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Tommy Lee Jones

Highest Rated:   100% Coal Miner's Daughter (1980)
Lowest Rated:   0% Nate and Hayes (1983)
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Birthplace:   San Saba, Texas, USA
An eighth-generation Texan, actor Tommy Lee Jones, born September 15th, 1946, attended Harvard University, where he roomed with future U.S. Vice President Al Gore. Though several of his less-knowledgeable fans have tended to dismiss Jones as a roughhewn redneck, the actor was equally at home on the polo fields (he's a champion player) as the oil fields, where he made his living for many years.After graduating cum laude from Harvard in 1969, Jones made his stage debut that same year in A Patriot for Me; in 1970, he appeared in his first film, Love Story (listed way, way down the cast list as one of Ryan O'Neal's fraternity buddies). Interestingly enough, while Jones was at Harvard, he and roommate Gore provided the models for author Erich Segal while he was writing the character of Oliver, the book's (and film's) protagonist. After this supporting role, Jones got his first film lead in the obscure Canadian film Eliza's Horoscope (1975). Following a spell on the daytime soap opera One Life to Live, he gained national attention in 1977 when he was cast in the title role in the TV miniseries The Amazing Howard Hughes, his resemblance to the title character -- both vocally and visually -- positively uncanny. Five years later, Jones won further acclaim and an Emmy for his startling performance as murderer Gary Gilmore in The Executioner's Song. Jones spent the rest of the '80s working in both television and film, doing his most notable work on such TV miniseries as Lonesome Dove (1989), for which he earned another Emmy nomination. It was not until the early '90s that the actor became a substantial figure in Hollywood, a position catalyzed by a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for his role in Oliver Stone's JFK. In 1993, Jones won both that award and a Golden Globe for his driven, starkly funny portrayal of U.S. Marshal Sam Gerard in The Fugitive. His subsequent work during the decade was prolific and enormously varied. In 1994 alone, he could be seen as an insane prison warden in Natural Born Killers; titular baseball hero Ty Cobb in Cobb; a troubled army captain in Blue Sky; a wily federal attorney in The Client; and a psychotic bomber in Blown Away. Jones was also attached to a number of big-budget action movies, hamming it up as the crazed Two-Face in Batman Forever (1995); donning sunglasses and an attitude to play a special agent in Men in Black (1997); and reprising his Fugitive role for the film's 1998 sequel, U.S. Marshals. The following year, he continued this trend, playing Ashley Judd's parole officer in the psychological thriller Double Jeopardy. The late '90s and millennial turnover found Jones' popularity soaring, and the distinguished actor continued to develop a successful comic screen persona (Space Cowboys [2000] and Men in Black II [2002]), in addition to maintaining his dramatic clout with roles in such thrillers as The Rules of Engagement (2000) and The Hunted (2003).2005 brought a comedic turn for the actor, who starred in the madcap comedy Man of the House as a grizzled police officer in tasked to protect a house full of cheerleaders who witnessed a murder. Jones also took a stab at directing that year, helming and starring in the western crime drama The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada. In 2006, Jones appeared in Robert Altman's film adaptation of A Prairie Home Companion, based on Garrison Keillor's long running radio show. The movie's legendary director, much loved source material and all-star cast made the film a safe bet for the actor, who hadn't done much in the way of musical comedy. Jones played the consumate corporate bad guy with his trademark grit.2007 brought two major roles for the actor. He headlined the Iraq war drama In the Valley of Elah for director Paul Haggis. His work as the veteran father of a son who died in the war earned him strong reviews and an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. However more people saw Jones' other film from that year, the Coen brothers adaptation of N

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Villa Capri
  • Actor
2017
No Score Yet Shock and Awe
  • Joe Galloway
2017
31% Mechanic: Resurrection
  • Max Adams
$21.3M 2016
55% Jason Bourne
  • CIA Director Robert Dewey
$162.2M 2016
30% Criminal
  • Dr. Franks
2016
No Score Yet Mechanic: Ressurection
  • Max Adams
2016
81% The Homesman
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • George Briggs
  • Executive Producer
2014
29% The Family
  • Robert Stansfield
$34.6M 2013
32% Emperor
  • General Douglas MacArthur
$3.4M 2013
90% Lincoln
  • Thaddeus Stevens
$129.5M 2012
75% Hope Springs
  • Arnold
$63.4M 2012
68% Men in Black III
  • Agent K
$179.1M 2012
80% Captain America: The First Avenger
  • Colonel Chester Phillips
$176.7M 2011
67% The Company Men
  • Gene McClary
$4.5M 2011
No Score Yet The Sunset Limited
  • Director
  • White
  • Executive Producer
2011
64% In the Electric Mist
  • Screenwriter
  • Det. Dave Robicheaux
2009
92% Harvard Beats Yale 29-29
  • Actor
2008
93% No Country for Old Men
  • Ed Tom Bell
$74.3M 2007
73% In the Valley of Elah
  • Hank Deerfield
$6.6M 2007
No Score Yet The Ballad of Esequiel Hernandez
  • Narrator
2007
81% A Prairie Home Companion
  • Axeman
2006
85% The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada
  • Pete Perkins
  • Producer
  • Director
$5M 2006
9% Man of the House
  • Executive Producer
  • Roland Sharp
$19.2M 2005
58% The Missing
  • Samuel Lee
$26.9M 2003
29% The Hunted
  • L.T. Bonham
$34.2M 2003
39% Men in Black II
  • Agent K
$190.4M 2002
78% Space Cowboys
  • William `Hawk' Hawkins
2000
36% Rules of Engagement
  • Col. Hayes 'Hodge' Hodges
2000
25% Double Jeopardy
  • Travis Lehman
1999
48% Small Soldiers
  • Maj. Chip Hazard
1998
92% Men in Black
  • K
1997
27% U.S. Marshals
  • Chief Deputy Marshal Sam Gerard
1997
46% Volcano
  • Mike Roark
1997
40% Batman Forever
  • Harvey Two-Face/Harvey Dent
1995
No Score Yet The Good Old Boys
  • Hewey Calloway
  • Director
1995
64% Cobb
  • Ty Cobb
1994
74% Blue Sky
  • Hank Marshall
1994
46% Natural Born Killers
  • Dwight McClusky
1994
80% The Client
  • Roy Foltrigg
1994
32% Blown Away
  • Ryan Gaerity
1994
42% Heaven & Earth
  • Steve Butler
1994
96% The Fugitive
  • Samuel Gerard
1993
75% Under Siege
  • William Strannix
  • Director
1992
63% House of Cards
  • Jake Beerlander
1992
84% JFK
  • Clay Shaw
1991
10% Fire Birds
  • Brad Little
1990
No Score Yet Lonesome Dove - The Making of An Epic
  • Actor
1990
64% The Package
  • Thomas Boyette
1989
No Score Yet Gotham
  • Eddie Mallard
1988
73% Stormy Monday
  • Cosmo
1988
No Score Yet April Morning
  • Moses Cooper
1988
No Score Yet Stranger on My Land
  • Bud Whitman
1988
57% The Big Town
  • George Cole
1987
No Score Yet Yuri Nosenko, KGB
  • Steve Daley
1986
No Score Yet Broken Vows
  • Pater Joseph McMahon
1986
30% Black Moon Rising
  • Quint
1986
No Score Yet The Park Is Mine
  • Mitch
1986
No Score Yet Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
  • Brick Pollitt
1984
No Score Yet The River Rat
  • Billy
1984
0% Nate and Hayes
  • Capt. Bully Hayes
1983
No Score Yet The Executioner's Song
  • Gary Gilmore
1982
44% Back Roads
  • Elmore Pratt
1981
No Score Yet Barn Burning
  • Actor
1980
100% Coal Miner's Daughter
  • Doolittle Lynn
1980
47% Eyes of Laura Mars
  • John Neville
1978
No Score Yet The Betsy
  • Angelo Perino
1978
No Score Yet The Amazing Howard Hughes
  • Howard Hughes
1977
85% Rolling Thunder
  • Johnny Vohden
1977
No Score Yet Jackson County Jail
  • Coley Blake
1976
No Score Yet Smash-Up on Interstate 5
  • Actor
1976
No Score Yet Eliza's Horoscope
  • Tommy
1975
57% Love Story
  • Hank
1970

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet POV
1988
  • Narrator
  • 2008
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2002
  • 2000

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