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The SAG Awards (Screen Actors Guild) has decided to give James Earl Jones a Lifetime Achievement Award! January 25, 2009.

Nominated and voted on by the Guild’s National Honors and Tributes Committee, the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award is bestowed for outstanding achievement in fostering the finest ideals of the acting profession.

 

James Earl Jones

I have had a crush on James Earl Jones for longer than I can remember!  I don’t know if I could come up with the first time I saw him in a movie or what the movie was.  I do know, as with many others his voice captured me and never let go.  (and he’s easy on the eyes too! With a great smile and a resolution about him that makes you feel like you have known him forever.) 

James Earl Jones has appeared in 169 movies and has appeared as  himself 106 times

Mini Biography
James Earl Jones was born in 1931 in Arkabutla, Mississippi, USA. At an early age he started to take dramatic lessons to calm himself down. It appeared to work as he has since starred in many films over a 40-year period, beginning with the Stanley Kubrick classic Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964). Probably best known for his role as Darth Vader (for the voice only, as the man in the Darth Vader suit was David Prowse, whose voice was dubbed because of his British West Country accent). Has appeared on “The Simpsons” (1989) a couple of times and played Mufasa in The Lion King (1994). James Earl Jones returned as the voice of Darth Vader in Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005).

Everyone remembers his voice.. no one forgets Darth Vader!

HOLLYWOOD – 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.” Last year, he headed an all-star cast on Broadway in a revival of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.”

 

(Field of Dreams)

(Cry the Beloved Country 1995).. one of my favorite of his movies!  There is one scene in this movie that takes James Earl’s character by surprise and he falls to his knees.. I cried so hard at this scene that I could not hear the dialogue!  So of course I watched it again.. and, you guessed it.. cried again.  Ok so, I have to admit I replayed that scene at least 1/2 dozen times before I could get through it and know what was said!!   He is one fine actor. .. and I’m really glad SAG is giving him this award.

He followed this movie quickly the very next  year making A Family Thing, with Robert Duvall. 

And of course his voice has been used many times in movies as a narrator and in such cartoons as The Lion King.

I have always watched the SAG Awards , but this year , with Mr. Jones getting the Life Time Achievement Award, just makes it all that much more worth while.

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