Billy Bob Thornton

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  • Name: Billy Bob Thornton ( William Robert Thornton )
  • Date of birth: 4 August 1955
  • Age: 61 years
  • Place of birth: Hot springs, Arkansas, USA
  • Height: 178
  • Activity: film Director, screenwriter, actor, singer
  • Marital status: married

    Billy Bob Thornton: biography

    Billy Bob Thornton is an American actor, who became popular thanks to the films «Bad Santa» and «Real love.» After performing the role of Karl Childers in the drama «sling blade,» for which he wrote the screenplay, Thornton became world famous. As a writer he was awarded the awards «Oscar» for this work.

    Billy Bob Thornton was born in Hot springs, which is in Arkansas. The mother of the future actor Virginia Roberta Faulkner was engaged in the esoteric and acted as a medium. Father Willie ray Thornton was a lecturer of history at the local University, and was head of the student basketball team. Billy has two brothers, Jimmy don and John David. The family lived in the old house where there was not even electricity. Interestingly, at the age of 7 months weighing nearly 14 pounds Billy Bob got into the Guinness book of records Clark County, which will wear the heaviest babies.

    Thornton studied at the state school and has distinguished himself as a good athlete, but as a child Billy Bob together with his brothers, dreamed of becoming a famous musician. He played drumset in the school band «Stone Cold Fever» and later as the vocalist was performing with the band «Tres Hombres», which was performed several songs written by his brother Jimmy.

    After graduation in 1973, thanks to Thornton sports came to professional baseball club «Kansas City Royals», but soon got a knee injury which put an end to the career of the player. A few months Billy Bob worked as an asphalt paver, but the following year entered the University of Henderson, where he specialized in psychology. However, the young man managed to hold on in high school just 2 semesters, after which he was expelled.

    In the mid 80-ies of Billy Bob Thornton moved to Los Angeles and decided to do an acting career. Between auditions and castings he worked as a waiter, salesperson, household chemicals, fast food, and played drums in a folk band Jack hammer.


    First Billy Bob has appeared in episodes of television series and sitcoms. But in 1992, he starred as police officer, ray Malcolm, investigates a crime in Arkansas, in the detective drama «One false move». Interestingly, Thornton has also acted as a co-author of the script of the film, helping in writing the Fact Epperson, with whom before that met in one of the restaurants where he worked as a waiter. Thanks to a dramatic story and a good game, the actor drew the attention of experts and spectators.

    But the glory of a world scale brought him psychological drama «sling blade,» for which he wrote the screenplay and also acted as a Director and actor. Thornton has played a mentally retarded man who spent the best years in a psychiatric hospital for an unexplained murder. The film became very popular and Billy Bob received an Oscar as best screenwriter, as well as many other awards as an actor.

    After this success the Thornton had no problems with the proposals from the Directors. He starred in a large number of famous films, including such well-known as «Armageddon», where he played the Director of NASA Dan Truman, as well as new year’s tragicomedy «love actually», where he portrayed the U.S. President. For Americans, the last picture was actually mandatory to show during the winter holidays.

    In 2003, the actor played a sleazy, alcoholic, and loser Willie in the black Comedy «Bad Santa». The film was a huge box office success, and critics named it destroys all the stereotypes about Christmas paintings. Was also mocked in the Comedy the problems of society related to political correctness beyond reasonable.

    I wonder what Billy Bob Thornton got the role of Bad Santa, ahead of such movie stars as Jack Nicholson and bill Murray. This role has earned the actor the fame of the comic, capable to cause laughter almost out of the blue.

    Fueled the fame of the Comedy «School for scoundrels», the role of Dr. PI which was written specifically for Thornton. After filming this movie, the actor was awarded a nominal star on the walk of Fame in Hollywood.

    In 2014, Billy Bob Thornton participated in the popular sitcom «the Big Bang Theory» where he played the elderly doctor-urologist of Lorvis, excited even at the slightest touch of any woman.


    When Billy Bob Thornton became a famous actor, he resumed his musical activity and recorded several solo albums in the style of the country, which included the songs of his brother Jimmy don «Island Avenue» and «Emily», which Billy sang as a teenager.

    Releasing 4 solo drive, Thornton put together his own band «The Boxmasters», which toured North America and records the album in the style of country and rockabilly.

    Thornton writes lyrics and sometimes dedicates them to loved ones. For example, in 2001, he wrote the song «Angelina», which told about his feelings for his wife Angelina Jolie.

    Personal life

    Billy Bob Thornton was married 6 times and has 4 children. In 1978 he married Melissa Gatlin Or which have been married 2 years and has a daughter Amanda. In 1986, he married actress Toni Lawrence, a year went, a year later divorced officially. Then 2 years his wife was the actress Sinda Williams. In 1993, Thornton became a man centerfolds Poetry Chernyak who gave him sons, Harry James and William. The marriage was terminated in 1997 when the wife is accused Billy Bob’s in family violence.

    Following the wife of the actor in 2000, became the famous actress Angelina Jolie, who was younger than him by almost 20 years. Their relationship was very eccentric. Defiantly a couple showed affection to each other, one even wore a locket with a drop of blood partner. They divorced 2 years after marriage.

    Since 2003, Billy Bob Thornton lived in a civil marriage with makeup artist Connie Angland, who gave birth to his daughter Bella. Billy and Connie have publicly stated they do not intend to legalize their relationship, however, in October 2014 they signed.

    Due to the large health problems, Thornton has developed a large number of phobias from the common fear of air travel to unusual phobias fear of Antiques. Interestingly, the actor doesn’t smoke, though in many roles, it can be seen with a cigarette.

    Star is an honorary citizen of his native town Hot springs, the mayor of which has immortalized his name by declaring one day of the year an official holiday named Billy Bob Thornton.


    • 1992 — One false move
    • 1996 — sling blade
    • 1998 — a Simple plan
    • 1999 — pushing tin
    • 2001 — the Man who never was
    • 2002 — monster’s Ball
    • 2003 — love actually
    • 2003 — Bad Santa
    • 2004 — In the glory
    • 2006 — School for scoundrels
    • 2014 — Fargo


    • 2001 — Private Radio
    • 2003 — The Edge of The World
    • 2005 — Hobo
    • 2007 — Beautiful Door
    • 2008 — The Boxmasters
    • 2008 — Christmas Cheer
    • 2009 — Modbilly
    • 2015 — Somewhere Down the Road
    • 2015 — Providence


    Billy Bob Thornton

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