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BILLY BOB THORNTON (Charles Farmer) is an Academy Award-winning writer, as well as an actor, director and musician with an extensive career encompassing film, television and theater.

He recently starred in the comedy "School for Scoundrels,” as well as "The Bad News Bears” and "Friday Night Lights.” In 2003, he earned a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy for his role in the hit "Bad Santa,” and, in 2004, received critical praise for his portrayal of legendary frontiersman Davy Crockett in "The Alamo.”

It was Thornton's 1996 release of the critically acclaimed and phenomenally popular "Sling Blade,” which he starred in and directed from his own original script, that secured his status as a preeminent filmmaker. His work on the film earned him an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay and an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. 

Prior to "Sling Blade,” Thornton co-wrote and starred in the character drama "One False Move,” which was a success with audiences and critics. He was also featured in such films as "The Winner,” for director Alex Cox; "Indecent Proposal,” directed by Adrian Lyne; "Deadman,” for director Jim Jarmusch; and "Tombstone,” directed by George Cosmatos; as well as "On Deadly Ground,” "Bound By Honor,” "For The Boys” and "The Stars Fell on Henrietta.”

He went on to co-star in the blockbuster "Armageddon,” with Bruce Willis, for producer Jerry Bruckheimer; with Sean Penn and Nick Nolte in "U Turn,” directed by Oliver Stone; and in "Primary Colors,” opposite John Travolta and Emma Thompson, for director Mike Nichols. He also top-lined the dark comedy "Pushing Tin,” with John Cusack. 

Thornton received 1999 Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for Best Supporting Actor for his celebrated work in the tightly woven drama "A Simple Plan,” for director Sam Raimi, as well as a Best Supporting Actor award from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and a Best Supporting Actor nomination from the Screen Actors Guild.

In 2001, he received Golden Globe nominations for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy for his starring role in Barry Levinson's caper comedy "Bandits,” with Bruce Willis and Cate Blanchett; and for Best Actor in a Drama, as well as an AFI nomination, for his role in the Coen Brothers' neo-noir "The Man Who Wasn't There.” He also starred with Halle Berry and Heath Ledger in the drama "Monster's Ball.” The acclaim he garnered for these three performances resulted in his being named Best Actor of 2001 by the National Board of Review. 

For his second and third directorial outings, Thornton chose the comedy "Daddy And Them,” which he wrote and starred in, and "All the Pretty Horses,” starring Matt Damon and Penelope Cruz. He also co-wrote "The Gift.” His additional acting credits include "Waking Up In Reno,” "Levity,” "Intolerable Cruelty” and "Love Actually.”

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