James Earl Jones to be honored with the 2017 ‘Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in The Theatre’
Two-time Tony Award winner and icon of stage and screen James Earl Jones will be this year’s recipient of the “Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre.” In 1957 James Earl Jones made his Broadway debut. Since that time he has performed on stage, television, and in films and continues to receive accolades from every corner of the entertainment industry. In addition to having won two Tony Awards for his work on Broadway in “The Great White Hope” and “Fences,” Jones has garnered much praise for more recent stage roles including those he performed in the Broadway productions of “On Golden Pond,” “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” “Driving Miss Daisy,” “The Best Man,” “You Can’t Take It With You” and “The Gin Game.” Among his numerous and distinguished awards, Jones has received the National Medal of Arts, The John F. Kennedy Center Honor and most recently in 2011, The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presented him with an honorary Oscar. James Earl Jones’ voice is known by people of all ages and walks of life, from Star Wars fans who have long recognized him as the voice of Darth Vader, to children for whom he is Mufasa from Disney’s “The Lion King.” “James Earl Jones has given us a lifetime of unforgettable performances on the stage, and his voice resonates through generations. His legacy is unmatched and his work has had an impact not only on Broadway but across the entire galaxy!” states Heather Hitchens, President of the American Theatre Wing, and Charlotte St. Martin, President of The Broadway League, said. The American Theatre Wing’s 71st Annual Tony Awards, hosted by Tony and Academy Award-winning actor Kevin Spacey, will air live from Radio City Music Hall on the CBS Television Network on Sunday, June 11, 2017 8:00-11:00 pm.