Birthday: September 15, 1946
Age: 74 Years, 74 Year Old Males
Sun Sign: Virgo
Born Country: United States
Born in: San Saba, Texas, United States
Famous as: Actor
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
education: Harvard University (AB)
Who is Tommy Lee Jones?
Tommy Lee Jones is a famous American actor, screenwriter, and director.He is known for his memorable performance in movies like ‘The Fugitive,’ ‘Men in Black,’ ‘No Country for Old Men,’ and ‘Lincoln.’ He owes his success to his difficult childhood, which according to him made him a ‘stronger’ and ‘better human being.’ His talent, high-spirited nature, and athletic physiqueearned him a football scholarship and anopportunity to act in a number of school productions and dramas. He moved to the city of dreams, New York, where he landed his debut film role in the romance drama film ‘Love Story.’He then landed a starring role in the movie ‘Jackson County Jail.’After a string of minor and supporting roles,he started hogging the limelight when he was cast to play the famous ‘U.S. Marshal Samuel Gerard’ in the award-winning film ‘The Fugitive.’ Apart from acting, he has also directed a number of films, including ‘The Good Old Boys’ and ‘The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada.’As far as his personal life is concerned, he is an avid ‘San Antonio Spurs’ fan and ardent supporter of ‘Polo Training Foundation.’ He alsopursues poloseriously.
Childhood & Early Life
Tommy Lee Jones was bornon 15 September 1946,in San Saba, Texas, USA, to Clyde C. Jones, an oil field worker, and Lucille Marie, an entrepreneur, police officer, and teacher.
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 at‘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.He 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 alongside Sid Caesar and Carol Channing in the Broadway production of ‘Four on a Garden.’He also starred in the ABC show ‘One Life to Live’ where he played‘Dr. Mark Toland.’ He played‘Dr. Toland’ until 1975.
He landed his first lead role in ‘Jackson County Jail’ in 1976.The following year, he played ‘Corporal Johnny Vohden’ in ‘Rolling Thunder.’ He was lauded for his acting skills and started getting meatier roles.
In 1981, he starred in ‘Back Roads’ along with Sally Fields.Two years later, he was presented with 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,’ which was based on a best-selling book of the same name.
He was catapulted to fame when he landed one of the most important roles of his career in the blockbuster film ‘The Fugitive’(1993) where he co-starred with Harrison Ford. Throughout the 1990s, he starred in several hit movies, including ‘Men in Black,’ ‘JFK,’ and ‘Batman Forever.’
In 2000, he co-starred with Clint Eastwood in ‘Space Cowboys’ where he played the role of a retired pilot on a space rescue mission.
In 2005, he directed ‘The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada,’ the first of his directorial ventures.The film was showcased at the ‘Cannes Film Festival.’
Since 2006, he has been serving as the official spokesperson for the Japanese brewing company ‘Suntory.’ He has also appeared in a number of ‘Suntory’ advertisements.
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His waning film career resurged when he deliveredamazing performance in ‘No Country for Old Men’ and ‘In the Valley of Elah’ in 2007.
In 2010, he was cast in the drama film ‘The Company Men’ along with Ben Affleck.The film premiered at the ‘Sundance Film Festival.’ He also landed an important role in ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ in 2011.
2012 was a very important year for Jones as he returned with his critically-acclaimed role as ‘Agent K’ in ‘Men in Black 3.’ The same year, he was also cast in Steven Spielberg’s ‘Lincoln.’
In 2014, he directed his second major feature film ‘The Homesman,’ starring Hilary Swank and Meryl Streep. In the film, he also played ‘George Briggs.’ The movie competed for the prestigious‘Palme d’Or’ at ‘Cannes Film Festival.’
He was part of two high profile action thrillers in 2016, ‘Jason Bourne’ and ‘Mechanic: Resurrection,’ both of which did well at the box-office.
In the late-2010s, he was cast in movies like ‘Shock and Awe’ (2017), ‘Just Getting Started’ (2017), and ‘Ad Astra’ (2019). In 2019, he was cast to play ‘Jimmy Cleats’ in April Mullen's thriller film ‘Wander.’ The same year, he was also cast to play ‘Duke Montana’ in George Gallo's comedy film ‘The Comeback Trail.’
Tommy Lee Jones has given a number of critically-acclaimed performances throughout his career, but the performance that cemented his place in Hollywood came in ‘The Fugitive’ where he played the role of‘U.S. Marshal Samuel Gerard.’ His deadpan dialogue delivery and thick Texan accent earned him widespread recognition. His performance in the action thriller filmearned him numerous awards, including the prestigious‘Academy Award.’
Awards & Achievements
He won the ‘Primetime Emmy Award’ for ‘Outstanding Lead Actor- Miniseries or a Movie’ for ‘The Executioner’s Song’ in 1983.
He received the ‘Academy Award’ for ‘Best Supporting Actor’ for ‘The Fugitive’ in 1994.
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He won the ‘Golden Globe Award’ for ‘Best Supporting Actor’ for ‘The Fugitive’ in 1994.
Personal Life & Legacy
He married Kate Lardner in 1971.They divorced seven years later. He then married Kimberlea Cloughley with whom he had two children.
After divorcing Kimberlea in 1996, he married Dawn Laurel on March 19, 2001.
Tommy, who can speak fluently in Spanish, currently resides in Texas. He has a 3000-acre cattle ranch in San Saba and another ranch in Van Horn.
In his free time, he plays polo and is an avid supporter of the ‘Polo Training Foundation.’He also supports the ‘San Antonia Spurs’ team.
This famous Hollywood personality of ‘The Fugitive’ fame was roommates with Al Gore at the ‘Harvard University.’
Most of his films were shot in his homeland, Texas.
This versatile actor was also an impeccable football player and played guard in the iconic ‘1968 Yale vs. Harvard’ game.