James Earl Jones (1931 - )
Film Deaths:[edit | edit source]
- Dr. Strangelove, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) [Lt. Lothar Zogg]: Killed in an explosion (along with everybody else in the world) after his plane drops a bomb that sets off the Soviets' Doomsday Device (We don't see James after the plane drops the bomb, but it's clear that nobody survives).
- The Comedians (1967) [Dr. Magiot]: Shot to death by the Haitian secret police because of his opposition to "Papa Doc" Duvalier's regime.
- Deadly Hero (1975) [Rabbit]: Shot in the chest by Don Murray shortly after surrendering to him after he held Diahn Williams by knife-point.
- The River Niger (1976) [Johnny Williams]: Shot by gang members in front of Louis Gossett, Jr. and Co. after Jones stands up to them for intruding and breaking into Louis' family's house. Gossett later comforts and talks to Jones after the gangsters leave as Jones gives a final speech before succumbing to the bullet wound.
- Blood Tide (Demon Island; The Red Tide) (1982) [Frye]: Killed in an explosion when he sets off a bomb to destroy the monster in its cave. (Thanks to Stephen)
- Conan the Barbarian (1982) [Thulsa Doom]: Decapitated by Arnold Schwarzenegger on the balcony of his temple as James was trying to mesmerize Arnold.
- The Flight of Dragons (1982; animated) [Ommadon the Red Wizard] Disintegrates into dust after Peter Dickenson (John Ritter) denies all magic and counters his declarations of magic with explainations of science, causing James' character to die from disbelief.
- Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983) [Darth Vader]: Fatally injured with a barrage of energy by Ian McDiarmid as he kills Ian, he dies shorty afterwards while talking to his son (Mark Hamill). (James provided the voice of the character, while David Prowse appeared under the costume, and Sebastian Shaw played the role after being unmasked. Due to the unusual 'triple-cast' nature of this role, it's listed for all three actors. And in the case of the DVD Special Edition with Hayden Christensen, a 'quadruple-cast' with all four actors).
- Pinocchio and the Emperor of Night (1987) [The Emperor of Night]: Destroyed when Pinocchio (voiced by Scott Grimes) turns into a blue orb thanks to the Blue Fairy's magic.
- The Ambulance (1990) [Lieutenant Spencer]: Stabbed in the chest by one of Eric Braeden's thugs and then run over by the ambulance.
- Clear and Present Danger (1994) [Admiral James Greer]: Dies of pancreatic cancer (off-screen) in the hospital; we learn of his death when Harrison Ford gets a phone call informing him. His coffin is later seen being escorted away by various military officers.
- The Lion King (1994; animated) [Mufasa]: Trampled to death (off-screen) in a wildebeest stampede after his brother (Jeremy Irons) knocks him off a cliff into the wildebeests' path. He appears as a spirit to his son (Matthew Broderick) afterwards. (Thanks to Tal)
- Scary Movie 4 (2006) [Narrator]: Hit by a bus after he walks on-camera while delivering the closing narration. (Played for comic effect; parodying a death scene from Final Destination.) (Thanks to Alex)
- Jack and the Beanstalk (2009; video) [The Giant]: Falls to his death while chasing Chloe Grace Moretz, Colin Ford, and Gilbert Gottfried while the lumberjacks chop the beanstalk down. (Played for comic effect.)
- The Lion King (2019) [Mufasa]: Killed in The same manner as the 1994 version by Chiwetel Ejiofor.
- Coming to America 2: Coming Back to America (2020) [King Jaffe Joffa]:
TV Deaths:[edit | edit source]
- The Cay (1974 TV) [Timothy]: Dies from debris from a storm after James sheltered Alfred Lutter.
- Great Performances: King Lear (1974) [King Lear]: Dies of old age, compounded by heartbreak over the death of his daughter (Lee Chamberlin).
- The UFO Incident (1975; TV movie) [Barney Hill]: Dies (off-screen) a few years after the events depicted in the movie; his death is mentioned in on-screen text telling what happened to the people involved in the incident.
- My Little Pony (G1): The Quest of the Princess Ponies Part 4 (1987) [Lavan]: Shattered to pieces when his magic beam was reflected at him by Princess Tiffany (voiced by Kath Soucie), Princess Primrose (Katie Leigh), Princess Serena (Jennifer Darling), Princess Royal Blue (Sherry Lynn), Princess Sparkle (Alice Playten), and Princess Starburst (Kath Soucie) with their magic wands.
- By Dawn's Early Light (1990) [Looking Glass General, a.k.a. Alice]: Killed in a plane crash when they deliberately crash into Air Force One to stop Darren McGavin from launching a nuclear assault. (Thanks to Darren)
- Everwood: Lost and Found (2006) [Will Cleveland]: Dies (off-screen) of natural causes in his sleep. He does not actually appear in this episode; we only learn of his death when Gregory Smith gets a phone call informing him. (Thanks to Alex)
- House M.D. : The Tyrant (2009) [Dibala]: Dies from severe bleeding in the lungs after medical care is deliberately corrupted.
Video Game Deaths[edit | edit source]
- Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun (1999) [General James Solomon]: In the game's Nod campaign, James dies when the space station he is occupying is destroyed by an ICBM launched by Joseph D. Kucan.
Notable Connections[edit | edit source]
- Son of Robert Earl Jones
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