Robert Earl Jones and Ruth Connolly, James Earl Jones’s parents, were both of African-American origin. According to IMDb, in addition to having Scottish and English lineage, the actor also possesses Cherokee and Choctaw Native American heritage.
The celebrity’s maternal great-great-grandmother, Parthenia Connolly, was an indentured servant who was born in Ireland. She worked in the United States. She wed a guy whose name was only known to be Brice, and he assumed her surname after marrying her since he was a slave and did not have a name of his own.
Before James was born, his parents decided to go their own ways and start new lives. It was because of this circumstance that he was brought up by his maternal grandparents, Maggie Anderson and John Henry Connolly, which made for an intriguing childhood.
The future actor’s life was complicated by characteristics that he inherited from his grandparents. In the next chapter, in which we discuss James’ youth in more detail, you will find more information on the perspectives and actions of Maggie and John Henry.
James said in an interview that he had taken place in a “loosely wound” household while growing up on farms in Michigan and Mississippi. The conversation took place in September 2014. His guardians were John and Maggie, the latter of whom was said to have a “distinct, fiercely independent character.”
The actor reflected on how surprising and peculiar his grandma had been to him. During the war, Maggie, who was African American, Cherokee, and part Choctaw Indian, was so anti-Mississippi that she stated it would be OK if Adolf Hitler bombed the state. Maggie was also a part Choctaw Indian.
Maggie had nothing but love and respect for the family’s German mailman, despite the fact that he was the target of harassment in the neighborhood. Because she saw Japanese people as people of color, she was able to rationalize her acceptance of Japanese people.
Because of their contribution to the war effort, her family had to keep her indoors. James did not exhibit any signs of resentment as he reminisced about his youth and related how, in the 1950s, he started performing in Michigan’s summer stock theater.
His grandma was the first one there, and she took a seat in the front row to see him perform. According to the actress, Maggie’s life was full of drama, and James was the only one who ever addressed it in his play, which is why she was James’ finest audience.
At one time, the Methodist family relocated from Mississippi to Michigan, and after settling there, they began going to services at an all-White church located in the next town over from where they had lived. Maggie’s Choctaw Indian origin caused her to be offended when she heard the congregation singing a hymn shortly after she and her family entered the building.
However, John Henry, who was of Irish and African descent, proposed that they give them the benefit of the doubt since it’s possible that this was all that the people in question knew. He tried to make the situation seem less serious by adding that the congregation was “serenading” them with the Black hymn.
Maggie, in spite of John Henry’s hypotheses, saw the whole situation as an insult, whilst her husband viewed it as “a lack of cultural integration,” and this was the way that the family conducted their lives.
James, who was born in Mississippi during the time of segregation, said that he was saved from becoming a farm kid by joining the army. After being given the opportunity to study medicine at the university, he came to the conclusion that he was not cut out for the field since he was unable to retain the information being presented to him.
The famous actor eventually shifted his focus from music to theater in order to follow in his famous father’s footsteps. Shortly after James’ birth, Robert abruptly left his family, thus the future actor never had the opportunity to grow up with or get to know his biological father.
Despite this, James was able to recognize his father in photographs published in national publications while he was still in high school. Even though he is known for his deep voice, the celebrity began to stutter when he was only five years old, and it has continued to influence his speech throughout his life.
James referred to his voice as having been “salvaged,” analogous to how in the military when a damaged tank was required for combat, it would be repaired and then used. He said that each new part he played was an opportunity for him to practice using his voice once again.
James Hart married Cecilia Hart, who was the daughter of a retired army colonel who lived in Springfield, Virginia, at the time of their wedding in 1982. The celebrity said that he had feelings for her father before he had feelings for his wife.
When he went to seek the Harts for their permission to marry their daughter, Cecilia, he was met with resistance from her mother. The Harts were White, and she expressed concern to James about the possibility of her daughter having children of a mixed race, but he said:
“Do you realize what? No matter what, the color of my offspring will be black. Your concern is directed toward your children and grandkids.
After hearing his remark, Cecilia’s mother immediately brightened up and seemed to bless her daughter. The woman who would become James’ wife had a stage and film acting career, and she was originally from Cheyenne, Wyoming. She had previously been married to the actor Bruce Weitz.
On November 29, 2019, in Tarrytown, New York, Flynn Earl Jones married an actress for the second time, this time choosing Lorena Monagas. His father, James Earl Jones, also tied the knot with an actress.
After the couple tied the wedding in March 1982, she became Jame’s second wife and remained with him for the next 34 years. For her performance in “Dirty Linen & New-Found-Land” in 1977, she was considered for a nomination for a Drama Desk Award.
The television programs “Three’s Company,” “Emergency!,” “Law & Order,” “Quincy, M.E.,” and “MacGyver” all had guest appearances by Cecilia. The loss of James’ wife, who had been fighting ovarian cancer for a year, occurred in October of 2016 when she was 68 years old.
On Broadway’s production of “Othello” in 1982, Cecilia took the part of Desdemona, while James was cast in the role of the lead actor. It was James’ first time acting in a Shakespeare play, and the actress who was playing his pregnant wife was carrying their kid onstage at the moment.
In the same year, Flynn Earl Jones was received with open arms. He has, for the most part, avoided the public eye; but, in 1994, he accompanied his parents to the premiere of “The Lion King,” in which James Earl Jones provided the voice for the role of Mufasa.
Flynn inherited a voice with a similar distinctive quality from his father, which he now uses for narrating audiobooks. The audiobook version of “Heartthrob” was recorded by James’s son in 2019, and the book itself was made accessible across all platforms, including Amazon, in March of the same year.
All of the novels that Flynn has spoken or narrated in the past, including “New World,” “Revenge,” “Lions in the Sky,” and a number of others, are now accessible on Audible. On November 29, 2019, Flynn tied the knot with actress Lorena Monagas in Tarrytown, New York, following in the footsteps of his actor father.
James’ son also works as an assistant to his father, doing things like bringing coffee to him in a precise manner that he likes to be done. This is in addition to the voiceover work that he does. Regrettably, it does not seem that he has a significant presence on social media.