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James Earl Jones (1931-) "The Great White Hope" (1970)

The Tony and Emmy Award-winning actor and the voice of "Star Wars'" Darth Vader earned a lead actor nomination reprising his Broadway triumph in 1970's "The Great White Hope" as a black boxer who keeps winning over white opponents in the years prior to World War I. Three years ago, he earned an honorary Academy Award for "his legacy of consistent excellence and uncommon versatility."Al Seib / Los Angeles Times