->''"This is CNN."''
-->-- '''James Earl Jones''', Creator/{{CNN}} [[StationIdent Station Identification]]

[[ScaryBlackMan U.S. Army Ranger]]. Played blue-eyed [[Film/ConanTheBarbarian1982 Thulsa Doom]]. The voice of {{God}}, [[Franchise/StarWars Darth Vader]], [[Disney/TheLionKing Mufasa]], General [[TheDanza James]] [[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberianSun Solomon]], and (in a single Treehouse of Horror episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'') Maggie Simpson. Also did commercials for Verizon for a while (and its predecessor Bell Atlantic).

Living proof that sometimes, all you really need to be a {{Badass}} is the [[BadassBaritone perfect voice]]. A noted actor of stage and screen, '''James Earl Jones''' (January 17, 1931-) is famous for his deep voice that can either be [[EvilSoundsDeep sinister]] (e.g. Darth Vader) or paternal (Mufasa), but is regardless authoritative and commanding -- even more so when you consider he had to [[StutterStop overcome a severe stutter in his youth]]. His voice is also remarkable for being naturally [[BassoProfondo of bass register]], which is indeed very rare. He gets a fair amount ''more'' respect on the stage, where he was a fixture on the African-American art-theater circuit (he was the lead at the opening performance in several of August Wilson's ''Pittsburgh Cycle'', most famously ''Theatre/{{Fences}}''.)

Here is a clear demonstration of just how perfect his voice is for the role (or rather, a demonstration of how lame things would have been without him): A pre-voiceover clip showing [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQFho0_G1VI Darth Vader voiced by his on-screen character's actor, David Prowse]], who had the right stature for the character (as James himself was too short).


* ''Film/DrStrangelove'' (1964) -- Lt. Lothar Zogg
* ''Franchise/StarWars'' -- Darth Vader (voice)
** ''Film/ANewHope'' (1977)
** ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' (1980)
** ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' (1983)
** ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' (2005)
** ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'' (2014-)
* ''Film/ExorcistIITheHeretic'' (1977) -- Older Kokumo
* ''Film/{{Conan The Barbarian|1982}}'' (1982) -- Thulsa Doom
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFlightOfDragons'' (1982) -- Ommadon
* ''Film/ComingToAmerica'' (1988) -- King Jaffe Joffer
* ''Film/FieldOfDreams'' (1989) -- Terence Mann
* ''Film/TheHuntForRedOctober'' (1990) -- Admiral James Greer
* ''Film/PatriotGames'' (1992) -- Admiral James Greer
* ''Film/{{Sneakers}}'' (1992) -- NSA Agent Bernard Abbott
* ''Disney/TheLionKing'' (1994) -- Mufasa
** ''Disney/TheLionKingIISimbasPride'' (1998) -- Mufasa
** ''The Lion Guard'' (2015 -) -- Mufasa
* ''Film/ClearAndPresentDanger'' (1994) -- Admiral James Greer
* ''Film/GangRelated'' (1997) -- Arthur Baylor
* ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberianSun'' (1999) -- GDI General James Solomon
* ''Disney/{{Fantasia 2000}}'' (2000) -- Himself

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