July 24, 1990 |
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."
May 20, 1990 |
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.
August 31, 1989
The Seattle Seahawks traded cornerback Terry Taylor to the Detroit Lions for fullback James Jones, contingent on each player passing a physical examination.
September 25, 1988 |
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.
October 3, 1987 |
Quartz Hill 29, Royal 12 KEY PLAYS Greg Albaugh returned an intercepted pass 81 yards midway through the third quarter for his third touchdown of the night as Quartz Hill opened up a 22-0 lead. . . . Albaugh began the scoring when he brought the opening kickoff back 94 yards for a touchdown. He later set up his 3-yard touchdown run with a 28-yard pass to wide receiver Allen McBroom. . . .
July 24, 1987 |
James Jones, artistic director of South Coast Ballet since 1984, has resigned from the fledgling Costa Mesa-based company to pursue free-lance opportunities in Boston. "Orange County has yet to come alive in terms of (local) dance," Jones said recently. "I need to do something now. I can't wait to see New York City Ballet (on tour to Orange County) every two years. I need to be stimulated." Jones, 34, added, "I would like to come back to Orange County sometime.
April 11, 1987 |
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.
October 13, 1986 |
The Detroit Lions haven't had a breakaway threat since the career-ending injury to Billy Sims. Rookie Garry James wants to remedy that. James ran for 140 yards in 20 carries in Sunday's 21-14 victory over the winless Green Bay Packers, the first Detroit running back to gain that many yards in a game since Sims did it in 1984. "We never had a guy the last three years who could do that," said veteran fullback James Jones, who added 99 yards in 29 carries. "He's got the speed.
April 13, 1986 |
This first novel, by the daughter of James Jones ("From Here to Eternity"), is the story of a college-age child-woman trying to overcome the trauma of her famous father's death. Regrettably, it falls short, becoming mired in self-pity and epithets. The protagonist, Chloe, mourning her father and unable to relate to her brother and alcoholic mother, is meant to be a funky, neurotic, creative, budding writer groping her way back to sanity after a breakdown that occurs before the book begins.
January 26, 1986 |
"Things will catch up with him and he will probably commit suicide. . . . I hope he kills himself as soon as it does not damage your sales. . . . " Not, all things considered, anything you'd want to use in a blurb, which is what Scribner's had in mind when--with astonishing naivete--they sent an advance copy of their new hopeful's novel to their old star. That was one of the few printable sections of Hemingway's notorious 1951 letter to Charles Scribner.