Academy Awardwinner BILLY BOB THORNTON (NASA Executive
Director Dan Truman) has an extensive and impressive career in
motion pictures, television and theatre. Charismatic and uniquely
talented, Thornton has established himself as one of the most
soughtafter filmmakers of his generation.
The 1996 release of the critically acclaimed and phenomenally
popular film "Sling Blade", which he starred in and
directed from a script he wrote, firmly secured Thornton's status
as a preeminent filmmaker. For his efforts, he was honored with
the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay and a nomination
for Best Actor. The film also starred Robert Duvall, J.T. Walsh,
Dwight Yoakam and John Ritter.
Thornton also cowrote (with Tom Epperson) and starred in
the sleeper hit "One False Move," directed by Carl Franklin.
In addition, he has been featured in director Mike Nichols' "Primary
Colors," "The Winner" for director Alex Cox, "Indecent
Proposal" for Adrian Lyne, "Deadman" for director
Jim Jarmusch and "Tombstone" by George Cosmatos for
Thornton recently completed filming "A Simple Plan"
and "Pushing Tin" and will begin his next directorial
effort, "All the Pretty Horses" starring Mat Damon,
early next year.
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