earl Jones Theatre in honor of the iconic multi-award-winning American actor! Go inside the ceremony below which included special guests Brian Stokes Mitchell, Norm Lewis, Samuel L. Jackson, Phylicia Rashad, Danielle Brooks, cast members from the Tony-winning Best Musical, A Strange Loop and more!

Leslie Uggams and Ted Chapin to be Honored at the 30th Annual Oscar Hammerstein Award Photo Leslie Uggams and Ted Chapin to be Honored at the 30th Annual Oscar Hammerstein Award Gala
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 12, 2022

The York Theatre Company will honor Tony Award-winning musical theater icon Leslie Uggams (Hallelujah, Baby!, Anything Goes, Thoroughly Modern Millie) with the 2022 Oscar Hammerstein Award for Outstanding Achievement in Musical Theater and Ted Chapin with The York Theatre Company Founders’ Award at the 30th Oscar Hammerstein Award Gala.

Wake Up With BWW 9/12: Lea Michele Out of FUNNY GIRL Due to COVID-19, and More! Photo Wake Up With BWW 9/12: Lea Michele Out of FUNNY GIRL Due to COVID-19, and More!
by - Sep 12, 2022

Today's top stories include Lea Michele out of Funny Girl for 10 days after testing positive for COVID-19. Learn more about Julie Benko's upcoming schedule. In other Funny Girl news, Barbara Tirrell made her debut in the show one day after she was hired as an offstage cover for Mrs. Brice, Mrs. Strakosh, and Mrs. Meeker.

What's Coming to Broadway in Fall 2022? Photo What's Coming to Broadway in Fall 2022?
by Team BWW - Sep 10, 2022

A new Broadway season has officially begun! Two Broadway shows (Into the Woods and The Kite Runner) have already kicked off the 2022/23 theatre season this summer and a whole lot more are on the way. As the weather starts to cool, get ready for 15 (and counting) new productions, which will take their first Broadway bows this autumn. What are the best shows on Broadway this fall...?

Kate Baldwin, Amber Gray, Bonnie Milligan & More to Perform at The American Theatre W Photo Kate Baldwin, Amber Gray, Bonnie Milligan & More to Perform at The American Theatre Wing Gala
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 8, 2022

The American Theatre Wing has announced performers for their annual Gala. Performers include Kate Baldwin, The Broadway Boys, Gretchen Cryer, Amber Gray, Aisha de Haas, Luna, Charlotte Maltby, Bonnie Milligan and more.

James Earl Jones Videos

VIDEO: Broadway Comes Out to Celebrate the Newly Dedicated James Earl Jones Theatre VideoVIDEO: Broadway Comes Out to Celebrate the Newly Dedicated James Earl Jones Theatre
by BroadwayWorld TV - Sep 14, 2022

Earlier this week, the Cort Theatre was officially renamed the James Earl Jones Theatre in honor of the iconic multi-award-winning American actor! Go inside the ceremony, which included special guests Brian Stokes Mitchell, Norm Lewis, Samuel L. Jackson, Phylicia Rashad, Danielle Brooks, cast members from the Tony-winning Best Musical, A Strange Loop and more. Watch the full video!

VIDEO: Watch James Earl Jones See His Newly Dedicated Broadway Theatre for the First  VideoVIDEO: Watch James Earl Jones See His Newly Dedicated Broadway Theatre for the First Time
by BroadwayWorld TV - Sep 13, 2022

The Shubert Organization, Inc. officially dedicated and revealed the newly renamed James Earl Jones Theatre, formerly the Cort Theatre, in honor of the iconic multi-award-winning American actor. The dedication ceremony follows a $47 million restoration and expansion of the building. Watch the full video interview!

BWW Exclusive: Creation of the Public Theater Explored in JOE PAPP IN FIVE ACTS VideoBWW Exclusive: Creation of the Public Theater Explored in JOE PAPP IN FIVE ACTS
by Michael Major - Jun 1, 2022

In an exclusive clip, watch how Joe Papp, the founder of The Public Theater, Free Shakespeare in the Park and producer of groundbreaking plays like Hair, A Chorus Line and for colored girls…, turned a dilapidated building into what the Public Theater is today.

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.


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.