View Comments “James Earl Jones has continually championed the American theatre with his memorable performances and advocacy on behalf of the Wing,” said American Theatre Wing President Heather Hitchens in a statement. “He embodies the definition of a working actor, and we are delighted to have the opportunity to honor and pay tribute to all that he has done to elevate the art form.” The American Theatre Wing will honor stage and screen legend James Earl Jones at its annual gala next year. The You Can’t Take It With You star is an alum of the American Theatre Wing Professional School. The event will be held on September 28, 2015 at New York’s Plaza Hotel. Jones garnered Tony Awards for his performances in Fences and The Great White Hope and additional nominations for On Golden Pond and The Best Man. His other Broadway credits include Driving Miss Daisy, Othello, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Of Mice and Men and The Iceman Cometh. His many film roles include Clear and Present Danger, the first Star Wars trilogy, Field of Dreams and The Man. He was nominated for an Oscar in 1971 for The Great White Hope.
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