Friday, October 03, 2008


James Earl Jones, whose commanding voice is behind Darth Vader, the Lion King and CNN commercials — and acting skills have earned him an Oscar nomination as well as Emmy and Golden Globe wins will get a very special accolade at the SAG Awards this year. The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) announced today that, Jones, whose acting prowess and iconic voice are world-renown, will receive the Guild’s most prestigious accolade-the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment.... In the 1960s, he was one of the first African-American actors to appear regularly in daytime soap operas (playing a doctor in both “The Guiding Light” and “As the World Turns”). He made his film debut in 1964 in Stanley Kubrick’s “Dr. Strangelove: or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.”

Read the entire tribute, here.

(Pictured above, James Earl Jones and Cecily Tyson. Tyson was the first African-American actress ever signed to a daytime contract when GL hired her and Billy Dee Williams in 1966. Mr. Williams' role was later recast with James Earl Jones.)

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