Biography of Billy Bob ThorntonBilly Bob Thornton is an American actor, screenwriter, musician, Oscar Award winner for Best Adapted Screenplay (the film Sling Blade in which he also acted as a director and actor), Golden Globe Awards winner for brilliantly portraying the main characters in TV shows Fargo (2015) and Goliath (2017). Net worth: $45 million.
The actor is known for such pictures as Love Actually, Faster, Bad Santa, Armageddon, Monster’s Ball, and Intolerable Cruelty. He is a talented singer. He released four solo albums and several live albums.
Thornton has never tried to make his private life public, yet he couldn’t escape from media attention. Moreover, his acting career and performances as a drummer, songwriter and singer in such blues-rock bands as Tres Hombres and The Boxmasters were not targets for media. He was married to Angelina Jolie. At that time, only a lazy one didn’t write about their whirlwind romance followed by their passion for vampires, living in a basement, their tattoos, and medallions with vessels filled with the blood of the love partner.
ChildhoodThe future award-winning actor and singer was born on August 4, 1955, in Hot Springs, Arkansas, the USA, and was the first of four sons in his family. A boys’ mother, Virginia Roberta, was from the Cherokee, the Indian tribe. According to the family legend, she had the gift of prophecy. Their father, William Raymond, had Irish and Scottish roots. He worked as a high school history teacher (9 - 12 grades) and basketball coach.
After graduation, he worked in the construction of roads for a few months. Later that year, he entered the Henderson University to pursue studies in psychology but dropped out after two semesters.
Acting CareerIn the mid-1980s, he settled down in Los Angeles to become a big Hollywood star. He had a difficult time succeeding as an actor and worked as a worker of fast-food restaurants, a salesperson of household chemical goods, and a waiter between auditioning for acting jobs in different low budget TV shows. To make some money, he sang and played drums with a folk band of Solomon Burroughs, a pianist, and songwriter, known as Jack Hammer. However, he didn’t give up on his dream to become an actor.
In 2003, admirers saw their idol in the tragicomedy Love Actually where he played the US president. That same year, the actor appeared in the picture Bad Santa. It is an interesting fact that he got this role, being ahead of such film stars as Bill Murray and Jack Nicholson. The picture was a huge box office success and got many awards, and the actor was nominated for a Golden Globe Award. In 2004, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
In 2006, the actor played in the comedy School for Scoundrels. The role of a subtle Dr. P, a leader of psychological assertiveness training, was written especially for him. Practicing forbidden and dangerous methods in work, Thornton’s character tried to ruin the personal life of one of his students because of the attraction to his girlfriend.
In 2011, together with Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek he got an opportunity to voice the spin-off of the animated series about Shrek Puss in Boots.
In 2016, the black comedy Bad Santa 2 was released. It was the follow-up of the first part that had great success. The actor once again played the role of a thief and swindler hiding under a costume of a Christmas grandpa who encounters incredible miracles as it supposed to be on Christmas Eve.
In 2018, Billy Bob Thornton played in the film London Fields. Amber Heard, Theo James and Cara Delevingne also joined the thriller.
Other ProjectsIn addition to his acting career, Thornton also wrote scripts, directed films, and was engaged in concert work. For instance, he was one of the screenwriters of such pictures as Don’t Look Back (a story of a drug addict who stole money from his dealer), The Gift (a story about a woman who had the gift of prophecy), Camouflage (a story about unusual private detective). He also created four feature films. He released four albums with The Boxmasters band.
Private Life of Billy Bob ThorntonThe actor was entangled in Hymen’s meshes six times. He has four children: two sons and two daughters.
In 1993, he married a former Playboy model Pietra Cherniak. They had two sons, William and Harry James. They broke up in 1997. His ex-wife accused him of family violence and obtained a restraining order against Thornton to keep him away from their children. From 1997 up to 1999, he was engaged to an actress Laura Dern, but they have never married.
He quotes William Faulkner, supports Liverpool Football Club, loves Tom Waits’ songs, and enjoys walking around Paris.