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BILLY BOB THORNTON (Jacob Mitchell), an Academy Award®-winning writer and an accomplished actor and director, 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.

The 1996 release of the critically acclaimed and phenomenally popular feature film "Sling Blade" firmly secured Thornton's status as a preeminent filmmaker. Thornton directed himself in the film, from his own screenplay. For his effort, he was honored in 1996 with both an Academy Award® for Best Adapted Screenplay and an Academy Award® nomination for Best Actor. "Sling Blade" also won Thornton an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature Film by a Director as well as the National Board of Review's Special Achievement in Filmmaking Award. Also starring in "Sling Blade" were J.T. Walsh, Dwight Yoakam and John Ritter.

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," directed by Carl Franklin, which brought him immediate critical praise and international acclaim. Thornton's powerful script (co-written with Tom Epperson), was enhanced by his intense performance as a hunted criminal. The screenplay won its authors the International Fantasy Film Award for 1993.

In addition, he has been featured in such films as "The Winner," "Dead Man," and in "Tombstone."

Thornton has also appeared in "On Deadly Ground," "Bound By Honor," "For The Boys," and "The Stars Fell on Henrietta." Thornton also scripted "A Family Thing," a highly regarded feature film that starred Robert Duvall and James Earl Jones. His screenplay (with Ted Tally) for "All the Pretty Horses" was recently announced for 1999 release as a vehicle for Matt Damon, with Thornton directing. Thornton is also re-teaming with collaborator Epperson on another 1999-scheduled release, the black comedy "Camouflage." And filming began in August, 1998 on another Thornton-written and -directed comedy, "Daddy and Them."

Thornton has also appeared on television, including a role as a regular on the CBS comedy series "Hearts Afire" and the Fox series "The Outsiders." Thornton's stage work has included performances in such productions as "Lone Star" and "A Streetcar Named Desire."

Thornton most recently starred in the blockbuster action-adventure film "Armageddon," and starred opposite Sean Penn in "U-Turn." He also recently starred in "Primary Colors" and has completed filming "Pushing Tin."

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