Billy Bob Thornton Biography
Billy Bob Thornton is an American famous actor. Additionally, he had his first break when he co-wrote and starred in the 1992 thriller One False Move, and earned international attention after writing, directing, and starring in the independent drama film Sling Blade in 1996, for which he received an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay and became nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor.
Billy Bob Thornton Age|Birthday
Thornton is 67 years old as of 2022. Additionally, he was born on 4 August 1955, in Hot Springs, Arkansas, United States. Therefore, he celebrates his birthday on the 4th of August every year.
Billy Bob Thornton Height |weight
Thornton has an average height of 5 feet 10 inches (177.8 centimeters) tall. Besides, he has a body weight of 85 kilograms (187 pounds).
Billy Bob Thornton Family
Thornton was born of Virginia Roberta (née Faulkner; died July 29, 2017). Besides she was a self-proclaimed psychic, and father, William Raymond “Billy Ray” Thornton (November 1929 – August 1974). He was a high school history teacher and basketball coach. In addition, his brother Jimmy Don (April 1958 – October 1988) who wrote a number of songs. Additionally, he as well recorded two of them (“Island Avenue” and “Emily”) on his solo albums. Besides, he is of part Irish descent. Furthermore, he has another brother, John David Thornton.
Billy Bob Thornton Wife
Since 1978-1980, he was married to Melissa Lee Gatlin. In addition, her divorce petition cited “incompatibility and adultery on his part”. Furthermore, they were blessed with a daughter, Amanda (Brumfield), who later in 2008 was sentenced to 20 years in prison due to the death of her friend’s one-year-old daughter. Besides, Amanda was freed in 2020 after a deal was reached with prosecutors before an evidentiary hearing to provide medical and scientific evidence of her innocence.
Moreover, he married actress Toni Lawrence in 1986; they again separated the following year and later divorced in 1988. Additionally, he was married to actress Cynda Williams from 1990 to 1992, whom he cast in his writing debut, One False Move (1992). Later, in 1993, he married Playboy model Pietra Dawn Cherniak, with whom they had two sons, Harry James and William. They later divorced in 1997, with Cherniak accusing him of spousal abuse, sometimes in front of his children.
Furthermore, he was engaged to be married to actress Laura Dern, whom he dated since 1997 to 1999, but in 2000, he married actress Angelina Jolie, with whom he starred in Pushing Tin in 1999 and who was 20 years his junior. Additionally, the marriage became known for the couple’s eccentric displays of affection, which reportedly involved wearing vials of each other’s blood around their necks. Moreover, they announced the adoption of a child from Cambodia in March 2002, but it was later displayed that Jolie had adopted the child as a single parent. Unfortunately, they separated in June 2002 and divorced the following year.
However, he started a relationship with makeup effects crew member Connie Angland, with whom he has a daughter named Bella in 2003. Furthermore, they reside in Los Angeles, California. Though he once said that he likely would not marry again, saying that he knows marriage “doesn’t work” for him. In addition, his representatives confirmed that he and Angland were married on October 22, 2014, in Los Angeles.
Billy Bob Thornton Career
Moreover, in the mid-1980s, he settled in Los Angeles to pursue his career as an actor, with future writing partner Tom Epperson. Furthermore, he had a difficult time succeeding as an actor and served in telemarketing, offshore wind farming, and fast food management between auditioning for acting jobs. Besides, he played the drums and sang with South African rock band Jack Hammer. While serving as a waiter for an industry event, he worked film director and screenwriter Billy Wilder. In addition, he struck up a conversation with Wilder, who advised him to consider a career as a screenwriter.
Throughout his early years in Los Angeles, he became admitted to a hospital and diagnosed with myocarditis, a heart condition brought on by malnutrition.Furthermore, he has since said that he follows a vegan diet and is “extremely healthy”, eating no junk food as Bob is allergic to wheat and dairy.
Additionally, he has obsessive compulsive disorder. Many idiosyncratic behaviors have been well documented in interviews with him. Along these is a phobia of antique furniture, a disorder shared by Dwight Yoakam’s character Doyle Hargraves in the Thornton-penned Sling Blade character in the 2001 film Bandits. In addition, he has noted that he has a fear of certain types of silverware, a trait assumed by his character in 2001’s Monster’s Ball.
Billy Bob Thornton Education
Thornton graduated from Malvern High School (1973). Additionally, a good high school baseball player, he tried out for the Kansas City Royals, but became released after an injury. Furthermore, after a short period laying asphalt for the Arkansas State Transportation Department. He as well went to Henderson State University to pursue studies in psychology but dropped out after two semesters.
Billy Bob Thornton Net worth| Salary
Thornton has an approximated net worth $45 million from his profession as an actor. Besides he gets $250,000 per episode.