The Playgoer: Robert Earl Jones

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Saturday, September 23, 2006

Robert Earl Jones

The father of James Earl Jones died this week, at 96, and his obit is fascinating. Sparring partner to Joe Louis, WPA worker, and prolific New York stage actor well into his later years. Another of the great careers in the African American theatre, alas lived under the radar.

Robert Earl Jones, at 28 years old in 1938.

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