RULES OF ENGAGEMENT
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
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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