Robert Earl Jones (February 3 1910 â€“ September 7 2006) was an American actor and the father of actor James Earl Jones. While born in Mississippi, the actual location of Jones' birth is unclear as some sources indicate Senatobia, while others suggest nearby Coldwater. Additionally, his date of his birth is reported by different sources as anywhere from 1900 to 1911. The most likely date is 1910 as reported by the United States Social Security Administration.
Jones was a grade-school dropout and a sharecropper before making his way, via Chicago, to New York City and a career on stage and in film. Altogether Jones appeared in more that twenty films, including The Cotton Club (1984) and The Sting (1973). Jones was a living link with the Harlem renaissance of the 1920s and 1930s, having worked with Langston Hughes early in his career. After moving to New York in the 1930s (after a short career as a prize fighter in Chicago where champion Joe Louis used him as a sparring partner), Jones...
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Robert Earl Jones died in Englewood, New Jersey, Bergen County
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