Billy Bob Thornton

Actor, Screenwriter, Director
Though he spent almost a decade struggling to make a name for himself, actor Billy Bob Thornton took matters into his own hands when he wrote, directed and starred in the career-making independent drama, "Sling Blade" ... Read more »
Born: 08/04/1955 in Hot Springs, Arkansas, USA

Filmography

Actor (116)

Bad Santa 2 2016 (Movie)

Willie (Actor)

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot 2016 (Movie)

General Hollanek (Actor)

Cut Bank 2015 (Movie)

Big Stan Steeley (Actor)

Entourage 2015 (Movie)

Larsen McCredle (Actor)

Into the Grizzly Maze 2015 (Movie)

Douglass (Actor)

Our Brand Is Crisis 2015 (Movie)

Pat Candy (Actor)

21 Years: Richard Linklater 2014 (Movie)

(Himself)

Ellen 1990 - 1999, 2002 - 2003, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Evening Shade 1990 - 1995, 1998 - 1999, 2002 - 2003, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Fargo 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hearts Afire 1992 - 1995, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

King of the Hill 1992 - 1995, 1998 - 1999, 2002 - 2003, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Voice

London Fields 2014 (Movie)

Samson Young (Actor)

Oprah Presents: Master Class 1993 - 1995, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Himself

Robot Chicken 2014 (Tv Show)

Voice

Soundstage 1992 - 1995, 2002 - 2003, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Big Bang Theory 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Judge 2014 (Movie)

Dwight Dickham (Actor)

Disleksia: The Movie 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

Jayne Mansfield's Car 2013 (Movie)

Skip Caldwell (Actor)

Parkland 2013 (Movie)

Forrest Sorrels (Actor)

The Baytown Outlaws 2013 (Movie)

Carlos (Actor)

Lemmy 2011 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Puss In Boots 2011 (Movie)

Jack (Voice)

The Smell of Success 2011 (Movie)

Patrick (Actor)

Faster 2010 (Movie)

Cop (Actor)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2006, 2010 (Tv Show)

Guest

Duplicity 2009 (Movie)

(Actor)

Real Time with Bill Maher 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Informers 2009 (Movie)

William Sloan (Actor)

Dinner For Five 2001 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Eagle Eye 2008 (Movie)

Agent Thomas Morgan (Actor)

Mad TV 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Movies Rock 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Mr. Woodcock 2007 (Movie)

Mr. Woodcock (Actor)

The Astronaut Farmer 2007 (Movie)

Charles Farmer (Actor)

VH1 Rock Honors 2007 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

School for Scoundrels 2006 (Movie)

Dr P (Actor)

Chrystal 2005 (Movie)

Joe (Actor)

Ice Harvest 2005 (Movie)

Vic Cavanaugh (Actor)

The Bad News Bears 2005 (Movie)

Morris Buttermaker (Actor)

A Life of Laughter: Remembering John Ritter 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Friday Night Lights 2004 (Movie)

Coach Gaines (Actor)

On the Record With Bob Costas 2000 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2004 ESPY Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 46th Annual Grammy Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Alamo 2004 (Movie)

Davy Crockett (Actor)

Bad Santa 2003 (Movie)

Willie T. Stokes (Actor)

Intolerable Cruelty 2003 (Movie)

Howard D Doyle (Actor)

Levity 2003 (Movie)

Manuel Jordan (Actor)

Love Actually 2003 (Movie)

The US President (Actor)

AFI Awards 2001 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Performer

Anatomy of a Scene: Monster's Ball 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Everybody Loves Raymond: The First Six Years 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Holiday With the Stars 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside TV Land 1999 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Reel Comedy: Bandits 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Waking Up in Reno 2002 (Movie)

Lonnie Earl Dodd (Actor)

Bandits 2001 (Movie)

Terry Collins (Actor)

Billy Bob Thornton 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Monster's Ball 2001 (Movie)

Hank Grotowski (Actor)

The Man Who Wasn't There 2001 (Movie)

Ed Crane (Actor)

35th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Presenter

Daddy & Them 2000 (Movie)

Claude Montgomery (Actor)

Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock 'n' Roll 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Narrator

South of Heaven, West of Hell 2000 (Movie)

Brigadier Smalls (Actor)

The 33rd Annual Country Music Association Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Presenter

Princess Mononoke 1999 (Movie)

of Jigo (Voice)

Pushing Tin 1999 (Movie)

Russell Bell (Actor)

A Simple Plan 1998 (Movie)

Jacob (Actor)

Armageddon 1998 (Movie)

Dan Truman (Actor)

Burn, Hollywood, Burn 1998 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Franky Goes to Hollywood 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Homegrown 1998 (Movie)

Jack (Actor)

Primary Colors 1998 (Movie)

Richard Jemmons (Actor)

Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Performer

Inside the Academy Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Apostle 1997 (Movie)

Troublemaker (Actor)

U-Turn 1997 (Movie)

Darrell (Actor)

A Gun, a Car, a Blonde 1996 (Movie)

Syd--Monk (Actor)

Dead Man 1996 (Movie)

Big George Drakoulious (Actor)

Don't Look Back 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Sling Blade 1996 (Movie)

Karl Childers (Actor)

The Stars Fell on Henrietta 1995 (Movie)

(Actor)

Floundering 1994 (Movie)

Gun Clerk (Actor)

On Deadly Ground 1994 (Movie)

Homer Carlton (Actor)

Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade 1994 (Movie)

Karl (Actor)

Bound By Honor 1993 (Movie)

Lighting (Actor)

Indecent Proposal 1993 (Movie)

Day Tripper (Actor)

Tombstone 1993 (Movie)

Johnny Tyler (Actor)

One False Move 1992 (Movie)

Ray Malcolm (Actor)

The Ghost Brigade 1992 (Movie)

Langston (Actor)

Trouble Bound 1992 (Movie)

Coldface (Actor)

For the Boys 1991 (Movie)

Marine Sergeant (Actor)

Circus 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Hunter's Blood 1987 (Movie)

Billy Bob (Actor)

Out There (TV Show)

Actor

The Badge (TV Show)

Actor

The Outsiders (TV Show)

Actor

The Winner (TV Show)

Actor

Tulia (Movie)

(Actor)
Writer (8)

Jayne Mansfield's Car 2013 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Camouflage 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Daddy & Them 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Gift 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A Family Thing 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Sling Blade 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

One False Move 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (5)

Jayne Mansfield's Car 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

The King of Luck 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

All the Pretty Horses 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

Daddy & Them 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

Sling Blade 1996 (Movie)

(Director)
Music (3)

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot 2016 (Movie)

("Smoking In Bed") (Song)

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot 2016 (Movie)

("Smoking In Bed") (Song Performer)

Waking Up in Reno 2002 (Movie)

("Hang on Sloopy") (Song Performer)
Producer (2)

Waking Up in Reno 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)

All the Pretty Horses 2000 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

Though he spent almost a decade struggling to make a name for himself, actor Billy Bob Thornton took matters into his own hands when he wrote, directed and starred in the career-making independent drama, "Sling Blade" (1996), which earned the then-unknown performer an Oscar for Best Screenplay and another nomination for Best Actor. Ever since his sudden rise to stardom, Thornton became a prominent leading man and supporting player whose short-lived but high-profile marriage to offbeat starlet Angelina Jolie overshadowed his exemplary work in films like "Monster's Ball" and "The Man Who Wasn't There" (2001). After their divorce, Thornton receded a bit from the public eye, though he continued his streak of fine performances in "Bad Santa" (2003) and "Friday Night Lights" (2004), two wildly different films that displayed his prowess for disappearing into what ever character he played. 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). Despite his seemingly bizarre personal life, Thornton nonetheless maintained a steady stream of quality work that always kept him near the top of the game.

Relationships

Connie Angland Other

Companion
Mother of Thornton's daughter Bella

Amanda Brumfield

Daughter
Born June 30, 1979; mother, Melissa Lee Gatlin Indicted on several charges - including first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse and aggravated manslaughter - in connection with the October 2008 death of a 1-year-old girl she was babysitting In June 2011 was convicted of aggravated manslaughter, but acquitted of first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse charges On Oct. 6, 2011 in Orlando, FL, Brumfield was sentenced to 20 years in prison for aggravated manslaughter of a child

Pietra Cherniak

Wife
Married Feb. 18, 1993 Divorced April 1997; claimed spousal abuse in her divorce filing

Laura Dern Actor

Companion
Began dating in March 1997 Announced plans to marry in 1999 Thornton abruptly ended their relationship by marrying Angelina Jolie in Las Vegas on May 5, 2000

Danielle Dotzenrod

Companion
Dated from 2002-2003 No longer together

Melissa Gatlin

Wife
Married 1978 Divorced 1980

Angelina Jolie Actor

Wife
Co-starred in "Pushing Tin" (1999) Eloped in Las Vegas, NV May 5, 2000; sexually charged marriage was subject of much tabloid fodder that included carrying vials of each others' blood around their necks; Jolie had tattoo on her arm that read "Billy Bob" Separated June 2002 Jolie filed for divorce July 17, 2002 Divorced May 27, 2003

Maddox Jolie-Pitt

Son
Adopted from Cambodia in 2002 with then wife Angelina Jolie Gave up parental rights after their divorce in 2003

Toni Lawrence Actor

Wife
Married April 5, 1986 Divorced 1988

Bella Thornton

Daughter
Born Sept. 22, 2004; mother, Connie Angland

Harry Thornton

Son
Born June 19, 1994; mother, Pietra Thornton

William Thornton

Son
Born June 27, 1993; mother, Pietra Thornton

Jimmy Thornton

Brother
Born c. 1958 Died in 1988 of heart problems

John Thornton

Brother
Born c. 1969

Billy Thornton

Father
Died of lung cancer c. 1973

Virginia Thornton

Mother

Cynda Williams Actor

Wife
Married 1990 Co-starred in "One False Move" (1992) Divorced 1992

EDUCATION

Henderson State University

Arkadelphia , Arkansas
Dropped out after two semesters

Milestones

2012

Published the memoir The Billy Bob Tapes: A Cave Full of Ghosts

2011

Voiced the animated character Jack (opposite Amy Sedaris' Jill) in the "Shrek" spin-off "Puss in Boots"

2010

Co-starred with Dwayne Johnson in the action drama "Faster"

2009

Joined an ensemble cast for the film adaptation of "The Informers"; based on a collection of short stories by Bret Easton Ellis

2007

Played a NASA astronaut who gives up his dream job to try and save his family farm in "The Astronaut Farmer"

2007

Played the title character in "Mr. Woodcock," the titular evil high school gym teacher who is dating the mother of one of his former students

2006

Played a teacher of a confidence-building class in Todd Phillips' "School For Scoundrels"

2005

Cast in the Walter Matthau role for Richard Linklater's remake of "The Bad News Bears"

2005

Co-starred with John Cusack in Harold Ramis' dark comedy "Ice Harvest"

2004

Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

2004

Played a high school football coach in "Friday Night Lights," based on the book by Pulitzer Prize winning H.G. Buzz Bissinger

2003

Played a chain smoking, criminal minded Santa Claus in "Bad Santa"; earned a Best Actor Golden Globe nomination

2003

Starred as a parolee who returns back to the town for which he committed his crime in "Levity"

2002

Co-starred with Natasha Richardson in the comedy "Waking Up in Reno"

2001

Directed the film "Daddy and Them"; also wrote and starred

2001

First solo album, Private Radio

2001

Played a racist prison guard who falls for the black widow of an executed prisoner (Halle Berry) in Marc Forster's "Monster's Ball"

2001

Played the lead role in the Coen brothers' "The Man Who Wasn't There"

2000

Directed the film adaptation of "All the Pretty Horses" with Matt Damon and Penélope Cruz

2000

Co-wrote (with Epperson) the gothic thriller "The Gift" starring Cate Blanchett

1999

Cast in Mike Newell's "Pushing Tin" alongside John Cusack, Cate Blanchett, and then-wife Angelina Jolie

1998

Portrayed the James Carville-like political advisor in Mike Nichols' "Primary Colors"

1998

Re-teamed with Bill Paxton to play brothers in "A Simple Plan"; earned a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award nomination

1998

Joined ensemble cast in the disaster flick "Armageddon"

1997

Played a reluctant religious convert in the Duvall-directed "The Apostle"

1996

Feature directorial debut, "Sling Blade"; also wrote and starred; earned Best Actor Oscar and SAG nominations

1996

TV debut as screenwriter, the HBO film "Don't Look Back"; also acted

1996

Co-wrote with Epperson, "A Family Thing"; starred James Earl Jones and Duvall

1995

First asociation with Robert Duvall, "The Stars Fell on Henrietta"

1994

Wrote and starred as Karl Childers in the short film "Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade"

1992

First produced screenplay (co-wrote with Tom Epperson), "One False Move"; also co-starred

1992

Landed a recurring role on the CBS sitcom "Hearts Afire" (CBS) as Billy Bob Davis; first collaboration with John Ritter

1989

TV series debut as actor, "The Outsiders" (Fox)

1987

Appeared onstage in various productions as Karl Childers, refining the monologues and story

1987

First created character of Karl Childers (the protagonist of "Sling Blade") for "The Man Who Broke 1,000 Chains" (HBO)

1986

Made film debut in "Hunter's Blood"

1983

Took acting classes in Los Angeles

1963

Met writing partner Tom Epperson at age eight

Began performing career as a rock singer and drummer

Began acting as a high school student

Bonus Trivia

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Thornton admitted to suffering from anorexia when he lost 60 pounds for his role in "Pushing Tin" (1999).

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Thorton played in cover bands for Creedence Clearwater Revival and ZZ Top. He also worked as a roadie with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Johnny Paycheck, and Blood, Sweat, and Tears.

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Thornton never mentioned fourth wife Jolie by name, he does provide some seemingly expert advice on marriage, suggesting that first-timers, "go into it with the idea that you want it to last, but don't put pressure on yourself to try to achieve perfection every day, because I think that's when you get into trouble." In summation, says Thornton, "those about to march down the aisle should be thinking, Like, yeah, I'm doing this forever, but don't let it freak you out." – from People magazine, Sept. 4, 2003

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Thornton played drums and provided vocals for the band The Boxmasters. The band released the albums. The Boxmasters and the holiday album Christmas Cheer were both released in 2008, and their third album Modbilly was released in 2009.

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