James Earl Jones
Biographical Information
Born January 17, 1931
Birthplace Arkabutla, Mississipi
Gender Male
Years Active 1948-Present
Role President Dibala
Season Season 6
Episode The Tyrant

James Earl Jones is an Academy Award nominated American actor and voice actor who despite a career spanning fifty years will forever be remembered for an initially uncredited voice role as the voice of Darth Vader in the Star Wars series. On House, M.D., he portrayed dictator President Dibala in the Season 6 episode The Tyrant. Jones is also known for his role as Admiral James Greer in the Jack Ryan films The Hunt for Red OctoberPatriot Games, and Clear and Present Danger, co-starring with Harrison Ford in the latter two, and Alec Baldwin in the former. 

Originally a Broadway actor, Jones first came to prominence in films in the role of Lt. Lothar Zogg in Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove. Since then, he has had featured roles in Dr. Kildare, Claudine, The UFO Incident, The Greatest, Exorcist II: The Heretic, Paul Robeson, Paris, Freedom to Speak, Conan the Barbarian, Moses, Gardens of Stone, Coming to America, Field of Dreams, Gabriel's Fire, Pros and Cons, Sneakers, The Sandlont, The Vernon Jones Story, The Lion King, Under One Roof, Cry, The Beloved Country, A Family Thing, Our Friend Martin, Recess Christmas: Miracle on Third Street, Robots, The Sandlot 2, Welcome Back Roscoe Jenkins and Jack and the Beanstalk.

Jones will receive an honorary Academy Award at the 2012 ceremonies. He has also won two Tony awards and is the only person in history to win two Emmy Awards in the same year.


Year Title Role Notes
1964 Dr. Strangelove Lt. Lothar Zogg
1967 The Comedians Dr. Magiot
1967 The Comedians in Africa Himself Short film
1970 The End of the Road Doctor D
1970 The Great White Hope Jack Jefferson
1970 King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis Himself
1972 Malcolm X Narrator
1972 The Man Douglass Dilman
1973 Westworld Ken
1974 Claudine Rupert "Roop" B. Marshall
1974 The Towering Inferno Pete
1976 The River Niger Johnny Williams
1976 The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings Leon Carter
1976 Swashbuckler Nick Debrett
1976 Deadly Hero Rabbit
1977 The Greatest Malcolm X
1977 Star Wars Darth Vader Voice role; uncredited (credited in new editions)
1977 Exorcist II: The Heretic Older Kokumo
1977 The Last Remake of Beau Geste Sheikh
1977 A Piece of the Action Joshua Burke
1979 The Muppet Movie Luke Cameo
1979 Monty Python's Life of Brian Eric
1979 The Bushido Blade Harpooner
1980 The Empire Strikes Back Darth Vader Voice role; uncredited (credited in new editions)
1981 Excalibur MacNicol
1981 Time Bandits Danny Luke
1982 The Flight of Dragons Ommadon Voice role
1982 Conan the Barbarian Thulsa Doom
1982 Blood Tide Frye
1983 Return of the Jedi Darth Vader Voice role
1984 Conan the Destroyer Thulsa Doom
1984 This Is Spinal Tap Geoffrey
1984 Conan the Destroyer Thulsa Doom
1984 The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension Archibald
1985 City Limits Albert
1986 Soul Man Professor Banks
1986 Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold Umslopogaas
1987 Gardens of Stone Sgt. Maj. "Goody" Nelson
1987 My Little Girl Ike Bailey
1987 Spaceballs McGee
1987 Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night Emperor of the Night
1987 Matewan Few Clothes
1988 Killer Klowns from Outer Space Baron
1988 Coming to America King Jaffe Joffer
1989 Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure Miller
1989 Three Fugitives Detective Movan Dugan
1989 Field of Dreams Terence Mann
1989 Best of the Best Frank Couzo
1990 Convicts Ben Johnson
1990 The Hunt for Red October Admiral James Greer
1990 The Ambulance Lt. Spencer
1990 Grim Prairie Tales Morrison
1991 Scorchers Bear
1991 The Last Boy Scout Soil
1992 Patriot Games Admiral James Greer
1992 Freddie as F.R.O.7 Narrator American version
1992 Sneakers NSA Agent Bernard Abbott
1993 Dreamrider William Perry
1993 Sommersby Judge Barry Conrad Isaacs
1993 The Sandlot Mr. Mertle
1993 Excessive Force Jake
1993 The Meteor Man Earnest Moses
1994 Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult Himself Cameo
1994 Clean Slate Dolby
1994 The Lion King Mufasa Voice role
1994 Clear and Present Danger Admiral James Greer
1994 Airheads Alfred
1995 Jefferson in Paris Madison Hemings
1995 Cry, the Beloved Country Rev. Stephen Kumalo
1995 Judge Dredd Narrator
1996 A Family Thing Ray Murdock
1996 Good Luck James Bing
1997 Casper: A Spirited Beginning Kibosh Direct-to-video; voice role
1997 Gang Related Arthur Baylor
1998 Primary Colors CNN Voiceover
1998 Soldier Forest
1998 The Lion King II: Simba's Pride Mufasa Direct-to-video; voice role
1999 Our Friend, Martin Martin Luther King, Sr. Direct-to-video; voice role
1999 On the Q.T. Leo
1999 Undercover Angel The Judge
1999 The Annihilation of Fish Fish
1999 Fantasia 2000 Himself Introduction to Carnival of the Animals segment
2001 Finder's Fee Avery Phillips
2001 Recess Christmas: Miracle on Third Street Santa Claus
2005 Robots Voice Box at Hardware Store Voice role
2005 The Sandlot 2 Mr. Mertle Direct-to-video
2006 The Benchwarmers Darth Vader Voice role
2006 Click Narrator of Michael's Past
2006 Scary Movie 4 Narrator Uncredited
2006 Blood Diamond Dag
2008 Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins Roscoe Jenkins, Sr.
2009 Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey The Admiral Voice role
2009 Jack and the Beanstalk The Giant
2011 Star Tours – The Adventures Continue Darth Vader Short; voice role
2013 Gimme Shelter Frank McCarthy
2014 The Angriest Man in Brooklyn Ruben
2014 Driving Miss Daisy Hoke Colburn Theatrical release of Australian stage production
2016 Rogue One Darth Vader Voice role
2018 Warning Shot Pendleton
2019 The Lion King Mufasa Voice role


Year Title Role Notes
1963 East Side/West Side Joe Goodwin Episode: "Who Do You Kill?"
1966 Dr. Kildare Dr. Lou Rush 4 episodes
1969 N.Y.P.D. Candy Lateen 2 episodes
1974 The Cay (film) Timothy Television film
1975 The UFO Incident Barney Hill Television film
1977 Roots Alex Haley Episode: "Part XII"
1977 Jesus of Nazareth Balthazar Episode: "Part 1"
1977 The Greatest Thing That Almost Happened Morris Bird, Jr. Television film
1978 Star Wars Holiday Special Darth Vader Voice
1979–80 Paris Woodrow Paris 13 episodes
1979 Roots: The Next Generations Alex Haley Episode: "1.7"
1980 Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones Father Divine Television film
1984 The Vegas Strip War Jack Madrid Television film
1985 Me and Mom Lou Garfield 6 episodes
1986 Faerie Tale Theatre Genie of the Lamp & Genie of the Ring Episode: "Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp"
1987–91 Mathnet Chief Thad Green 5 episodes
1987, 1990-92 Square One TV Announcer / Chief Thad Greene 4 episodes
1992 Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories Narrator Segment "Millions of Cats"
1988–89 L.A. Law Lee Atkins 2 episodes
1989 Saturday Night with Connie Chung Vernon Johns Episode: "God's Bad Boy"
1989-92 Long Ago and Far Away Host / Narrator 35 episodes
1990, 1994, 1998 The Simpsons Narrator / Maggie Simpson / Moving Man / Serak the Preparer (voices) 3 episodes
1990–91 Gabriel's Fire Gabriel Bird 22 episodes
1990 By Dawn's Early Light Alice Television film
1990 Heat Wave Junius Johnson Television film
1991–92 Pros and Cons Gabriel Bird 12 episodes
1992 Lincoln Narrator Television film
1992 Garfield and Friends Diablo Episode: "Ghost of a Chance"
1993 Percy & Thunder Percy Television film
1993 ABC Weekend Special Himself Episode: "The Parsley Garden"
1993 Law & Order Horace McCoy Episode: "Profile"
1993 American Playhouse Old Man Taylor Episode: "Hallelujah"
1994 Confessions: Two Faces of Evil Charles Lloyd Television film
1994 Picket Fences Bryant Thomas Episode: "System Down"
1994 Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Franklin Stern Episode: "The House of Luthor"
1994 The Road to Freedom: The Vernon Johns Story Vernon Johns Television film
1994 Rod Serling's Lost Classics Host Television film
1994 Bah, Humbug! Narrator / Ebenezer Scrooge Television film
1995 People: A Musical Celebration The Storyteller Voice
1995 Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child King Dakkar (voice) Episode: "The Valiant Little Tailor"
1995 Signs and Wonders Diamond 4 episodes
1995 Under One Roof Neb Langston 6 episodes
1996 3rd Rock from the Sun Narrator (voice) 2 episodes
1996 Rebound: The Legend of Earl "The Goat" Manigault Dr. McDuffie Television film
1996 Timepiece Lawrence Television film
1997 Mad About You Himself Episode: "Chicken Man"
1997 Touched by an Angel Angel of Angels Episode: "Clipped Wings"
1997 Frasier Norman Royster Episode: "Roz's Krantz & Gouldenstein Are Dead"
1997 Stargate SG-1 Unas Episode: "Thor's Hammer"
1997 Homicide: Life on the Street Felix Wilson 3 episodes
1997 Alone Grey Television film
1997 What the Deaf Man Heard Archibald Thacker Television film
1997 The Second Civil War Jim Kalla Television film
1998 Merlin Mountain King 3 episodes
1998 Recess Santa Claus 2 episodes
1999 Santa and Pete Grandpa Nicholas Television film
1999 Summer's End Dr. William Blakely Television film
2001 The Feast of All Saints Older Marcel Television film
2001 Oswald Andy (voice) Episode: "Chasing the Ice Cream Truck"
2001 Sagwa, the Chinese Siamese Cat Everett (voice) Episode: "Sagwa's Swan Song"
2003 The Fairly OddParents Albert (voice) Episode: "Information Stupor Highway"
2003 Will & Grace Himself Episode: "Me and Mr. Jones"
2003–04 Everwood Will Cleveland 3 episodes
2004 According to Jim Royal Flush XP Toilet Episode: "The Toilet"
2004 Sesame Street Himself Episode: 4077
2005 The Reading Room William Television film
2005 Danny Phantom Luke (voice) Episode: "Pirate Radio"
2005 The Buzz on Maggie Leno (voice) Episode: "Scout of Order"
2006 Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! Sheldon (voice) Episode: "A Little Help From Your Friends"
2007 The Modifyers The Guide (voice) Pilot
2008 Yin Yang Yo! Colin (voice) Episode: "The Manotaur"
2008 Two and a Half Men Himself Episode: "The Devil's Lube"
2009 The Magic 7 5-Toe Voice
2009 House Dibala Episode: "The Tyrant"
2010 Fish Hooks Nick (voice) Episode: "Bea Becomes an Adult Fish"
2010 T.U.F.F. Puppy O (voice) Episode: "Toast of T.U.F.F."
2011 The Amazing World of Gumball Professor Jack (voice) Episode: "The Spoon"
2013 Scaredy Squirrel Johnny (voice) Episode: "Stash N' Hoarder"
2013 My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Richard (voice) Episode: "Games Ponies Play"
2014 The Big Bang Theory Himself Episode: "The Convention Conundrum"
2014 Doki Kevin (voice) Episode: "The Treasure Hunters"
2015 Star vs. The Forces of Evil Nicky (voice) Episode: "Star Comes to Eath"
2015 Harvey Beaks Cox (voice) Episode: "The Finger"
2015 Steven Universe Sid (voice) Episode: "Keystone Motel"
2015 Clarence Becky (voice) Episode: "Tuckered Boys"
2014–16 Star Wars Rebels Darth Vader (voice) 4 episodes
2015 Agent X Chief Justice Caleb Thorne 2 episodes
2015 The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar Mufasa Voice
2017 The Loud House Chicken (voice) Episode: "Yes Man"
2017, 2019 The Lion Guard Mufasa (voice) 2 episodes

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