Billy Bob Thornton is a popular American director, producer, singer-songwriter and also an eminent actor. He was born on August 4, 1955 at Hot Springs, Arkansas in USA to Virginia Roberta and William Raymond Thornton. His father died when he was 18 years old. Billy is one of the three brothers in their family. He wrote several songs like Island Avenue and Emily. He also recorded his very own albums. When he was a child, he lives in Alpine and Malvern in Arkansas and he was brought up as a Methodist. He finished high school in 1973 and he was good in playing baseball. In fact, he tried out on one of the professional baseball team, the Kansas City Royals but he got injured so he was released. After some time of working for the Arkansas State Transportation Department, he went to Henderson State University to study Psychology, but he dropped out just after 2 semesters.
Billy moved to Los Angeles in mid-80’s to become an actor together with Tom Epperson, his writing associate. Initially, he has a rough time on becoming an actor and so he worked in other fields like Telemarketing and Fast Food Management while auditioning for his acting job. He is also a drum player and sang together with Jack Hammer band. While he worked as a waiter in an event, he accidentally served Billy Wilder, a director and screenwriter and he advised Billy to consider being a screenwriter.
Billy’s first acting role was from the movie, South Reno Film in 1988, where he bagged the role of a counter man who works in a restaurant. He also did the small role of a pawn clerk in ‘The Photographer’ episode of the series, Matlock in 1987. He was also one of the CBS in the American sitcom, Hearts Afire. In 1992, he has done a villain role in the thriller film, One False Move. He is the co-writer of this film where he got the attention of many critics. Billy was also part of films like Tombstone, Indecent Proposal, On Deadly Ground and Bound by Honor in 1990s. He is the writer, director and he was starred in the independent film, Sling Blade in 1996 and Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade. The Sling Blade was internationally acclaimed and the screenplay gave him the Best Adapted Screenplay award in the Academy Award, Edgar Award and America Award’s Writers Guild. Billy also got the Best Actor nominations in both Oscar and Screen Actors Guild. He essayed the role of Richard Jemmons, a political strategist in the 1998 film, Primary Colors which stars
. In year 2000, he did the adaptation of the film All The Pretty Horses based on the book with the same title by Cormac McCarthy. He had a bad experience when he has to cut the footage of more than an hour and this made him decide to stop directing films. The film Daddy and Them was filmed earlier.
In year 2000, Billy made an appearance in Travis Tritt’s music video for Modern Day Bonnie and Clyde song. The actor was known as a ‘tattoed’ hairy man’s man. After the success of his film, Sling Blade, Billy acted in various major films like the Armageddon and A Simple Plan in 1998. In year 2001, this actor also directed the films, Daddy and Them alongside with his three other films: the box-office hit, Bandits, Monster’s Ball with
and the British-American film, The Man Who Wasn’t There, from which Billy got several awards. In year 2003, he played as Willie Stokes, a mischievous Santa in the black comedy film, Bad Santa. The film was a success and he was honored as a leading comic actor, followed by his appearance in the British romantic comedy film, Love Actually, where he played as a Casanova President of the United States. Later in 2004, he bagged the role of
in the war film, The Alamo. On October 7, 2004, he got his own star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2006, he wrote and essayed the role of Dr. P in the comedy film, School for Scoundrels. He was also seen in films like The Astronaut Farmer, Mr. Woodcock and Eagle Eye.
This year, he played as Lorne Malvo in the comedy crime series, Fargo which was based on the film with the same title in 1996. He also appeared as a urologist who gets thrilled when a woman touches him, in
The Big Bang
In 1990s, he started to be a singer-songwriter and releases his album, Private Radio in year 2001, The Edge of the World in year 2003, Hobo in year 2005 and his 2007 music album, Beautiful Door.
He got married five times to five different women. But unluckily, it all ends with a divorce. He got married to Melissa Lee Gatlin in 1978 and they have a daughter named, Amanda. In 1986, Billy re-marries actress, Toni Lawrence but a year after, they got separated and had a divorce in year 1988. He was also married to Cynda Williams, his co-star in his debut as a writer of One False Move. Billy also married, Pietra Dawn Cherniak of Playboy magazine in 1993 and they have two sons named William and Harry James. The two had a divorce in year 1997. From 1997 to 1999, the actor was engaged to be married to actress,
but in year 2000, he married his co-star in Pushing Tin,
. They adopted a child in March 2002, however, it was revealed that it was only Jolie who adopted the Cambodian child. They ended their relationship in 2002 and had a divorced after a year. From 2003 up to this time, Billy has been in a relationship to Connie Angland and they have a daughter named, Bella.