Billy Bob Thornton
Actor, filmmaker, singer-songwriter
Billy Bob Thornton
William Robert "Billy Bob" Thornton is an American actor, screenwriter, director and musician. Thornton gained early recognition as a cast member on the CBS sitcom Hearts Afire and in several early 1990s films including On Deadly Ground and Tombstone. In the mid-1990s, after writing, directing, and starring in the independent film Sling Blade, he won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.
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The Ever-Sophisticated 'Grimm' Star Bitsie Tulloch Looks Toward A Bright Future
Huffington Post - 10 days
"I love doing period pieces!" Gushed the classically stunning actress of both The Artist and Parkland, San Diego native Bitsie Tulloch, finishing the thought by saying; "When you get to be in wardrobe from another time it's so much easier to envision being there." And luckily for the enchanting starlet, her timeless beauty and poised talent can translate to any moment in history from the renaissance to the present. Elegant and statuesque in a Mad Men like way, Tulloch could very easily party with Don Draper and Holly Golightly one second, then immediately transform into an upper-class mademoiselle ready to walk down the stairs of the Titanic the next, while always managing to be able to play someone completely contemporary that the every girl can relate to in modern day. And perhaps that is why the fan-favorite actress has become so vehemently adored with such a loyal fan-base. On the cult phenomenon Grimm, Tulloch has really managed to tap into the sweet spot of all of her mos ...
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Why Billy Bob Thornton Thanked the Late 'Goliath' PA Luke Scott at the Golden Globes
ABC News - about 2 months
Thornton won the best actor in a TV drama award.
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Everything You Need To Know Before Sunday's Golden Globes, Including Who Will Win
Huffington Post - about 2 months
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Movie Pass: 'Bad Santa 2'
CNN - 3 months
Billy Bob Thornton is back in the Santa suit for "Bad Santa 2."
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Box office preview: Moana makes waves ahead of top weekend debut - Entertainment Weekly
Google News - 3 months
Entertainment Weekly Box office preview: Moana makes waves ahead of top weekend debut Entertainment Weekly As a crowded slate of wide releases dropped into theaters on Wednesday, the holiday weekend box office is shaping up to be a bountiful one. Disney's Moana, Warren Beatty's Rules Don't Apply, Jessica Chastain's Miss Sloane, Billy Bob Thornton's Bad ... 'Moana' cracks 'Frozen's Thanksgiving weekend box office recordLos Angeles Times Disney's 'Moana' Surpasses 'Frozen' in Pre-Thanksgiving Box OfficeNew York Times 'Moana' Tops Box Office With $15.7 Million On Thanksgiving EveCounsel & Heal International Business Times, India Edition -Times of India -TheWrap -The Guardian all 23 news articles »
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Billy Bob Thornton, the beating heart beneath the positively profane 'Bad Santa 2'
LATimes - 3 months
You shouldn’t care about Billy Bob Thornton’s opinion. Not because he doesn’t have one, but because the actor isn’t sure what makes his thoughts any more significant than the next guy’s. Thornton, 61, tends to underestimate himself, though. In fact, he’s made a career of playing underestimated...
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5 Things We Learned From Billy Bob Thornton's Outrageously Candid GQ Profile
Huffington Post - 4 months
Billy Bob Thornton truly opens up in what might be the most candid interview ever with GQ magazine.  The “Bad Santa 2” actor talks about everything from his ex-wife Angelina Jolie to My Little Pony and Komodo dragons. Here are just five of the many things we learned about the star:  1. He thought Angelina Jolie was too good for him. When asked about his two-year marriage to Jolie, the actor said, “I never felt good enough for her,” later adding, “I’m real uncomfortable around rich and important people.”  Thornton and Jolie officially divorced in 2003, but the actor revealed they’re still friends and even talk on occasion. Plus, Thornton still has a visible tattoo of Jolie’s name on his leg.  2. He thinks movie critics ruin everything.  Especially because of their not-so-great-track record with liking sequels.  “’Oh, my God, did you see ‘Joe Dirt 2?’ It’s atrocious.’ Who gives a shit? Then don’t go see it. Don’t write about it, you know?” Thornton said when t ...
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How Zayn Malik Is Shifting The Narrative Of Men With Eating Disorders
Huffington Post - 4 months
“Something I’ve never talked about in public before, but which I have come to terms with since leaving the band, is that I was suffering from an eating disorder.” These are the powerful words Zayn Malik shares in his new autobiography, Zayn. That’s right: one of the most visible and popular male pop stars (a man of color, at that) has admitted to having issues with food. This is huge. In an excerpt from the book posted by MTV on Tuesday, Malik admitted that his eating disorder was “quite serious,” exacerbated by the pressures of fame that came with being in the biggest boy band in the UK.  “It wasn’t as though I had any concerns about my weight or anything like that. I’d just go for days — sometimes two or three days straight — without eating anything at all,” Malik writes. “I think it was about control,” the singer added. “I didn’t feel like I had control over anything else in my life, but food was something I could control, so I did.” The history of male celebrities spe ...
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Woodstock Film Festival Wraps 17th Edition With Industry Awards Bash
Huffington Post - 4 months
Kingston NY...The Woodstock Film Festival's Oct. 15 Maverick Awards Ceremony celebrated 17 years of film presentations, panels, concerts and events with a Hollywood-style party attended by industry movers and shakers including Academy Award® winning director Alejandro González Iñárritu who presented the Festival's Trailblazer award to David Linde, executive producer of Iñárritu's Oscar-winning film, Biutiful, and CEO of Participant Media. Photo Credit: Ben Caswell Alejandro González Iñárritu, Meira Blaustein and David Linde Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Oren Moverman received this year's Fiercely Independent Award from presenter Ben Foster, who starred in Moverman's 2009 film The Messenger. The prolific writer, director and producer went on to direct Rampart, Time out of Mind and the upcoming film starring Richard Gere, The Dinner. Documentary filmmaker and Woodstock local Leon Gast received the Lifetime Achievement Award from filmmaker/director Barbara Kopple. Gast' ...
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What’s on TV Friday: ‘Goliath’ and ‘Haters Back Off!’
NYTimes - 4 months
Billy Bob Thornton plays a fallen lawyer in David E. Kelley’s “Goliath.” And Colleen Ballinger brings Miranda Sings, her YouTube alter ego, to “Haters Back Off!”
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Billy Bob Thornton on ‘Goliath,’ Battling Hollywood and ‘Bad Santa 2′
Wall Street Journal - 5 months
'I’ve been at the top of the mountain and the lowest valley and all over the place,' he says.
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Billy Bob Thornton Plays a Lawyer in ‘Goliath.’ A Drunkard, Too.
NYTimes - 5 months
David E. Kelley’s new legal series represents a change of venue from broadcast TV. Making it for Amazon, he says, means “characters can have more time and room.”
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6 Lessons Every Couple Can Learn From Brangelina's Divorce
Huffington Post - 5 months
It’s impossible to escape reports about Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s ongoing (and increasingly messy) split. While Brangelina’s divorce is the headlines, experts say non-celeb couples could learn a thing or two from their mistakes.  Below, parenting, marriage and legal experts share six takeaways from the power couple’s marriage and separation.  1. Every relationship is vulnerable, even the ones that appear perfect. On the surface, Pitt and Jolie had the perfect life together: As a couple,they traveled the world to assist with humanitarian crises and co-starred in movies (albeit critically panned ones). They have six adorable kids, own multiple properties across the world ― and in their spare time, they even managed to produce a wine that was deemed the “best Rosé in the world” back in 2013. But as their divorce proves, even golden couples have their issues, said Aaron Anderson, a marriage and family therapist in Denver, Colorado. “Treat your marriage like it is deli ...
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6 Lessons Every Couple Can Learn From Brangelina's Divorce
Huffington Post - 5 months
It’s impossible to escape reports about Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s ongoing (and increasingly messy) split. While Brangelina’s divorce is the headlines, experts say non-celeb couples could learn a thing or two from their mistakes.  Below, parenting, marriage and legal experts share six takeaways from the power couple’s marriage and separation.  1. Every relationship is vulnerable, even the ones that appear perfect. On the surface, Pitt and Jolie had the perfect life together: As a couple,they traveled the world to assist with humanitarian crises and co-starred in movies (albeit critically panned ones). They have six adorable kids, own multiple properties across the world ― and in their spare time, they even managed to produce a wine that was deemed the “best Rosé in the world” back in 2013. But as their divorce proves, even golden couples have their issues, said Aaron Anderson, a marriage and family therapist in Denver, Colorado. “Treat your marriage like it is deli ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Billy Bob Thornton
    FIFTIES
  • 2014
    Age 58
    Though he once said that he likely would not marry again, saying that he believes marriage "doesn't work" for him, his representatives confirmed that he and Angland were married on October 22, 2014 in Los Angeles.
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    On October 30, 2014, on The Big Bang Theory, he played a middle-aged urologist who gets excited about every woman who touches him.
    More Details Hide Details He showed the boys his collection of film memorabilia. During the late 1990s, Thornton, who has had a lifelong love for music, began a hobby as a singer-songwriter. He released a roots rock album titled Private Radio in 2001, and three more albums, The Edge of the World (2003), Hobo (2005) and Beautiful Door (2007). Thornton's manager, David Spero, helped his Edge of the World album get off the ground with a summer tour. Thornton was the singer of a blues rock band named Tres Hombres. Guitarist Billy Gibbons referred to the band as "The best little cover band in Texas", and Thornton bears a tattoo with the band's name on it. He performed the Warren Zevon song The Wind on the tribute album Enjoy Every Sandwich: Songs of Warren Zevon. Thornton recorded a cover of the Johnny Cash classic "Ring of Fire" with Earl Scruggs, for the Oxford American magazine's Southern Music CD in 2001. The song also appeared on Scruggs' 2001 album Earl Scruggs and Friends.
    In 2014, Thornton starred as sociopathic hitman Lorne Malvo in the FX miniseries Fargo, based on the 1996 film of the same name, for which he won a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Mini-Series.
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    In 2014, Thornton starred as Lorne Malvo in the first season of the anthology series Fargo, earning a nomination for the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie at the Emmy Awards and won Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV Film at the 72nd Golden Globe Awards.
    More Details Hide Details He has been vocal about his disrespect for celebrity culture, choosing to keep his life out of the public eye. However, the attention of the media has proven unavoidable in certain cases, his marriage to Angelina Jolie being a notable example. Thornton has appeared in at least one film per year nearly every year since 1991. Thornton has written a variety of films, usually set in the Southern United States and mainly co-written with Tom Epperson, including A Family Thing (1996) and The Gift (2000). After Sling Blade, he directed several other films, including Daddy and Them (2001), All the Pretty Horses (2000), and Jayne Mansfield's Car (2012). Thornton has received the President's Award from Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, a Special Achievement Award from National Board of Review, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He was also nominated for an Emmy Award, four Golden Globes, and three Screen Actors Guild Awards. In addition to film work, Thornton began a career as a singer-songwriter. He has released four solo albums and is the vocalist of a blues rock band The Boxmasters.
  • 2008
    Age 52
    In September 2008, he starred in the action film Eagle Eye.
    More Details Hide Details He has also expressed an interest in directing another film, possibly a period piece about cave explorer Floyd Collins, based on the book Trapped! The Story of Floyd Collins.
  • 2007
    Age 51
    More recent films include 2007 drama The Astronaut Farmer and the comedy Mr. Woodcock, in which he played a sadistic gym teacher.
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  • 2006
    Age 50
    Thornton is a baseball fan; his favorite team is the St. Louis Cardinals, and he has said that his childhood dream was to play for them. He narrated The 2006 World Series Film, the year-end retrospective DVD chronicling the Cardinals' championship season.
    More Details Hide Details He is also a professed fan of the Indianapolis Colts football team.
    He appeared in the 2006 comic film School for Scoundrels.
    More Details Hide Details In the film, he plays a self-help doctor, which was written specifically for him.
  • FORTIES
  • 2004
    Age 48
    Later that year, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on October 7, 2004.
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    In 2004, Thornton played David Crockett in The Alamo.
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  • 2003
    Age 47
    In 2003, Thornton began a relationship with makeup effects crew member Connie Angland, with whom he has a daughter named Bella.
    More Details Hide Details They reside in Los Angeles, California.
    Thornton played a malicious mall Santa in 2003's Bad Santa, a black comedy that performed well at the box office and established him as a leading comic actor, and in the same year, portrayed a womanizing President of the United States in the British romantic comedy film Love Actually.
    More Details Hide Details He stated that, following the success of Bad Santa, audiences "like to watch him play that kind of guy" and that "casting directors call him up when they need an asshole". He referred to this when he said that "it's kinda that simple... you know how narrow the imagination in this business can be".
  • 2002
    Age 46
    They separated in June 2002 and divorced the following year.
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  • 2001
    Age 45
    Additionally, he has stated that he has a fear of certain types of silverware, a trait assumed by his character Hank Grotowski in 2001's Monster's Ball, in which Grotowski insists on a plastic spoon for his daily bowl of chocolate ice cream.
    More Details Hide Details In a 2004 interview with The Independent, Thornton explained: "It's just that I won't use real silver. You know, like the big, old, heavy-ass forks and knives, I can't do that. It's the same thing as the antique furniture. I just don't like old stuff. I'm creeped out by it, and I have no explanation why... I don't have a phobia about American antiques, it's mostly French — you know, like the big, old, gold-carved chairs with the velvet cushions. The Louis XIV type. That's what creeps me out. I can spot the imitation antiques a mile off. They have a different vibe. Not as much dust."
    In 2001, he directed Daddy and Them while securing starring roles in three Hollywood films: Monster's Ball, Bandits, and The Man Who Wasn't There, for which he received many awards.
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  • 2000
    Age 44
    In 2000, Thornton appeared in Travis Tritt's music video for the song "Modern Day Bonnie and Clyde".
    More Details Hide Details His screen persona has been described by the press as that of a "tattooed, hirsute man's man". He appeared in several major film roles following the success of Sling Blade, including 1998's Armageddon and A Simple Plan.
    Also in 2000, an early script which he and Tom Epperson wrote together was made into The Gift.
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    He adapted the book All the Pretty Horses into a 2000 film of the same name.
    More Details Hide Details The negative experience (he was forced to cut more than an hour of footage) led to his decision to never direct another film; a subsequent release, Daddy and Them, had been filmed earlier.
  • 1998
    Age 42
    In 1998, Thornton portrayed the James Carville-like Richard Jemmons in Primary Colors.
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  • 1997
    Age 41
    Thornton was engaged to be married to actress Laura Dern, whom he dated from 1997 to 1999, but in 2000, he married actress Angelina Jolie, with whom he starred in Pushing Tin (1999) and who is almost 20 years his junior.
    More Details Hide Details The marriage became known for the couple's eccentric displays of affection, which reportedly included wearing vials of each other's blood around their necks; Thornton later clarified that the "vials" were actually two small lockets, each containing only a single drop of blood. Thornton and Jolie announced the adoption of a child from Cambodia in March 2002, but it was later revealed that Jolie had adopted the child as a single parent.
  • 1996
    Age 40
    He went on to write, direct, and star in the 1996 independent film Sling Blade.
    More Details Hide Details The film, an expansion of the short film Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade, introduced the story of a mentally handicapped man imprisoned for a gruesome and seemingly inexplicable murder. Sling Blade garnered international acclaim. Thornton's screenplay earned him an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, a Writers Guild of America Award, and an Edgar Award, while his performance received Oscar and Screen Actors Guild nominations for Best Actor.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1993
    Age 37
    In 1993, Thornton married Playboy model Pietra Dawn Cherniak, with whom he had three sons, Harry James, Ryan, and William; the marriage ended in 1997, with Cherniak accusing Thornton of spousal abuse.
    More Details Hide Details Son Ryan has followed in his father footsteps as an comedic actor in sketch comedy troupe "Free Pizza".
  • 1992
    Age 36
    His role as the villain in 1992's One False Move, which he also co-wrote, brought him to the attention of critics.
    More Details Hide Details He also had small roles in the 1990s films Indecent Proposal, On Deadly Ground, Bound by Honor, and Tombstone.
  • 1990
    Age 34
    From 1990 to 1992, he was married to actress Cynda Williams, whom he cast in his writing debut, One False Move (1992).
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  • 1987
    Age 31
    He also made an appearance as a pawn store clerk in the 1987 Matlock episode "The Photographer".
    More Details Hide Details Another one of his early screen roles was as a cast member on the CBS sitcom Hearts Afire.
  • 1986
    Age 30
    Thornton married actress Toni Lawrence in 1986; they separated the following year and divorced in 1988.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1980
    Age 24
    Thornton's first screen role was in 1980's South of Reno, where he played a small role as a counter man in a restaurant.
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  • 1978
    Age 22
    Thornton has married six times, with the first five marriages ending in divorce, and he has five children by three women. From 1978 to 1980, he was married to Melissa Lee Gatlin, with whom he had a daughter, Amanda.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1973
    Age 17
    He graduated from high school in 1973.
    More Details Hide Details A good high school baseball player, he tried out for the Kansas City Royals, but was released after an injury. After a short period laying asphalt for the Arkansas State Transportation Department, he attended Henderson State University to pursue studies in psychology, but dropped out after two semesters. In the mid-1980s, Thornton settled in Los Angeles to pursue his career as an actor, with future writing partner Tom Epperson. He initially had a difficult time succeeding as an actor, and worked in telemarketing, offshore wind farming, and fast food management between auditioning for acting jobs. He also played drums and sang with South African rock band Jack Hammer. While Thornton worked as a waiter for an industry event, he served film director and screenwriter Billy Wilder. Thornton struck up a conversation with Wilder, who advised Thornton to consider a career as a screenwriter.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1955
    Born
    Born in 1955.
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