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Born: September 15, 1946 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: San Saba, Texas, USA Profession: actor, director, screenwriter, oil field worker

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Despite wading through a significant amount of dreck at the beginning of his career, actor Tommy Lee Jones emerged to become one of the most admired and respected film stars of his generation. An inauspicious start on the daytime soap "One Life to Live" (ABC, 1967-2012) eventually led to leading roles in made-for-television movies like "The Amazing Howard Hughes" (CBS, 1977) and "The Executioner's Song" (NBC, 1982) that clearly demonstrated his acting prowess. An Emmy award win for the miniseries "Lonesome Dove" (CBS, 1989) raised his fortunes permanently, leading to defining film roles in "JFK" (1991), "The Fugitive" (1993) and "Men in Black" (1997). Though he settled into a rut playing the grizzled veteran looking for redemption in below the radar fare like "The Hunted" (2003) and "The Missing" (2005), Jones found himself the talk of Oscar buzz once again with empathetic performances in "No Country For Old Men" (2007) and "In the Valley of Elah" (2007), both of which affirmed his status as an actor able to deliver some of the most powerful and nuanced performances of recent memory.

Despite wading through a significant amount of dreck at the beginning of his career, actor Tommy Lee Jones emerged to become one of the most admired and respected film stars of his generation. An inauspicious start on the daytime soap "One Life to Live" (ABC, 1967-2012) eventually led to leading roles in made-for-television movies like "The Amazing Howard Hughes" (CBS, 1977) and "The Executioner's Song" (NBC, 1982) that clearly demonstrated his acting prowess. An Emmy award win for the miniseries "Lonesome Dove" (CBS, 1989) raised his fortunes permanently, leading to defining film roles in "JFK" (1991), "The Fugitive" (1993) and "Men in Black" (1997). Though he settled into a rut playing the grizzled veteran looking for redemption in below the radar fare like "The Hunted" (2003) and "The Missing" (2005), Jones found himself the talk of Oscar buzz once again with empathetic performances in "No Country For Old Men" (2007) and "In the Valley of Elah" (2007), both of which affirmed his status as an actor able to deliver some of the most powerful and nuanced performances of recent memory.

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1.
 Love Story (1970) Hank
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1960:
Won a scholarship to attend St. Mark's prep school in Dallas, TX
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Worked with father in Texas oil fields before entering Harvard
1969:
Landed first acting job on Broadway ten days after arriving in New York City in John Osborne's play "A Patriot For Me"
1969:
Starred in Sal Mineo's controversial off-Broadway production "Fortune and Men's Eyes"
1970:
Feature film debut, "Love Story"
1971:
Played Dr. Mark Toland on the ABC daytime serial drama "One Life to Live"
1971:
Appeared in the Broadway production "Four on a Garden" with Carol Channing and Sid Caesar
1972:
Played a leading role in the low-budget Canadian feature "Eliza's Horoscope"
1974:
Cast as Stephen Daedalus in "Ulysses in Nighttown" co-starring Zero Mostel
1976:
TV-movie debut, the pilot for the ABC-TV series "Charlie's Angels"
1976:
First lead in a Hollywood feature, "Jackson County Jail"
1977:
First TV miniseries, "The Amazing Howard Hughes" (CBS), in which he played the title role
1982:
Returned to TV after five years in feature films to act in an HBO production of the play "The Rainmaker"
1982:
Played the lead role of convicted killer Gary Gillmore in acclaimed NBC miniseries "The Executioner's Song"
1989:
Played Woodrow F. Call in the four-part CBS miniseries "Lonesome Dove"
1989:
First film with director Andrew Davis, "The Package"
1991:
Renewed his prominence in Hollywood features after his performance in the controversial Oliver Stone-directed hit film "JFK"
1993:
Offered an Academy Award-winning performance as U.S. Marshal Samuel Gerard in "The Fugitive"
1994:
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
1995:
Debut as director and screenwriter (written with J T Allen), the TV-movie, "Good Old Boys" (TNT); also starred
1997:
Teamed with Will Smith for smash hit "Men in Black"
1998:
Reprised "Fugitive" role of Sam Gerard in "U.S. Marshals"
1999:
Appeared as a parole officer to Ashley Judd in the hit "Double Jeopardy"
2000:
Starred with Samuel L Jackson in "Rules of Engagement"
2002:
Reprised role of Agent K opposite Smith in sequel "Men in Black II"
2003:
Starred in the action feature "The Hunted"
2005:
Feature directing debut, "The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada"; also starred and co-produced
2006:
Cast in Robert Altman's ensemble feature "A Prairie Home Companion," based on Garrison Keilor's radio program
2007:
Played a father whose son, a soldier who recently returned from Iraq, mysteriously goes missing in "In the Valley of Elah"
2007:
Played a Local Sheriff in the Coen brothers' "No Country For Old Men"
2010:
Cast alongside Ben Affleck in the recession drama "The Company Men," directed by John Wells
2011:
Directed, produced, and co-starred with Samuel L. Jackson in an adaptation of "The Sunset Limited" for HBO
2011:
Cast as Col. Chester Phillips in "Captain America: The First Avenger"
2012:
Reprised his role of Agent K in "Men in Black III"; re-teamed with director Barry Sonnenfeld and co-star Smith
2012:
Co-starred with Meryl Streep as a couple trying to bring some spark back to their marriage in "Hope Springs"
2012:
Portrayed Pennsylvania representative Thaddeus Stevens opposite Daniel Day-Lewis in Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln"
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Education

St. Mark's School of Texas: Dallas , Texas -
Harvard University: Cambridge , Massachusetts - 1969

Notes

"Polo is the finest thing a man and a horse can do together." --Champion polo player Tommy Lee Jones

Jones suffered minor injuries in a polo mishap in October 1998.

In answer to a question if making films is fun, Jones responded, "Damn right, it's fun. There's good company. It's creative. It's adventurous. Combines high adventure and art with intellection. It's more fun than polo. It's like going undefeated in football." --Tommy Lee Jones quoted in Harvard Magazine, May-June, 1994.

While attending Harvard, Jones roomed with Vice President Al Gore. In a profile by Cathy Horyn which appeared in the Washington Post, Gore said: "Tommy has an unerring sense for the poetry of life that is not apparent to someone who simply sees [his taciturnity] ... He went through a lot in his childhood. Childhood is a crucible for a lot of us, but I think his was forged in a pretty hot fire." --Quoted in the Los Angeles Times Calendar, August 1, 1993.

Tommy Lee Jones's senior tutor from his undergraduate Harvard days, playwright William Alfred: "His most famous role was Coriolanus. Unforgettable. So was the version of "Everyman" he directed. When Everyman, Tommy Lee, went down into the grave [he used a trap door in the stage]--when this big, strapping Texan surrendered to death, they sang "Amazing Grace". There wasn't a dry eye. I've been watching him for 25 years. He's the actor of his generation. I think--I hope--he will return to Shakespeare. What a Hamlet he'd be! Tommy Lee used to stand on my back porch and shake quarters in his hand, and squirrels would come down from the trees. That's how country boys call squirrels. I think his grandmother was a full Comanche. You can see that in his rugged face. --Quoted in Harvard Magazine, May-June 1994.

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wife:
Katherine Lardner. Actor. Married for seven years; divorced; granddaughter of author Ring Lardner.
companion:
Lisa Taylor. Model.
wife:
Kimberlea Jones. Photographer. Married on May 30, 1981; filed for divorce in August 1995; divorced in 1996.
wife:
Dawn Maria Laurel. Photographer, camera assistant. Born in Texas on April 28, 1964; together since c. 1996; married on March 19, 2001.
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father:
Clyde Jones. Oil rigger. Worked in Texas oil fields.
mother:
Lucille Marie Jones. Police officer. Also owned beauty parlor; parents were married and divorced twice.
son:
Austin Leonard Jones. Born c. 1983 on a location shoot in New Zealand; mother, Kimberlea Cloughley.
daughter:
Victoria Kafka Jones. Born c. 1991; mother, Kimberlea Cloughley.
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