The fictional African kingdom of Zumunda has issued a royal decree in honor of their king, James Earl Jones, on his 90th birthday.
“Official Statement from the Royals of Zamunda: Our exalted ruler of Zamunda and cinematic icon turns 90-years-old this Sunday, January 17th,” the message reads. “Please join us in wishing James Earl Jones the most royal of birthdays! #HappyBirthdayJEJ.”
While Jones may only be a king on the big screen, the Emmy, Tony, Grammy and honorary Oscar winner has made a royal effort over his 70-plus year career.
Described as “one of the greatest actors in American history,” for his performances in film, theater and television, Jones has starred in numerous critically-acclaimed projects including The Great White Hope, August Wilson‘s Fences, and Claudine. He also lent his voice to iconic characters like Star Wars‘ Darth Vadar and Mufasa in Disney’s The Lion King.
Up next, Jones will reprise his role as King Jaffe Joffer, in the upcoming sequel to the 1988 original film Coming to America.
Coming 2 America, which includes original cast members like Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall and John Amos, is set be released digitally on Prime Video on March 5, 2021.
Happy birthday, James!
By Candice Williams
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