James Earl Jones Fun Facts, Quotes and Tweets

31st May 2012

Fact: Actor James Earl Jones, who currently stars on Broadway in Gore Vidal's The Best Man, has an oxygen machine backstage to keep his memory sharp and lungs in tip top shape.

30th December 2011

Fact: Veteran actor James Earl Jones helped swear in a New York Sheriff for his fourth term of duty on Thursday (29Dec11). The Star Wars icon is a longtime friend and neighbour of Adrian 'Butch' Anderson, who took the oath again during an official ceremony in Poughkeepsie.

15th November 2011

Quote: "We did it in two-and-a-half hours. I got paid $7,000 for it. Nobody at the time knew it would become a cult hit. I'm very happy to be a part of that cult, even though I didn't get paid a lot for it." James Earl Jones on giving voice to Star Wars villain Darth Vader.

27th December 2010

Quote: "Burt Lancaster and I were the first probably known people to participate. I did the letters of the day and Burt did the numbers... I said to the producer, 'This is not gonna work because the children are gonna be terrified of those Muppet characters.'" James Earl Jones on his initial concerns about long-running children's show Sesame Street.

27th December 2010

Fact: Soul star Aaron Neville teamed up with veteran thespian James Earl Jones for a quirky spoken word and song rendition of festive tale 'Twas The Night Before Christmas on U.S. chat show Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Thursday (23Dec10).

23rd December 2010

Quote: "I'm a stutterer, so I've spent a lot of time learning to be a better listener. You realise how important speech is." Movie veteran James Earl Jones on his speech struggles - and how they've helped him.

28th January 2010

Quote: "James Earl Jones just blows me away. He's like the youngest person in the cast. He comes to the theatre every day with a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eye. He encourages you to keep your spirit open and to be curious." Actress Sanaa Lathan is in awe of her Cat on a Hot Tin Roof co-star. She's currently working alongside the acting veteran in London's West End.

26th January 2009

Quote: "In this gathering of gifted artists, I would like to raise a salute - Paul Newman, somebody down here likes you." Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award recipient James Earl Jones remembered the late great Newman at Sunday's (25Jan09) prizegiving.

13th September 2007

Fact: Elizabeth Taylor is scheduled to revive her acting career for one night only when she takes to the stage with James Earl Jones for a reading of A.R. Gurney's play Love Letters in December (07). The event is being held to raise funds for AIDS charities.

30th November 2006

Fact: Sylvester Stallone and James Earl Jones are among the celebrities who will perform readings from Muhammad Ali's speeches as part of an upcoming TV special, which coincides with the 25th anniversary of the boxing great's last fight. The programme airs on US cable sports channel ESPN on 9 December (06).

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