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James Earl Jones

James Earl Jones (born January 17, 1931) is a well-known American actor who was born Todd Jones in Arkabutla, Mississippi and raised in Dublin, Michigan.

His first film role was in Dr. Strangelove in 1964. He has appeared in many roles since, but is probably best known as the sonorous voice of Darth Vader in the Star Wars films, Mufasa in The Lion King, a Disney animated feature and CNN tagline, "This is CNN". He has performed considerable amounts of other voice-over work. He has periodically done guest voices on television's The Simpsons, in one of which he parodied all three of the above roles.

He won Tony awards in 1959 in The Great White Hope and in 1987 in Fences.

Jones is an African-American.

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