Billy Bob Thornton
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Billy Bob Thornton – American actor, screenwriter, director and musician. Winner of the “Oscar”.
Born on August 4, 1955 in the town of Hot Springs (Arkansas) in a large family high school teacher. Billy Bob’s mother was a psychic, in his spare time raised their four sons. As a child, Billy Bob spent a lot of time with his grandfather, Otis Thornton, who lived and worked in the woods. In school, the future actor dreaming of a career in music, he was a drummer in a band Stone Cold Fever, performed as a soloist in the team Tres Hombres, which, however, soon fell apart.
After school, Billy Bob moved to Los Angeles. He wanted to become an actor or, at worst, a screenwriter, his idol at the time was Elvis Presley. At first, like most newcomers to Hollywood, he could barely make ends meet, earning a living in the fast food chains, in trade, in the wind farm, and in his spare time went on auditions. While working as a waiter, Thornton met the director Billy Wilder, who advised him to start with the business scenario. In 1986, Billy Bob made his debut in a cameo role in the TV series “Matlock.” Three years later he appeared in the film “Overboard” with stars such as Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn.
In the first half of 1990 was marked by Thornton in several films, including the famous drama “Indecent Proposal.” However, the real breakthrough in the career of Billy Bob came in 1995, when he remembered advice Wilder wrote the screenplay for the film “Sling Blade” about a maniac who killed his mother and a few years later was set free. Thornton acted as writer, director and leading actor Karl Childers. The tape was warmly received by critics and won the “Oscar” and “Saturn”.
Bright individuality of the actor, his charisma eventually took their toll: Thornton became a favorite of directors. His track record is dominated roles maniacs, murderers, psychopaths and just strange personalities: this gloomy ogre in “Dead Man” mechanic with psychiatric disabilities in the “turn” by Oliver Stone, a tractor driver in “The Apostle”. Billy Bob well proven in a variety of genres, but it is best to work out the images of outsiders, misunderstood and not accepted by society. Among the most famous paintings featuring Thornton should be noted films as “Armageddon,” “Pushing Tin,” “The Man Who Was not There,” “Monster’s Ball,” “Love Actually,” “Bad Santa.” Game actor was awarded numerous awards, in 2004 he received his own star on the Walk of Fame.
In the late 1990s, Thornton continued his musical career was interrupted once, explaining: a movie – a way to earn money, while the music – his true passion. Group Union The Boxmasters actor and was extremely successful: the team successfully performs in the genre of country music, releasing albums and touring all over the world.
The actor has been married five times, the last time – by Angelina Jolie; He has four children from different women. Thornton is considered strange, even many of his colleagues on the set: for example, it is known for its phobias, the most exotic of which – the fear of antique furniture. She loves cowboy hats and has a lot of tattoos. Carefree youth undermined the heart of Billy Bob, he subsequently suffered a lot of operations.