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Billy Bob Thornton

Billy Bob Thornton
Thornton at a San Francisco concert in 2007
Personal information
Birth dateAugust 4, 1955(age 61)
Place of birthHot Springs, Arkansas, U.S.
OccupationActor, screenwriter, director, musician
Years active1986 � present
SpouseMelissa Lee Gatlin (1978 � 1980; 1 child)
Toni Lawrence (1986 � 1988)
Cynda Williams (1990 � 1992)
Pietra Dawn Cherniak (1993 � 1997; 2 children)
Angelina Jolie (2000 � 2003)
PartnerConnie Angland (2003 � present; 1 child)

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Billy Bob Thornton (born August 4, 1955) is an American actor, screenwriter, director and musician. Thornton gained early recognition as a cast member on the CBS sitcom Hearts Afire and in several early 1990s films including On Deadly Ground and Tombstone. In the mid-1990s, after writing, directing, and starring in the independent film Sling Blade, he won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. He appeared in several major film roles following Sling Blade 's success, including 1998's Armageddon and A Simple Plan. During the late 1990s, Thornton began a career as a singer-songwriter. He has released three albums and was the singer of a blues rock band.

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