Fast Facts

  • Grew up in a small Arkansas cabin with no electricity or running water.
  • Tried out for the Kansas City Royals baseball team in the 1970s, but a wild pitch broke his collarbone, ending his potential pro career.
  • Performed as a singer and drummer in various rock and blues bands, including a ZZ Top tribute band.
  • Before he found success as an actor, he worked as a telemarketer and on wind farm in Los Angeles.
  • Made three appearances on TV's Evening Shade, fulfilling his mother's psychic prediction that he would one day work with Burt Reynolds.
  • Wrote the screenplay for Sling Blade in longhand because he does not type.

Awards

  • 2002, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 1996, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2014, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: Nominee
  • 2002, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1996, Oscar — Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay): Winner
  • 1998, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 2015, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Winner
  • 1996, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2014, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: Nominee
  • 2004, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1996, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1998, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 1999, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2014, Critics' Choice Television Awards — Best Actor in a Movie or Mini-Series: Winner

Relationships

  • Billy Ray Thornton — Father
  • Connie Angland — Wife
  • Angelina Jolie — Ex-wife
  • Bella — Daughter
  • Cynda Williams — Ex-wife
  • John David Thornton — Brother
  • Amanda Brumfield — Daughter
  • Harry — Son
  • Melissa Gatlin — Ex-wife
  • William — Son
  • Laura Dern — Ex-significant Other
  • Jimmy Don Thornton — Brother
  • Pietra Dawn Cherniak — Ex-wife
  • Toni Lawrence — Ex-wife
  • Virginia Thornton — Mother

College

  • Attended Henderson State University, Arkadelphia, Arkansas, United States

Details

  • Birth Place: Hot Springs, Arkansas, United States
  • Birthday: August 4, 1955, Leo
  • Profession: Actor, Producer, Screenwriter
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