James Earl Jones

James Earl Jones, the actor known in part for his deep melodious voice (Darth Vadar in Star Wars and Mufasa in The Lion King), celebrates his birthday today.

According to Wikipedia, he “was born in Arkabutla, Tate County, Mississippi, …raised in Dublin, Michigan, by his maternal grandparents. He is of Irish, Cherokee and African descent. He moved to Michigan around the age of 5, when he developed a stutter so severe he refused to speak aloud. He remained functionally mute for 8 years until he reached high school. He credits a high school teacher who discovered he had a gift for writing poetry with helping him out of his silence. The teacher believed forced public speaking would help him gain confidence and insisted he recite a poem in class each day. ‘I was a stutterer. I couldn’t talk. So my first year of school was my first mute year, and then those mute years continued until I got to high school.'”

One of the hardest things in life is having words in your heart that you can’t utter.
James Earl Jones

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