Finding My Voice

James Earl Jones on the men who taught him how to speak

From the age of 4 1/2 to 14, I rarely spoke. That's because I am a stutterer--even now, after a long career as an actor. I understand there are some wonderful techniques used today to solve a problem like mine, but in my day I just had Professor Crouch. Donald Crouch was a professor who had known Robert Frost and had taught at some of the same Midwestern universities. He retired to this small community in Brethren, Mich., where my high school was--and he couldn't stand it. So he dropped his plow--he was a farmer--and came down to our little agricultural...

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