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James Earl Jones

Best known as a Supporting Actor based on credits in that role in 39 films, with $5,369,249,984 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #73)
Best-known acting roles: Darth Vader (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), Mufasa (The Lion King), Narrator of Michael's Past (Click), Voice of Darth Vader (Star Wars Ep. IV: A New Hope), Voice of Darth Vader (Star Wars Ep. VI: Return of the Jedi)
Most productive collaborators: Gareth Edwards, Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Chris Weitz, Tony Gilroy

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Career Summary


  MoviesDomestic
Box Office
International
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
As an ActorSupporting39$2,899,925,493$2,469,324,491$5,369,249,984
Cameo7$383,663,083$193,549,428$577,212,511
Leading2$32,029,911$84,761,741$116,791,652
Narrator1$34,687,912$78,800,000$113,487,912
(Unclassified)4$0$0$0

Latest Ranking on Selected Box Office Record Lists


Weekend Predictions: Will Rogue Awaken the Box Office?

December 15th, 2016

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

It is a deceptively busy weekend, as there are two wide releases, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Collateral Beauty, and two films that are “expanding wide”, Manchester by the Sea and La La Land. However, while that looks like a lot, in reality Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is the only film most people are talking about. In fact, it is going to dominate the box office to such a degree that its only real competition is The Force Awakens, which opened this weekend last year. Unfortunately for Rogue One, there’s almost no chance it will match The Force Awakens. In fact, there’s almost no chance the entire box office will match the $247.97 million The Force Awakens opened with. 2016 is going to get crushed in the year-over-year comparison. That said, 2016 has a nearly $460 million lead over 2015, so has long as Rogue One tops $100 million over the weekend, it should be enough to keep 2016 ahead in terms of raw box office numbers. More...

Featured Blu-ray Review - The Jack Ryan Collection

December 2nd, 2013

The Jack Ryan franchise is a strange one. There have been four films so far, with a fifth on the way, and during that time, four different actors will have played the titular role. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit hits theaters in mid-January, so it is a perfect time to release the four earlier movies on a Blu-ray box set. (Or to be more accurate, re-release the 2008 Blu-rays in one box set.) How many of these earlier films are worth checking out? And is the box set good value? More...

Featured Blu-ray: The Sandlot: 20th Anniversary Edition

March 25th, 2013

The Sandlot opened in 1993 and only earned good reviews, but not great reviews, and went on to become a midlevel hit, but no more. On the other hand, it became a bit of a cult classic on the home market. Does its appeal depend on nostalgia? Or is it a good film in its own regard? More...

All Acting Credits


Release
Date
TitleRoleDomestic
Box Office
International
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
7/19/2019 The Lion King Mufasa  $0 $0 $0
12/31/2017 Foster Boy   $0 $0 $0
12/16/2016 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Darth Vader  $532,177,324 $518,811,164 $1,050,988,488
5/23/2014 The Angriest Man in Brooklyn Ruben  $0 $83,153 $83,153
1/24/2014 Gimme Shelter Frank McCarthy  $1,359,910 $0 $1,359,910
4/22/2009 Earth Narrator (US Version)  $32,011,576 $84,761,741 $116,773,317
2/8/2008 Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins Papa Jenkins  $42,436,517 $1,171,110 $43,607,627
6/23/2006 Click Narrator of Michael's Past  $137,355,633 $100,329,456 $237,685,089
4/14/2006 Scary Movie 4 Himself  $90,710,620 $88,000,000 $178,710,620
4/7/2006 The Benchwarmers Voice of Darth Vader  $59,843,754 $5,219,972 $65,063,726
11/2/2001 The Annihilation of Fish Fish  $18,335 $0 $18,335
6/16/2000 Fantasia 2000 (Theatrical Release) Host - Carnival of the Animals  $9,103,630 $0 $9,103,630
3/20/1998 Primary Colors CNN Voiceover (voice)  $39,017,984 $0 $39,017,984
12/31/1997 The Second Civil War Jim Kalla   $0 $0 $0
10/8/1997 Gang Related Arthur Baylor  $5,906,773 $0 $5,906,773
3/7/1997 Good Luck James Bing (uncredited)  $39,962 $0 $39,962
10/11/1996 Looking for Richard Himself  $1,266,417 $0 $1,266,417
3/29/1996 A Family Thing Ray Murdock  $9,993,012 $0 $9,993,012
12/15/1995 Cry, The Beloved Country Rev. Stephen Kumalo  $676,525 $0 $676,525
6/30/1995 Judge Dredd Narrator (uncredited)  $34,687,912 $78,800,000 $113,487,912
3/31/1995 Jefferson in Paris Madison Hemings  $2,461,628 $0 $2,461,628
8/3/1994 Clear and Present Danger Admiral James Greer  $122,012,656 $85,487,344 $207,500,000
6/15/1994 The Lion King Mufasa  $422,780,140 $564,671,250 $987,451,390
5/6/1994 Clean Slate Dolby  $7,352,116 $0 $7,352,116
3/18/1994 Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult Himself (uncredited)  $51,041,856 $0 $51,041,856
8/6/1993 The Meteor Man Mr. Moses  $8,015,592 $0 $8,015,592
5/14/1993 Excessive Force Jake  $1,152,117 $0 $1,152,117
4/7/1993 The Sandlot Mr. Mertle  $32,416,586 $0 $32,416,586
2/5/1993 Sommersby Judge Isaacs  $50,081,992 $90,000,000 $140,081,992
9/9/1992 Sneakers Bernard Abbott  $51,433,000 $0 $51,433,000
6/5/1992 Patriot Games Admiral Greer  $83,287,363 $94,812,637 $178,100,000
1/1/1992 Freddie as F.R.O.7 Narrator (US version)  $1,000,000 $0 $1,000,000
1/1/1991 True Identity Himself  $4,693,236 $0 $4,693,236
3/2/1990 The Hunt for Red October Admiral James Greer  $120,709,866 $79,790,134 $200,500,000
1/1/1990 Convicts Ben Johnson  $13,000 $0 $13,000
11/10/1989 Best of the Best Coach Couzo  $1,700,000 $0 $1,700,000
4/21/1989 Field of Dreams Terence Mann  $64,431,625 $0 $64,431,625
1/27/1989 Three Fugitives Dugan  $40,590,000 $0 $40,590,000
6/29/1988 Coming to America King Jaffe Joffer  $128,152,301 $160,647,699 $288,800,000
11/20/1987 Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night The Emperor of the Night  $3,261,638 $0 $3,261,638
8/28/1987 Matewan Few Clothes Johnson  $1,680,358 $0 $1,680,358
5/8/1987 Gardens of Stone Goody Nelson  $5,262,047 $0 $5,262,047
1/30/1987 Allan Quatermain and the Lost City Umslopogaas  $3,751,699 $0 $3,751,699
10/24/1986 Soul Man Professor Banks  $27,316,198 $0 $27,316,198
9/3/1985 City Limits Albert  $0 $0 $0
5/25/1983 Star Wars Ep. VI: Return of the Jedi Voice of Darth Vader  $309,205,079 $263,500,000 $572,705,079
5/14/1982 Conan the Barbarian Thulsa Doom  $38,264,085 $40,850,000 $79,114,085
5/21/1980 Star Wars Ep. V: The Empire Strikes Back Voice of Darth Vader  $290,271,960 $243,900,000 $534,171,960
5/25/1977 Star Wars Ep. IV: A New Hope Voice of Darth Vader  $460,998,007 $325,600,000 $786,598,007
1/1/1974 Claudine Roop  $6,000,000 $0 $6,000,000
3/24/1970 King: A Filmed Record...Montgomery to…   $0 $0 $0
10/31/1967 The Comedians Dr. Magiot  $5,200,000 $0 $5,200,000
1/29/1964 Dr. Strangelove Lieutenant Lothar Zogg, Bombardier  $9,164,370 $0 $9,164,370
Movies: 53Totals:$3,350,306,399$2,826,435,660$6,176,742,059
  Averages:$63,213,328$53,328,975$116,542,303

Leading or Lead Ensemble Roles


Release
Date
TitleOpening
Weekend
Box Office
Max
Theater
Count
Domestic
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
Domestic
Share
4/22/2009 Earth $8,825,760 1,804 $32,011,576 $116,773,317 27.4%
11/2/2001 The Annihilation of Fish $1,153 1 $18,335 $18,335 100.0%
Movies: 2Totals:  $32,029,911$116,791,652 
 Averages:$4,413,457903$16,014,956$58,395,82663.7%

Supporting Roles


Release
Date
TitleOpening
Weekend
Box Office
Max
Theater
Count
Domestic
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
Domestic
Share
12/16/2016 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story $155,081,681 4,157 $532,177,324 $1,050,988,488 50.6%
5/23/2014 The Angriest Man in Brooklyn $0 0 $0 $83,153 0.0%
1/24/2014 Gimme Shelter $0 385 $1,359,910 $1,359,910 100.0%
2/8/2008 Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins $16,207,730 2,387 $42,436,517 $43,607,627 97.3%
6/16/2000 Fantasia 2000 (Theatrical Release) $2,911,485 1,313 $9,103,630 $9,103,630 100.0%
10/8/1997 Gang Related $2,443,237 1,260 $5,906,773 $5,906,773 100.0%
3/7/1997 Good Luck $39,962 106 $39,962 $39,962 100.0%
10/11/1996 Looking for Richard $0 75 $1,266,417 $1,266,417 100.0%
3/29/1996 A Family Thing $3,020,662 1,134 $9,993,012 $9,993,012 100.0%
12/15/1995 Cry, The Beloved Country $9,849 43 $676,525 $676,525 100.0%
3/31/1995 Jefferson in Paris $61,349 351 $2,461,628 $2,461,628 100.0%
8/3/1994 Clear and Present Danger $20,348,017 2,433 $122,012,656 $207,500,000 58.8%
6/15/1994 The Lion King $1,586,753 2,624 $422,780,140 $987,451,390 42.8%
5/6/1994 Clean Slate $3,136,130 1,474 $7,352,116 $7,352,116 100.0%
8/6/1993 The Meteor Man $2,643,091 1,060 $8,015,592 $8,015,592 100.0%
5/14/1993 Excessive Force $0 0 $1,152,117 $1,152,117 100.0%
4/7/1993 The Sandlot $4,918,712 1,775 $32,416,586 $32,416,586 100.0%
2/5/1993 Sommersby $8,104,624 1,762 $50,081,992 $140,081,992 35.8%
9/9/1992 Sneakers $10,031,145 2,062 $51,433,000 $51,433,000 100.0%
6/5/1992 Patriot Games $18,511,191 2,396 $83,287,363 $178,100,000 46.8%
3/2/1990 The Hunt for Red October $17,161,835 1,817 $120,709,866 $200,500,000 60.2%
1/1/1990 Convicts $0 0 $13,000 $13,000 100.0%
11/10/1989 Best of the Best $0 0 $1,700,000 $1,700,000 100.0%
4/21/1989 Field of Dreams $531,346 1,100 $64,431,625 $64,431,625 100.0%
1/27/1989 Three Fugitives $6,434,717 1,374 $40,590,000 $40,590,000 100.0%
6/29/1988 Coming to America $21,404,420 2,064 $128,152,301 $288,800,000 44.4%
11/20/1987 Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night $0 0 $3,261,638 $3,261,638 100.0%
8/28/1987 Matewan $0 0 $1,680,358 $1,680,358 100.0%
5/8/1987 Gardens of Stone $1,645,588 612 $5,262,047 $5,262,047 100.0%
1/30/1987 Allan Quatermain and the Lost City $1,960,352 1,000 $3,751,699 $3,751,699 100.0%
10/24/1986 Soul Man $4,422,179 1,320 $27,316,198 $27,316,198 100.0%
9/3/1985 City Limits $0 0 $0 $0 0.0%
5/25/1983 Star Wars Ep. VI: Return of the Jedi $23,019,618 2,111 $309,205,079 $572,705,079 54.0%
5/14/1982 Conan the Barbarian $9,479,373 1,497 $38,264,085 $79,114,085 48.4%
5/21/1980 Star Wars Ep. V: The Empire Strikes Back $4,910,483 2,322 $290,271,960 $534,171,960 54.3%
5/25/1977 Star Wars Ep. IV: A New Hope $1,554,475 2,375 $460,998,007 $786,598,007 58.6%
1/1/1974 Claudine $0 0 $6,000,000 $6,000,000 100.0%
10/31/1967 The Comedians $0 0 $5,200,000 $5,200,000 100.0%
1/29/1964 Dr. Strangelove $0 0 $9,164,370 $9,164,370 100.0%
Movies: 39Totals:  $2,899,925,493$5,369,249,984 
 Averages:$8,758,4621,138$74,357,064$137,673,07782.9%

Latest Ranking on All Acting Box Office Record Lists


RecordRankAmount
Top 100 Stars in Leading Roles at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 1,901-2,000) 1,911 $32,029,911
Top 100 Stars in Supporting Roles at the Domestic Box Office 22 $2,899,925,493
Top Live Action Stars at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 901-1,000) 910 $881,249,680
Top Above the Line Stars at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 401-500) 466 $757,592,370
Top Below the Line Stars at the Domestic Box Office 39 $1,713,362,236
Top Stars in Cameo Roles at the Domestic Box Office 35 $383,663,083
Top Stars at the Domestic Box Office 48 $3,350,306,399
Top 100 Stars in Leading Roles at the International Box Office (Rank 1,201-1,300) 1,265 $84,761,741
Top 100 Stars in Supporting Roles at the International Box Office (Rank 101-200) 150 $2,469,324,491
Top Live Action Stars at the International Box Office (Rank 2,401-2,500) 2,496 $552,842,077
Top Above the Line Stars at the International Box Office (Rank 501-600) 522 $905,702,083
Top Below the Line Stars at the International Box Office (Rank 101-200) 195 $1,431,601,298
Top Stars in Cameo Roles at the International Box Office (Rank 101-200) 165 $193,549,428
Top Stars at the International Box Office (Rank 201-300) 223 $2,826,435,660
Top 100 Stars in Leading Roles at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 1,401-1,500) 1,473 $116,791,652
Top 100 Stars in Supporting Roles at the Worldwide Box Office 73 $5,369,249,984
Top Live Action Stars at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 1,401-1,500) 1,467 $1,434,091,757
Top Above the Line Stars at the Wordwide Box Office (Rank 401-500) 498 $1,663,294,453
Top Below the Line Stars at the Worldwide Box Office 86 $3,144,963,534
Top Stars in Cameo Roles at the Worldwide Box Office 85 $577,212,511
Top Stars at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 101-200) 128 $6,176,742,059
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Original Screenplay Movies (Rank 3,801-3,900) 3,881 $18,335
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Based on TV Movies (Rank 101-200) 183 $32,011,576
Top International Leading Stars for Based on TV Movies (Rank 101-200) 116 $84,761,741
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Original Screenplay Movies (Rank 4,301-4,400) 4,371 $18,335
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Based on TV Movies (Rank 101-200) 153 $116,773,317
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Live Action Movies (Rank 1,601-1,700) 1,654 $32,029,911
Top International Leading Stars for Live Action Movies (Rank 901-1,000) 997 $84,761,741
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Live Action Movies (Rank 1,201-1,300) 1,212 $116,791,652
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Factual Movies 25 $32,011,576
Top International Leading Stars for Factual Movies 3 $84,761,741
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Factual Movies 18 $116,773,317
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Drama Movies (Rank 2,301-2,400) 2,383 $18,335
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Documentary Movies 5 $32,011,576
Top International Leading Stars for Documentary Movies 2 $84,761,741
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Drama Movies (Rank 2,601-2,700) 2,636 $18,335
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Documentary Movies 2 $116,773,317
Top Domestic Leading Stars for R Movies (Rank 2,401-2,500) 2,472 $18,335
Top Domestic Leading Stars for G Movies (Rank 101-200) 130 $32,011,576
Top International Leading Stars for G Movies 88 $84,761,741
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for R Movies (Rank 2,601-2,700) 2,648 $18,335
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for G Movies 95 $116,773,317
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Walt Disney Movies (Rank 401-500) 488 $32,011,576
Top International Leading Stars for Walt Disney Movies (Rank 301-400) 322 $84,761,741
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Walt Disney Movies (Rank 301-400) 372 $116,773,317


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