James Earl Jones turns 92: Legendary actor is living a fulfilling life and now son follows his footsteps

James Earl Jones turns 92: Legendary actor is living a fulfilling life and now son follows his footsteps
James Earl Jones turned 92 on January 17, 2023 (Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: 'Star Wars' actor James Earl Jones celebrated his 92nd birthday today! The actor has had a career that spans many decades where he has covered just about every genre in show business. The actor is no doubt spending his birthday surrounded by family, including his only son Flynn. Jones continues to prove that age is just a number, by showing no signs of stepping down and continues to grow wiser with each passing year.

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Jones and his wife, famous Broadway actress Cecilia Hart, were married for 34 years until her death, between 1982 to 2016. They met on sets of the TV series ‘Paris’, and had also starred together in the 1982 revival of ‘Othello’.  Hart and Jones had a happy married life, where he once quipped that she ‘fed him well.’ She died after fighting against ovarian cancer for a year after her diagnosis in 2015. After her death, Amomama reported that Jones had honored his wife in an acceptance speech at the Tony Awards where he said he wanted to thank her for being a "wonderful companion."

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Actor James Earl Jones attends the
Actor James Earl Jones is best known for voicing Darth Vader in the Star Wars movies (Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

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While Jones has made a loving family for himself, it would seem that his bond with his father seemed civil at best. In an interview with The Guardian, he mentions that he met his dad only after he had left the army. He had lived with his father for a period of time, "It was too late to get to know him as a father. If you don't learn that from the beginning, there's no way to catch up. It took us time to accept that if we could be friends, that would be best. He told me, 'I can't make a living doing this, so if you want to enter this world, do it because you love it.' That was good advice."

Actor James Earl Jones and wife Cecilia Hart attend the after party for
James Earl Jones and wife Cecilia were married for 34 years until her death. (Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

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However, despite their late connection in life, it was his father who kept him going with his words when Jones had almost quit acting. Jones stated how his father was uber supportive toward him and mentioned, "He said, 'You can act.' He didn't say, 'You were great', or 'You've got potential.' Just, 'You can act.' Father to son, that's all I needed to hear."

However, Jones has a close relationship with his only son, Flynn. He has also followed his illustrious father’s steps into Hollywood and is making waves with his unique voice (much similar to his father’s), which he uses to land up in a lot of audiobook gigs. Flynn’s first audiobook was for the 2019 book, ‘Heartthrob’. However, the son of the Hollywood power couple has a very lowkey life and does not have a social media presence.

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