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James Earl Jones to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at Tonys 2017

James Earl Jones to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at Tonys 2017

Legendary performer on the stage and screen James Earl Jones will receive the Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre at the 2017 Tony Awards.

“In 1975 when I came to NY to study acting, my father – the actor Robert Earl Jones – took me on a Grand Tour,” the 86-year-old actor said in a statement. “The first night was to the opera Tosca starring Leontyne Price. I loved the singing, but I didn’t understand the format of opera. The second night was Swan Lake starring Margot Fontaine. The movement of the bodies just seemed like magic. The third night was Pal Joey. I was captivated by the warmth of the light on stage. I was not inspired to sing and dance, but I knew I wanted to be in the warmth of the stage light. The fourth night was Arthur Miller‘s The Crucible. By contrast, it created a cold world, coldness between human beings, but the ideas that Arthur Miller was able to evoke onstage were blazing hot. I knew I wanted to be a part of this and to explore the stage.”

James has won Tonys for The Great White Hope and Fences, and has performed in On Golden Pond, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Driving Miss Daisy, The Best Man, You Can’t Take It With You, and The Gin Game on Broadway as well.

The Tonys will take place on Sunday, June 11, 2017.

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