Billy Bob Thornton

Billy Bob Thornton

Aug. 4th, 1955
Born in
Hot Springs, Arkansas, USA

Billy Bob Thornton's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Fargo TV Show
Hearts Afire TV Show
Hearts Afire
The Outsiders TV Show
The Outsiders

Main Movie Roles

2015 - Cut Bank
2015 - Entourage
2015 - Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon
2013 - Jayne Mansfield's Car
2013 - Parkland
2011 - Puss in Boots
2010 - Faster
2010 - Lemmy
2009 - The Smell of Success
2008 - Eagle Eye
2007 - Mr. Woodcock
2006 - School for Scoundrels
2006 - The Astronaut Farmer
2005 - Bad News Bears
2005 - The Ice Harvest
2004 - The Alamo
2004 - Friday Night Lights
2004 - Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson
2004 - Chrystal
2003 - Levity
2003 - Love Actually
2003 - Bad Santa
2003 - Intolerable Cruelty
2002 - The Badge
2002 - Waking Up in Reno
2001 - Bandits
2001 - Daddy and Them
2001 - The Man Who Wasn't There
2001 - Monster's Ball
2000 - South of Heaven, West of Hell
1999 - Pushing Tin
1998 - Primary Colors
1998 - Homegrown
1998 - A Simple Plan
1997 - The Apostle
1996 - Sling Blade
1995 - Dead Man
1994 - Floundering
1994 - On Deadly Ground
1993 - Trouble Bound
1993 - Grey Knight
1993 - Bound by Honor
1993 - Indecent Proposal
1993 - Tombstone
1992 - One False Move
1991 - The Dark Backward
1989 - Going Overboard
1986 - Hunter's Blood

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
CatDog's Father (Voiced)
Himself - Guest
Grandfather Shlorp (Voiced)
Dr. Oliver Lorvis
Pawnshop Clerk
[Complete List]


William Robert (Billy Bob) Thornton was born in Hot Springs, Arkansas on August 4, 1955 to William Raymond (Billy Ray) Thornton (educator, high school history teacher, basketball coach; deceased) and Virginia R. Faulkner (psychic). He has three younger brothers, James Donald (Jimmy Don), born in 1958 and now deceased, James (Jim) Bean and John David, born in 1969. 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 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 (I) 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.

Billy received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on October 7, 2004.

  • Agreed to 'Ethan Coen' (qv) and 'Joel Coen' (qv)'s _The Man Who Wasn't There (2001)_ (qv) without reading the script, out of respect for the Coen brothers' talent.
  • In an interview, Thornton talked about his struggling actor years. At one point he was so poor all he could afford to eat were potatoes, which he would grill until they stuck to the pan. This consumption led to myocarditis, which led to an intense pain in his chest since he didn't have any potassium in his system. He was treated at a hospital, thanks to a kind doctor who was from Arkansas, his home state. At the time Thornton had no medical insurance and has remained grateful for the doctor's treatment.
  • His paternal grandfather, Otis Thornton, with whom he spent time in his childhood on a small shack in the woods, was a forest ranger.
  • He was inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame in March 2009 in Austin, Tx.
  • His mother, a psychic, predicted he would work with 'Burt Reynolds (I)' (qv). That prediction came true when, beginning in 1990, he did three episodes of Reynolds' CBS series _"Evening Shade" (1990)_ (qv).
  • Has stated that, of all the characters he has played, the one he enjoyed playing the most was Davy Crockett in _The Alamo (2004)_ (qv).
  • In _Armageddon (1998/I)_ (qv) he was the NASA flight director. In _The Astronaut Farmer (2006)_ (qv) he was a former astronaut who went up against NASA.
  • 9/04: His fourth child, daughter Bella, with girlfriend 'Connie Angland' (qv), weighed in at 6 lb., 1.5 oz.

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