James Earl Jones will receive a Lifetime Achievement honor at the 2017 Tony Awards. The two-time Tony Award winner and Oscar recipient joins the previously announced Baayork Lee, Nina Lannan, and Alan Wasser as honorary recipients at the 71st annual ceremony, set for June 11 at Radio City Music Hall.
“James Earl Jones has given us a lifetime of unforgettable performances on the stage, and his voice resonates through generations. His legacy is unmatched and his work has had an impact not only on Broadway but across the entire galaxy!” Heather Hitchens, President of the American Theatre Wing, and Charlotte St. Martin, President of The Broadway League, said in a joint statement.
Jones last appeared on Broadway opposite Cicely Tyson in the 2015 revival of The Gin Game. He won Tony Awards for his performances in Fences and The Great White Hope; his additional New York stage credits include You Can’t Take It With You, The Best Man, Driving Miss Daisy, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, On Golden Pond, “Master Harold”…and the boys, Othello, and The Iceman Cometh. He recently starred in The Night of the Iguana at the American Repertory Theater.
The actor also received an honorary Academy Award in 2012; he was previously Oscar-nominated for the screen adaptation of The Great White Hope. His additional memorable roles include Darth Vader in Star Wars and Mufasa in The Lion King—a performance he will reprise in Disney’s 2019 live action adaptation.