‘Star Wars’ Actor Honored With Theater Named After Them

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STAR WARS: EPISODE VI - RETURN OF THE JEDI, Darth Vader, Mark Hamill, 1983

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James Earl Jones is considered one of the most versatile actors and his legacy has now led to the 90-year-old actor getting his own theater.

James Earl Jones and David Prowse as Darth Vader
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Most fans would know about Jones for his voice acting in the Star Wars universe as the Dark Lord of the Sith. Despite Vader appearing in Obi-Wan Kenobi, Jones’ voice wasn’t used for the series as the show used voice replicator software.

The last Star Wars movie Jones helped with would be Rogue One (2016) which gave fans some much-needed scenes with the Sith Lord. Now, Vader is not only a staple of pop culture, but one of the most legendary characters to ever exist thanks to the costume design and of course, Vader’s menacing voice.

Darth Vader wielding Reva's Lightsaber
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Formerly known as the Cort theater, the Shubert Organization decided that they should rename the theater after the legendary actor. The ceremony took place a few days with James Earl Jones getting an early tour since he couldn’t make it to the dedication ceremony.

Several actors attended the ceremony such as Samuel L. Jackson, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Norm Lewis, and even the New York City Mayor, Eric Adams.


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The new theater released a video celebrating the event with Jones as he was excited to see the 110-year-old building dedicated in his honor. Here’s the Tiktok video for those who want to see it:

The Cort Theatre is officially the JAMES EARL JONES THEATRE!!!


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Kenny Leon shared he couldn’t think of another American artist who deserved this honor when talking to the Associated Press:

“It means everything. You can’t think of an artist that has served America more.”

Darth Vader walking away from his chambers
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Jones has spent many years acting in theater, movies, and even on television. His acting career is not only prolific but very memorable as he is considered to be very influential to other African American actors. Now, fans can celebrate that Jones’ legacy will live on with his very own theater which is not something every great actor is blessed to have.

Do you plan to visit the James Earl Jones theater soon? 

Star Wars may be about a galaxy far, far away, but it’s full of amazing stories and characters. Fortunately, those stories continue to be made as Lucasfilm promises to tell character-driven stories in Obi-Wan Kenobi, Andor, Ahsoka, The Acolyte, and of course, The Mandalorian. While the Disney+ series has become the new norm for Star Wars, Taika Waititi is making a movie, and of course, Patty Jenkin’s Rogue Squadron is in the works.

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