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James Earl Jones
January 17, 1931 -
Nationality: American
Category: Actor
Subcategory: American Actor

And it was the idea that you can do a play - like a Shakespeare play, or any well-written play, Arthur Miller, whatever - and say things you could never imagine saying, never imagine thinking in your own life.


When I read great literature, great drama, speeches, or sermons, I feel that the human mind has not achieved anything greater than the ability to share feelings and thoughts through language.


You sang in church, you know, and you didn't act at all. You tried not to act, you tried to tell the truth. The idea of being a troubadour on the road singing for your supper was very disturbing to him.


I was an adopted child of my grandparents, and I don't know how I can ever express my gratitude for that, because my parents would have been a mess, you know.


The arts have always been an important ingredient to the health of a nation, but we haven't gotten there yet.


When I was in New York after I left the Army, I studied for two years at the American Theater Wing, studied acting, which involved dance and fencing and speech classes and history of theater, all that.


I mean, my people were very, very simple. They were peasant people, you know?


I think the extent to which I have any balance at all, any mental balance, is because of being a farm kid and being raised in those isolated rural areas.


In the wintertime, in the snow country, citrus fruit was so rare, and if you got one, it was better than ambrosia.


Acting is not about anything romantic, not even fantasy, although you do create fantasy.


Reading was a big thing, yes. Books were a big thing. But the things that stick out were the newspapers.


There is not enough magic in a bloodline to forge an instant, irrevocable bond.


My grandmother had the most dramatic effect on my life because she set me in one direction, and I had to go back the other direction for my sanity, and for my ability to be a social human being.


More and more, when I single out the person out who inspired me most, I go back to my grandfather.


So by the time I got to Michigan I was a stutterer. I couldn't talk. So my first year of school was my first mute year and then those mute years continued until I got to high school.


Your own need to be shines out of any dream or creation you imagine.


I don't ever want to be a sentimentalist. I prefer to be a realist. I'm not a romantic really.


We children learned responsibility automatically.


No one asked me to be an actor, so no one owed me. There was no entitlement.


I was preparing myself for the theater, and... I got a little job here and a job there, but it wasn't going well, and I considered some time before the mid-60s that maybe I should consider something else.


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