Actor Robert Earl Jones photographed by Carl Van Vechten in 1938. The father of James Earl Jones, he appeared in Oscar Michaeux films, on Broadway and with Robert Redford in “The Sting”. In the 1930s, he was a boxer and the sparring partner of Joe Louis. Blacklisted in the 1950s, he appeared in an uncredited role as the club employee who offers Harry Belafonte a “piece of iron” in the 1959 film noir “Odds Against Tomorrow”. Mr. Jones died in 2006 at the age of 96.
They don’t make em like this anymore…