Tommy Lee Jones

Actor, Director, Screenwriter
Despite wading through a significant amount of dreck at the beginning of his career, actor Tommy Lee Jones emerged to become one of the most admired and respected film stars of his generation. An inauspicious start on ... Read more »
Born: 09/14/1946 in San Saba, Texas, USA

Filmography

Actor (84)

Criminal 2016 (Movie)

Dr. Franks (Actor)

Mechanic: Resurrection 2016 (Movie)

Max Adams (Actor)

The Homesman 2014 (Movie)

George Briggs (Actor)

Emperor 2013 (Movie)

General Douglas MacArthur (Actor)

The Family 2013 (Movie)

Robert Stansfield (Actor)

Hope Springs 2012 (Movie)

Arnold (Actor)

Lincoln 2012 (Movie)

Thaddeus Stevens (Actor)

Men in Black 3 2012 (Movie)

Agent K (Actor)

Captain America: The First Avenger 2011 (Movie)

Colonel Chester Phillips (Actor)

One Life to Live 1967 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The Company Men 2010 (Movie)

Gene McClary (Actor)

In the Electric Mist 2009 (Movie)

Dave Robicheaux (Actor)

Harvard Beats Yale 29-29 2008 (Movie)

(Actor)

The 14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The Ballad of Esequiel Hernandez 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

In the Valley of Elah 2007 (Movie)

Hank Deerfield (Actor)

No Country for Old Men 2007 (Movie)

Ed Tom Bell (Actor)

A Prairie Home Companion 2006 (Movie)

Axeman (Actor)

Man of the House 2005 (Movie)

Roland Sharp (Actor)

The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada 2005 (Movie)

Pete Perkins (Actor)

The Hunted 2003 (Movie)

L T Bonham (Actor)

The Missing 2003 (Movie)

Samuel Jones (Actor)

Men in Black II 2002 (Movie)

Agent Kay (Actor)

Rules of Engagement 2000 (Movie)

Colonel Hays Hodges (Actor)

Space Cowboys 2000 (Movie)

Hawk Hawkins (Actor)

The 72nd Annual Academy Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Double Jeopardy 1999 (Movie)

Travis (Actor)

The Kennedy Center Honors 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Small Soldiers 1998 (Movie)

of Chip Hazard (Voice)

U.S. Marshals 1998 (Movie)

Chief Deputy Marshal Samuel Gerard (Actor)

Al Gore: A Burning Ambition 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside the Actors Studio 1994 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

Men in Black 1997 (Movie)

K (Actor)

The 69th Annual Academy Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Volcano 1997 (Movie)

Mike Roark (Actor)

Batman Forever 1995 (Movie)

Harvey "Two-Face" Dent (Actor)

Riddle Me This: Why Is Batman Forever? 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The 67th Annual Academy Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Blown Away 1994 (Movie)

Ryan Gaerity (Actor)

Blue Sky 1994 (Movie)

Captain Hank Marshall (Actor)

Cobb 1994 (Movie)

Ty Cobb (Actor)

Natural Born Killers 1994 (Movie)

Dwight McClusky (Actor)

The Client 1994 (Movie)

"Reverend" Roy Foltrigg (Actor)

Heaven and Earth 1993 (Movie)

Steve Butler (Actor)

House of Cards 1993 (Movie)

Dr Jake Beerlander (Actor)

The Fugitive 1993 (Movie)

Deputy US Marshall Samuel Gerard (Actor)

Under Siege 1992 (Movie)

William Strannix (Actor)

J.F.K. 1991 (Movie)

Clay Shaw (Actor)

Fire Birds 1990 (Movie)

Brad Little (Actor)

The Package 1989 (Movie)

Thomas Boyette (Actor)

Stormy Monday 1988 (Movie)

Cosmo (Actor)

The Big Town 1987 (Movie)

George Cole (Actor)

Black Moon Rising 1986 (Movie)

Quint (Actor)

Texas 150: A Celebration Special 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The River Rat 1984 (Movie)

Billy (Actor)

Nate and Hayes 1983 (Movie)

Captain "Bully" Hayes (Actor)

The Rainmaker 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Back Roads 1981 (Movie)

Elmor Pratt (Actor)

Coal Miner's Daughter 1980 (Movie)

Doolittle "Mooney" Lynn (Actor)

Eyes of Laura Mars 1978 (Movie)

John Neville (Actor)

Rolling Thunder 1977 (Movie)

Johnny Vohden (Actor)

The Betsy 1977 (Movie)

Angelo Perino (Actor)

Charlie's Angels 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Jackson County Jail 1976 (Movie)

Coley Blake (Actor)

Eliza's Horoscope 1971 (Movie)

Tommy (Actor)

Life Study 1971 (Movie)

Gus (Actor)

Love Story 1970 (Movie)

Hank--Oliver's Roommate (Actor)

April Morning (TV Show)

Actor

Backstory (TV Show)

Actor

Broken Vows (TV Show)

Actor

Gotham (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Tipper Gore (TV Show)

Narrator

Lonesome Dove (TV Show)

Actor

Smash-Up on Interstate 5 (TV Show)

Actor

Stranger on My Land (TV Show)

Actor

The Amazing Howard Hughes (TV Show)

Actor

The Executioner's Song (TV Show)

Actor

The Good Old Boys (TV Show)

Actor

The Park Is Mine (TV Show)

Actor

The Sunset Limited (TV Show)

Actor

Yuri Nosenko, KGB (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (3)

The Homesman 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Man of the House 2005 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada 2005 (Movie)

(Producer)
Director (2)

The Homesman 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada 2005 (Movie)

(Director)
Music (1)

Under Siege 1992 (Movie)

("Rap Mama Goose" "Love You to Death") (Song)
Writer (1)

The Homesman 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

Despite wading through a significant amount of dreck at the beginning of his career, actor Tommy Lee Jones emerged to become one of the most admired and respected film stars of his generation. An inauspicious start on the daytime soap "One Life to Live" (ABC, 1967-2012) eventually led to leading roles in made-for-television movies like "The Amazing Howard Hughes" (CBS, 1977) and "The Executioner's Song" (NBC, 1982) that clearly demonstrated his acting prowess. An Emmy award win for the miniseries "Lonesome Dove" (CBS, 1989) raised his fortunes permanently, leading to defining film roles in "JFK" (1991), "The Fugitive" (1993) and "Men in Black" (1997). Though he settled into a rut playing the grizzled veteran looking for redemption in below the radar fare like "The Hunted" (2003) and "The Missing" (2005), Jones found himself the talk of Oscar buzz once again with empathetic performances in "No Country For Old Men" (2007) and "In the Valley of Elah" (2007), both of which affirmed his status as an actor able to deliver some of the most powerful and nuanced performances of recent memory.

Relationships

Kimberlea Cloughley

Wife
Married May 30, 1981 August 1995 Divorced March 23, 1996

Dawn Laurel Jones Photography

Wife
Together since c. 1996 Married March 19, 2001

Clyde Jones

Father
Worked in Texas oil fields; married and divorced twice

Lucille Jones

Mother
Owned beauty parlor; married and divorced twice

Victoria Jones

Daughter
Born c. 1991; mother, Kimberlea Cloughley

Austin Jones

Son
Born c. 1983 on a location shoot in New Zealand; mother, Kimberlea Cloughley

Kate Lardner Photography

Wife
Married Dec. 31, 1971 Divorced Feb. 9, 1978

Lisa Taylor

Companion
No longer together

EDUCATION

Harvard University

Cambridge , Massachusetts 1969
Graduated cum laude; was an All-Ivy, All-East and All-American honorable mention football player; roomed with future US Vice President Al Gore

St. Mark's School of Texas

Dallas , Texas
Attended on scholarship; made his acting debut in a production of Dylan Thomas' "Under Milkwood"; currently sits on the board of directors

Milestones

2012

Reprised his role of Agent K in "Men in Black III"; re-teamed with director Barry Sonnenfeld and co-star Smith

2012

Portrayed Pennsylvania representative Thaddeus Stevens opposite Daniel Day-Lewis in Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln"

2012

Co-starred with Meryl Streep as a couple trying to bring some spark back to their marriage in "Hope Springs"

2011

Cast as Col. Chester Phillips in "Captain America: The First Avenger"

2011

Directed, produced, and co-starred with Samuel L. Jackson in an adaptation of "The Sunset Limited" for HBO

2010

Cast alongside Ben Affleck in the recession drama "The Company Men," directed by John Wells

2007

Played a Local Sheriff in the Coen brothers' "No Country For Old Men"

2007

Played a father whose son, a soldier who recently returned from Iraq, mysteriously goes missing in "In the Valley of Elah"

2006

Cast in Robert Altman's ensemble feature "A Prairie Home Companion," based on Garrison Keilor's radio program

2005

Feature directing debut, "The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada"; also starred and co-produced

2003

Starred in the action feature "The Hunted"

2002

Reprised role of Agent K opposite Smith in sequel "Men in Black II"

2000

Starred with Samuel L Jackson in "Rules of Engagement"

1999

Appeared as a parole officer to Ashley Judd in the hit "Double Jeopardy"

1998

Reprised "Fugitive" role of Sam Gerard in "U.S. Marshals"

1997

Teamed with Will Smith for smash hit "Men in Black"

1995

Debut as director and screenwriter (written with J T Allen), the TV-movie, "Good Old Boys" (TNT); also starred

1994

Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

1993

Offered an Academy Award-winning performance as U.S. Marshal Samuel Gerard in "The Fugitive"

1991

Renewed his prominence in Hollywood features after his performance in the controversial Oliver Stone-directed hit film "JFK"

1989

First film with director Andrew Davis, "The Package"

1989

Played Woodrow F. Call in the four-part CBS miniseries "Lonesome Dove"

1982

Returned to TV after five years in feature films to act in an HBO production of the play "The Rainmaker"

1982

Played the lead role of convicted killer Gary Gillmore in acclaimed NBC miniseries "The Executioner's Song"

1977

First TV miniseries, "The Amazing Howard Hughes" (CBS), in which he played the title role

1976

First lead in a Hollywood feature, "Jackson County Jail"

1976

TV-movie debut, the pilot for the ABC-TV series "Charlie's Angels"

1974

Cast as Stephen Daedalus in "Ulysses in Nighttown" co-starring Zero Mostel

1972

Played a leading role in the low-budget Canadian feature "Eliza's Horoscope"

1970

Played Dr. Mark Toland on the ABC daytime serial drama "One Life to Live"

1970

Appeared in the Broadway production "Four on a Garden" with Carol Channing and Sid Caesar

1969

Feature film debut, "Love Story"

1968

Starred in Sal Mineo's controversial off-Broadway production "Fortune and Men's Eyes"

1968

Landed first acting job on Broadway ten days after arriving in New York City in John Osborne's play "A Patriot For Me"

1960

Won a scholarship to attend St. Mark's prep school in Dallas, TX

Worked with father in Texas oil fields before entering Harvard

Bonus Trivia

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While attending Harvard, Jones roomed with Vice President Al Gore. In a profile by Cathy Horyn which appeared in the Washington Post (Aug. 1, 1993), Gore said: "Tommy has an unerring sense for the poetry of life that is not apparent to someone who simply sees [his taciturnity]. He went through a lot in his childhood. Childhood is a crucible for a lot of us, but I think his was forged in a pretty hot fire."

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Jones' response to "Is making movies fun?": "Damn right, it's fun. There's good company. It's creative. It's adventurous. Combines high adventure and art with intellection. It's more fun than polo. It's like going undefeated in football." – from Harvard magazine, May/June 1994

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Jones suffered minor injuries in a polo mishap in October 1998.

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