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Billy Bob Thornton

Thornton and his band, The Boxmasters, in concert at Slims in San Francisco, California, September 2007
Born August 4, 1955 (1955-08-04) (age 54)
Hot Springs, Arkansas, U.S.
Occupation Actor, screenwriter, director, musician (vocals/drums)
Years active 1987–present
Spouse(s) Melissa Lee Gatlin
(1978–1980)
Toni Lawrence
(1986–1988)
Cynda Williams
(1990–1992)
Pietra Dawn Cherniak
(1993–1997)
Angelina Jolie
(2000–2003)
Official website
.William Robert "Billy Bob" Thornton [1] (born August 4, 1955) is an American actor, director, musician, playwright and screenwriter.^ Billy Bob Thornton : Oh absolutely.
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^ BILLY BOB THORNTON: (laughs) Right!
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.Thornton's early screen roles was as a cast member on the CBS sitcom Hearts Afire and in several early 1990s films including On Deadly Ground and Tombstone.^ He also had small roles in films like Indecent Proposal, On Deadly Ground , and Tombstone .

^ Thornton first came to semi-prominence as a cast member on the CBS sitcom "Hearts Afire" with John Ritter and Markie Post.

^ He also had small roles in films like Indecent Proposal, On Deadly Ground, and Tombstone.
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.In the mid-1990s, after writing, directing, and starring in the the independent film Sling Blade, he won an Academy Award for Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay).^ Thornton won an Academy Award for his screenplay and a Best Actor nod.
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^ He won an Academy Award for his writing of Sling Blade , while he earned a Best Actor nomination for his performance in the same movie.
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^ He came to fame in the mid 1990s, after writing and starring in the film “Sling Blade”.
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He appeared in several major film roles following Sling Blade 's success, including 1998's Armageddon and A Simple Plan. .During the late 1990s, Thornton, who has had a life-long love for music, began a career as a singer-songwriter.^ During the late 1990s, Thornton, who has had a life-long love for music, began a career as a singer-songwriter.

^ The Edge of the World is Thornton's second musical effort following Private Radio and with The Edge , Thornton has joined his Bandits co-star Bruce Willis in an unabashed love of clichs.
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^ Between songs at his Toronto concert Thursday, Thornton called Gomeshi an “asshole,” claiming Gomeshi had broken a deal not to bring up his acting career during the interview.
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.He released three albums and he was the singer of a blues rock band.^ Thornton was the singer of a blues rock band named "Tres Hombres".

^ Thornton is also a singer-songwriter, and he released his first album titled Private Radio in 2001, followed by two more.
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^ His band has toured America and Canada, and released three albums, most recently 2009's Modbilly .
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Early life

.Thornton was born in Hot Springs, Arkansas,[1] the son of Virginia Roberta (née Faulkner), an alleged psychic[citation needed], and William Raymond "Billy Ray" Thornton (November 1929 - August 1974), a high-school history teacher and basketball coach.^ His father was a high school basketball coach.
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^ Billy Ray Thornton was gone a lot, teaching and coaching at small high schools out of town, mostly basketball.
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^ His mother, Virginia Roberta, was an alleged psychic.
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[1] .He is the oldest of three brothers, the others are Jimmy Don Thornton (April 1958 - October 1988)[2] and John David Thornton (born 1969).^ He was followed by two brothers: Jimmy Don and John David.

^ Biography: Billy Bob has two younger brothers, Jimmy Don, born in 1958 and now deceased, and John David, born in 1969.
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^ Thornton has three younger brothers, Jimmy Don, born in 1958 and now deceased, Jim Bean, and John David, born in 1969.

.Thornton lived in both Alpine, Arkansas and Malvern, Arkansas during his childhood, and also spent time with his grandfather, Otis Thornton, a forest ranger, in a small shack in the woods.^ His paternal grandfather, Otis Thornton, with whom he spent time in his childhood on a small shack in the woods, was a forest ranger.
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^ Thornton lived in both Alpine, Arkansas and Malvern, Arkansas during his childhood, and also spent time with his grandfather, Otis Thornton, a forest ranger, in a small shack in the woods.
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^ The Thorntons lived in a small cabin in the woods near Alpine, a town of about 100.
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.July 2008" style="white-space:nowrap;">[citation needed] He was raised a Methodist,[3] in an extended family in a shack that had neither electricity nor plumbing.^ He was raised a Methodist , in an extended family in a shack that had neither electricity nor plumbing.
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^ He was raised a Methodist, in an extended family in a shack that had neither electricity nor plumbing.
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^ Although his father worked as a history teacher, Thornton's family was forced to live with his grandparents in a house without electricity or indoor plumbing.

.Thornton graduated high school in 1973.[4] A good high school baseball player, he tried out for the Kansas City Royals, but was let go after an injury.^ Thornton said, “She’s just going through a high school phase.” .
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^ A good high school baseball player, he tried out for the Kansas City Royals, but was let go after an injury.
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^ Thornton graduated high school in 1973.
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[5] .It was at the Royals tryouts that Thornton earned his nickname, Bad Santa after leaving a less than hygenic "present" in a competitor's locker.^ He played a malicious mall Santa Claus in 2003's "Bad Santa", a black comedy that performed well at the box office and established Thornton as a leading comic actor.

^ But if you can forget that kid and his desperate, unsentimentalized belief structure, you're better equipped than I to dismiss "Bad Santa."
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^ Billy Bob Thornton : Yeah, the fact of the matter is that I'd done two or three of those comedies in a row since Bad Santa and it was fun and I enjoyed it but I think that's plenty.
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.After a short period laying asphalt for the Arkansas State Transportation Department, he attended Henderson State University, in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, to pursue studies in psychology, but dropped out after two semesters.^ He studied psychology at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, but dropped out after two semesters.
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^ After a short period laying asphalt for the Arkansas State Transportation Dept., he attended Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, where he studied psychology but dropped out after two semesters.

^ After a short period laying asphalt for the Arkansas State Transportation Department , he attended Henderson State University , in Arkadelphia, Arkansas , to pursue studies in psychology , but dropped out after two semesters.
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.In the late 1980s, Thornton settled in Los Angeles, to pursue his career as an actor, with future writing partner Tom Epperson.^ In 1981, he moved to Los Angeles with childhood friend Tom Epperson to pursue an acting and writing career.
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^ It was around this time that he met future writing partner, Tom Epperson.
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^ In the late 1980s, Thornton settled in Los Angeles to pursue his career as an actor alongside future writing partner Tom Epperson.

[1] .Thornton initially had a difficult time succeeding as an actor, and worked in telemarketing, offshore wind farming,[5] and fast food management between auditioning for acting jobs.^ Thornton initially had a difficult time succeeding as an actor, and worked in telemarketing, off-shore wind farming and fast food management while auditioning for acting jobs.

^ In the late 1980s he moved to Los Angeles and worked in telemarketing and on an offshore wind farm while auditioning for acting jobs.

^ Between songs at his Toronto concert Thursday, Thornton called Gomeshi an “asshole,” claiming Gomeshi had broken a deal not to bring up his acting career during the interview.
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.He also played drums and sang with South African rock band Jack Hammer.^ He also played drums and sang with South African rock legend Piet Botha's band Jack Hammer.

^ Ultimately, I played drums in their country band.
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^ Billy Bob began his artistic career as a musician, playing drums and singing in a band called Tres Hombres, which once opened for 'Hank Williams Jr' .
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.While Thornton worked as a waiter for an industry event, he served film director and screenwriter Billy Wilder, who is famous for films such as Double Indemnity and Sunset Boulevard.^ Thornton: It was an intern who was working there.
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^ While Thornton worked as a waiter for an industry event, he served film director Billy Wilder and struck up a conversation with Wilder, who advised Thornton to consider a career as a screenwriter.

^ CBC Radio's Jian Ghomeshi began the interview by introducing Thornton as an "Oscar-winning screenwriter, actor and director."
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.Thornton struck up a conversation with Wilder, who advised Thornton to consider a career as a screenwriter,[1] for which he eventually won an Oscar in the category of best screenplay.^ Thornton won an Academy Award for his screenplay and a Best Actor nod.
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^ Thornton won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay and earned another nomination as Best Actor.
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^ Thornton’s script won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay, and he was nominated for Best Actor.
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Career

.One of Thornton's early screen roles was as a cast member on the CBS sitcom Hearts Afire with John Ritter and Markie Post.^ In 1992, Thornton got one of his first Hollywood jobs, in the cast of John Ritter's sitcom "Hearts Afire."
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^ Thornton first came to semi-prominence as a cast member on the CBS sitcom "Hearts Afire" with John Ritter and Markie Post.

^ That same year, Billy played Billy Bob Davis, John Ritter's fellow employee, a childhood friend and fellow Vietnam vet, on the CBS sitcom, Thomason-produced "Hearts Afire" (1992-1995).
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.His role as the villain in 1992's One False Move, which he also co-wrote, brought him to the attention of critics.^ His starring role in "One False Move", a movie he co-wrote, finally received positive Hollywood attention....
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^ In 1992, Billy Bob starred in One False Move (1992), a movie he co-wrote with Epperson.
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^ He earned acclaim for his featured role in Carl Franklin's "One False Move" (1992), which he co-wrote with Epperson.
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[1] .He also had small roles in the early 1990s films Indecent Proposal, On Deadly Ground, Bound by Honor, Grey Knight, and Tombstone.^ He also had small roles in films like Indecent Proposal, On Deadly Ground , and Tombstone .

^ There were small roles in Indecent Proposal and Tombstone (with Paxton and - damn him!
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^ He also had small roles in films like Indecent Proposal, On Deadly Ground, and Tombstone.
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.Thornton put Wilder's advice to good use, and went on to write, direct and star in the independent film Sling Blade, which was released in 1996.[1] The film, an expansion of a short film titled Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade, introduced the story of Karl Childers, a mentally handicapped man imprisoned for a gruesome and seemingly inexplicable murder.^ In addition to penning the screenplay, Thornton directed and starred in the film.
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^ This is the story of Karl Childers who is mentally retarded.
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^ Thornton put Wilder's advice to good use, and went on to write, direct and star in the independent film "Sling Blade", which was released in 1996.

.Sling Blade garnered international acclaim.^ "Sling Blade" garnered international acclaim.

^ Sling Blade garnered international acclaim, won Thornton an Academy Award for his screenplay (as well as a nomination for his performance), and made him a star.
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^ He first earned critical acclaim when her wrote, directed and starred in the independent film, Sling Blade in 1996.
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[1] .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.^ Thornton won an Academy Award for his screenplay and a Best Actor nod.
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^ It rightfully earned him his third Oscar nomination, this time for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.
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^ Best Adapted Screenplay (win) Sling Blade 1996 Academy   .
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[1]
.In 1998, he portrayed the James-Carville-like Richard Jemmons in Primary Colors.^ Mar 20, 1998 Primary Colors .
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^ He followed his success with a key supporting role in Robert Duvall 's The Apostle (1998) as a hardened racist, a turn in Primary Colors (1998) as a James Carville-like campaign manager with a penchant for exhibitionism, and a role in Armageddon as NASA's executive director.
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^ The following year found him as a would-be marijuana kingpin in "Homegrown" (1998), a wily southern political advisor patterned after real-life spin doctor James Carville in "Primary Colors" (1998) and the Mission Control leader in the summer blockbuster "Armageddon" (1998).
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.Thornton adapted the book All the Pretty Horses into a 2000 film with the same name, starring Matt Damon and Penélope Cruz.^ Dec 25, 2000 All the Pretty Horses .
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^ It's pretty much an all-ages film.
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^ After that, Thornton will direct the much-anticipated All The Pretty Horses, scheduled to lens in March with Matt Damon starring.
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.The negative experience (he was forced to cut more than an hour) led to his decision to never direct another film (a subsequent release, Daddy and Them, had been filmed earlier).^ Brumfield called for help more than two hours later after being unable to revive the child, according to police.
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^ Brumfield called for help more than two hours later when she couldn't revive the girl, police in the city near Orlando said.
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^ BBT That’s the only way I want to do movies, more like a book on film than a movie.
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.Also in 2000, an early script which he and Tom Epperson wrote together was made into The Gift which starred Cate Blanchett, Hilary Swank, Keanu Reeves, Katie Holmes and Giovanni Ribisi.^ Also in 2000, an early script which he and Tom Epperson wrote together was made into "The Gift" which starred Cate Blanchett, Hilary Swank, Keanu Reeves, Katie Holmes and Giovanni Ribisi.

^ Notably, in 2000, he and Epperson wrote The Gift , which was directed by Sam Raimi and was -- to some degree --memorable for Katie Holmes ’ topless scene.
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^ His breakthrough was a role in Carl Franklin's One False Move , which Thornton co-wrote with his regular writing partner, Tom Epperson.
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.During the late 1990s, Thornton, who has had a life-long love for music, began a career as a singer-songwriter.^ During the late 1990s, Thornton, who has had a life-long love for music, began a career as a singer-songwriter.

^ The Edge of the World is Thornton's second musical effort following Private Radio and with The Edge , Thornton has joined his Bandits co-star Bruce Willis in an unabashed love of clichs.
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^ Between songs at his Toronto concert Thursday, Thornton called Gomeshi an “asshole,” claiming Gomeshi had broken a deal not to bring up his acting career during the interview.
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.He released a roots rock album titled Private Radio in 2001, and two more albums, The Edge of the World (2003) and Hobo (2005).^ Tracks only Private Radio (2001) .
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^ Also an aspiring musician, Thornton has released two albums, "Private Radio" and "The Edge of the World," and reportedly has completed his next album, "California Possibilities."
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^ He released another music album in 2003, The Edge Of The World, and also completed a promotional music tour.

.Thornton was the singer of a blues rock band named Tres Hombres.^ Thornton was the singer of a blues rock band named "Tres Hombres".

^ Thornton has repeatedly stated that he has obsessive-compulsive disorder; he and rock singer Warren Zevon became close friends after sharing their common experiences with the disorder.

^ 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.

.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.^ 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.

^ Thornton's band, The Boxmasters, was Nelson's opening act for the Canadian dates, before everything changed following Billy Bob's infamous CBC radio interview.
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^ He's here tonight, and this is cool because it was not very long ago at all that Billy Bob was the completely unfamous drummer of a ZZ tribute band, Tres Hombres, which Gibbons now graciously calls "the best little cover band in Texas."
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[6] .He performed the Warren Zevon song The Wind on the tribute album Enjoy Every Sandwich: Songs of Warren Zevon.^ He also performed the Warren Zevon song "The Wind" on the tribute album "Enjoy Every Sandwich: Songs of Warren Zevon".

^ He also performed the Warren Zevon song "The Wind" on the tribute album "Enjoy Every Sandwich: Songs of Warren Zevon."
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^ The Oscar–winning writer, director and star of "Sling Blade" maintains a healthy second career in music, and he sang on Zevon's final album, "The Wind."
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Thornton recorded a cover of the Johnny Cash classic "Ring of Fire" for the Oxford American magazine's Southern Music CD in 2001.
.Thornton's screen persona has been described by the press as that of a "tattooed, hirsute man's man".[7] He appeared in several major film roles following Sling Blade 's success, including 1998's Armageddon and A Simple Plan. In 2001 he had starring roles in three hollywood pictures, Monster's Ball, Bandits and The Man Who Wasn't There, for which he received many awards.^ Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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^ Someone else could have managed "Man Who Wasn't There", and would have if not for "Sling Blade".
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^ Billy Bob Thornton plans to ban his kids from watching the film 'Monster's Ball' in his will.

.He played a malicious mall Santa Claus in 2003's Bad Santa, a black comedy that performed well at the box office and established Thornton as a leading comic actor, and in the same year, portrayed a womanizing President of the United States in the British romantic comedy Love Actually.^ Billy Bob Thornton played President of the United States of America in Love Actually Who did Billy Bob Thornton portray in Princess Mononoke ?
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^ Bad Santa is a comedy released … more → .
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^ Nov 26, 2003 Bad Santa .
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.Thornton has stated that, following Bad Santa's success, audiences "like to watch [him] play that kind of guy,"[7] and "they [casting directors] call [him] up when they need an asshole.^ I need like nine wake-up calls."
  • He Only Comes Out at Night - December 2000 - Esquire 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.esquire.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ But then when you're playing a part that a guy like him played, it's kind of nerve-racking.
  • Tavis Smiley . Shows . Billy Bob Thornton . July 21, 2005 | PBS 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.pbs.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ He needs yo do a Bad Santa 2.
  • Billy Bob Thornton Photos & Pics | Skinny Bob Thorton 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC x17online.com [Source type: General]

It's kinda that simple... you know how narrow the imagination in this business can be."[8] .In 2004 he played Davy Crockett in The Alamo.^ In 2004, Thornton essayed the role of Davy Crockett in the historical action-epic The Alamo (2004).
  • Billy Bob Thornton - Biography - MSN Movies 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC movies.msn.com [Source type: General]
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  • Billy Bob Thornton Biography 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC movies.amctv.com [Source type: General]

^ "Bad Santa," followed at Christmas by Disney's "The Alamo," in which he stars as Davy Crockett.
  • Billy Bob Thornton: Life, loss and the edge of the world 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.billdeyoung.com [Source type: General]

^ Billy Bob Thornton received fresh and enthusiastic acclaim for THE ALAMO , in which he portrayed legendary frontiersman Davy Crockett.

.He appeared in the comic film School for Scoundrels, which was released on September 29, 2006. In the film, he plays a self-help doctor; the role was written specifically for Thornton.^ October 11, 2006 School for Scoundrels .
  • Billy Bob Thornton - Seattle 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.seattleweekly.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ School for Scoundrels: 2006 .
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^ He appeared in the comic film "School for Scoundrels", which was released on September 29, 2006.

[7] More recent films include The Astronaut Farmer, a drama released on February 23, 2007, and the comedy, Mr. Woodcock, in which Thornton plays a sadistic gym teacher. .In September 2008, Thornton starred in the big brother action movie Eagle Eye along side Shia LaBeouf and Michelle Monaghan.^ Here's how he feels about doing big action movies, like his recent role in "Eagle Eye" with Shia LaBeouf: .
  • Celebrity Ooops: Billy Bob Thornton's other outspoken interview - The Dish Rag - Zap2it 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC blog.zap2it.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Eagle Eye 2008 - Trailer Edit .
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^ Second trailer for 'Eagle Eye' - starring Shia LaBeouf, Michelle Monaghan, Ro...
  • Billy Bob Thornton Videos - Metacafe 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.metacafe.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.He will next star in the drama Peace Like a River.^ Peace Like a River (2006) .
  • Billy Bob Thornton bio: Mr. Woodcock Actor 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.tribute.ca [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ He will next star in the drama "Peace Like a River".

^ Q Are you going to be doing "Peace Like a River?"
  • Interview Billy Bob Thornton School of Scoundrels - MoviesOnline 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.moviesonline.ca [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Thornton has also expressed an interest in directing another film, possibly a period piece about cave explorer Floyd Collins,[9] based on the book Trapped!^ Thornton has also expressed an interest in directing another film, possibly a period piece about cave explorer Floyd Collins, based on the book "Trapped!

^ BB: I'm gonna do another movie from a book this fall, then a film on Floyd Collins, who was trapped in a cave in the 1920.
  • Andy Carvin's Waste of Bandwidth: Live-Tweeting SXSW: Billy Bob Thornton 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.andycarvin.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Billy Bob Thornton is now set to star in “Pound for Pound,” a boxing drama based on a novel from F.X. Toole, the author of the book that became “Million Dollar Baby.” The film will be written and directed by Ron Shelton (”Tin Cup”, “Bull Durham”) and will begin to film early next year.
  • Collider 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.collider.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The Story of Floyd Collins
by Robert K. Murray and Roger Brucker.^ The Story of Floyd Collins" by Robert K. Murray and Roger Brucker.

^ It's the story of Floyd Collins.
  • Steve Friess - Home Page 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.stevefriess.com [Source type: General]

Thornton received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on October 7, 2004.
.On April 8, 2009, Thornton and his musical group The Boxmasters were interviewed on a CBC Radio One program Q, hosted by Jian Ghomeshi in which Thornton's responses were either incomprehensible or discourteous.^ Watch video of The Boxmasters' CBC radio interview here .
  • Billy Bob Thornton Acts Out During Radio Interview - The Boot 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.theboot.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
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^ Just ask Jian Ghomeshi, host of CBC Radio’s arts and culture program.
  • Billy Bob Thornton Is A Tough Interview | Pollstar - The Concert Hotwire 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.pollstar.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ I really like this host Jian Ghomeshi.
  • The Superficial - Billy Bob Thornton thinks he's Tom Petty 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC thesuperficial.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Eventually, Thornton explained he had "instructed" the show's producers to not ask questions about his career as screenwriter and actor.^ Thornton : “There's no question about that.
  • Billy Bob Thornton opens up - Newsmakers- msnbc.com 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.msnbc.msn.com [Source type: General]

^ Thornton wasn’t asked a single question about acting.
  • Swampland:In Defense of Billy Bob Thornton: When Context Isn't Truly Context 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.swampland.com [Source type: General]

^ He wasn't asked about his movie career.
  • FARK.com: (4321944) Billy Bob Thornton booed at Toronto concert after insulting Canadians, even though badmouthing Canucks is an American tradition going all the way back to when they successfully invaded the U.S. and burned down the White House 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.fark.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[10][11] .Ghomeshi had mentioned Thornton’s acting credentials in the introduction.^ A brief mention of Thornton's acting career as context for the introduction certainly doesn't add up to what is stated in the above article.
  • Billy Bob Thornton & The Boxmasters Drop Out of Willie's Remaining Canadian Shows - Music News Net 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.musicnewsnet.com [Source type: General]

^ Ghomeshi didn’t ask him about his acting, he mentioned it in the lead-in.
  • p2pnet news » Blog Archive » Billy Bob Thornton chickens out 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.p2pnet.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ HOWEVER, IF Ghomeshi had been told not to mention BBT's acting then he shouldn't have.
  • Billy Bob Thornton freaks out on Jian Ghomeshi on CBC Q | NowPublic News Coverage 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.nowpublic.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Thornton also complained that Canadian audiences were like “mashed potatoes without the gravy".[12][13] The widely criticized interview received international attention in the media and on YouTube.^ Billy Bob Thornton has cancelled a tour of Quebec and Ontario after complaining that Canadian fans were like 'mashed potato with no gravy'.
  • Thornton Billy Bob | Explore | Mail Online 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC explore.dailymail.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ Mashed potatoes with no gravy.
  • Billy Bob Thornton: World's Biggest Douche | Pajiba - Scathing Reviews for Bitchy People 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.pajiba.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Thornton also complained about Canadian audiences (on a Canadian show), stating that they don't get on their feet during a performance and that they are like mashed potatoes without the gravy.
  • Video: Billy Bob Thornton Goes Crazy During Interview | WorstPreviews.com 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.worstpreviews.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[14][15] .The following night, opening for Willie Nelson at Toronto's Massey Hall, Thornton stated mid-set he liked Canadians but not the CBC radio host resulting in boos and catcalls.^ Thus, Thornton and The Boxmasters were promptly booed during their show at Massey Hall in Toronto last night.
  • Canada Boos Billy Bob Thornton - Bodog Beat 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC beat.bodoglife.com [Source type: General]

^ Thornton’s band, called the Boxmasters, had been opening for Willie Nelson.
  • NEWS 25 Marx Madness » Billy Bob Thornton 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC marxmadness.news25.us [Source type: General]

^ So much so, that he was BOOED off stage at his Massey Hall performance opening for Willie Nelson.
  • Billy Bob Thornton’s Boxmasters get Booed off Canadian Stages | The Movie Blog 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC themovieblog.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[16] .On April 10 Thornton announced The Boxmasters would not be playing with Nelson during concerts scheduled in Canada due to members of the crew and band having the flu.^ The boxmasters have a celebrity member of their band.
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^ According to the Associated Press , a note on Nelson’s website announced that the move was "due to one band member and several of the crew having the flu."
  • Billy Bob Thornton drops out of Willie Nelson tour | EW.com 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC news-briefs.ew.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Thornton’s band, called the Boxmasters, had been opening for Willie Nelson.
  • NEWS 25 Marx Madness » Billy Bob Thornton 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC marxmadness.news25.us [Source type: General]

[17]

Personal life

Billy Bob Thornton at the South By Southwest 2008 music festival.
.Thornton has frequently disclosed that he has obsessive–compulsive disorder.^ But the 48-year-old Thornton says he is still paying the price of that upbringing, which he says is responsible for his obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).
  • Billy Bob Thornton opens up - Newsmakers- msnbc.com 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.msnbc.msn.com [Source type: General]

^ Thornton has repeatedly stated that he has obsessive-compulsive disorder; he and rock singer Warren Zevon became close friends after sharing their common experiences with the disorder.

^ Occasionally, Thornton incorporated his own personal issues – namely his battles with eating and obsessive-compulsive disorders, like a fear of Louis XIV furniture – into his characters, as he did in “Bandits” (2001).
  • Billy Bob Thornton Biography - Yahoo! Movies 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC movies.yahoo.com [Source type: General]

[18] .He and rock singer Warren Zevon became close friends after sharing their common experiences with the disorder.^ Thornton has repeatedly stated that he has obsessive-compulsive disorder; he and rock singer Warren Zevon became close friends after sharing their common experiences with the disorder.

^ Thornton has also appeared on albums by Earl Scruggs (Earl Scruggs and Friends), the Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash (Distance Between), and Warren Zevon (The Wind).
  • Amazon.com: Billy Bob Thornton: Albums, Songs, Bios, Photos 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.amazon.com [Source type: General]
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  • Download Carnival Girl music ringtone - Billy Bob Thornton - Thumbplay 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.thumbplay.com [Source type: General]

[19] .Various idiosyncratic behaviors have been well-documented in interviews with the actor; among these is a phobia of antique furniture — a disorder shared by Dwight Yoakam's character Doyle Hargraves in the Thornton-penned Sling Blade, and by Thornton's own character in the 2001 film Bandits.^ In Sling Blade and last year's Bandits , Thornton's characters exhibit a fear of antique furniture.
  • Billy Bob Thornton: Billy, don't be a hero - Profiles, People - The Independent 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.independent.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ It was in 1996, however, that Thornton hit the A-list with his film “Sling Blade”.
  • Billy Bob Thornton Pictures, Billy Bob Thornton Photo Gallery and Biography - Celebrity Pictures by WireImage.com 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.wireimage.com [Source type: General]

^ Claimed in a "USA Today" interview that he has an intense phobia of antique furniture.
  • Billy Bob Thornton - Biography 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: General]

[20] .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.^ In Monster's Ball , his character loves chocolate ice-cream and hates metal spoons (preferring plastic); Billy, too.
  • Billy Bob Thornton: Billy, don't be a hero - Profiles, People - The Independent 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.independent.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ Apostle DVD from $6.75 (3 sellers) 3 Monster's Ball (2001) 3.0511 Set in the Southern United States, 'Monster's Ball' is a tale of a racist white man, Hank (played by Billy Bob Thornton), who falls in love with a black woman named Leticia (Halle Berry).
  • Billy Bob Thornton Movies - TopTenREVIEWS 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC movies.toptenreviews.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ In Monster's Ball, he was Hank Grotowski, a prison warder with a racist father (Peter Boyle) and troubled son ( Heath Ledger ), who falls for a young black woman ( Halle Berry ) struggling to raise her child.
  • Billy Bob Thornton - Biography 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.tiscali.co.uk [Source type: General]

[20][21] .In a 2004 interview with The Independent, Thornton explained: "It's just that I won't use real silver.^ I used to really like Billy Bob Thornton, but this is just ridiculous.
  • Billy Bob Thornton Went All The Way To Canada To Be Mean On The Radio - Caught On Tape - Videogum 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC videogum.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The fact that he won't allow a radio host to create his perception of reality - that Thornton is an actor posing as a musician - is something that should be lauded, not condemned."
  • Swampland:In Defense of Billy Bob Thornton: When Context Isn't Truly Context 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.swampland.com [Source type: General]

^ Thornton explained his position about the interview very clearly after the fact for anyone who cared about hearing the explanation: .
  • Swampland:In Defense of Billy Bob Thornton: When Context Isn't Truly Context 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.swampland.com [Source type: General]

.You know, like the big, old, heavy-ass forks and knives, I can't do that.^ I like having her close to me, you know" .
  • He Only Comes Out at Night - December 2000 - Esquire 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.esquire.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ I like having her close to me, you know?'
  • Interview: Billy Bob Thornton | From the Observer | The Observer 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ Like fungus, but you know, this is good.
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It's the same thing as the antique furniture. .I just don't like old stuff.^ "I was even approached about doing a Sling Blade TV series, to which I said, “I don't even like movie sequels, and I surely don’'t like TV stuff, and I would never even consider it.
  • Billy Bob Thorton: The Hillbilly Orson Welles | MovieMaker Magazine 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.moviemaker.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ But alas, passive aggressive guys like BBT just don't think that way.
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^ Oh Man....Billy Bob is cool and hot and regular guys (like he is) just don't get it.
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.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.^ You know, you got a pain in your chest like that, you don't forget it.
  • Tavis Smiley . Shows . Billy Bob Thornton . July 21, 2005 | PBS 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.pbs.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ I don't have a phobia about silverware.
  • Steve Friess - Home Page 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.stevefriess.com [Source type: General]

^ I don’t know what you’re talking about,” responds Thornton.
  • Billy Bob Thornton Attempts To Outdo Joaquin Phoenix In CBC Interview : Rolling Stone : Rock and Roll Daily 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.rollingstone.com [Source type: General]

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."[22] In addition to his aversion to silver cutlery, velvet, and "creepy, castle-y stuff," Thornton confesses that "pieces from 1700 and 1800 France and England really freak me out, especially harpsichords."[22][23]
.Thornton has been married five times, most notably to actress Angelina Jolie.^ Yet Thornton was married like five times...
  • Billy Bob Thornton Height - how tall 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.celebheights.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Billy Bob Thornton Billy Bob Thornton has married five times.
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^ He has been married 5 times and has 5 children: daughter Amanda (with Gatlin); sons William and Harry (both with Cherniak); son Maddox, adopted with Angelina Jolie; and daughter Bella with Connie Angland.
  • Billy Bob Thornton - Wiki - Pictures - Videos 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.flixster.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Each of Thornton's marriages ended in divorce.^ However, the marriage lasted only two years: Jolie filed for divorce in 2002, shortly after adopting a Cambodian orphan who took Thornton's name.
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^ Media scrutiny was at its peak when the two were passionately together but on his end has died down since their divorce became final in May 2003 after two years of marriage.
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^ This marriage also ended in divorce in April of 1997, with claims of spousal abuse.
  • The Billy Bob Thornton Picture Pages 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC superiorpics.com [Source type: General]

.Thorton and Jolie were known for their eccentric behavior, which reportedly included wearing vials of each others' blood around their necks; Thornton later clarified that the "vials" were, instead, two small lockets, each containing only a single drop of blood.^ Others think of vials of his ex-wife Angelina Jolie ’s blood hanging around his neck.
  • Billy Bob Thornton Pictures, Billy Bob Thornton Photo Gallery and Biography - Celebrity Pictures by WireImage.com 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.wireimage.com [Source type: General]

^ Billy Bob and Angelina were known for their eccentric behavior, including reports that they wore vials of each others' blood around their necks; he later clarified this to be that the two of them wore small lockets that contained a drop of blood from each of them inside.
  • Billy Bob Thornton & Angelina Jolie - Relationship Details - FamousHookups.com 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.famoushookups.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ I wonder if Elaine has a vial of Billy Bob's blood around her neck?
  • Billy Bob Thornton Demonstrates Why People Hate Hollywood - Asylum.com 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.asylum.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[7][24] .Thornton and Jolie adopted a child from Cambodia whom they named Maddox.^ However, the marriage lasted only two years: Jolie filed for divorce in 2002, shortly after adopting a Cambodian orphan who took Thornton's name.
  • Billy Bob Thornton 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.screenrush.co.uk [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ He has been married 5 times and has 5 children: daughter Amanda (with Gatlin); sons William and Harry (both with Cherniak); son Maddox, adopted with Angelina Jolie; and daughter Bella with Connie Angland.
  • Billy Bob Thornton - Wiki - Pictures - Videos 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.flixster.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Angelina Jolie is having the tattoo of ex husband Billy Bob Thornton's name removed from her body.

.Jolie's divorce petition defined the child as both her and Thornton's, and requested the Court grant her custody and Thornton reasonable visitation.^ However, the marriage lasted only two years: Jolie filed for divorce in 2002, shortly after adopting a Cambodian orphan who took Thornton's name.
  • Billy Bob Thornton 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.screenrush.co.uk [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Thornton's divorce last year from Angelina Jolie has fueled speculation that the more somber songs on "The Edge of the World" might have been inspired by the breakup.
  • Billy Bob Thornton: Life, loss and the edge of the world 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.billdeyoung.com [Source type: General]

[25]
.Thornton lives in Los Angeles, and he is the father of four children.^ Brumfield is the oldest of Thornton’s four children, and his only child with his first wife, Melissa Gatlin.
  • Billy Bob Thornton’s Daughter Arrested Over Baby’s Death  | Access Hollywood - Celebrity News, Photos & Videos 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.accesshollywood.com [Source type: General]

^ In a phone interview from his Los Angeles home, Thornton recalled first encountering Zevon in the late 1980s at the mailbox outside their apartment complex.
  • Billy Bob Thornton: Life, loss and the edge of the world 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.billdeyoung.com [Source type: General]

^ A group of people living on the edge in Los Angeles in 1983 spend their days trying to advance their careers and their nights in a drug-fueled haze.
  • Billy Bob Thornton - Zuguide Movie Trailers 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.zuguide.com [Source type: General]

.His first marriage, to Melissa Gatlin, produced Amanda Spence Brumfield on June 30, 1979; his fourth wife, Pietra Cherniak, bore William Langston on June 27, 1993 and Harry James on June 19, 1994; and Thornton and his current girlfriend Connie Angland bore Bella on September 22, 2004. Thornton has stated that he will likely not marry again, specifying that he believes marriage "doesn't work" for him.^ In 2004 she would bear him his first daughter, Bella.
  • Billy Bob Thornton - Biography 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.tiscali.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ Brumfield is the oldest of Thornton’s four children, and his only child with his first wife, Melissa Gatlin.
  • Billy Bob Thornton’s Daughter Arrested Over Baby’s Death  | Access Hollywood - Celebrity News, Photos & Videos 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.accesshollywood.com [Source type: General]

^ Brumfield is Thornton's child with his first wife, Melissa Gatlin.
  • Billy Bob Thornton | TMZ.com 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.tmz.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.He has two younger brothers, Jimmy Don, (who died abruptly of a heart attack in 1988), and John David, who resides in Arkansas.^ He was followed by two brothers: Jimmy Don and John David.

^ Biography: Billy Bob has two younger brothers, Jimmy Don, born in 1958 and now deceased, and John David, born in 1969.
  • Compatibility Horoscope for Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.gotohoroscope.com [Source type: General]

^ His younger brother Jimmy died at thirty of an infection that inflamed his heart.
  • He Only Comes Out at Night - December 2000 - Esquire 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.esquire.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Jimmy Don Thornton wrote a number of songs, two of which--"Island Avenue" and "Emily"--Thornton has recorded on his solo albums.^ Biography: Billy Bob has two younger brothers, Jimmy Don, born in 1958 and now deceased, and John David, born in 1969.
  • Compatibility Horoscope for Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.gotohoroscope.com [Source type: General]

^ "I wrote what I felt," says Thornton, who has made five videos for his album and plans to tour with his band, Mad Dogs and Hillbillies, at the beginning of 2002.
  • Billy Bob Thorton's Weird & Wonderful Life : Rolling Stone 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.rollingstone.com [Source type: General]

^ After hitting it big in Hollywood, Thornton decided to return to his first love, music, and record an album.
  • Amazon.com: Billy Bob Thornton: Albums, Songs, Bios, Photos 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.amazon.com [Source type: General]

A baseball fan, his favorite team is the St. Louis Cardinals. He has said his childhood dream was to play for the Cardinals. .Thornton narrated "The 2006 World Series Film," the year-end retrospective DVD chronicling the Cardinals' championship season.^ This year the actor will film Faster, an action flick directed by George Tillman and co-starring Billy Bob Thornton and Maggie Grace.
  • Billy Bob Thornton Wire - Topix 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.topix.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Eleven years ago, Thornton became a classic overnight Hollywood star when his film Sling Blade grabbed the hearts of everyone in town.
  • Billy Bob Thornton: He plays a cruel PE teacher in his new film – but he has a heart of gold in real life - Features, Films - The Independent 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.independent.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ Johnson says this year he'll film "Faster," an action flick directed by George Tillman and co-starring Billy Bob Thornton and Maggie Grace.
  • Billy Bob Thornton Wire - Topix 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.topix.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[26]

Filmography

Other screen credits

Year Film Role Notes
1986 Hunter's Blood Billy Bob
1988 South of Reno Counterman
1989 Going Overboard Dave
Chopper Chicks in Zombietown Tommy
1991 The Dark Backward Patron at Sloppy's (uncredited)
For the Boys Marine Sergeant, Korea
1992 One False Move Ray Malcolm
1993 Tombstone Johnny Tyler
Blood In Blood Out Lightning
Indecent Proposal Day Tripper
The Killing Box Langston
Trouble Bound Coldface
1994 On Deadly Ground Homer Carlton
Floundering Gun Clerk
Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade Karl Childers Short film
1995 Dead Man Big George Drakoulious
The Stars Fell on Henrietta Roy
1996 Sling Blade Karl Childers Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Chlotrudis Award for Best Actor
Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Don't Look Back Marshall
The Winner Jack
1997 The Apostle Troublemaker
U Turn Darrell
Princess Mononoke Jigo Voice Only (English Language Version)
1998 A Simple Plan Jacob Mitchell Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Chlotrudis Award for Best Supporting Actor
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Armageddon Dan Truman, NASA Administrator
Homegrown Jack Marsden
The Thin Red Line Narrator (Edited)
Primary Colors Richard Jemmons
1999 Pushing Tin Russell Bell
2000 The Last Real Cowboys Tar
South of Heaven, West of Hell Brig. Smalls
2001 Daddy and Them Claude Montgomery
Monster's Ball Hank Grotowski Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor also for Bandits and The Man Who Wasn't There
National Board of Review Award for Best Actor also for Bandits and The Man Who Wasn't There
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
Bandits Terry Lee Collins Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor also for Monster's Ball and The Man Who Wasn't There
National Board of Review Award for Best Actor also for Monster's Ball and The Man Who Wasn't There
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated — Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
The Man Who Wasn't There Ed Crane Chlotrudis Audience Award for Best Actor
Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor also for Bandits and Monster's Ball
London Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor
National Board of Review Award for Best Actor also for Bandits and Monster's Ball
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
Russian Guild of Film Critics Award for Best Foreign Actor
Southeastern Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated — American Film Institute Award AFI Actor of the Year
Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
Nominated — Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
2002 Waking Up in Reno Lonnie Earl Dodd
The Badge Sheriff Darl Hardwick
2003 Bad Santa Willie Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Love Actually The US President
Intolerable Cruelty Howard D. Doyle
Levity Manuel Jordan
2004 Friday Night Lights Coach Gary Gaines
The Alamo David Crockett
Chrystal Joe
2005 The Ice Harvest Vic Cavanaugh
Bad News Bears Morris Buttermaker
2006 School for Scoundrels Dr. P/Dennis Sherman
2007 The Astronaut Farmer Charles Farmer
Mr. Woodcock Jasper Woodcock
2008 Eagle Eye Morgan
2009 The Informers William
Peace Like a River (in production)
2010 Zero Theorem Qohen Leth (pre-production)
2010 Faster TBA (pre-production)
Year Film Role Notes
1992 One False Move Writer Nominated — Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay
1994 Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade Writer
1996 A Family Thing Writer Humanitas Prize
Sling Blade Director/Writer Academy Award for Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Motion Picture Screenplay
National Board of Review Award for Special Achievement in Filmmaking
Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature
Writers Guild of America Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Nominated — Chlotrudis Award for Best Director
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Original Screenplay
Don't Look Back Story and teleplay
2000 All the Pretty Horses Director/Producer
The Gift Writer Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Writing
2001 Camouflage Story and screenplay as Reginald Perry
Daddy and Them Director/Writer

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Further reading

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  • Pringle, G (September 23, 2007).^ Home Driving MY PROFILE SHOP JOBS PROPERTY CLASSIFIEDS From The Sunday Times September 23, 2007 .

    ."On the move: Billy Bob Thornton".^ Moe Lane » Subtitled Billy Bob Thornton Radio interview.
    • What They Really Meant: The Billy Bob Thornton Tantrum | Cracked.com 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.cracked.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Billy Bob Thornton : Oh absolutely.
    • Billy Bob Thornton The Astronaut Farmer Interview 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC www.femail.com.au [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ BILLY BOB THORNTON: (laughs) Right!
    • Billy Bob Thornton Interview - Interview - Stumped? - Stumped At the Video Store is a Magazine About Movies, DVD releases, actors, filmakers, and more. 10 February 2010 12:16 UTC stumpedmagazine.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    Driving (London: The Sunday Times). http://driving.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/driving/article2503490.ece. Retrieved September 25, 2007. 

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