DEAD: Robert Earl Jones

DEAD: ON THIS DATE

Robert Earl Jones (aged 96)
American actor (The Sting)

Robert Earl Jones (February 3, 1910 – September 7, 2006), sometimes credited as Earl Jones, was an African American actor and prizefighter. One of the first prominent African-American film stars, Jones was a living link with the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and 1930s, having worked with Langston Hughes early in his career.

DEATH: Jones was married three times. As a young man, he married Ruth Connolly (died 1986) in 1931; they had a son, James Earl Jones. Jones and Connolly separated before James was born in 1931. The couple divorced in 1933. Jones did not come to know his son until the mid-1950s. Jones married two other times, to Jumelle Jones from 1938 to 1950, and Ruth Williams from 1960 until her death in 1981. He fathered a second child. Jones died on September 7, 2006, in Englewood, New Jersey, from natural causes at the age of 96.

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