'The Sting,' Broadway Actor Jones Dies at 96
The veteran actor passed away on Thursday, Sept. 7 at the Lillian Booth Actors' Home in Englewood, New Jersey, report news sources.
Robert Earl Jones was reportedly born in 1911, although family sources claim he was born seven years earlier, but allegedly lied about his age during his boxing career. He was a third-grade dropout who was a sharecropper and then a pugilist before becoming an actor in New York City.
Early in his career, writer
He often appeared alongside his son James Earl Jones on the stage.
He's probably best known for his role as an aging con man alongside
In 1983, he founded the Harlem Folklore Theater (later renamed the Earl Jones Institute for Film & Television) in New York City to assist women and minorities to pursue acting careers. His son Matthew succeeded him as president of the organization in 2004.
Jones was also a frequent marathon runner and last participated in the New York City marathon in 1996.
Besides James Earl Jones, he is also survived by son Matthew Earl Jones and a grandson.