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Billy Bob Thornton

Actor, Writer, Director Date of birth 4th August 1955
Place of birth Hot Springs, Arkansas, USA
Year of debut 1986
First feature film Hunter's Blood


  • Academy Awards won1
  • Academy Awards nominated3
  • Golden Globe Awards nominated4
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Billy Bob Thornton spent his early years living in a small house without running water or electricity. At high school, he met his writing partner Tom Epperson. In the eighties, he moved to LA to pursue a career in acting and writing. He also sang in a band called Tres Hombres. After years of waiting for his big break, he made his own luck by writing and starring in the movie Sling Blade. He has starred in a variety of movies from Armageddon to Bad Santa.

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  • Billy Bob Thornton has married five times and has five children.
  • His mother was supposedly a psychic. She used to speak at medical conventions on parapsychology.
  • He has admitted to suffering from obsessive compulsive disorder. He has a number of unusual phobias including French antique furniture, castles and silverware.
  • He agreed to star in The Man Who Wasn't There without reading the script because he is such a fan of the Coen brothers.
  • He and fellow musician and actor Dwight Yoakam own their own music and movie production company. Yoakam starred opposite him in Sling Blade.


  • 1 Academy Awards won

    • 1996 Writing - Sling Blade
  • 3 Academy Awards nominated

    • 1998 Actor in a Supporting Role - A Simple Plan
    • 1996 Actor in a Leading Role - Sling Blade
    • 1996 Writing - Sling Blade
  • 4 Golden Globe Awards nominated

    • 2004 Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical - Bad Santa
    • 2002 Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical - Bandits
    • 2002 Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama - The Man Who Wasn't There
    • 1999 Best Performance by an Actor In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture - A Simple Plan