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Billy Bob Thornton (born August 4, 1955, in Hot Springs, Arkansas) is an actor. He has married five times and his most recent ex-wife is actress Angelina Jolie.

With entertainment dominated by fresh-faced puppets, it's extremely heartening to see someone break into the corridors of power when in their forties. Better still when that person's an accomplished writer, director, character actor and musician. Step forward Billy Bob Thornton, a backwoods renaissance man who's squeezed several (mostly unsuccessful) lives into one and come out on top of the Hollywood tree.

It could so easily have been very different. Whereas many of today's stars are the children of the Los Angeles glitterati, Billy Bob began life about as far from Tinseltown as an American can get. He was born on the 4th of August, 1955, at Hot Springs, Arkansas, and spent his first few years living, with up to 15 of his extended family, in his grandfather's shack in the woods around the hamlet of Alpine (population 100). Grandad was a forest ranger, and the family would eat what he shot - deer, possum an' sechlike. There was no running water or electricity, they would read by the light of coal-oil lamps. Billy Bob was a chubby baby. In fact, he later recalled "I was the fattest baby in Clark County. They put me in the paper. I was like a prize turnip". His father was Billy Ray - hot-tempered and of Irish descent - a High School history teacher and basketball coach who'd die from lung cancer when the boy was 18. His mother, Virginia Faulkner Thornton, half-Italian, half-Choctaw Indian, was a psychic and she would be the prime influence on her son. She'd also predict that he'd later work with Burt Reynolds and win an Oscar - he'd base the Cate Blanchett character in The Gift upon her.

He first came to semi-prominence as a cast member on the NBC sitcom Hearts Afire with John Ritter and Markie Post. His role as the villain in One False Move brought him to the attention of critics. He also had small roles in films like Indecent Proposal, On Deadly Ground, and Tombstone.

In 1996, he wrote, directed, and starred in an independent film titled Sling Blade, an expansion of a short film titled Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade. It is the story of Karl Childers, a mentally disadvantaged man. Sling Blade garnered international acclaim, won Thornton an Academy Award for his screenplay (as well as a nomination for his performance), and made him a star.
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Thornton is a rare celebrity in that he has A-list status, but plays both leading-man roles and character roles. His southern, small-town persona has led him to be cast in a number of down-to-earth, "regular guy" parts. Even his role as the legendary Davy Crockett in 2004's The Alamo made an effort to demythologize the character and bring out his human foibles.

Thornton has also begun an ancillary career as a recording artist, in a rock & roll style known as "Americana." He has released two CD's: Private Rodeo and The Edge of the World.

Thornton is known for various idiosyncratic behaviors, well-documented in interviews with the actor. Among these is a phobia for antique furniture (something shared by the Dwight Yoakam character in the Thornton-penned Sling Blade). He and actress Angelina Jolie famously wore vials of each others' blood around their necks while married to each other.

Partial filmography
Friday Night Lights (2004)
The Alamo (2004)
Bad Santa (2003)
Love Actually (2003)
Intolerable Cruelty (2003)
The Man Who Wasn't There (2001)
Monster's Ball (2001)
Pushing Tin (1999)
A Simple Plan (1998)
Armageddon (1998)
Primary Colors (1998)
Princess Mononoke (voice) (1997)
U-Turn (1997)
Sling Blade (1996)
On Deadly Ground (1994)
Tombstone (1993)
Indecent Proposal (1993)
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