Sunday, January 25, 2009

SAG to honor James Earl Jones tonight

By John Serba | The Grand Rapids Press | January 25, 2009

It's hard to imagine Darth Vader stuttering.

That's what James Earl Jones, who was the voice of the iconic villain in the "Star Wars" franchise, had to overcome as a schoolboy in northwestern Michigan.

But don't expect the esteemed stage and screen star with the unmistakable, booming voice to stumble over his words when he accepts Lifetime Achievement honors tonight at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

The 78-year-old Jones grew up between Cadillac and Manistee on a farm near Dublin, attended high school in Brethren and earned a degree in drama from the University of Michigan.

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