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BILLY BOB THORNTON (Morgan) is an Academy Award®-winning writer, actor, director and musician who has enjoyed 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.

Thornton is currently celebrating a high water mark in his career. Most recently, he starred in the New Line Cinema comedy "Mr. Woodcock,” Warner Bros. Pictures' "The Astronaut Farmer” directed by the Polish Brothers, "School for Scoundrels,” the remake of the "The Bad News Bears” for Paramount Pictures and "Friday Night Lights” for Universal Pictures. He garnered a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy for his role in the critically acclaimed hit "Bad Santa” and received rave reviews for his portrayal of legendary frontiersman Davy Crockett in Touchstone Pictures' "The Alamo.” He will next be seen in "The Informers,” a film adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis' best-selling novel, and recently completed production on the independent feature "Manure,” which re-teamed him with his "Astronaut Farmer” directors the Polish brothers.

Showing the versatility of his acting abilities, in 2001 Thornton starred in the caper comedy "Bandits” for director Barry Levinson and co-starring Bruce Willis and Cate Blanchett; the noir "The Man Who Wasn't There” for the Coen brothers; and the heart-wrenching drama "Monster's Ball” in which he costarred with Halle Berry, Peter Boyle and Heath Ledger.

Each of the three performances garnered Thornton unprecedented critical acclaim and resulted in his being named Best Actor of 2001 by the National Board of Review, Golden Globe nominations for Best Actor in a Drama for "The Man Who Wasn't There” and Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy for "Bandits” and an American Film Institute Award nomination for Best Actor for "The Man Who Wasn't There.”

Thornton's 1996 release of the critically acclaimed and phenomenally popular feature film "Sling Blade,” which he starred in, directed and adapted the screenplay from his own stage play, firmly secured his status as a preeminent filmmaker. For his efforts, he was honored with both an Academy Award® for Best Adapted Screenplay and an Academy Award® nomination for Best Actor. The film, produced by The Shooting Gallery and released by Miramax, also starred Robert Duvall, J.T. Walsh, Dwight Yoakum and John Ritter.

Prior to "Sling Blade,” Thornton already had an extensive motion picture credit list. He wrote and starred in the thrilling character drama "One False Move,” which brought him immediate critical praise. Thornton's powerful script (co-written with Tom Epperson) was enhanced by his intense performance as a hunted criminal. The film, directed by Carl Franklin, was an unheralded sleeper success.

In addition, Thornton has been featured in such films as "The Winner” for director Alex Cox, Paramount Pictures' "Indecent Proposal” directed by Adrian Lyne, "Deadman” for director Jim Jarmusch and Miramax and in "Tombstone” directed by George Cosmatos for Buena Vista Pictures. Thornton has also appeared in the films "On Deadly Ground,” "Bound by Honor,” "For the Boys” and "The Stars Fell on Henrietta.”

As a writer, Thornton has worked on numerous projects for United Artists, Miramax, Universal Studios, Warner Bros., Touchstone Pictures, Island Pictures, David Geffen Productions and HBO. He also scripted "A Family Thing,” a highly regarded feature film that starred Robert Duvall and James Earl Jones for United Artists.

Thornton co-starred in the blockbuster action/adventure "Armageddon” with Bruce Willis for producer Jerry Bruckheimer and has also co-starred opposite Sean Penn and Nick Nolte in "U-Turn” directed by Oliver Stone, "Primary Colors” opposite J

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