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"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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