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Born: January 17, 1931 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Arkabutla, Mississippi, USA Profession: Cast ...
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1961:
Acted in acclaimed NYC production of Jean Genet's "The Blacks"
1987:
Acted in John Sayles' "Matewan" and in Francis Ford Coppola's "Gardens of Stone"
1982:
Acted in the Broadway production of "Othello" playing the title role; co-starred opposite future wife Cecilia Hart
1966:
Appeared as Dr. Jerry Turner on the daytime drama "As the World Turns" (CBS); one of the first black regulars on a daytime drama
1959:
Began his long association with the New York Shakespeare Festival
1957:
Broadway acting debut as understudy for the role of Perry Hall in "The Egghead"
1979:
Cast in TV series "Paris" (CBS), playing titular role of erudite black police captain
1977:
First film with actor Robert Duvall, "The Greatest"; played Malcolm X
2003:
Guest starred on The WB's "Everwood" as a jazz pianist and Ephram's mentor; received an Emmy nomination for Best Guest Actor in a Drama Series
1970:
Received Best Actor Academy Award nomination for reprising Johnson in the film version of "The Great White Hope"
1998:
Reprised the voice of Mufasa in the direct-to-video sequel "The Lion King II: Simba's Pride"
2005:
Returned as the voice of Darth Vader in "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith," the final installment of the series
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Served in U.S. Army
1999:
Starred as Dr. William Blakely in Showtime movie "Summer's End"; earned Daytime Emmy Award
1970:
Starred in Fugard's "Boseman and Lena" at NYC's Circle in the Square
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Acted for the first time at the Ramsdell Theater in Manistee, MI
1964:
Appeared in South African playwright Athol Fugard's "The Blood Knot" (NYC)
1980:
Appeared on stage in Fugard's "A Lesson from Aloes"
1990:
Cast as the title character in the ABC drama "Gabriel's Fire" (later retitled "Pros and Cons")
2005:
Headed the cast in an African-American Broadway revival version of "On Golden Pond," directed by Leonard Foglia; earned a Tony nomination; production closed early due Jones' illness
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Moved with family to rural Michigan around the age of five
1997:
Portrayed the best friend of Hume Cronyn in the Showtime movie "Horton Foote's Alone"
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Raised in rural Mississippi by maternal grandparents
1963:
Received Emmy nomination for guest starring on the series "East Side, West Side" (CBS), starring George C. Scott and Cicely Tyson
1990:
Reteamed with Cicely Tyson for the TNT miniseries "Heat Wave," based on the 1965 Watts riots
1958:
Appeared on Broadway in "Sunrise at Campobello"
1996:
Co-starred with Duvall in "A Family Thing"; pair played half-brothers in a script by Billy Bob Thornton and Tom Epperson
1964:
Feature debut as Lieutenant Jimmy Zogg in Stanley Kubrick's "Dr. Strangelove"
1995:
Movingly portrayed the South African minister in film remake of Alan Paton's famed classic "Cry the Beloved Country"
1974:
Played Lennie in the Broadway production of "Of Mice and Men"
1979:
Portrayed Alex Haley in ABC miniseries sequel "Roots: The Next Generations"
1989:
Portrayed skeptical and reclusive writer Terrence Mann in "Field of Dreams"
1975:
Reteamed with Tyson for "The River Niger" the film version of the award-winning play
1994:
Returned to series TV in short-lived "Under One Roof" (CBS)
1967:
Second feature, "The Comedians"; once again cast opposite Tyson
1968:
Won his first Tony Award for his role as boxer Jack Johnson in the Broadway production "The Great White Hope"
1991:
Acted with Duvall in Peter Masterson's "Convicts"
1949:
Made acting debut in a college production of "Deep Are the Roots" at the University of Michigan
1974:
Appeared as Diahann Carroll's love interest in the feature "Claudine"
1990:
Cast as a CIA offical in "The Hunt for Red October," the first of three films based on Tom Clancy novels (also "Patriot Games" in 1992 and "Clear and Present Danger" in 1994)
1957:
First paying job as Ivan Dixon's understudy in "Wedding in Japan"
1978:
London stage debut, bringing the one-man show "Paul Robeson" from Broadway
1987:
Played the Tony Award-winning leading role in August Wilson's "Fences"
1977:
Provided the uncredited voice of Darth Vader in "Star Wars" and in the subsequent sequels
1994:
Spoke with leonine authority as King Mustafa in Disney's animated feature "The Lion King"
2008:
Starred in Debbie Allen's revival of Tennessee Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof"
2010:
Returned to the Broadway stage in Alfred Uhry's "Driving Miss Daisy" along with Vanessa Redgrave
2011:
Received an honorary Academy Award
2012:
Joined an all-star cast for "Gore Vidal's The Best Man" on Broadway

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