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Robert Earl Jones

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Birthday
3, 1910
Birthplace
Senatobia, MS
Death Date
Sep 7, 2006 (96)
Birth Sign
Aquarius
Birthday
3, 1910
Birthplace
Senatobia, MS
Death Date
Sep 7, 2006 (96)

About

Father of a famous bass-voiced actor who appeared in The Sting and The Cotton Club. Performing with Harlem Renaissance artists like Langston Hughes, he was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Black Theatre Festival.

Before Fame

He dropped out of school to work as a sharecropper and a boxer before moving to New York to try his hand at acting.

Trivia

He made his final appearance in the 1992 film, Rain Without Thunder.

Family Life

His son James Earl Jones provided his distinct deep voice for Darth Vader and the CNN tagline.

Associated With

During his prizefighter days, he was employed by heavyweight champion Joe Louis as a sparring partner.