Tommy Lee Jones

Tommy Lee Jones

Infobox actor

imagesize = 170px
caption = Tommy Lee Jones, 2006
birthname = Tommy Lee Jones
birthdate = birth date and age|1946|9|15
birthplace = San Saba, Texas
yearsactive = 1970 - present
spouse = Katherine "Kate" Lardner (1971-1978)
Kimberlea Cloughley (1981-1996)
Dawn Laurel (2001-present)
academyawards = Best Supporting Actor
1993 "The Fugitive"
emmyawards = Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Special
1983 "The Executioner's Song"
goldenglobeawards = Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture
1994 "The Fugitive"
sagawards = Best Cast - Motion Picture
2007 "No Country for Old Men"
awards = Best Actor Award - Cannes Film Festival
2005 "The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada"

Tommy Lee Jones (born September 15, 1946) is an Academy Award-, Golden Globe-, Screen Actors Guild- and Emmy Award-winning American actor and director. He is perhaps best known for his appearances as Samuel Gerard in "The Fugitive" and "U.S. Marshals", Two-Face in "Batman Forever", as Agent K in the "Men in Black" films and as Sheriff Ed Tom Bell in "No Country for Old Men".


Early life

Jones was born in San Saba, Texas, the son of Lucille Marie (née Scott), a police officer, school teacher, and beauty shop owner, and Clyde C. Jones, an oil field worker; [ [ Tommy Lee Jones Biography (1946-) ] ] the two were married and divorced twice. Jones, an eighth-generation Texan, has a Cherokee Native American grandparent. [ [ Eric O'Keefe :: WD Ranch ] ] He was a resident of Midland, Texas and attended the same high school (Robert E. Lee) as First Lady Laura Bush.

Jones graduated from the St. Mark's School of Texas, where he is now on the board of directors, and attended Harvard on a need-based scholarship, staying in Mower B-12 as a freshman, across the hall from future Vice President Al Gore. As an upperclassman, he was roommates with Gore and Bob Somerby, who later became editor of the media criticism site, the Daily Howler. Another actor who rose to prominence, John Lithgow, also lived in Dunster House. Jones played offensive tackle on Harvard's undefeated 1968 varsity football team, was nominated as a first-team All-Ivy League selection, and played in the memorable and literal last-minute Harvard sixteen-point comeback blitz to tie Yale in the 1968 Game. Jones graduated cum laude with a degree in English in 1969. [ [ Tommy Lee Jones - Trailer - Showtimes - Cast - Movies - New York Times ] ]


Jones then moved to New York City to become an actor. He started acting on Broadway and in television. He made his debut in movies in "Love Story", in 1970 (Erich Segal, the author of "Love Story" has said that he based the lead character of Oliver on the two undergrad roommates he knew while teaching at Harvard, Jones and Al Gore.). Between 1971 and 1975, he portrayed Dr. Mark Toland on the ABC soap opera, "One Life to Live", and then he played the role of an escaped convict who was hunted down by the police in "Jackson County Jail" (1976). In 1977 he co-starred in "Rolling Thunder" and in 1978 he starred opposite Sir Laurence Olivier in "The Betsy".

In 1981, he played a drifter opposite Sally Field in "Back Roads", a comedy that received middling reviews and grossed $11 million at the box office.cite web | title= | work=Business Date for Back Roads | url= | accessmonthday=March 12 | accessyear=2006] In 1983, he received an Emmy for Best Actor for his performance as murderer Gary Gilmore in a TV adaptation of Norman Mailer's "The Executioner's Song". In the same year he also starred in pirate adventure "Nate and Hayes", playing the heavily bearded Captain Bully Hayes.

In the 1990s, movies such as "The Fugitive" co-starring Harrison Ford, "Batman Forever" co-starring Val Kilmer, and "Men in Black" with Will Smith brought him tens of millions of dollars and made him one of the top actors of Hollywood. 1991 brought him his first Academy Award nomination for "JFK". His role in "The Fugitive" won him wide acclaim and an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. When he accepted his Oscar, his head was shaved for his role in the film "Cobb," a situation he made light of in his speech by saying "All a man can say at a time like this is 'I am not really bald.'"

In 2005, he released the first theatrical feature film he directed, "The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada", which was presented at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival. In it, Jones regularly speaks Spanish. It won him the Best Actor Award. His first film as director was in 1995, a made-for-television movie. Two strong performances in 2007 have marked a resurgence in Jones' career, with his portrayal of a beleaguered father looking for his son in "In the Valley of Elah" and as a sheriff hunting an assassin in the critically acclaimed "No Country for Old Men". For the former, he was nominated for an Academy Award.

Jones has also become a spokesperson for popular Japanese brewing company Suntory since April 2006. He can be seen in various Japanese TV commercials of Suntory's Coffee brand BOSS as a character "Alien Jones", an extraterrestrial who takes the form of a human being to check on the world of humans. There are 14 such commercials that can be seen on Youtube.

Academy Awards

*"Best Supporting Actor", "JFK" (1991) nomination, lost to Jack Palance for "City Slickers"
*Best Supporting Actor, "The Fugitive" (1993) won
*"Best Actor", "In the Valley of Elah" (2007) nomination, lost to Daniel Day-Lewis for "There Will Be Blood"

Personal life

At the 2000 Democratic National Convention, he presented the nominating speech for his college roommate, Al Gore, as the Democratic Party's nominee for President of the United States.

Jones was married to Kate Lardner, the daughter of Ring Lardner Jr. from 1971 to 1978. Jones has two children from his second marriage to Kimberlea Cloughley, the daughter of Phil Hardberger, the mayor of San Antonio: Austin Leonard (born 1982) and Victoria Kafka (born 1991). On March 19, 2001, he married his third wife, Dawn Laurel.

Jones resides in Terrell Hills, Texas, a community in San Antonio. He reportedly owns a large ranch in San Saba County, Texas off Chappell Hill Rd.



External links

* [ No Country for Old Men] Official Canadian site

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