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April 11, 1987 | DAN SULLIVAN, Times Theater Critic
James Earl Jones is back on Broadway--in a play that didn't get quite the reviews that he did. But "Fences" should run awhile. It's by August Wilson, author of "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" (coming to the Los Angeles Theatre Center later this spring). Set in the 1950s, it concerns a garbage man (Jones) whose son (Courtney A. Vance) wants to become a pro athlete--an ambition denied him 20 years ago.
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May 19, 2013 | By Chadwick Boseman
Stage and film legend James Earl Jones once said, "It's hard for an actor to go wrong if he's true to the words that August has written. " As an actor and writer, I have found that statement to be true of only a few playwrights. There is usually at least a grunt or two to be added or taken away when attacking most text. The notion that the writer is God and the script is more like scripture is reserved only for our most sacred of playwrights. One thinks of Tennessee Williams, Amiri Baraka, Arthur Miller, Shakespeare.
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July 24, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
James Earl Jones said he is retiring from the stage. Jones, who has won every stage-acting award from the Tony to the Obie in his more than 30 years of live performances, said he's getting too old to do the kind of stage acting he wants to do. The 58-year-old actor said he will concentrate on television and film from now on. "I've done enough stage stuff now," Jones said at a news conference in Los Angeles to promote his ABC fall television show, "Gabriel's Fire."
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April 25, 2013
Jimmy Carter gets revenge on Barack Obama with the help of James Earl Jones in a Chicago Blackhawks locker room.
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May 20, 1990 | Susan King
James Earl Jones is--as one would expect--a formidable presence in person. Sitting in the den of his rented Santa Monica house, he is larger than life--a big and burly man with a firm, expansive handshake. His jade eyes are piercing. And there's that Darth Vader voice. Jones, 60, is going just a bit crazy this afternoon; he is hot under the collar.
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August 26, 1991 | RICK DU BROW, TIMES TELEVISION WRITER
James Earl Jones was honored for two major acting performances and "L.A. Law" and "Cheers" joined the ranks of the most honored series in TV history Sunday night at the 43rd annual Emmy Awards. Jones won as best lead actor in a drama series for his portrayal of an ex-convict turned investigator in ABC's "Gabriel's Fire." He also was named best supporting actor in a miniseries or special for his role in "Heat Wave," a TNT cable channel recounting of the Watts riots in Los Angeles in 1965.
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January 17, 1994 | JON MATSUMOTO
The producers of "The Vernon Johns Story" (which airs tonight at 5 p.m. on WGN and at 8 on KTLA-TV Channel 5) couldn't have found a more perfect actor than James Earl Jones to portray the renegade minister and civil rights leader at the hub of this inspirational, real-life drama. With his imposing physique and booming baritone, Jones is thoroughly believable as a fiery African American pastor who attempts to politicize his staid Baptist congregation in Montgomery, Ala., in the early 1950s.
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September 20, 2006 | Dennis McLellan, Times Staff Writer
Robert Earl Jones, the veteran actor and father of the more famous actor James Earl Jones whose career spanned stage, screen and television, has died. He was 96. Jones died of natural causes Sept. 7 at the Actors' Fund of America home in Englewood, N.J., publicist Dale Olson said.
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October 22, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
James Earl Jones says black director Spike Lee and others are letting race interfere with movie making. The 59-year-old star of ABC's "Gabriel's Fire" lashed out in an interview in the Oct. 27 issue of TV Guide at "so-called activists who let race get in the way of so much. They hamper good art." Jones said such was the problem in recent discussions about a movie planned on Malcolm X. Denzel Washington was to play the black leader.
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December 19, 1995 | ELAINE DUTKA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The voice is familiar: A velvety rumble that injected menace into "Star Wars' " Darth Vader, wisdom into Simba's father in "The Lion King" and authority into the network ID "This is CNN." So, for that matter, is the face. For, at 64, James Earl Jones is a virtual fixture on the American acting scene. A Tony and Emmy Award winner and Oscar nominee, he is currently co-starring with Richard Harris in a remake of Alan Paton's "Cry, the Beloved Country," released by Miramax Films last week.
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August 4, 2011 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
James Earl Jones, Oprah Winfrey and pioneering makeup artist Dick Smith will be honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in November with Governors Awards. Jones and Smith will receive Honorary Awards, while Winfrey will be presented with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. The Honorary Award is presented for "extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences, or for outstanding service to the academy.
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May 13, 2009 | David Ng
For a president with more than his fair share of crises on his plate, Barack Obama's decision to devote an hour Tuesday to promoting the arts should come as welcome assurance that culture has a good friend at the White House. In what was billed as an evening of poetry, music and spoken word, a group of about 10 artists and writers -- including James Earl Jones, Michael Chabon and Lin-Manuel Miranda -- entertained the first family and an invited audience of students from several local universities in Washington.
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January 23, 2009 | Associated Press
James Earl Jones, who is getting a lifetime achievement award Sunday from the Screen Actors Guild, still radiates wonder at being part of the acting profession. "What fascinates me is that every actor is given a charge, a task -- no matter what your motive was in taking the role, even if it's just to pay the bills," the 78-year-old performer said in an interview. "You're the only person who will be able to present to an audience what that character is all about. You're the public face of all the other work that's gone into it. Your job is to create a performance that no one else would have thought of. "And that," Jones summed up with a boyish grin, "is fun!
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January 7, 2009 | Greg Braxton
James Earl Jones may be tempted, but he's been warned by his wife not to make fun of the lifetime achievement award he'll be receiving from the Screen Actors Guild during its 15th annual award ceremony on Jan. 25. After all, he says, he still has a vibrant career and projects he hopes will add to his lengthy line of distinguished films, including his breakthrough "The Great White Hope," "Field of Dreams" and "Patriot Games."
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September 20, 2006 | Dennis McLellan, Times Staff Writer
Robert Earl Jones, the veteran actor and father of the more famous actor James Earl Jones whose career spanned stage, screen and television, has died. He was 96. Jones died of natural causes Sept. 7 at the Actors' Fund of America home in Englewood, N.J., publicist Dale Olson said.
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April 19, 2006 | From the Associated Press
James Earl Jones will star in "Thurgood," a one-man play at the Westport Country Playhouse in Connecticut about Thurgood Marshall, the first black justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Marshall, who died in 1993, successfully argued Brown vs. Board of Education, a decision that struck down school segregation in 1954, before serving on the nation's highest court from 1967 to 1991.
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July 22, 1992 | MICHELLE QUINN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Film director Robert Wise, opera singer Marilyn Horne and actor James Earl Jones are among those chosen to receive the 1992 National Medal of Arts. President Bush will honor this year's recipients today at a White House ceremony .
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September 25, 1988 | JANICE ARKATOV
It's no surprise that James Earl Jones is a big man. Booming voice, imposing presence. But there's a gentleness too: in the eyes, in the handshake, in the offer of a cup of tea. James Earl Jones is almost . . . meek. It's not for lack of success.
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April 3, 2005 | Patrick Pacheco, Special to The Times
Darth VADER is terrified. Well, not Darth Vader, of course, but James Earl Jones. The strapping actor has been iconized as the powerful Prince of Darkness striding through the galaxies in the "Star Wars" franchise.
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July 23, 2004 | From Associated Press
James Earl Jones and Diahann Carroll will star in a revival of "On Golden Pond," the play by Ernest Thompson that later became an Academy Award-winning movie starring Henry Fonda and Katharine Hepburn. The production will open Oct. 2 at the Kennedy Center's Eisenhower Theater in Washington. There was no immediate word on whether it might transfer to Broadway. Fonda and Hepburn both won Oscars for their performances in the 1981 movie.
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