One of the most acclaimed and accomplished actors in Hollywood, Academy Award
winner TOMMY LEE JONES (Max Adams) brings a distinct character
to his every film.
Jones made his feature film debut in Love Story and, in a career spanning four
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, JFK, Under Siege, The Fugitive, Heaven and Earth, The Client, Natural
Born Killers, Blue Sky, Cobb, Batman Forever, Men In Black, U.S. Marshalls,
Double Jeopardy, Rules of Engagement, Space Cowboys, Men in Black 2, The Hunted,
The Missing, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, A Prairie Home Companion,
In the Electric Mist, The Company Men, Captain America: The First Avenger, Men
in Black 3, Hope Springs, The Emperor, The Family and Criminal.
Jones was awarded the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his portrayal of the
uncompromising U.S. Marshal Sam Gerard in the box office hit The Fugitive in
1994. For this performance, he also received a Golden Globe Award as Best
Supporting Actor. Three years earlier, Jones received his first Oscar
nomination for his portrayal of Clay Shaw in Oliver Stone's JFK.
In 1995, Jones made his directorial debut with the critically acclaimed telefilm
adaptation of the Elmer Kelton novel The Good Old Boys for TNT. Jones also
starred in the telefilm with Sissy Spacek, Sam Shepard, Frances McDormand and
Matt Damon. For his portrayal of Hewey Calloway, he received a Screen Actors
Guild Award nomination and a CableACE Award nomination.
In 2005, Jones starred in the critically acclaimed film, The Three Burials of
Melquiades Estrada, which he also directed and produced. The film debuted in
competition at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival and garnered Jones the award for
Best Actor and screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga the award for Best Screenplay for
this film about friendship and murder along the Texas-Mexican border. The film
was also nominated for the Palme d'Or and the film received four Independent
Spirit Award nominations for Best Feature, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography
and Best Supporting Male.
In 2007 Jones starred in the critically acclaimed film In the Valley of Elah for
which he received an Oscar nomination for Best Actor and in the same year he
starred in the Academy Award-winning film No Country for Old Men written and
directed by Joel and Ethan Coen and based on the Cormac McCarthy novel.
Jones directed The Sunset Limited for HBO. This telefilm, which premiered in
February 2011, is based on the play of the same name by Cormac McCarthy and
starred Jones and Samuel L. Jackson.
In 2012, Jones starred as Thaddeus Stevens in Steven Spielberg's epic portrait
Lincoln, garnering an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor, along
with nominations from BAFTA, Broadcast Film Critics Association and National
Society of Film Critics; his portrayal was also recognized as Outstanding
Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role by the Screen Actors Guild.
The same year, Jones reprised his role as Agent K in Men in Black 3, starred
with Meryl Streep in Hope Springs and portrayed General Douglas MacArthur in
Peter Webber's Emperor. In 2013, he starred opposite Robert De Niro and Michelle
Pfeiffer in Luc Besson's The Family.
In 2014, he directed and co-starred in The Homesman with Hillary Swank. The film
tells the story of a pioneer woman and a claim-jumping rascal of a man who usher
three insane women on an odyssey from Nebraska to Iowa, braving the elements
along the way.
Earlier this year, Jones was seen in the crime drama Criminal alongside Kevin
Costner, Gary Oldman and Gal Gadot. The film was released in April 2016.
Jones has also had success on the small screen. In 1983, he won an Emmy Award
for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Special for his portrayal of
Gary Gilmore in The Executioner's Song and, in 1989 he was nominated for an
Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries
or a Special for 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
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.
Audiences will next see Jones as 'Robert Dewey' in the fourth installment of
Universal's Bourne series, Jason Bourne. The film will be released in July 2016.
Born in San Saba, Texas, he worked briefly with his father in the oil fields
before attending St. Mark's School of Texas, then Harvard University, where he
graduated cum laude with a degree in English. In 2015, Tommy was induced into
the Texas Hall of Fame at the Austin Film Society Awards.
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