Academy Award-winning writer, actor and director
BILLY BOB THORNTON (Russell Bell) has an extensive and
impressive career in motion pictures, television and theater.
Charismatic and uniquely talented, Thornton has established himself
as one of the most sought-after filmmakers of his generation.
He was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his work
in last year's A Simple Plan and was honored with a Los
Angeles Film Critics Award and Broadcast Film Critics Award for
his supporting performance in Primary Colors.
The 1996 release of the critically acclaimed and phenomenally
popular feature film Sling Blade, in which he starred and
directed from a screenplay he wrote, secured Thornton's status
as a preeminent filmmaker. For his efforts, he was honored with
an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay and an Academy Award
nomination for Best Actor. Sling Blade also starred Robert
Duvall, Dwight Yoakam, John Ritter and the late J. T. Walsh.
Prior to Sling Blade, Thornton had an already extensive
motion picture credit list. He wrote and starred in the thrilling
character drama One False Move, which brought him immediate
critical praise. The powerful script (co-written with Tom Epperson)
was enhanced by his intense performance as a hunted criminal.
Directed by Carl Franklin, the film was an unheralded sleeper
In addition, Thornton was seen starring opposite Bruce Willis
in Armageddon and co-starring opposite Sean Penn in Oliver
Stone's U-Turn and Stephen Gyllenhaal's Homegrown.
He has been featured in such films as The Winner for director
Alex Cox, Indecent Proposal, directed by Adrian Lyne, Deadman
for director Jim Jarmusch, and in George Cosmatos' Tombstone.
Thornton also appeared in On Deadly Ground, Bound by Honor,
For the Boys and The Stars Fell On Henrietta.
As a writer, Thornton has worked on numerous projects for United
Artists, Miramax, Universal, Warner Bros., Touchstone, Island
Pictures, David Geffen Productions and HBO. He also scripted A
Family Thing, a highly regarded feature film that starred
Robert Duvall and James Earl Jones.
Thornton has also appeared on television, including his regular
role on the CBS comedy series Hearts Afire and the Fox
series The Outsiders. Thornton's stage work includes performances
in such productions as Lone Star and A Streetcar Named
He recently completed his second directing effort, Daddy and
Them, which he also scripted. He co-stars in the film with
Laura Dern, Andy Griffith and Kelly Preston. Thornton is presently
directing All the Pretty Horses, starring Matt Damon and
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