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Thornton in APOSTLE.

About Billy Bob Thornton (1955 –)

Billy Bob Thornton was born on August 4, 1955 in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

Though a reputable actor and director, initially Thornton began his artistic career as a musician; playing drums and singing for the band "Tres Hombres", which once opened for Hank Williams Jr.

Known for his uncanny ways, perhaps Thornton's unconventionality is most clearly defined in both his publicly obscure relationship to ex-wife Angelina Jolie (i.e. the vial of blood, etc), and his statement to USA Today that he has an intense phobia "of antique furniture". Adhering to the testimony, Thornton has literally confronted his peculiar fear in both 1996's "Sling Blade" and 2001's "Bandits".

Perhaps his peculiarity stems from en equally unique family. Billy Bob Thornton's mother, a psychic, predicted he would work with Burt Reynolds. Whether her prediction was fatefully realized, or whether it prompted Thornton to pursue accordingly, Billy Bob would eventually work with Reynolds, starring alongside the actor in several episodes of 1990's series, "Evening Shade". In 1992 Billy Bob co-wrote and starred in the film "One False Move" alongside Epperson.

In 1993 Thornton would appear in the classic western comedy, "Tombstone" as the faro dealer, Johnny Tyler. Three years later Thornton would star in the 1996 smash "Sling Blade"; which was also Billy Bob's directorial debut. The following year he would gain around fifty pounds to appear as the greasy auto mechanic in 1997's "U Turn".

Casting Penelope Cruz and Matt Damon for the leads, Thornton produced a slightly more poignant film, "All the Pretty Horses" (2000). A year later, without having even read the script, Billy Bob Thornton agreed to both the script and the production of "The Man Who Wasn't There" (2001). His reasoning allegedly, was that Thornton simply respected Coen's talent.

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

Billy Bob Thornton's notable credits include...

FASTER (2010)
THE SMELL OF SUCCESS (2009)
THE INFORMERS (2008)
EAGLE EYE (2008)
MR. WOODCOCK (2007)
THE ASTRONAUT FARMER (2006)
SCHOOL FOR SCOUNDRELS (2006)
THE ICE HARVEST (2005)
BAD NEWS BEARS (2005)
FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS (2004)
THE ALAMO (2004)
CHRYSTAL (2004)
BAD SANTA (2003)
LOVE ACTUALLY (2003)
MONSTER'S BALL (2001)
DADDY AND THEM (2001)
ARMAGEDDON (1998)
THE APOSTLE (1997)
U TURN (1997)
SLING BLADE (1996)
ON DEADLY GROUND (1994)
TOMBSTONE (1993)
CHOPPER CHICKS IN ZOMBIETOWN (1989)
HUNTER'S BLOOD (1987)

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Billy Bob Thornton in Thornton in BAD NEWS BEARS (2005)

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Billy Bob Thornton in SCHOOL FOR SCOUNDRELS (2006)

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Billy Bob Thornton in THE ALAMO (2004)

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Billy Bob Thornton in EAGLE EYE (2008)

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Billy Bob Thornton in PUSHING TIN (1999)

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Billy Bob Thornton in U TURN (1997)

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