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James Earl Jones (born January 17, 1931) is an actor noted for his work on stage, film, and television, including the plays The Great White Hope and Fences; films such as Dr. StrangeloveField of Dreams, and Patriot Games; and providing the voice of Darth Vader in the Star Wars series. Jones, who had studied acting with Will Lee (Mr. Hooper), is considered by Sesame Workshop to be the first celebrity guest on Sesame Street, since inserts of the actor reciting the alphabet and counting numbers appeared in the unbroadcast test pilots and heavily influenced the show's pedagogical models. These inserts were later included in first season episodes, beginning with episode 0002. However, Jones didn't originally think the show would last and thought the Muppets were the problem; he told Matt Robinson that "this Muppet business has got to go, kids will be terrified."In 1979, Jones hosted the Sesame Street 10th anniversary tape called "Jack Tour Stroll Around Sesame Street" released June 24, 1979.