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Career prize for Darth Vader star

James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones barely spoke as a child because of a stutter

Veteran actor James Earl Jones is to be honoured with the Screen Actors Guild's lifetime achievement award for his career accomplishments.

The 77-year-old, best known for providing the voice for Darth Vader in Star Wars, was nominated for one Oscar in 1971 and seven Emmy awards.

SAG president Alan Rosenberg said the actor's lengthy career "commands our admiration and respect".

The 14th annual SAG Awards will be held in Los Angeles on 25 January.

Weakness

"It is our honour to bestow the guild's highest tribute on this extraordinary actor," Rosenberg said.

Jones, who also provided the voice of Mufasa for Disney's The Lion King, rarely spoke during his childhood because of a severe stutter.

A school teacher helped him to overcome his weakness.

In 1992 he received the US National Medal of Arts and ten years later he was made a Kennedy Center honoree.

Jones's portrayal of South African priest Stephen Kumalo in Cry, the Beloved Country earned him a Screen Actors Guild best actor nomination.

His work in the 1970 film adaptation of The Great White Hope gave him an Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe award.

Last year Charles Durning was the recipient of the award.




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