Billy Bob Thornton

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Date of Birth: August 4th 1955

Billy Bob Thornton claims he's the reincarnation of Ben Franklin, has been married 5 times and has been hospitalized with heart problems due to malnutrition. After attempting to begin his artistic career as a musician and several years of scripts that wouldn't sell, 1992 was Billy Bob's big break year. His starring role in "One False Move", a movie he co-wrote, finally received positive Hollywood attention.

Brought up in suburban Arkansas, he moved to Los Angeles, California, determined to make his living as an actor. Initially surviving working odd jobs and writing scripts, he made his film debut in the wilderness thriller, Hunter’s Blood (1987). In the same year, he was cast in the television movie, The Man Who Broke a 1,000 Chains, which featured Sonia Braga, Val Kilmer, and Kyra Sedgwick.

On the movie’s production set, Thornton first began developing the character of Karl Childers, a hulking, slow-witted, but well-intentioned man in the tradition of John Steinbeck’s Lennie from the classic Of Mice and Men. He played Karl Childers onstage in the form of a dramatic monologue, and in 1993 he used the character in a short film directed by George Hickenlooper, Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade.

Meanwhile, Thornton honed his screenwriting abilities, co-writing and appearing in 1991’s One False Move, a crime thriller. In 1996, after appearing in small roles in a number of successful films, he agreed to direct, write, and star in a feature-length version of Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade . The subsequent film, Sling Blade, was an independent hit and Thornton was awarded an Oscar for Best Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium.

 

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