Robert Earl Jones (Movie Actor)

Robert Earl Jones, sometimes credited as Earl Jones, was an American actor and prizefighter. One of the first prominent black film stars, Jones was a living link with the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and 1930s, having worked with Langston Hughes early in his career. Jones was best known for his leading roles in films such as Lying Lips and later in his career for supporting roles in films such as The Sting, Trading Places, The Cotton Club, and Witness. He was the father of actor James Earl Jones.

Born: February 3, 1910, Tate County, Mississippi, U.S.
Died: September 7, 2006, Englewood, New Jersey, U.S.
Other names: Earl Jones
Occupation: Actor, boxer
Years active: 1938–1993
Children: 2, including James Earl Jones
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About Robert Earl Jones

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.


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.


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

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