Billy Bob Thornton

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Billy Bob Thornton, 2012

William Robert "Billy Bob" Thornton (born August 4, 1955 in Hot Springs , Arkansas ) is an American actor , theater and screenwriter , director and singer .


Thornton had his first television role in the NBC - sitcom Kiss' me, John alongside John Ritter and Markie Post . He was first noticed by critics when he slipped into the role of a villain in One False Move . He had minor roles in the films Indecent Proposal , On Deadly Ground and Tombstone .

In 1996 he wrote the film Sling Blade , which he directed and also starred in. This is an extension of the short film Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade . It's about a mentally handicapped named Karl Childers. This film made him a star: Thornton won an Oscar for the script , and he was also nominated for Best Actor. In 1997 and 2002 he won a Chlotrudis Award for Best Actor .

Thornton began a career as a singer in the rock 'n' roll style Americana . He has already released four CDs : Private Radio (2001), The Edge of the World (2003), Hobo (2005) and Beautiful Door (2007). In 2008 he and two friends founded the band The Boxmasters , which has now released three CDs.

His German dubbing voices are mostly Joachim Tennstedt or Gudo Hoegel , in the Fargo series he is voiced by Stephan Benson .

Billy Bob Thornton is married for the sixth time. From 1978 to 1980 he was married to Melissa Lee Gatlin. He has a daughter with her. In 1986 he married the actress Toni Lawrence. The couple separated in 1988. From 1990 to 1992 Thornton was married to actress Cynda Williams . In 1993 he stepped in front of the altar with the Playboy model Pietra Dawn Cherniak. The couple separated in 1997. This marriage resulted in two sons. From 2000 to 2003 Thornton was married to the actress Angelina Jolie , to whom he dedicated the song Angelina .

On October 22, 2014, he married his longtime partner Connie Angland. The couple have a daughter born in 2004.

Filmography (selection)

Awards & nominations


Golden Globe Awards

Emmy Awards

  • 2014 : Nomination for Best Actor (Miniseries or TV Movie) ( Fargo )


Billy Bob Thornton 2007 in San Francisco
  • Private Radio (CD) - Universal Records , 2001
  • The Edge of the World (CD) - Sanctuary Records , 2003
  • Hobo (CD) - Big Deal Records, 2005
  • Beautiful Door (CD) - New Door Records, 2007
  • The Boxmasters (CD) - Megaphone, 2008
  • The Boxmasters - Christmas Cheer (CD) - Megaphone, 2008
  • The Boxmasters - Modbilly (CD) - Megaphone, 2009

Web links

Commons : Billy Bob Thornton  - Collection of Images, Videos and Audio Files

Individual evidence

  1. Billy Bob Thornton. In: Retrieved February 22, 2015 .
  2. Billy Bob Thornton Secretly Married Again! Actor Wed Connie Angland, Mother of Their 10-Year-Old Daughter. In: . February 21, 2015, accessed February 22, 2015 .