The Tony Awards Administration Committee announced today that 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.
Jones made his Broadway debut in 1958’s Sunrise At Campobello and would win two Tony Awards, for The Great White Hope (1969) and Fences (1987). A larger-than-life figure in theater, television and film for over half a century Jones also was Tony nominated for On Golden Pond (2005) and Gore Vidal’s The Best Man (2012). Recent Broadway appearances include Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Driving Miss Daisy and You Can’t Take It With You.
The 71st Tony Awards, hosted by Kevin Spacey, will air live from Radio City Music Hall on the CBS Television Network on June 11 beginning at 8 P.M.