James Earl Jones to get SAG life achievement award

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LOS ANGELES-James Earl Jones, who has voiced some of entertainment’s most memorable characters, will receive the 2008 Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award. SAG President Alan Rosenberg called Jones “a vocal presence without peer” and lau

LOS ANGELES–James Earl Jones, who has voiced some of entertainment’s most memorable characters, will receive the 2008 Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award.

SAG President Alan Rosenberg called Jones “a vocal presence without peer” and lauded his TV, film and stage work.

“His long and quiet devotion to advancing literacy, the arts and humanities on a national and local scale deserves our appreciation,” Rosenberg said Thursday.

Jones, who said he was mute as a child because of a stuttering problem, credits reading with helping him find his voice.

“Through a love of reading, I was able to overcome my muteness and pursue a career in which my voice would be my most prominent asset,” the 77-year-old actor said.

He will be presented with the award on Jan. 25.  AP

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