James Earl Jones Celebrates His 90th Birthday Today!
Happy 90th Birthday James Earl Jones! The man that gave us the voice of Darth Vader and Mufasa is celebrating 9 wonderful decades from his home in upstate New York. The actor spoke to USA Today where he said, “I will keep having to remind myself that it’s my birthday.” He added, “I’ll make an exception and enjoy a slice of strawberry shortcake, my favorite!”
So how is Jones feeling on this milestone birthday? He told the paper that he’s “feeling fantastic and grateful at 90 years old. Looking back at my life and extensive career, I am so proud of my work and accomplishments. I love growing older and wiser with time.”
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And what an incredible 90 years it’s been. The legendary actor of stage and screen is known for his iconic commanding voice not only in the Star Wars films as the formidable Darth Vader but most recently in 2019’s live-action The Lion King where he reprised his role as Mufasa. Jones also shows no signs of slowing! According to reports, the actor will be reprising his role as King Jaffe Joffer in the sequel Coming 2 America which is slated to come out on March 5th.
John’s has collaborated with Disney many times of the decades on other projects including the pilot film for Disney Channel show The Lion Guard. Jones also served as one of the international hosts for Fantasia 2000 and hosted The Story Behind The Story: The Lion King. He can even be heard at the theme parks. Jones reprised his role of Darth Vader in Star Tours: The Adventures Continue at Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Jones also voiced Mara in Indiana Jones Adventure at Disneyland. Speaking of Darth Vader, he also voiced the role on Star Wars Rebels: Rogue One and The Rise of Skywalker.
Jones was also named a Disney Legend back in 2019!
So what’s life lessons can Jones impart upon turning 90? Jones told USA Today that its all about experience in terms of getting through tough times. Jones said, “I can say that those of us who have lived 90 years have no right to be surprised.” He also told the paper that he would be praying for better times ahead as his birthday wish. He insisted, “In order for us to heal and move forward, we need to learn to love and respect each other. That will be my wish when I blow out my birthday candles.”
Jones is also not ready to hang up his hat just yet when it comes to action. While his work has slowed in recent years, Jones said, “I feel young at heart, and I love to work and will continue to act for as long as I can.”
Mickey Blog wishes James Earl Jones a wonderful 90th year! Readers are encouraged to keep checking back with us for further Walt Disney World news and updates.
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Source: USA Today