James Earl Jones Net Worth

James Earl Jones Net Worth 2023: 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 actress\singer to whom he was married from 1968-72.

Full NameJames Earl Jones
Net Worth$45 Million
Date Of BirthJanuary 17, 1931
Place Of BirthArkabutla, Mississippi, United States
Height6 ft 1 in (1.87 m)
ProfessionActor, Voice Actor, Soldier
EducationUniversity of Michigan
NationalityUnited States of America
SpouseCecilia Hart (m. 1982), Julienne Marie (m. 1968–1972)
ChildrenFlynn Earl Jones
ParentsRuth Connolly, Robert Earl Jones
SiblingsMatthew Earl Jones
NicknamesJames Earl Boggins Jones , Todd , Jones
AwardsAcademy 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...
NominationsAcademy 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...
MoviesRogue 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 ShowsThe 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
1Unmistakeable contagious laugh
2Famous 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)
Coming to America (1988)$900,000
Star Wars (1977)$9,000
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?
3I 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.
4The 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.
7When 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.".
8If 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.
1Was originally set to star in Othello (1981). However, plans fell through due to issues with Equity and Anthony Hopkins was cast instead.
2Was considered for the role of Captain John Sheridan on Babylon 5 (1994). The role went to Bruce Boxleitner.
3Was considered for the role of Captain Benjamin Sisko on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993). The role went to Avery Brooks.
4Auditioned for the role of Bart in Blazing Saddles (1974). The role went to Cleavon Little.
5Auditioned 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.
6Was considered to voice Manny in Ice Age (2002). The role went to Ray Romano.
7At 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.
8Has never met David Prowse.
9Is a Republican.
10Currently lives in Pawling, Dutchess County, New York. [September 2006]
11He was awarded a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars on January 7, 1996.
12Has 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).
13Is 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.
14James 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.
15Although he played Dorian Harewood's son in Roots: The Next Generations (1979), he is more than 19 years his senior in real life.
16Is the first African-American actor to play the President of the United States on film in The Man (1972).
17He used to use "Darth Vader" as his handle on his CB radio but stopped when it was frightening people.
18Is a United States Army veteran and former member of the 75th Rangers Regiment.
19A Norwegian rock band has named themselves after him: James Earl Jones Barbershop Explosion!.
20According 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.
21Brother: Matthew Earl Jones.
22Is a member of the National Rifle Assocation of America (NRA).
23His father-in-law's favorite movie is Gunga Din (1939).
24His vocal performance of Darth Vader is ranked #84 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.
25He was awarded the American National Medal of the Arts in 1992 by the National Endowment of the Arts in Washington, D.C.
26Has 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.
27While 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.
28On June 15, 2005, he was forced to leave the Broadway revival of On Golden Pond (1981) due to a bout of pneumonia.
29To help get over his stuttering, he would write poetry, and his schoolteachers would let him read it in front of the class.
30His parents, Ruth Connolly and Robert Earl Jones, separated just before he was born. He was raised by his maternal grandparents.
31His 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".
32On 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.
33He was the first established celebrity to appear on the series Sesame Street (1969).
34Has 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.
35Known 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).
36In 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.
37Has 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".
38Co-starred with Madge Sinclair five times.
39Announced 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).
40Narrated 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.
41He received the John F. Kennedy Centre Honour in December 2002.
42His "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.
43Was once a United States Army officer after college.
44Callers 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.
45Grew up in the small town of Dublin, Michigan.
46Attended and graduated from Kaleva-Norman-Dickson High School in Brethren.
47His first time acting was at the Ramsdell Theater in Manistee, Michigan.
48Attended and graduated from the University of Michigan in 1955.
49He's the commanding voice that says "This is CNN".
50Son 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).
51Provided the thunderous voice (uncredited) of Darth Vader, the villain of the original Star Wars trilogy.
52Had 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).
53Son, with Cecilia Hart: Flynn Earl Jones.
54Took acting lessons to control his stutter.
55Born at 6:05am.


The Lion King2019pre-productionMufasa (voice)
Warning Shot2017post-productionPendleton
Rogue One2016Darth Vader (voice)
Star Wars: Rebels2014-2016TV SeriesDarth Vader
The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar2015TV MovieMufasa (voice)
Agent X2015TV SeriesChief Justice Caleb Thorne
Great Performances1974-2015TV SeriesHoke / King Lear
Driving Miss Daisy2014Hoke
The Angriest Man in Brooklyn2014Ruben
The Big Bang Theory2014TV SeriesJames Earl Jones
Gimme Shelter2013Frank McCarthy
Star Tours: The Adventures Continue2011ShortDarth Vader (voice)
Season 3 According to Jim2011Video shortRoyal Flush Voice (uncredited)
Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey2010Admiral (voice)
The Magic 72009TV Movie5-Toe (voice)
Jack and the Beanstalk2009The Giant (voice)
House M.D.2009TV SeriesDibala
La Premiere2009ShortNarrator
Two and a Half Men2008TV SeriesJames Earl Jones
Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins2008Papa Jenkins
Click2006Narrator of Michael's Past (uncredited)
Scary Movie 42006Narrator (uncredited)
The Benchwarmers2006Darth Vader (voice)
The Reading Room2005TV MovieWilliam
Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith2005Darth Vader (voice, uncredited)
The Sandlot 22005VideoMr. Mertle
Robots2005Voice Box at Hardware Store (voice)
Everwood2003-2004TV SeriesWill Cleveland
Nine Dog Christmas2004VideoNarrator (voice)
According to Jim2004TV SeriesRoyal Flush Voice
Feast of All Saints2001TV MovieOlder Marcel
Recess Christmas: Miracle on Third Street2001VideoSanta Claus (voice)
Finder's Fee2001Avery Phillips
American Legends2001VideoHost
On the Q.T.1999Leo
Our Friend, Martin1999VideoDaddy King (voice)
Santa and Pete1999TV MovieGrandpa Nicholas
The Annihilation of Fish1999Fish
Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun1999Video GameGeneral James Solomon
Undercover Angel1999The Judge
Summer's End1999TV MovieDr. William 'Bill' Blakely
Recess1998TV SeriesSanta Claus
The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride1998VideoMufasa (voice)
Merlin1998TV Mini-SeriesMountain King
Primary Colors1998CNN Voiceover (voice)
The Simpsons1990-1998TV SeriesNarrator / Maggie Simpson / Moving Man / ...
Monopoly Star Wars1997Video GameDarth Vader (voice)
Alone1997TV MovieGrey
What the Deaf Man Heard1997TV MovieArchibald Thacker
Homicide: Life on the Street1997TV SeriesFelix Wilson
Gang Related1997Arthur Baylor
Stargate SG-11997TV SeriesUnas
Casper: A Spirited Beginning1997VideoKibosh (voice)
The Second Civil War1997TV MovieJim Kalla
Frasier1997TV SeriesNorman Royster
Touched by an Angel1997TV SeriesThe Angel of Angels
Timepiece1996TV MovieLawrence
Rebound: The Legend of Earl 'The Goat' Manigault1996TV MovieDr. McDuffie
Good Luck1996James Bing
3rd Rock from the Sun1996TV SeriesNarrator
A Family Thing1996Ray Murdock
People: A Musical Celebration1995TV MovieThe Storyteller (voice)
Cry, the Beloved Country1995Rev. Stephen Kumalo
Judge Dredd1995Narrator (voice, uncredited)
Under One Roof1995TV SeriesNeb Langston
Jefferson in Paris1995Madison Hemings
Signs and Wonders1995TV SeriesDiamond
Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable1995ShortMufasa (voice)
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child1995TV SeriesKing Dakkar
Who's in Rabbit's House?1995ShortNarrator (voice)
Bah, Humbug!: The Story of Charles Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol'1994TV MovieNarrator / Ebenezer Scrooge
Animated StoryBook: The Lion King1994Video GameMufasa (voice)
Under a Killing Moon1994Video GameGreat P.I. of the Universe (voice)
Clear and Present Danger1994Adm. James Greer
Twilight Zone: Rod Serling's Lost Classics1994TV MovieHost
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman1994TV SeriesFranklin Stern
Clean Slate1994John Dolby
The Lion King1994Mufasa (voice)
Picket Fences1994TV SeriesBryant Thomas
Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult1994James Earl Jones (uncredited)
Confessions: Two Faces of Evil1994TV MovieCharles Lloyd
The Vernon Johns Story1994TV MovieVernon Johns
Dreamrider1993William Perry
American Playhouse1993TV SeriesOld Man Taylor
Law & Order1993TV SeriesHorace McCoy
Percy & Thunder1993TV MoviePercy
The Meteor Man1993Earnest Moses
Excessive Force1993Jake
The Sandlot1993Mr. Mertle
ABC Weekend Specials1993TV Series
Sommersby1993Judge Issacs
Ramayana: The Legend of Prince Rama1992Narrator
The Second Coming1992ShortNarrator
Lincoln1992TV MovieNarrator (voice)
Garfield and Friends1992TV SeriesDiablo
Square One Television1987-1992TV SeriesAnnouncer / Chief Thad Greene / Chief Thad Green
Sneakers1992NSA Agent Bernard Abbott
Freddie as F.R.O.7.1992Narrator (American version) (voice)
Patriot Games1992Admiral Greer
Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories1992TV SeriesNarrator (segment "Millions of Cats")
Pros and Cons1991-1992TV SeriesGabriel Bird
Convicts1991Ben Johnson
Gabriel's Fire1990-1991TV SeriesGabriel Bird
Mathnet1987-1991TV SeriesChief Thad Green / Chief Thad Greene
Teach 1091990TV ShortDr. Winston
Grim Prairie Tales: Hit the Trail... to Terror1990Morrison
Ivory Hunters1990TV MovieInspector Nkuru
Heat Wave1990TV MovieJunius Johnson
Last Flight Out1990TV MovieAl Topping
By Dawn's Early Light1990TV MovieAlice
The Ambulance1990Lt. Spencer
The Hunt for Red October1990Admiral Greer
Terrorgram1990Retribution (voice)
The Hunting of the Snark1989ShortNarrator
Best of the Best1989Frank Couzo
American Playwrights Theater: The One-Acts1989TV SeriesWillie
Saturday Night with Connie Chung1989TV SeriesVernon Johns
Field of Dreams1989Terence Mann
Three Fugitives1989Dugan
L.A. Law1988-1989TV SeriesLee Atkins
Long Ago and Far Away1989TV SeriesNarrator
Coming to America1988King Jaffe Joffer
CBS Schoolbreak Special1987TV SeriesDetective Robb
Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night1987Emperor of the Night (voice)
Matewan1987Few Clothes
Gardens of Stone1987'Goody' Nelson
Highway to Heaven1987TV SeriesGabe Wilson
Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold1986Umslopogaas
Soul Man1986Professor Banks
My Little Girl1986Ike Bailey
Faerie Tale Theatre1986TV SeriesGenie / Narrator
The Lone Star Kid1986TV Movie
Moses1986Video shortPharaoh (voice)
Me and Mom1985TV SeriesLou Garfield
The Atlanta Child Murders1985TV Mini-SeriesMajor Walker
The Vegas Strip War1984TV MovieJack Madrid
City Limits1984Albert
Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears1984ShortNarrator (voice)
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi1983Darth Vader (voice)
Freedom to Speak1983TV Mini-SeriesFrederick Douglass Martin Luther King Jr.
ABC Afterschool Specials1982TV SeriesGabriel
The Flight of Dragons1982VideoOmmadon (voice)
Conan the Barbarian1982Thulsa Doom
The Creation1981ShortNarrator
The Bushido Blade1981The Prisoner
CBS Library1981TV SeriesNarrator - Beauty and the Beast
Beauty and the Beast1981ShortNarrator (voice)
The Golden Moment: An Olympic Love Story1980TV MovieDane Oliver
The Me Nobody Knows1980TV MovieIntroduced by
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back1980Darth Vader (voice, uncredited)
Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones1980TV MovieFather Divine
Paris1979-1980TV SeriesDetective Capt. Woodrow 'Woody' Paris
Paul Robeson1979TV MoviePaul Robeson
Roots: The Next Generations1979TV Mini-SeriesAlex Haley
The Star Wars Holiday Special1978TV MovieDarth Vader (voice)
The Greatest Thing That Almost Happened1977TV MovieMorris Bird, Jr.
A Piece of the Action1977Joshua Burke
The Last Remake of Beau Geste1977Sheikh
Exorcist II: The Heretic1977Older Kokumo
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope1977Darth Vader (voice, uncredited)
The Greatest1977Malcolm X
Jesus of Nazareth1977TV Mini-SeriesBalthazar
Vegetable Soup1976TV SeriesLong John Spoilsport
Swashbuckler1976Nick Debrett
The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings1976Leon Carter, All-Star (C)
The River Niger1976Johnny Williams
Deadly Hero1975Rabbit
The UFO Incident1975TV MovieBarney Hill
The American Parade1975TV Mini-SeriesNarrator
The Cay1974TV MovieTimothy
The Man1972Douglass Dilman
NBC Children's Theatre1971TV Series
The Great White Hope1970Jack Jefferson
End of the Road1970Doctor D
N.Y.P.D.1969TV SeriesCandy Latsen / Candy Lateen
NET Playhouse1968TV Series
Tarzan1967-1968TV SeriesNerlan / Chief Bella
The Comedians1967Dr. Magiot
Dr. Kildare1966TV SeriesDr. Lou Rush
The Defenders1962-1964TV SeriesReverend Harris Bonham / Lieutenant Andrews
Channing1964TV SeriesDr. Peter Cooke
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb1964Lt. Lothar Zogg
East Side/West Side1963TV SeriesJoe Goodwin
Look Up and Live1963TV SeriesBook
Monitor1962TV Series documentaryPrince of Morocco
Lamp Unto My Feet1962TV Series
As the World Turns1956TV SeriesDr. Jerry Turner (1966)
Guiding Light1952TV SeriesDr. Jim Frazier #2 (1966)


The Big Bang Theory2014TV Series performer - 1 episode


La Premiere2009Short special thanks
Conan: The Rise of a Fantasy Legend2005Video documentary special thanks
Empire of Dreams: The Story of the 'Star Wars' Trilogy2004Video documentary special thanks
Patriot Games: Up Close2002TV Movie special thanks
King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis1970Documentary particular thanks for contributing their talents


An Amazing Time: A Conversation About End of the Road2012Video documentary shortHimself
The 66th Annual Tony Awards2012TV Special documentaryHimself - Nominee
Working in the Theatre2012TV Series documentaryHimself
The 78th Annual Drama League Awards2012TV SpecialHimself
CBS News Sunday Morning2012TV SeriesHimself - Actor (segment "Eric McCormack")
The 84th Annual Academy Awards2012TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member
HARDtalk2011TV SeriesHimself
Breakfast2011TV SeriesHimself - Actor
Strange Septembers: The Hill Abduction & the Exeter Encounter2011DocumentaryHimself
The 65th Annual Tony Awards2011TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: The Year in Plays
Charlie Rose1995-2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Wendy Williams Show2011TV SeriesHimself
Conan: From the Vault2011Video shortHimself
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2010TV SeriesHimself
The View2009-2010TV SeriesHimself
Joe Papp in Five Acts2010DocumentaryHimself
This Week2010TV SeriesHimself
The One Show2009TV SeriesHimself
All the Presidents' Movies: The Movie2009DocumentaryHimself
15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2009TV SpecialHimself - Life Achievement Award Recipient
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2009TV SeriesHimself
Storyline Online2009TV SeriesHimself
Earth2007DocumentaryNarrator (USA version, voice)
The States2007TV Series documentaryHimself
Our Paul: Remembering Paul Robeson2007VideoHimself
Ali's 652007TV Movie documentaryHimself
Crossing Over: How Roots Captivated an Entire Nation2007Video documentary shortHimself
Ali Rap2006TV MovieHimself
Searching for Orson2006DocumentaryHimself
The Clinton 122006Video documentaryNarrator
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Sean Connery2006TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Cheers: America's Most Inspiring Movies2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 60th Annual Tony Awards2006TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Memorial Tribute
The Trail of Tears: Cherokee Legacy2006VideoHimself - Narrator (voice)
By Any Means Necessary: The Making of 'Malcolm X'2005Video documentary shortNarrator
Hollywood's Greatest Villains2005TV Movie documentaryHimself - Interviewee
Getaway2005TV SeriesHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to George Lucas2005TV SpecialHimself (voice)
The 59th Annual Tony Awards2005TV SpecialHimself - Nominee & Presenter
Ultimate Super Heroes, Vixens & Villains2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
Conan: The Rise of a Fantasy Legend2005Video documentaryHimself
Best Sellers or: Peter Sellers and Dr. Strangelove2004Video documentary shortHimself
No Fighting in the War Room or Dr. Strangelove and the Nuclear Threat2004Video short documentaryHimself
Empire of Dreams: The Story of the 'Star Wars' Trilogy2004Video documentaryHimself - Voice of 'Darth Vader'
Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson2004DocumentaryHimself
Athens 2004 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony2004TV MovieVoice-over
Field of Dreams: Passing Along the Pastime2004Video documentary shortHimself
The Great Year2004DocumentaryNarrator
Sesame Street1969-2004TV SeriesHimself
Will & Grace2003TV SeriesHimself
Extra2003TV SeriesHimself
Casting Calls2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
Late Show with David Letterman1993-2003TV SeriesHimself
Beneath the Surface: The Making of 'The Hunt for Red October'2003Video documentary shortHimself
Business World News2003TV SeriesSpokesperson
Brilliant But Cancelled2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
Patriot Games: Up Close2002TV MovieHimself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts2002TV MovieHimself - Honoree
The Perfect Pitch2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Story Behind the Story2002Video documentary shortHimself
Clear and Present Danger: Behind the Danger2002Video documentary shortHimself
Inside TV Land: African Americans in Television2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
Fredericksburg2002DocumentaryNarrator (voice)
Black Indians: An American Story2001DocumentaryNarrator
The Papp Project2001DocumentaryHimself
Muhammad Ali: Through the Eyes of the World2001Documentary
The Directors2001TV Series documentaryHimself
Ennis' Gift2000DocumentaryHimself
Tina Turner: One Last Time Live in Concert2000Video documentaryAnnouncer (voice)
Antietam: A Documentary Drama2000DocumentaryNarrator (voice)
The Washington Monument: It Stands for All2000TV Movie documentaryNarrator
Conan Unchained: The Making of 'Conan'2000Video documentaryHimself
The 27th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards2000TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Inside: 'Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb'2000Video documentaryHimself - 'Lieutenant Lothar Zogg'
The Art of Stanley Kubrick: From Short Films to Strangelove2000Video documentary shortHimself
American Masters2000TV Series documentaryHimself - Actor
Fantasia 20001999Himself - Host (segment "Carnival of the Animals")
In Search of Liberty Bell 71999TV Movie documentaryNarrator (voice)
The Howard Stern Radio Show1999TV SeriesHimself
New York City... Come Visit the World1998Short documentary
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies: America's Greatest Movies1998TV Special documentaryHimself
The 'Field of Dreams' Scrapbook1998Video documentaryHimself
Dreamfield1998TV Movie documentaryHimself - host
An American Moment1997TV SeriesHimself (1997)
Star Wars: The Magic & the Mystery1997TV Movie documentaryHimself
What If?: Martin Luther King1997TV Movie documentaryNarrator
Sports on the Silver Screen1997TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
The 23rd Annual People's Choice Awards1997TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Howard Stern1996TV SeriesHimself
1996 Essence Awards1996TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Corwin1996TV MovieHimself
The 50th Annual Tony Awards1996TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
2nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards1996TV SpecialHimself
Looking for Richard1996DocumentaryHimself (Interview)
The Making of 'Jurassic Park'1995Video documentaryHimself - Host
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1995TV SeriesHimself
The First 100 Years: A Celebration of American Movies1995TV Movie documentaryHimself
1st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards1995TV SpecialHimself
The Spirit Hunters1994Video documentaryHimself - narrator
Countdown to Freedom: 10 Days That Changed South Africa1994DocumentaryNarrator (voice)
The Making of 'The Lion King'1994TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Lion King: A Musical Journey with Elton John1994TV Movie documentaryHimself
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards '941994TV SpecialHimself
Africa: The Serengeti1994Documentary shortNarrator (voice)
ESPN Outside the Lines Primetime1994TV SeriesHimself
Dangerous: The Short Films1993Video documentaryHimself ('Superbowl Heal the World' video) (voice)
Comic Relief: Baseball Relief '931993TV MovieHimself
The 47th Annual Tony Awards1993TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Leading Actor in a Play
Information Democracy1993TV ShortHimself
Super Bowl XXVII Halftime Show1993TV MovieHimself (voice)
An American Reunion: The People's Inaugural Celebration1993TV MovieHimself
World of Discovery1993TV Series documentaryNarrator
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Sidney Poitier1992TV SpecialHimself
Diamonds on the Silver Screen1992TV Movie documentaryNarrator (voice)
The 44th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1992TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The JFK Conspiracy1992TV Movie documentaryHimself - Host
The Magic of David Copperfield XIV: Flying - Live the Dream1992TV SpecialHimself - Special Guest Host
Muhammad Ali's 50th Birthday Celebration1992TV SpecialHimself
The 49th Annual Golden Globe Awards1992TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Actor in a TV-Series - Drama
When It Was a Game1991TV Movie documentaryHimself (voice)
One on One with John Tesh1991TV SeriesHimself
The Chuck Woolery Show1991TV SeriesHimself
Great Lakes, Bitter Legacy1991TV Movie documentaryHimself - Host
The 43rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1991TV SpecialHimself - Winner & Presenter
True Identity1991Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1968-1991TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Reflections on the Silver Screen1991TV SeriesHimself
The 48th Annual Golden Globe Awards1991TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Actor in a TV-Series Drama & Presenter: Best Actress / Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
The 12th Annual CableACE Awards1991TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Best Supporting Actor in a Movie or a Miniseries
Ebony/Jet Showcase1987-1990TV SeriesHimself
The 42nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1990TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Long Ago and Far Away1990TV SeriesHimself - Host
Live with Kelly and Ryan1990TV SeriesHimself
The 44th Annual Tony Awards1990TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Regional Theatre Award
A World Alive1990Documentary voice
The 47th Annual Golden Globe Awards1990TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Director
The Arsenio Hall Show1989-1990TV SeriesHimself
11-22-63: The Day the Nation Cried1989TV Movie documentaryNarrator
The 43rd Annual Tony Awards1989TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
21st NAACP Image Awards1989TV SpecialHimself
Michael Jackson: The Legend Continues1988Video documentaryHimself / Narrator
America's All-Time Favorite Movies1988TV MovieHimself
The 41st Annual Tony Awards1987TV SpecialHimself - Winner & Performer
A Hard Road to Glory1986TV Movie documentaryNarrator (voice)
Night of 100 Stars II1985TV MovieHimself
Allen Boesak: Choosing for Justice1984Documentary shortNarrator
The Lions of Etosha: King of the Beasts1984TV Movie documentaryHimself - Narrator
Grand Central1983TV Movie documentaryHimself
Reading Rainbow1983TV SeriesHimself
The 36th Annual Tony Awards1982TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Night of 100 Stars1982TV SpecialHimself
There Was Always Sun Shining Someplace: Life in the Negro Baseball Leagues1981DocumentaryHimself (voice)
God's Trombones: A Trilogy of African-American Poems1981TV MovieHimself - Narrator (segment "The Creation")
The 34th Annual Tony Awards1980TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts1979TV SpecialHimself - Honoree
The Mike Douglas Show1971-1979TV SeriesHimself - Actor / Himself / Himself - Co-Host
A Walking Tour of Sesame Street1979TV MovieHimself - Host
Black Theatre: The Making of a Movement1978DocumentaryHimself
The 1st Annual Black Achievement Awards1978TV SpecialHimself
Good Morning America1978TV SeriesHimself
Circus of the Stars #21977TV SpecialHimself - Performer
The Making of 'Star Wars'1977TV Movie documentaryDarth Vader (voice, uncredited)
Dinah!1976TV SeriesHimself
Jackanory Playhouse1976TV SeriesHimself - host
A Pirate Ship Sails Again! The Making of Swashbuckler1976Documentary shortHimself
Black Omnibus1973TV SeriesHimself - Host
Malcolm X1972DocumentaryBiographical Narration (voice)
The 43rd Annual Academy Awards1971TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Leading Role & Co-Presenter: Best Cinematography
Film Night1971TV SeriesHimself
The David Frost Show1970TV SeriesHimself
What's My Line?1970TV SeriesHimself - Mystery Guest
The 42nd Annual Academy Awards1970TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Film Editing & Best Original Screenplay
King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis1970DocumentaryHimself
Soul!1970TV SeriesHimself
The 23rd Annual Tony Awards1969TV SpecialHimself - Winner & Performer
The Joan Rivers Show1969TV SeriesHimself
The Ed Sullivan Show1969TV SeriesJack Jefferson - scene from 'The Great White Hope'
The Comedians in Africa1967Documentary shortHimself (uncredited)
Broadway: The Next Generation2018Documentary filmingHimself
The 71st Annual Tony Awards2017TV MovieHimself - Lifetime achievement recipient
The 70th Annual Tony Awards2016TV SpecialHimself / presenter
Rachael Ray2016TV SeriesHimself
Hollywood Health Report2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest
How Shakespeare Changed My Life2016Video shortHimself
38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors2015TV SpecialHimself - Presenter - Pre-recorded
Today1989-2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
Muse of Fire2013DocumentaryHimself
North Pole Promise2013Documentary shortNarrator (voice)

Archive Footage

Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix2017Video GameMufasa
Extra2016TV SeriesHimself
Muhammad Ali: The Greatest2016TV Movie documentaryHimself - Actor & Friend
Nostalgia Critic2015TV SeriesDarth Vader
Death Battle2010-2015TV SeriesDarth Vader
Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix2014Video GameMufasa
Edición Especial Coleccionista2014TV SeriesDarth Vader
The Loving Story2011DocumentaryJack Jefferson - The Great White Hope
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness2010TV Series documentaryOlder Kokumo
20 to 12006-2010TV Series documentaryDarth Vader
The Simpsons: Access All Areas2010TV Movie documentaryMaggie Simpson (uncredited)
House M.D.2009TV SeriesDibala
A Mime's Life2009Himself
5 Second Movies2008TV SeriesDarth Vader Mufasa
That Fellow in the Coat2008TV SeriesMufasa
Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga2007Video GameDarth Vader (uncredited)
Today Tonight2007TV SeriesDarth Vader
Kingdom Hearts II: Final Mix+2007Video GameMufasa
Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy2006Video GameDarth Vader (uncredited)
Kingdom Hearts II2005Video GameMufasa
Twister: A Musical Catastrophe2000VideoApplause
The Lion King: Simba's Mighty Adventure2000Video GameMufasa
Anatomy of a 'Homicide: Life on the Street'1998TV Movie documentaryFelix Wilson
The 52nd Annual Tony Awards1998TV SpecialHimself
Small Steps, Big Strides: The Black Experience in Hollywood1998TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Lion King1994Video GameMufasa
Troldspejlet1994TV SeriesHimself / King Mufasa
David Copperfield: 15 Years of Magic1994TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
The Secret World of Spying1992TV MovieAdm. James Greer
Star Wars1983Video GameDarth Vader
America at the Movies1976DocumentaryLt. Lothar Zogg Roop
Sesame Street1971TV SeriesHimself

Won Awards

2015BTVA People's Choice Voice Acting AwardBehind the Voice Actors AwardsBest Male Vocal Performance in a Television Series in a Guest Role - Action/DramaStar Wars Rebels (2014)
2015BTVA Television Voice Acting AwardBehind the Voice Actors AwardsBest Male Vocal Performance in a Television Series in a Guest Role - Action/DramaStar Wars Rebels (2014)
2012Honorary AwardAcademy Awards, USA
2011Oscar Micheaux AwardChicago Film Critics Association Awards
2009Life Achievement AwardScreen Actors Guild Awards
2006CamieCharacter and Morality in Entertainment AwardsThe Reading Room (2005)
2006DVDX AwardDVD Exclusive AwardsBest Supporting Actor (in a DVD Premiere Movie)The Sandlot 2 (2005)
2006GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Spoken Word Album for Children
2003DVDX AwardDVD Exclusive AwardsBest Actor in a DVD Premiere MovieFinder's Fee (2001)
2001Lifetime Achievement AwardMethod Fest
2000Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Performer in a Children's SpecialSummer's End (1999)
1995Joseph Plateau Life Achievement AwardJoseph Plateau Awards
1995KCFCC AwardKansas City Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ActorCry, the Beloved Country (1995)
1995Career Achievement AwardNational Board of Review, USA
1995Master Screen Artist TributeUSA Film Festival
1993Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, Mini-Series or Television MovieGabriel's Fire (1990)
1991Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Drama SeriesGabriel's Fire (1990)
1991Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a SpecialHeat Wave (1990)
1991ACECableACE AwardsSupporting Actor in a Movie or MiniseriesHeat Wave (1990)
1991CableACECableACE AwardsActor in a Dramatic Special or SeriesThird and Oak: The Pool Hall (1989)
1975Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Motion PictureClaudine (1974)
1971Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USAMost Promising Newcomer - MaleThe Great White Hope (1970)

Nominated Awards

2016Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsOutstanding Actor, TV Movie or Limited SeriesGreat Performances (1971)
2014Critics' Choice TV AwardCritics Choice Television AwardsBest Guest Performer in a Comedy SeriesThe Big Bang Theory (2007)
2014Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsComedy Guest ActorThe Big Bang Theory (2007)
2014OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Guest Actor in a Comedy SeriesThe Big Bang Theory (2007)
2005Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsDrama Guest ActorEverwood (2002)
2004Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Actor in a Drama SeriesEverwood (2002)
2000Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsNetwork/Cable - Best Supporting ActorSanta and Pete (1999)
1998Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy SeriesFrasier (1993)
1997Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy SeriesFrasier (1993)
1996Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Motion PictureCry, the Beloved Country (1995)
1996Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Performance in an Animated/Live-Action/Dramatic Youth or Children's Series/SpecialHappily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (1995)
1996ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading RoleCry, the Beloved Country (1995)
1995Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesUnder One Roof (1995)
1994Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Actor in a Drama SeriesPicket Fences (1992)
1992Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - DramaPros and Cons (1991)
1991Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - DramaGabriel's Fire (1990)
1991Q AwardViewers for Quality Television AwardsBest Actor in a Quality Drama SeriesGabriel's Fire (1990)
1990Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a SpecialBy Dawn's Early Light (1990)
1988Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Performer in Children's ProgrammingCBS Schoolbreak Special (1984)
1988Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest Supporting MaleMatewan (1987)
1987ACECableACE AwardsActor in a Comedy SeriesFaerie Tale Theatre (1982)
1975Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or MusicalClaudine (1974)
1971OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Leading RoleThe Great White Hope (1970)
1971Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actor in a Motion Picture - DramaThe Great White Hope (1970)
1964Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Single Performance by an Actor in a Leading RoleEast Side/West Side (1963)

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