James Earl Jones: a Voice in the Crowd Essay

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James Earl Jones: A Voice in the Crowd

March 19, 1996

People all around the world know the voice of James Earl Jones. From
Star Wars fans listening to the voice of Darth Vader to news junkies who hear a voice that dramatically intones AThis is CNN@ just before all the cable network= s station breaks to children who hear the stately voice of the majestic Mufasa, the king of the jungle in Walt Disney Pictures= animated The Lion King - people know this deep harmonious voice belongs to this consummate actor of stage and screen. James Earl Jones was born January 17th, 1931, in Arkabutala Township,
Mississippi. His natural parents, Ruth and Robert Earl, moved away to the
Mississippi Delta when he was an infant. Raised for the rest of his
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He worked several jobs and enrolled in US Army Reserve Officers Training Corps to support his college career. But science took its toll on Jones, and he changed majors to the study of drama but Atechnically, because there was not an official degree in drama then at the university, (his) degree had to be in English@(75).

James Earl Jones= first introduction to the semi-professional theatre was a casting call for a campus production of The Birds by Aristophanes.
Intending to read for one of the minor parts, Jones was surprised when he was asked to audition for, and was later cast as the lead role of Epops, the King of the Birds. Less than a year later Jones was cast in his first professional theatre production, as Verges in Much Ado About Nothing.

Robert Earl Jones moved away when his son, James Earl, was an infant.
James Earl was not allowed to communicate with his father, who was considered no good since he was Aoff in New York with a new wife, trying to make it as an actor, instead of doing real work@ (62). Later his career turned sour when he found himself Aon the blacklist during the McCarthy days@(79).

Robert Earl wanted to see his son for Aa long, long time..and was hurt by the family=s constant refusal@ to let him see his son(79). But when James
Earl was 21, they were reunited in New York for a week as father showed son the sights on and off Broadway. Jones attributes his father, Robert Earl, with Athe best acting advice..=Pay

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