Flynn Earl Jones is an American voice actor, also known for being the only child of “Star Wars” star James Earl Jones.

Early life

Flynn Earl Jones was born in 1982, in Los Angeles, California, USA, the only child of celebrity parents James Earl Jones and Cecilia Hart. As of 2022, Flynn will be 40 years old. He grew up with his parents in California, but not much else is known about his early life or education.

Career

Growing up around show business stars, Flynn decided early on that he wanted to stay somewhat in the field without being too exposed to it.

This is why, in 1999, he chose to pursue a career in voice acting, mainly focusing on audiobooks. He has voiced a whole variety of books from different genres, including sci-fi books such as “New Worlds” and even erotic books including “Heartthrob.” Most of the narrations by Flynn can be found on Audible. It’s rumored that he works as his father’s personal assistant right now.

Relationship

Flynn married Lorena Monagas on 29 November 2019 at the Tarrytown House and Estate. Their honeymoon registry is available online, where they asked their friends and family to contribute money so they could witness the Northern Lights in Iceland. The couple likes to keep their relationship private.

Net worth

Flynn has probably earned a sizeable amount of money from working on audiobooks, but his net worth is not known. However, his father’s net worth is rumored to be around $40 million.

Physical characteristics

Flynn stands at the height of 5ft 10ins (1.78m) and weighs 176 lbs (80kgs). He has short and curly brown hair along with brown eyes.

Who is Flynn’s Father?

James Earl Jones

James Earl Jones, Flynn’s father, was born on 17 January 1931, in Mississippi. His father wasn’t present growing up, as he was busy trying to become an actor in Hollywood; it was his mother and his mother’s parents who raised him.

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James started developing a stutter when he was a child, later telling the Hollywood Reporter that he avoided speaking around others until a teacher in high school asked him to read his poem aloud, which he did without stuttering. After matriculating from high school, James went on to study pre-med at the University of Michigan, but dropped out when he discovered his love for acting. Shortly after, he left to be in the military, during the Korean War of the early 1950s. After that, he made the move to New York to study at the American Theatre Wing, going by the stage name Todd Jones for some time. He would work side jobs such as cleaning to be able to support his early career.

At the beginning of his theatre career, he worked merely as a stage carpenter at the Ramsdell Theater in Michigan, later being promoted to stage manager. His first role was in 1955, in a theater performance of Shakespeare’s Othello. He made his Broadway debut in 1957 in the play “The Egghead” by Molly Kazan, then continued by playing roles in many works of Shakespeare, including Hamlet, King Lear, Othello, and Coriolanus, gaining a reputation as one of the most well-known Shakespearean actors of his time. He continued steadily working in theatre in the 21st century as well, and it is clear that he has a true passion and love for the stage.

His film debut was in 1964 in “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb,” directed by Stanley Kubrick and starring Peter Sellars. He then played a Haitian rebel surgeon in “The Comedians” with major stars Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. In 1977, James voiced the iconic Darth Vader in “Star Wars: A New Hope,” then reprising the role in the sequels “The Empire Strikes Back” in 1980 and “Return of the Jedi” in 1983. David Prowse was the man visible during the films, but his accent wasn’t suitable for the character and was replaced by James’ voice in post-production.

James asked not to be credited for the first two films, as he said it was more special effects than his voice, but later took credit for the third one.

James’ first award was a Tony Award in 1968 for playing in “The Great White Hope,  portraying the same character in the 1970 film adaptation, for which he received Academy Award and Golden Globes nominations. In 1987, he was rewarded his second Tony Award for his portrayal of a character in “Fences.” James was nominated for a Tony three more times but only won once more. He has had eight Emmy nominations and won two for his roles in “Gabriel’s Fire” and “Heat Wave.”

James received the National Medal of the Arts from President George Bush and was invited by President Barack Obama to perform Shakespeare at a White House event. Although never having attended Harvard University, he received an Honorary Doctor of Arts degree in 2017. He is also inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame and has received the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award. James was the proud receiver of an Honorary Academy Award in 2011, making him one of the few EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony) winners.

Before meeting Flynn’s mother, in 1964 James met fell in love with American actress and singer Julienne Marie, and married her four years later in 1968. They didn’t have any children together and divorced in 1972.          In 1982, James married Cecilia Hart, and they had their son Flynn that same year. Cecilia was previously married to Bruce Weitz until their divorce in 1980. She struggled with ovarian cancer for many years and died from complications in October of 2016.

Although Flynn is a private person with locked social media accounts, he seems to have a loving relationship with his father, and they often reminisce fondly on his late mother together.

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