Tommy Lee Jones is a well-known actor and filmmaker from the United States. In 1993, he won Best Supporting Actor for his work as US Marshal Samuel Gerard in the thriller The Fugitive, for which he was nominated for four Academy Awards.
Sheriff Ed Tom Bell in No Country for Old Men, Hank Deerfield in The Valley of Elah, Mike Roark in the disaster film Volcano, terrorist William ‘Bill’ Strannix in Under Siege, Texas Ranger Roland Sharp in Man of the House, and rancher Pete Perkins in The Three Burials of Melquiades Escalante in 2019.
He starred in the science fiction film Ad Astra and will next appear in the comedy The Comeback Trail in 2020. Jones has also portrayed historical personalities such as industrialist Howard Hughes in the film The Amazing Race.
Howard Hughes, Radical Republican Congressman Thaddeus Stevens in Lincoln, executed murderer Gary Gilmore in The Executioner’s Song, US Army General Douglas MacArthur in Emperor, businessman Clay Shaw, the only person prosecuted in connection with President John F. Kennedy’s assassination in JFK, Oliver Vanetta ‘Doolittle’ Lynn in Coal Miner’s Daughter, and baseball player Alex Rodriguez in Coal Miner’s Daughter.
Jones moved to New York to pursue a career as an actor, making his Broadway debut in the 1969 production of A Patriot for Me, in which he played a series of minor roles. His first film role was in Love Story in 1970, in which he played a Harvard student.
Jones’ first theatrical feature film, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2005. Jones’ characters converse in both English and Spanish throughout the film. He won the Best Actor Award in Cannes for his performance. The Good Old Boys, a made-for-television film produced in 1995, was his directorial debut.
Jones’ career was resurrected in 2007 thanks to two outstanding performances: one as a distraught father investigating the disappearance of his army son in In the Valley of Elah, and the other as a Texas sheriff pursuing down an assassin in the Oscar-winning No Country for Old Men. For the former, he was nominated for an Academy Award.
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