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Academy Award winner TOMMY LEE JONES stars in Rules of Engagement as Col. Hays Hodges, a Marine Corp lawyer defending a friend and fellow Marine on trial for ordering his men to open fire on demonstrators at a U.S. Embassy.

In 1994, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences awarded Jones the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his uncompromising portrayal of U.S. Marshal Sam Gerard in the box-office hit "The Fugitive." For this performance, he also received a Golden Globe Award as Best Supporting Actor. Three years previous, Jones had received his first Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Clay Shaw in Oliver Stone's "JFK."

Last year Jones starred with Ashley Judd in the box-office hit "Double Jeopardy." In 1988, he reprised his role as U.S. Marshal Sam Gerard in "U.S. Marshals," the follow-up to "The Fugitive," and in 1997 he starred with Will Smith in the No. 1 box-office hit of the year, "Men In Black," which grossed over $500 million worldwide.

This summer, audiences will see Jones star in "Space Cowboys" with James Garner and Donald Sutherland for director Clint Eastwood, who also stars in the film.

Jones made his film debut in "Love Story" and, in a career spanning three decades, has starred in such films as "Eyes of Laura Mars," "Coal Miner's Daughter," for which he received his first Golden Globe nomination, "Stormy Monday," "The Package," "Under Siege," "Heaven and Earth," "The Client," "Natural Born Killers," "Blue Sky," "Batman Forever," "Cobb" and "Volcano."

In 1995, Jones made his directorial debut with the critically acclaimed telefilm adaptation of the Elmer Kelton book "The Good Old Boys" for TNT. Jones also starred in the telefilm with Sissy Spacek, Sam Sheppard, Frances McDormand and Matt Damon. For his portrayal of Hewey Calloway, he received nominations for both a Screen Actors Guild Award and a CableACE Award.

Jones had had previous success on the small screen. In 1983, he won an Emmy Award for Best Actor for his performance as Gary Gilmore in "The Executioner's Song" and, in 1989, was nominated for an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for the miniseries "Lonesome Dove."

His numerous network and cable credits include the title role in "The Amazing Howard Hughes," the American Playhouse production of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," "The Rainmaker" for HBO, the HBO/BBC production of Yuri Noshenko, "KGB" and "April Morning."

In 1969, Jones made his Broadway debut in John Osborne's "A Patriot for Me." His other Broadway appearances include "Four on a Garden" with Carol Channing and Sid Caesar, and "Ulysses in Nighttown" with the late Zero Mostel.

Born in San Saba, Texas, he worked briefly with his father in the oil fields before leaving for Harvard University, where he graduated cum laude with a degree in English.


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