BILLY BOB THORNTON
August 4, 1955
Hot Springs, Arkansas
Billy Bob Thornton was raised in the tiny town of Malvern. As a child his interests were split
between music, acting and sports. His father, a high school coach, pushed him toward
athletics, while his mother encouraged more cultural pursuits. In the end, when Billy Bob
first saw Elvis Presley movies, he knew that he wanted to be a movie star or a rock-and-roll
Billy Bob spent several years as a rock singer and drummer in Arkansas, Texas and California before
deciding to pursue a career in acting. In 1981 he moved to Los Angeles with childhood
friend and writing partner, Tom Epperson, and started acting classes. He struggled for
several years until he landed a role in the Fox series The Outsiders, which began his
extraordinary career. In 1991 he had a small role in For the Boys, but in 1992 he received
critical acclaim for his performance in One False Move, which he co-wrote with Epperson.
Billy Bob then appeared in a string of films including Bound By Honor, On Deadly Ground
and Dead Man.
His biggest success to date came with Sling Blade, which he wrote and directed. It was a
story based on stage work and a short he had done in the past. The film, about a mentally- challenged
murderer, won him an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay and a nomination as Best Actor.
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