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Billy Bob Thornton

Billy Bob Thornton (born August 4, 1955) is an American actor, screenwriter, director and musician. Thornton gained early recognition as a cast member on the CBS sitcom Hearts Afire and in several early 1990s films including On Deadly Ground and Tombstone. In the mid-1990s, after writing, directing, and starring in the independent film Sling Blade, he won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. He appeared in several major film roles following Sling Blade 's success, including 1998's Armageddon and A Simple Plan. During the late 1990s, Thornton began a career as a singer-songwriter. He has released three albums and was the singer in a blues rock band. Thornton was born in Hot Springs, Arkansas, the son of Virginia Roberta (née Faulkner), a psychic, and William Raymond "Billy Ray" Thornton (November 1929–August 1974), a high school history teacher and basketball coach who died when Thornton was 18. He has two younger brothers, Jimmy Don (April 1958–October 1988), who died of a heart attack at 30, and John David (born 1969), who resides in California. Jimmy Don Thornton wrote a number of songs, two of which—"Island Avenue" and "Emily"—Thornton has recorded on his solo albums.

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Billy Bob Thornton -- 'Cupcake Wars' Crew Can't Take a Joke

Billy Bob Thornton
'Cupcake Wars' Crew Can't Take a Joke

Billy Bob Thornton pissed off the cast of "Cupcake Wars" when he ripped their show -- and reality TV in general -- for being a waste of airtime, but now that they're fighting back ... he's… READ MORE >

Billy Bob Thornton -- The Cardinals Are Playing Like Crap ... They Better Snap Out of It!

Billy Bob Thornton
The Cardinals Are Playing Like Crap They Better Snap Out of It!

Billy Bob Thornton is concerned about his St. Louis Cardinals ... telling us they're playing like crap lately ... and he knows why. BBT is a die-hard Cards fan -- and even though they've won… READ MORE >

- 98 days ago
Billy Bob Thornton -- Johnny Manziel Will Be a Beast In the NFL

Billy Bob Thornton
Johnny Manziel Will Be a Beast ... In the NFL

The Houston Texans will rue the day they passed on Johnny Manziel ... so will the Raiders and the Cowboys -- because he's going to be a KILLER pro quarterback ... so says Billy Bob… READ MORE >

- 101 days ago
Billy Bob Thornton -- The GREATEST BAND of All Time Is ...

Billy Bob Thornton
The GREATEST BAND of All Time Is ...

... the Beatles. Duh. BUT ... Billy Bob Thornton says if he HAD to name the greatest band of all time -- but couldn't pick the Fab 4 -- he knows exactly which group he would pick. Hint: BBT's… READ MORE >

- 393 days ago
Billy Bob Thornton -- Straight-Faced Response to Flubbed Angelina Jolie Question

Billy Bob Thornton
Straight-Faced After Huge Angelina FLUB

Billy Bob Thornton should get an award for his reaction to his ex-wife Angelina Jolie undergoing a most likely lifesaving double mastectomy.Billy, who was married to Angelina from 2000 to 2003… READ MORE >

- 465 days ago
Billy Bob Thornton -- Period Sex? I'm Not Afraid!

Billy Bob Thornton
Period Sex? I'm Not Afraid!

Billy Bob Thornton isn't afraid to put a little ketchup on his Farmer John ... telling TMZ, there's NO time of the month he'll shy away from sex. BBT was in Beverly Hills this weekend ... when he… READ MORE >

- 551 days ago
Billy Bob Thornton Sells Angelina Jolie Love Nest for $8 Million

Billy Bob Thornton
Ditches Angelina Jolie Love Nest for $8 Million

Billy Bob Thornton's finally cutting ties with ex-wife Angelina Jolie -- TMZ has learned, he just sold the Beverly Hills mansion the two once occupied together ... for a boatload of money.The ex… READ MORE >

- 596 days ago
Billy Bob Thornton -- I'd Go to Angelina Jolie's Wedding ... If I'm Invited

Billy Bob Thornton
I'd Go to Angelina's Wedding ... If I'm Invited

Billy Bob Thornton tells TMZ ... he'd be "more than happy" to attend Angelina Jolie's wedding (whenever she and Brad Pitt decide to tie the knot) ... if he's actually invited. Several reports have… READ MORE >

- 626 days ago
Billy Bob: I'm Out of the Loop on 'Bad Santa SEQUEL'

Billy Bob Thornton
I'm Out of the Loop On 'Bad Santa' SEQUEL

It's not a good sign for "Bad Santa" fans hoping for a sequel when Billy Bob Thornton says he doesn't "know much" about the TWO scripts that are reportedly in the works. Then again, after "The… READ MORE >

- 1111 days ago
Celebrity Scruff vs. Smooth -- Vote!

Celebrity Scruff vs. Smooth
Vote!

Some of Hollywood's smoothest actors have had to sport beards from time to time. Check out these leading men and tell us if you prefer them with or without face scruff.Hair today, gone tomorrow. READ MORE >

- 1141 days ago

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