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Billy Bob Thornton

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William Robert (Billy Bob) Thornton was born in Hot Springs, Arkansas on August 4, 1955 to William Raymond (Billy Ray) Thornton (educator, high school history teacher, basketball coach; deceased) and Virginia R. Faulkner (psychic). He has three younger brothers, James Donald (Jimmy Don), born in 1958 and now deceased, James (Jim) Bean and John David, born in 1969. He has been married 5 times and has 4 children: daughter Amanda Brumfield, with Melissa Lee Gatlin (now Parish); sons William and Harry, both with Pietra Dawn Cherniak; and daughter Bella with Connie Angland.Billy Bob began his artistic career as a musician, playing drums and singing in a band called Tres Hombres, which once opened for Hank Williams Jr.. In 1981, he moved to Los Angeles with childhood friend Tom Epperson to pursue an acting and writing career. On the side, Billy Bob also sought work as a singer and drummer. He and Epperson tried for years to sell their scripts but no one was buying. During those rough times, Billy Bob neglected his health and subsequently landed in the hospital with heart problems due to malnutrition. In 1992, Billy Bob starred in One False Move, a movie he co-wrote with Epperson. The team finally received attention because of this work, which was very well received in Hollywood. His popularity increased steadily, especially after Sling Blade which he wrote, directed and in which he starred.

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Billy Bob's Daughter -- Guilty of Infant Manslaughter

Billy Bob's Daughter -- Guilty of Infant Manslaughter

Billy Bob Thornton's long-estranged daughter was found guilty of manslaughter in a Florida courtroom Friday in the death of a one-year-old girl who died in her care.32-year-old Amanda Brumfield… READ MORE >

The Kid in 'Bad Santa': 'Memba Him?!

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Brett Kelly is best known for playing the curly haired kid opposite Billy Bob Thornton in the 2003 movie "Bad Santa." Guess what he looks like now! READ MORE >

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Tim Allen played Father Christmas in the 1994 movie "The Santa Clause," while Billy Bob Thornton did the holiday duty in the 2003 hit "Bad Santa."Question is ... READ MORE >

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Billy Bob Thornton has been deprived of the joy of eating delicious pizza his whole life due to food allergies -- but considering he used to knock boots with Angelina Jolie ... no one feels… READ MORE >

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Billy Bob Thornton -- All Growed IN

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The longer Billy Bob Thornton is famous, the longer his hair gets.Here's the 55-year-old star at an event in L.A. on Wednesday (left) -- and the less hirsute version back in 1997… READ MORE >

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Britney's Boyfriend Is Billy Bob Thornton?

Here's Britney Spears' boyfriend Jason Trawick in Hawaii on Monday (left) -- and Billy Bob Thornton back in 2007 (right).We're just sayin'. READ MORE >

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Billy Bob's Daughter Charged in Death of Baby

Billy Bob's Daughter
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We've learned the oldest daughter of Billy Bob Thornton has been charged with child neglect in the death of a 1-year-old she was babysitting. Amanda Brumfield told cops the child died in… READ MORE >

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Billy Bob Thornton transformed into a condescending, pompous jerkwad -- live on the radio today -- when the station DJ casually brought up Billy's acting career. See, Billy Bob has a band now ...… READ MORE >

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Rock's ruling family, the Osbournes, were in Sin City this weekend -- making friends with a quite random group of celebs. // In town for VH1 Rock Honors, Prince of Darkness Ozzy Osbourne was… READ MORE >

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