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James Earl Jones - With the war intensifying in Korea, Jones expected to be sent to the war as soon as he received his commission as a second lieutenant. As he waited for his orders, he worked as a part-time stage crew hand at the Ramsdell Theatre in Manistee, Michigan, where he had earlier performed. Jones was commissioned in mid 1953 and reported to Fort Benning to attend Infantry Officers Basic Course. He then attended Ranger School and received his Ranger Tab (although he stated during an interview on the BBC's The One Show, screened on November 11, 2009, that he "washed out" of Ranger training). He was initially to report to Fort Leonard Wood, but his unit was instead sent to establish a cold weather training command at the Camp Hale near Leadville, Colorado. His battalion became a training unit in the rugged terrain of the Rocky Mountains. Jones was promoted to first lieutenant prior to his discharge. Actor James Earl Jones at bat backstage while rehearing in Los Angeles, March 2, 1987 for his starring role in the new August Wilson play "Fences." (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

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FILE - This Jan. 7, 2013 file photo shows actor James Earl Jones in Sydney, Australia. Jones is coming back to Broadway in a play that’s almost as old as he is. The 87-year-old two-time Tony Award-winner will star in a fall revival of “You Can’t Take It With You,” the 1936 comedy about a wealthy uptight family meeting an off-kilter one was written by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman. Scott Ellis will direct. Previews will begin in August, with official opening set for Sept. 28 at a theater to be announced. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, File)

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James Earl Jones in a scene from "Gimme Shelter." (AP Photo/Roadside Attractions)

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James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave, co-stars in a London stage production of "Driving Miss Daisy," will both be honored by the film academy this weekend. (Associated Press)

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Vanessa Redgrave and James Earl Jones in the Broadway premiere of Alfred Uhry's Pulitzer Prize winning "Driving Miss Daisy", now in performances at The Golden Theater (252 W. 45th Street). (AP Photo/The O and M Co., Annabel Clark)