4 August 1955
Hot Springs, Arkansas
Billy Bob Thornton was raised in the tiny town
of Malvern. As a child his interests were split between music, acting and
sports. His father, a high school coach, pushed him toward athletics, while
his mother encouraged more cultural pursuits. In the end, when Billy Bob
first saw Elvis Presley movies, he knew that he wanted to be a movie star
or a rock-and-roll singer.
Billy Bob spent several years as a rock singer and drummer in Arkansas, Texas and California before deciding to pursue a career in acting. In 1981 he moved to Los Angeles with childhood friend and writing partner, Tom Epperson, and started acting classes. He struggled for several years until he landed a role in the Fox series The Outsiders, which began his extraordinary career. In 1991 he had a small role in For the Boys, but in 1992 he received critical acclaim for his performance in One False Move, which he co-wrote with Epperson. Billy Bob then appeared in a string of films including Bound By Honor, On Deadly Ground and Dead Man.
His biggest success to date came with Sling Blade, which he wrote and directed. It was a story based on stage work and a short he had done in the past. The film, about a mentally- challenged murderer, won him an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay and a nomination as Best Actor.
He was recently married to actress Angelina Jolie. This was his fifth marriage. Jolie's second.
(Written by K. Kamarauskas © 2000)
Monsters Ball (2001)/
The Man Who Wasn´t There (2001)/Behind
The Sun (2001)/
The Barber Project (2001)/
Daddy and Them (2001)/Wakin'
Up In Reno (2000)/
Last Real Cowboys (2000)/
South of Heaven, West of Hell (2000)/
Franky Goes to Hollywood (1999)/Pushing
(1998)/Primary Colors (1998)/A
Gun, a Car, a Blonde (1998)/A
Simple Plan (1998)/
U Turn (1997)/An
Alan Smithee Film... (1997)/The
Don't Look Back,TV (1996)/
The Winner (1996)/Out
The Stars Fell on Henrietta (1995)/Dead
Deadly Ground (1994)/Floundering
by Honor (1993)/The
Killing Box (1993)/Living
and Working in Space... (1993)/Some
Folks Call It a Sling Blade (1993)/Hearts
the Boys (1991)/One
False Move (1991)/The
Chicks in Zombietown (1989)/Going
of Reno (1988)/The
Man Who Broke 1,000 Chains,TV (1987)/Hunter's
Director: All The Pretty Horses,2001/Sling Blade,1996
Book: The Gift ,2000