Tommy Lee Jones Biography

Tommy Lee Jones is a famous Hollywood actor and director. Explore this biography to learn more about his profile, childhood, life and timeline.

Tommy Lee Jones
Quick Facts

Birthday: September 15, 1946

Nationality: American

Famous: Actors Directors

Age: 73 Years, 73 Year Old Males

Sun Sign: Virgo

Born in: San Saba, Texas, U.S

Famous as: Actor, Director

Height: 6'0" (183 cm), 6'0" Males


Spouse/Ex-: Dawn Laurel-Jones (m. 2001), Kate Lardner (m. 1971–1978), Kimberlea Cloughley (m. 1981–1996)

father: Clyde C. Jones

mother: Lucille Marie (née Scott)

children: Austin Leonard Jones, Victoria Jones

U.S. State: Texas

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education: Robert E. Lee High School, St. Mark's School of Texas,

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Tommy Lee Jones is a famous American actor, screenwriter and director who made his mark in Hollywood with memorable performances in movies like ‘The Fugitive’, ‘Men in Black’, ‘No Country for Old Men’ and ‘Lincoln’. He owes his success to his typical Texan experiences and his difficult childhood, which according to him made him a ‘stronger’ and ‘better human-being’. His sheer talent, effervescent nature and athletic build turned his life around when he was presented with a football scholarship and was also offered a chance to act in a number of school productions and dramas due to his striking persona. He moved to the city of dreams, New York, where he landed his debut role in the television series, ‘Charlie’s Angels’ and the title role in the movie, ‘Jackson County Jail’. With a string of minor hits to his list, his career took flight and put him in the spotlight when he landed the part of the famous U.S. Marshal, Samuel Gerard in the award-winning film, ‘The Fugitive’. Apart from that, he has also directed a number of films including ‘The Good Old Boys’ and ‘The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada’. Work apart, he is an avid San Antonia Spurs fan, seriously pursues polo and is an ardent Polo Training Foundation supporter.

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Tommy Lee Jones
Childhood & Early Life
  • Tommy Lee Jones was born to Clyde C. Jones, an oil field worker and Lucille Marie, an entrepreneur, police officer and teacher, in San Saba, Texas.
  • He studied at Robert E. Lee High School and St. Mark’s School of Texas before attending Harvard University on a need-based scholarship. During his school years, he was actively involved in playing football and also participated in a number of school dramas and productions.
  • During his stay in Harvard, he played for the 1968 Harvard varsity team and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English the following year.
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  • He moved to New York City with the dream of becoming an actor and made his Broadway debut in 1969 with ‘A Patriot for Me’. The following year, he landed his first film role in ‘Love Story’.
  • In 1971, he acted along with Sid Caesar and Carol Channing in the Broadway production, ‘Four on a Garden’. He also starred in the ABC show, ‘One Life to Live’ as Dr. Mark Toland, a role he played till 1975.
  • He landed his first protagonist role with ‘Jackson County Jail’ in 1976 and worked in the ‘Rolling Thunder’ the following year. He was lauded for his acting skills and started getting more offers for more serious roles.
  • In 1981, he starred in ‘Back Roads’ along with Sally Fields and two years later, he was presented an important award for his performance as Gary Gilmore in ‘The Executioner’s Song’.
  • In 1989, he was once again nominated for a prestigious award for his role as ‘Woodrow F. Call’ in the mini-series, ‘Lonesome Dove’, based on a best-seller of the same title.
  • He catapulted to fame with his most acclaimed role yet, co-starring with Harrison Ford in the blockbuster hit, ‘The Fugitive’ (1993). Through the 1990s, he starred in several hit movies including ‘Men in Black’, ‘JFK’ and ‘Batman Forever’.
  • In 2000, he co-starred with director Clint Eastwood in ‘Space Cowboys’, where he played the role of a retired pilot on a space rescue mission.
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  • In 2005, he directed ‘The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada’, the first of his directorial ventures, which was also showcased at the Cannes Film Festival.
  • Since 2006, he has been serving as the official spokesperson for ‘Suntory’, a Japanese brewing company and has appeared in a number of Suntory’s advertisements.
  • His waning film career resurged with two hit performances in ‘No Country for Old Men’ and ‘In the Valley of Elah’ in 2007.
  • In 2010, he was cast in the drama, ‘The Company Men’ along with Ben Affleck, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. He also landed a role in ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’.
  • 2012 was a very important year for Jones as he returned with his critically-acclaimed role as ‘Agent K’ in ‘Men in Black 3’ and was also cast in Steven Spielberg’s ‘Lincoln’.
Major Works
  • Tommy Lee Jones has given a number of critically-acclaimed performances throughout his career, but the one performance that cemented his place in Hollywood was his role as U.S. Marshal Samuel Gerard in ‘The Fugitive’, which released in 1993. His deadpan dialogue delivery with his thick Texan accent earned him widespread acclaim, for which he won numerous awards including the Academy Award.
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Awards & Achievements
  • He won the Primetime Emmy Award for ‘Outstanding Lead Actor- Miniseries or a Movie’ for ‘The Executioner’s Song’, in 1983.
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  • He received the Academy Award for ‘Best Supporting Actor’ for ‘The Fugitive’, in 1994.
  • He won the Golden Globe Award for ‘Best Supporting Actor’ for ‘The Fugitive’, in 1994.
Personal Life & Legacy
  • He married Kate Lardner in 1971, but divorced her seven years later. He then married Kimberlea Cloughley and has two children from his second marriage.
  • He married his third wife, Dawn Laurel on March 19, 2001.
  • He at present resides in Texas and can communicate fluently in Spanish. He also maintains a 3000 acre cattle ranch in San Saba and also has a ranch in Van Horn.
  • In his free time, he plays polo and is an avid supporter of the Polo Training Foundation apart from supporting the San Antonia Spurs team.
  • This famous Hollywood personality of ‘The Fugitive’ fame was roommates with Al Gore at Harvard University.
  • Most of this famous actor’s films were mostly shot in his homeland, Texas.

1. No Country for Old Men (2007)

  (Drama, Crime, Thriller)

2. The Fugitive (1993)

  (Thriller, Crime, Action, Mystery, Drama)

3. Coal Miner's Daughter (1980)

  (Music, Musical, Biography, Drama)

4. JFK (1991)

  (Thriller, Drama, History)

5. Life Study (1973)


6. The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005)

  (Adventure, Mystery, Western, Drama, Crime)

7. Men in Black (1997)

  (Family, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Adventure, Comedy)

8. Love Story (1970)

  (Drama, Romance)


Academy Awards(Oscars)
1994 Best Actor in a Supporting Role The Fugitive (1993)
Golden Globe Awards
1994 Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture The Fugitive (1993)
Primetime Emmy Awards
1983 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Special The Executioner's Song (1982)
MTV Movie & TV Awards
1994 Best On-Screen Duo The Fugitive (1993)

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