Thornton, Billy Bob 1955(?)–
THORNTON, Billy Bob 1955(?)–
Some sources cite full name as William Robert Thornton; born August 4, 1955 (some sources cite 1956), in Hot Springs (some sources cite Alpine), AR; son of Billy Ray (a high school history teacher and coach) and Virginia (a psychic) Thornton; married Melissa Lee Gatlin (an actress), 1978 (divorced, 1980); married Toni Lawrence (an actress), 1986 (divorced, 1988); married Cynda Williams (an actress), 1990 (divorced, 1992); married Pietra Dawn Cherniak, February 18, 1993 (divorced, April, 1997); married Angelina Jolie (an actress), May 5, 2000 (divorced, May 27, 2003); children: (first marriage) Amanda; (fourth marriage) William Langston ("Willie"), Harry; (fifth marriage) Maddox. Education: Attended Henderson State University in the 1970s.
Addresses: Agent— Creative Artists Agency, 9830 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212. Manager— Industry Entertainment, 955 South Carrillo Dr., Suite 300, Los Angeles, CA 90048. Publicist— Rogers & Cowan Public Relations, 1888 Century Park East, Suite 500, Los Angeles, CA 90067. Contact— http://www. billybobthornton.net.
Career: Actor, director, producer, and writer. Affiliated with Meathouse Productions, a film production company. Singer and drummer, both as a solo artist and as a member of rock and blues bands, including Tres Hombres. Also worked as a factory worker, pizza maker, and waiter. Appeared in public service announcements and involved with charities, including fund–raising concerts.
Member: Screen Actors Guild.
Awards, Honors: International Fantasy Film Award (with Tom Epperson), Fantasporto, best screenplay, and Independent Spirit Award nomination (with Tom Epperson), both best screenplay, 1993, for One False Move; Academy Award, best screenplay adaptation, Writers Guild of America Award, best screenplay based on material previously produced or published, Independent Spirit Award (with others), best first feature, National Board of Review Award, special achievement in filmmaking, Academy Award nomination, best actor, Screen Actors Guild Award nomination, outstanding performance by a male actor in a leading role, and Screen Actors Guild Award nomination (with others), outstanding performance by a cast, all 1996, Edgar Award, Edgar Allan Poe awards, best motion picture, Chicago Film Critics Association Award, best actor, and Golden Satellite Award nominations, best motion picture screenplay—original and best performance by an actor in a motion picture—drama, all 1997, all for Sling Blade; President's Award, Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, 1997; Boston Society of Film Critics Award, Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award, Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award, and Academy Award nomination, all best supporting actor, Golden Globe Award nomination, best performance by an actor in a supporting role in a motion picture, and Screen Actors Guild Award nomination, outstanding performance by a male actor in a supporting role, all 1998, San Diego Film Critics Society Award, Online Film Critics Society Award, Chicago Film Critics Association Award, and Saturn Award nomination, Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, all best supporting actor, and Golden Satellite Award nomination, best performance by an actor in a supporting role in a motion picture—drama, all 1999, all for A Simple Plan; Broadcast Film Critics Association Award, best supporting actor, 1999, for A Simple Plan and Primary Colors; Blockbuster Entertainment Award nomination, favorite supporting actor—sci–fi, 1999, for Armageddon; Daytime Emmy Award nomination (with others), outstanding special class special, 2000, for Film Preservation Classics with Billy Bob Thornton; Grand Prix nomination, Paris Film Festival, 2001, for All the Pretty Horses; Saturn Award nomination (with Tom Epperson), best writing, 2001, for The Gift; Maverick Tribute Award, Cinequest San Jose Film Festival, 2001; National Board of Review Award, best actor, 2001, and Florida Film Critics Circle Award, best actor, 2002, both for Monster's Ball, The Man Who Wasn't There, and Bandits; ALFS Award, London Critics Circle, actor of the year, Southeastern Film Critics Association Award, Florida Film Critics Circle Award, and Online Film Critics Society Award, all best actor, 2001, Golden Globe Award nomination, best performance by an actor in a motion picture—drama, Empire Award nomination, best actor, Saturn Award nomination, best actor, and AFI Film Award nomination, AFI actor of the year—male—movies, all 2002, DVD Premiere Award nomination (with others), best audio commentary—new release, 2003, all for The Man Who Wasn't There; Golden Globe Award nomination, best performance by an actor in a motion picture—musical or comedy, 2002, for Bandits; Golden Satellite Award nomination, best performance by an actor in a motion picture—drama, 2002, for Monster's Ball; Horton Foote Special Achievement Award, screenplay writing, 2003; Golden Globe Award nomination, best performance by an actor in a motion picture—musical or comedy, 2004, for Bad Santa; Beatrice Wood Film Award (with others).
Billy Bob, Hunter's Blood, Concorde, 1987.
Counterman, South of Reno, Castle Hill, 1988.
Dave, Going Overboard (also known as Babes Ahoy ), 1989.
Donny, Chopper Chicks in Zombietown (also known as Cycle Sluts ), New Line Cinema, 1989.
Marine sergeant in Korea, For the Boys, Twentieth Century–Fox, 1991.
Ray Malcolm, One False Move, IRS Releasing, 1991.
Coldface, Trouble Bound, ITC Entertainment Group, 1992.
Day tripper, Indecent Proposal, Paramount, 1993.
Langston, The Killing Box (also known as Ghost Brigade, Ghost Brigade: The Killing Box, Grey Knight, and Grey Night ), 1993.
Lightning, Bound by Honor (also known as Blood In, Blood Out and Blood In, Blood Out ... Bound by Honor ), Buena Vista, 1993.
Johnny Tyler, Tombstone, Buena Vista, 1993.
Gun clerk, Floundering, Strand Releasing, 1994.
Homer Carlton, On Deadly Ground (also known as Rainbow Warrior and Spirit Warrior ), Warner Bros., 1994.
Karl Childers, Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade (short film), Headliner Entertainment Group, 1994.
Big George Drakoulious, Dead Man (also known as Jim Jarmusch's Dead Man ), Miramax, 1995.
Roy, The Stars Fell on Henrietta, Warner Bros., 1995.
Karl Childers, Sling Blade (also known as Reckoning ), Miramax, 1996.
Himself, Burn Hollywood Burn (also known as An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn ), Buena Vista, 1997.
Darrell, UTurn (also known as U Turn—Ici commence l'enfer ), Sony Pictures Entertainment, 1997.
Troublemaker, The Apostle, October Films, 1997.
Voice of Jigo in English version, Mononoke–hime (animated; also known as Princess Mononoke ), 1997.
Dan Truman, Armageddon, Buena Vista, 1998.
Jack Mardsen, Homegrown, TriStar, 1998.
Jacob Mitchell, A Simple Plan (also known as A Thousand Miles, Ein einfacher Plan, and Un plan simple ), Paramount, 1998.
Richard Jemmons, Primary Colors (also known as Perfect Couple and Mit aller Macht ), Universal, 1998.
Sid and Monk, A Gun, a Car, a Blonde, Showcase Entertainment, 1998.
Franky Goes to Hollywood (short film), Warner Home Video, 1998.
Brigadier Smalls, South of Heaven, West of Hell, Phaedra Cinema, 1999.
Russell Bell, Pushing Tin (also known as Turbulenzen—und andere Katastrophen ), Twentieth Century–Fox, 1999.
Audience member, Down from the Mountain (documentary), Momentum Pictures, 2000.
Tar, The Last Real Cowboys (short film), 2000.
Johnny Cash: Half Mile a Day (documentary), Image Entertainment, 2004.
Starkers, Texas, 2000.
Himself, Inside "Bandits " (documentary), 2001.
Claude Montgomery, Daddy and Them, Miramax, 2001.
Edward "Ed" Crane, The Man Who Wasn't There, USA Films, 2001.
Hank Grotowski, Monster's Ball (also known as Le bal du monstre ), Lions Gate Films, 2001.
Terry Lee Collins, Bandits, Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer, 2001.
Lonnie Earl Dodd, Waking Up in Reno, Miramax, 2002.
Howard D. Doyle, Intolerable Cruelty, Universal, 2003.
Manuel Jordan, Levity, Columbia, 2003.
President of the United States, Love Actually, Universal, 2003.
Willie T. Stokes, Bad Santa, Dimension Films, 2003.
Coach Gary Gaines, Friday Night Lights, Universal, 2004.
David "Davy" Crockett, The Alamo, Buena Vista, 2004.
Joe, Chrystal, 2004.
The Swedish Job, Seven Arts Entertainment, 2004.
Sling Blade (also known as Reckoning ), Miramax, 1996.
All the Pretty Horses, Columbia/Miramax, 1999.
Daddy and Them, Miramax, 2001.
All the Pretty Horses, Columbia/Miramax, 1999.
Waking Up in Reno, Miramax, 2002.
Television Appearances; Series:
Buck Merrill, The Outsiders, Fox, 1990.
Alvin, Evening Shade, CBS, 1991–1992.
Billy Bob Davis, Hearts Afire, CBS, 1992–1995.
Television Appearances; Movies:
The Man Who Broke 1,000 Chains, HBO, 1987.
Jailbird, Out There, Showtime, 1995.
Jack, The Winner, The Movie Channel, 1996.
Marshall, Don't Look Back, HBO, 1996.
Voice of Hound Dog McDog and CatDog's stepfather, CatDog: The Great Parent Mystery (animated), Nickelodeon, 2001.
Sheriff Darl Hardwick, The Badge, Starz!, 2002.
Television Appearances; Specials:
Rowdy Udall, Living and Working in Space: The Countdown Has Begun, PBS, 1993.
Inside the Academy Awards, TNT, 1997.
Himself, AFI's 100 Years ... 100 Stars, CBS, 1999.
Host, The Concert of the Century for VH1 Save the Music, VH1, 1999.
Host, Film Preservation Classics with Billy Bob Thornton (also known as AMC's Film Preservation Classics with Billy Bob Thornton ), American Movie Classics, 1999.
Himself, Bravo Profiles: Billy Bob Thornton (also known as Billy Bob Thornton ), Bravo, 2000.
Himself, Inside TV Land: The Andy Griffith Show (documentary), TV Land, 2000.
Presenter, 25 Years of No. 1 Hits: Arista Records' Anniversary Celebration, NBC, 2000.
Himself, Holiday with the Stars, E! Entertainment Television, 2001.
Reel Comedy: Bandits, Comedy Central, 2001.
Himself, Anatomy of a Scene: Monster's Ball, Sundance Channel, 2002.
Himself, A Life of Laughter: Remembering John Ritter, ABC, 2003.
Host and narrator, VH1 Inside Out Warren Zevon: Keep Me in Your Heart (also known as Warren Zevon: Keep Me in Your Heart ), VH1, 2003.
Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:
Himself, The 69th Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 1997.
Himself, A Salute to Martin Scorsese (also known as The American Film Institute Salute to Martin Scorsese and The 25th American Film Institute Life Achievement Award: A Salute to Martin Scorsese ), 1997.
Blockbuster Entertainment Awards, 1997.
Presenter, The 33d Annual Country Music Association Awards, CBS, 1999.
Presenter, The 35th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, CBS, 2000.
Presenter, 2002 ABC World Stunt Awards, ABC, 2002.
AFI Awards 2001, CBS, 2002.
Television Appearances; Episodic:
"The Photographer," Matlock, NBC, 1987.
Florist, "There Once Was a Boy Named Wood," Evening Shade, CBS, 1990.
Timberman, "Letting Go," Knots Landing, CBS, 1992.
Himself, The Late Show with David Letterman (multiple episodes), CBS, 1997.
(Uncredited) The grocer, "The Puppy Episode: Parts 1 & 2," Ellen, ABC, 1997.
Voice of Boyce, "Nine Pretty Darn Angry Men," King of the Hill (animated), Fox, 1998.
Himself, Intimate Portrait: Kelly Preston, Lifetime, 1999.
Intimate Portrait: Laura Dern, Lifetime, 1999.
Narrator, "Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock 'n' Roll," Biography, Arts and Entertainment, 2000.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, NBC, 2000, 2001 (multiple episodes), 2002, 2003 (multiple episodes), and 2004.
Himself, Rove Live, 2001.
Host, Saturday Night Live (also known as NBC's Saturday Night, Saturday Night, and SNL ), NBC, 2001.
Himself, "Everybody Loves Raymond: The First Six Years," Everybody Loves Raymond, CBS, 2002.
Himself, "John Ritter: In Good Company," Biography, Arts and Entertainment, 2002.
The View, ABC, 2002.
(Uncredited) Himself, Banzai, Fox, 2003.
Himself, Late Show with Conan O'Brien, NBC, 2003.
Himself, The Sharon Osbourne Show, syndicated, 2003.
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, CBS, 2003.
Also appeared in episodes of other series, including Inside the Actors Studio, Bravo.
Television Appearances; Pilots:
Billy Bob, Circus, ABC, 1987.
Performed soliloquies that would form the basis of the character Karl Childers, a character who appeared in the films Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade and Sling Blade (also known as Reckoning ).
Private Radio, Lost Highway Records, 2000.
Edge of the World, Sanctuary Records, 2003.
Warren Zevon, The Wind, Artemis Records, 2003.
Also appeared in "It's a Long Way to Richmond," by Travis Tritt; and "Keep Me in Your Heart," by Warren Zevon.
(With Tom Epperson) One False Move, IRS Releasing, 1991.
Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade (short film; based on soliloquies he created for the stage), Headliner Entertainment Group, 1994.
A Family Thing, Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer, 1996.
Sling Blade (based on soliloquies he created for the stage and his short film Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade; also known as Reckoning ), Miramax, 1996.
(With Tom Epperson) The Gift, Paramount, 2000.
Camouflage, PM Entertainment/Sunland Entertainment, 2001.
Daddy and Them, Miramax, 2001.
(And story) Don't Look Back, HBO, 1996.
Created soliloquies that would form the basis of the character Karl Childers, a character who appeared in the films Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade and Sling Blade (also known as Reckoning ).
Billboard, December 7, 2002, p. 82.
Interview, December, 2003, pp. 48–50.
People Weekly, May 22, 2000, pp. 71–72; March 25, 2002, p. 122; June 10, 2002, pp. 130–31; August 5, 2002, pp. 63–64.
Time, November 12, 2001, p. 88.
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