Sep. 15th, 1946
San Saba, Texas, USA
Tommy Lee Jones' Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2012 - Men in Black III
2010 - The Company Men
2009 - In the Electric Mist
2008 - Harvard Beats Yale 29-29
2007 - No Country for Old Men
2007 - In the Valley of Elah
2006 - A Prairie Home Companion
2005 - The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada
2003 - The Hunted
2002 - Men In Black II
2000 - Rules of Engagement
2000 - Space Cowboys
1999 - Double Jeopardy
1998 - Small Soldiers
1998 - U.S. Marshals
1997 - Volcano
1997 - Men in Black
1995 - Batman Forever
1994 - The Client
1994 - Blown Away
1994 - Natural Born Killers
1994 - Cobb
1993 - Heaven & Earth
1993 - House of Cards
1993 - The Fugitive
1992 - Under Siege
1991 - JFK
1990 - Fire Birds
1989 - The Package
1988 - Stormy Monday
1986 - Black Moon Rising
1984 - The River Rat
1983 - Nate and Hayes
1980 - Coal Miner's Daughter
1978 - Eyes of Laura Mars
1977 - Rolling Thunder
1976 - Jackson County Jail
1970 - Love Story
Guest TV Roles
Dr. Jim Melford
Tommy Lee Jones (born September 15, 1946) is an American actor and film director. He has received four Academy Award nominations, winning one as Best Supporting Actor for his performance as U.S. Marshal Samuel Gerard in the 1993 thriller film The Fugitive.
Born in San Saba, Texas, the son of Clyde C. and Lucille Marie (Scott) Jones, Tommy Lee Jones worked in underwater construction and on an oil rig. He attended St. Mark's School of Texas, a prestigious prep school for boys in Dallas, on a scholarship, and went to Harvard on another scholarship. He roomed with future Vice President 'Al Gore' and played offensive guard in the famous 29-29 Harvard-Yale football game of '68 known as "The Tie." He received a B.A. in English literature and graduated cum laude from Harvard in 1969.
Following college, he moved to New York and began his theatrical career on Broadway in "A Patriot for Me" (1969). In 1970, he made his film debut in Love Story (1970). While living in New York, he continued to appear in various plays, both on- and off-Broadway: "Fortune and Men's Eyes" (1969); "Four on a Garden" (1971); "Blue Boys" (1972); "Ulysses in Nighttown" (1974). During this time, he also appeared on a daytime soap opera, One Life to Live (1968) as Dr. Mark Toland from 1971-75.
There he began to get some roles on television: Charlie's Angels (1976) pilot episode; Smash-Up on Interstate 5 (1976); and The Amazing Howard Hughes (1977). While working on the movie Back Roads (1981), he met and fell in love with Kimberlea Cloughley, whom he later married.
More roles in television--both on network and cable--stage and film garnered him a reputation as a strong, explosive, thoughtful actor who could handle supporting as well as leading roles. He made his directorial debut in The Good Old Boys (1995) on TNT. In addition to directing and starring in the film, he co-wrote the teleplay with 'J.T. Allen'. The film, based on 'Elmer Kelton' novel, is set in west Texas where Jones has strong family ties. Consequently, this story of a cowboy facing the end of an era has special meaning for him.
His other notable starring roles include former Texas Ranger Woodrow F. Call in the award-winning TV mini-series Lonesome Dove, Agent K in the Men in Black film series, Sheriff Ed Tom Bell in No Country for Old Men, the villain Two-Face in Batman Forever, terrorist William Strannix in Under Siege, a Texas Ranger in Man of the House, rancher Pete Perkins in The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, which also served as his directorial debut, and Colonel Chester Phillips in Captain America: The First Avenger. Jones has also portrayed real-life figures such as businessman Howard Hughes, Radical Republican Congressman Thaddeus Stevens, executed murderer Gary Gilmore, U.S. Army General Douglas MacArthur, Oliver Lynn, husband of Loretta Lynn in Coal Miner's Daughter, and baseball great Ty Cobb.
Jones was married to Kate Lardner, the daughter of screenwriter and journalist Ring Lardner Jr., from (1971 to 1978).
Jones has two children from his second marriage to Kimberlea Cloughley, the daughter of Phil Hardberger, former mayor of San Antonio: Austin Leonard (b. 1982) and Victoria Kafka (b. 1991). On March 19, 2001, he married his third wife, Dawn Laurel.
- Owns the movie rights to 'Cormac McCarthy' (qv)'s controversial novel "Blood Meridian," which many consider unfilmable.
- Plays polo and raises polo ponies. His team won the U.S. Polo Association's Western Challenge Cup in 1993. Invites the Harvard's best polo players to his ranch to practice each fall.
- Jones was also a resident of Midland, Texas, and attended the same high school as the future First Lady 'Laura Bush' (qv).
- Part time cattle rancher, owns 3,000-acre ranch near San Antonio, TX.
- Is the only Texan to have played fellow Texan 'Howard Hughes (I)' (qv). 'Leonardo DiCaprio' (qv) (The Aviator), 'Jason Robards' (qv) (_Melvin and Howard (1980)_ (qv)) and 'Terry O'Quinn' (qv) (_The Rocketeer (1991)_ (qv)) were born in California, Illinois, and Michigan, respectively.
- His ex-wife, 'Kate Lardner (I)' (qv), is 'Ring Lardner' (qv)'s granddaughter.
- According to author 'Erich Segal' (qv), Jones and his then Harvard roommate 'Al Gore (I)' (qv), were the models for the character of Oliver in _Love Story (1970)_ (qv).
- Father, with Kimberlea Gayle Cloughley, of 'Austin Leonard Jones' (qv) (b. 1983) and Victoria Kafka Jones (b. 1991)