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One of the most acclaimed and accomplished actors in Hollywood,
Academy Award winner TOMMY LEE JONES (Leo) brings a distinct character
to his every film.
Jones made his feature film debut in Love Story and, in a career spanning
four decades, has starred in such films as Eyes of Laura Mars, Coal Miner's
Daughter (for which he received his first Golden Globe nomination), Stormy
Monday, The Package, JFK, Under Siege, The Fugitive, Heaven and Earth, The
Natural Born Killers, Blue Sky, Cobb, Batman Forever, Men in Black, U.S.
Double Jeopardy, Rules of Engagement, Space Cowboys, Men in Black II, The
The Missing, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, A Prairie Home Companion,
the Electric Mist, The Company Men, Captain America: The First Avenger, Men in
Black 3, Hope Springs, The Emperor, The Family, Criminal, Jason Bourne and
Most recently, Jones completed filming Shock and Awe for director Rob
Reiner and Ad Astra alongside Brad Pitt for director James Gray.
Jones was awarded the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his portrayal of
the uncompromising U.S. Marshal Sam Gerard in the box office hit The Fugitive
in 1994. For this performance, he also received a Golden Globe Award as Best
Supporting Actor. Three years earlier, Jones received his first Oscar
for his portrayal of Clay Shaw in Oliver Stone's JFK.
In 2007, Jones starred in the critically acclaimed film In the Valley of Elah,
for which he received an Oscar nomination for Best Actor, and in the same year
he starred in the Academy Award-winning film No Country for Old Men,
written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen and based on the Cormac McCarthy
In 2012, Jones starred as Thaddeus Stevens in Steven Spielberg's epic
portrait Lincoln, garnering an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting
Actor, along with nominations from BAFTA, Broadcast Film Critics Association
and National Society of Film Critics; his portrayal was also recognized as
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role by the Screen
Jones made his directorial debut in 1995 with the critically acclaimed
telefilm adaptation of the Elmer Kelton novel The Good Old Boys for TNT. Jones
also starred in the telefilm with Sissy Spacek, Sam Shepard, Frances McDormand
and Matt Damon. For his portrayal of Hewey Calloway, he received a Screen
Actors Guild Award nomination and a CableACE Award nomination.
In 2005, Jones starred in the critically acclaimed film, The Three Burials of
Melquiades Estrada, which he also directed and produced. The film debuted in
competition at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival and garnered Jones the award for
Best Actor and screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga the award for Best Screenplay for
this film about friendship and murder along the Texas-Mexican border; the film
was also nominated for the Palme d'Or. It also received four Independent Spirit
Award nominations for Best Feature, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography and
Best Supporting Male.
Jones directed The Sunset Limited for HBO. The telefilm, which premiered
in February 2011, is based on the play of the same name by Cormac McCarthy
and starred Jones and Samuel L. Jackson.
In 2014, he directed and co-starred in The Homesman with Hillary Swank.
The film tells the story of a pioneer woman and a claim-jumping rascal of a man
who usher three insane women on an odyssey from Nebraska to Iowa, braving
the elements along the way.
Jones has also had success on the small screen. In 1983, he won an Emmy
Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Special for his
portrayal of Gary Gilmore in "The Executioner's Song" and, in 1989, he was
nominated for an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award for Outstanding
Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special for "Lonesome Dove."
His numerous network and cable credits include the title role in "The
Amazing Howard Hughes," the American Playhouse production of Cat on a Hot
Tin Roof, The Rainmaker for HBO, the HBO/BBC production of Yuri Noshenko, KGB
and April Morning.
In 1969, Jones made his Broadway debut in John Osborne's A Patriot for
Me. His other Broadway appearances include Four on a Garden with Carol
Channing and Sid Caesar, and Ulysses in Nighttown with the late Zero Mostel.
Born in San Saba, Texas, he worked briefly with his father in the oil fields
before attending St. Mark's School of Texas, then Harvard University, where he
graduated cum laude with a degree in English. In 2015, Tommy was induced into
the Texas Hall of Fame at the Austin Film Society Awards.
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