Billy Bob Thornton

Billy Bob Thornton was born on August 4, 1955 in Hot Springs, Arkansas, to Virginia Roberta (Faulkner), a psychic, and William Raymond (Billy Ray) Thornton, an educator, high school history teacher, and basketball coach (now deceased). He is the older brother of James Donald (Jimmy Don) (born in ...

Born on August 04, 1955

Hot Springs, Arkansas, USA

Height 1.78m / 5' 10"

Biography

Billy Bob Thornton was born on August 4, 1955 in Hot Springs, Arkansas, to Virginia Roberta (Faulkner), a psychic, and William Raymond (Billy Ray) Thornton, an educator, high school history teacher, and basketball coach (now deceased). He is the older brother of James Donald (Jimmy Don) (born in 1958 and now deceased) and John David (born in 1969). He has been married six times and has four children: daughter Amanda Brumfield, with Melissa Lee Gatlin (now Parish); sons William and Harry, both with Pietra Dawn Cherniak; and daughter Bella with Connie Angland.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.. In 1981, he moved to Los Angeles with childhood friend Tom Epperson to pursue an acting and writing career. On the side, Billy Bob also sought work as a singer and drummer. He and Epperson tried for years to sell their scripts but no one was buying. During those rough times, Billy Bob neglected his health and subsequently landed in the hospital with heart problems due to malnutrition. In 1992, Billy Bob starred in One False Move (1992), a movie he co-wrote with Epperson. The team finally received attention because of this work, which was very well received in Hollywood. His popularity increased steadily, especially after Sling Blade (1996) which he wrote, directed and in which he starred.Read More

Known For

TradeMarks

Houston Colt 45's hat

Southern American accent

Frequently plays sleazy and immoral characters

Trivia

Has numerous tattoos, among them at least six on his arms (three right, three left) and on his lower back/hip.

3/10/02: Angelina Jolie and Thornton adopted a Cambodian baby boy. Jolie took custody of the baby in Africa, where she was shooting Beyond Borders (2003). Her father, Jon Voight, told reporters at the 3/11/02 Academy Awards luncheon. Voight said he didn't know whether the couple had picked a name for the child. Brad Pitt is now the adoptive father of Maddox, and Maddox's last name is Jolie-Pitt and Thornton is no longer involved in raising the child.

Claimed in a "USA Today" interview that he has an intense phobia of antique furniture. This fear has been seen on screen in both Bandits (2001) and Sling Blade (1996).

9/22/00: Was treated for an unspecified "viral infection" at a Los Angeles hospital.

He and Dwight Yoakam have their own production company and are looking at producing movies and records together. Yoakam appeared opposite Thornton in Sling Blade (1996).

Gained about 50 pounds for his role as the auto mechanic in Droga przez pieklo (1997).

He was honored by his hometown, where he's remembered as a milkshake-loving, drum-playing rock 'n' roller. "I had a Tastee-Freez stand before I got into politics," said Mayor Bill Scrimshire, who declared "Billy Bob Thornton Day" Tuesday. "When he was a kid in high school, he used to buy hamburgers and milkshakes from me. He was one of my Tastee-Freez kids.".

In high school, Thornton played drums in a band called "Stone Cold Fever" and cranked out Creedence Clearwater Revival songs.

4/15/97: Ex-wife Pietra granted a restraining order against Thornton to keep him away from her and their children.

His mother, a psychic, predicted he would work with Burt Reynolds. That prediction came true when, beginning in 1990, he did three episodes of Reynolds' CBS series Evening Shade (1990).

Quotes

[on his Academy Award nomination for Best Actor (Sling Blade (1996)] Getting the nomination is like gravy. Winning would be like whatever is better than gravy.

[on as a director, if there's more interference on a film, the bigger the budget is] Yes, I experienced that one time, I've only done one big-budget movie as a director (All the Pretty Horses (2000)). And there is much more interference, to the point where it shows you that if there's something wrong in the film business - that's what it is. Not to say that there aren't good big-budget movies, and that it can't be done, and some people aren't interfered with.

Most of the movies that are easy to get financed are movies about models in gladiator uniforms and wacky comedies with kids who get caught with sheep in hotel rooms.

[2007] I am fairly embraced by the Hollywood community, and I love making movies and I love acting, but I'm not real crazy about the Hollywood system. So the fact that they embrace me is a shock to me because I tell them to kiss my ass all the time. I don't understand why they haven't thrown me out on my ear. The other thing is I don't participate much. I have very few friends within the movie community. I hang out with some guys I've known forever. They're all broke and eat me out of house and home. But I stay home mostly and I don't go to the parties. Maybe that preserves me.

People think the hard thing for an actor is crying and screaming, but that's easy. What's hard is a character who never tips his hand, who toes the line all the time. The hard stuff is never telling yourself, "Hey, I better do something here.".

I've been married five times, and people think that's some bizarre thing, yet I've got buddies who refuse to get married and have sex with 15 people a week. I'm like "Which is better?" At least I was trying.

It's not that I don't understand it. But people think if you speak with an English accent it somehow makes you smarter.

I can't sit through plays and musical theatre. I just want to run up onstage and mess up their hair and turn over the furniture.

Acting is playing--it's actually going out on a playground with the other kids and being in the game, and I need that. Writing satisfies that part of myself that longs to sit in my room and dream.

I was the fattest baby in Clark County, Arkansas. They put me in the newspaper. It was like a prize turnip.

Spouses

Connie Angland Connie Angland October 22, 2014 - present (1 child)
Pietra Thornton Pietra Thornton February 18, 1993 - present (divorced) (2 children)
Angelina Jolie Angelina Jolie May 05, 2000 - May 27, 2003 (divorced)

Filmography

Today Today Himself/...(2episodes,2016)
Good Morning America Good Morning America Himself-Guest(1episode,2014)
Saturday Night Live Saturday Night Live Himself-Host(1episode,2001)
Knots Landing Knots Landing Timberman(1episode,1992)
Entertainment Tonight Entertainment Tonight Himself(8episodes,2007-2016)
Matlock Matlock PawnshopClerk(1episode,1987)
Biography Biography Himself(3episodes,2002-2008)
Hunter's Blood  Hunter's Blood  BillyBob
The Man Who Broke 1,000 Chains  The Man Who Broke 1,000 Chains  Conductor(scenesdeleted)
South of Reno  South of Reno  Counterman
Live! with Kelly Live! with Kelly Himself-Guest/...(11episodes,2004-2016)
The Outsiders The Outsiders BuckMerrill(10episodes,1990)
Going Overboard  Going Overboard  Dave
Evening Shade Evening Shade Alvin/...(2episodes,1990-1991)
The Dark Backward  The Dark Backward  PatronatSloppy's(uncredited)(unconfirmed)
For the Boys  For the Boys  MarineSergeant,Korea
One False Move  One False Move  RayMalcolm
One False Move  One False Move 
Hearts Afire Hearts Afire BillyBobDavis(54episodes,1992-1995)
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Himself-Guest(13episodes,1997-2008)
Chopper Chicks in Zombietown  Chopper Chicks in Zombietown  Donny
Late Night with Conan O'Brien Late Night with Conan O'Brien Himself-Guest(10episodes,1997-2008)
Late Show with David Letterman Late Show with David Letterman Himself-Guest/...(8episodes,1997-2010)
Blood In, Blood Out  Blood In, Blood Out  Lightning
Indecent Proposal  Indecent Proposal  DayTripper
Grey Knight  Grey Knight  Langston
Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade  Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade  KarlChilders
Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade  Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade 
Tombstone  Tombstone  JohnnyTyler
Ellen Ellen TheGrocer(uncredited)(1episode,1997)
Floundering  Floundering  GunClerk
On Deadly Ground  On Deadly Ground  HomerCarlton
Dead Man  Dead Man  BigGeorgeDrakoulious
Out There  Out There  Jailbird
The Daily Show The Daily Show Himself-Guest(3episodes,2003-2005)
Everybody Loves Raymond Everybody Loves Raymond Himself(1episode,2002)
The Rosie O'Donnell Show The Rosie O'Donnell Show Himself-Guest(2episodes,1997-2002)
Don't Look Back  Don't Look Back  Marshall
Don't Look Back  Don't Look Back 
A Family Thing  A Family Thing 
Sling Blade  Sling Blade  KarlChilders
Sling Blade  Sling Blade 
Sling Blade  Sling Blade 
The Winner  The Winner  Jack
King of the Hill King of the Hill BoyceHubert(1episode,1998)
An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn  An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn  BillyBobThornton
Homegrown  Homegrown  JackMarsden
Princess Mononoke  Princess Mononoke  Jigo(voice)
Primary Colors  Primary Colors  RichardJemmons
A Simple Plan  A Simple Plan  Jacob
U Turn  U Turn  Darrell
Armageddon  Armageddon  DanTruman
A Gun, a Car, a Blonde  A Gun, a Car, a Blonde  Syd/Monk
The Thin Red Line  The Thin Red Line 
The View The View Himself/...(2episodes,2005-2016)
Intolerable Cruelty  Intolerable Cruelty  HowardD.Doyle
All the Pretty Horses  All the Pretty Horses 
All the Pretty Horses  All the Pretty Horses 
Camouflage  Camouflage 
CatDog CatDog CatDog'sFather/...(2episodes,2000-2005)
CBS News Sunday Morning CBS News Sunday Morning Himself(1episode,2016)
Daddy and Them  Daddy and Them  ClaudeMontgomery
Daddy and Them  Daddy and Them 
Daddy and Them  Daddy and Them 
Inside the Actors Studio Inside the Actors Studio Himself-Guest(1episode,2002)
Film 2016 Film 2016 Himself/...(2episodes,2004-2016)
Kelly Preston Kelly Preston Himself
Getaway Getaway Himself-CelebrityTraveller(1episode,2008)
The Gift  The Gift 
Bandits  Bandits  TerryCollins
Franky Goes to Hollywood  Franky Goes to Hollywood 
GMTV GMTV Himself(1episode,2004)
Extra Extra Himself(4episodes,2015-2016)
The Last Real Cowboys  The Last Real Cowboys  Tar
The 71st Annual Academy Awards  The 71st Annual Academy Awards  Himself-Nominee:BestActorinaSupportingRole
Charlie Rose Charlie Rose Himself-Guest(3episodes,1997-1998)
Down from the Mountain  Down from the Mountain  AudienceMember
AMC: Film Preservation Classics AMC: Film Preservation Classics Himself-Host(1episode,1996)
Monster's Ball  Monster's Ball  HankGrotowski
The Badge  The Badge  SheriffDarlHardwick
Bravo Profiles Bravo Profiles Himself(1episode,2002)
Dinner for Five Dinner for Five Himself(1episode,2005)
The 69th Annual Academy Awards  The 69th Annual Academy Awards  Himself-Winner:BestAdaptedScreenplay&Nominee:BestActorinaLeadingRole
Circus  Circus  BillyBob
Levity  Levity  ManuelJordan
Last Call with Carson Daly Last Call with Carson Daly Himself-Guest(1episode,2004)
Love Actually  Love Actually  TheUSPresident
HypaSpace HypaSpace Himself(2episodes,2007)
HBO First Look HBO First Look Himself(3episodes,2004-2008)
Jimmy Kimmel Live! Jimmy Kimmel Live! Himself-Guest/...(5episodes,2004-2016)
Inside 'Bandits'  Inside 'Bandits'  Himself
Aerosmith: I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing  Aerosmith: I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing  DanTruman(archivefootage)
The Sharon Osbourne Show The Sharon Osbourne Show Himself-Guest(1episode,2003)
2002 ABC World Stunt Awards  2002 ABC World Stunt Awards  Himself-Presenter(uncredited)
Real Time with Bill Maher Real Time with Bill Maher Himself-Guest(1episode,2009)
Filmography Filmography Himself(1episode,2005)
The 59th Annual Golden Globe Awards  The 59th Annual Golden Globe Awards  Himself-Nominee:BestActorinaMotionPictureDrama&BestActorinaMotionPicture-MusicalorComedy
Banzai Banzai Himself(uncredited)(1episode,2003)
Short Insanity 6  Short Insanity 6  (segment"FrankyGoestoHollywood")(archivefootage)
Tinseltown TV Tinseltown TV Himself(1episode,2003)
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