Happy 88th birthday on January 17, 2019, to the acting legend, James Earl Jones! The man with the legendary voice is still very active and will reprise his acclaimed voice work as Mufasa, King of the Pride Lands, in Disney’s new CGI remake of “The Lion King” this summer.
Revered within the acting community for his five decades of subtle performances, Jones, who first came to prominence as a stage actor, has carved out a career in which he has triumphed in a wide range of media. He has been nominated for four Tony Awards, winning two (“The Great White Hope” & “Fences”), as well as earning three Grammy nominations, winning for “Great American Documents.” He won his Golden Globe for “The Great White Hope” (from five nominations), garnered eight Emmy noms with three wins, earned an Oscar nomination for “The Great White Hope” and was awarded an honorary Academy Award in 2011.
So let’s raise a glass of the bubbly to the great man by counting down and ranking his 10 greatest film performances. Our photo gallery above is ranked from worst to best and also includes the “Star Wars” films, the Jack Ryan films, “Field of Dreams” and more.
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