Tommy Lee Jones was born September 15, 1946 to Lucille Marie and Clyde C. Jones in San Saba, Texas. He attended St. Mark’s School of Texas on scholarship and now serves on their Board of Directors. He attended Harvard University on a need-based scholarship. He lived in Dunster House with future Vice President Al Gore and Bob Somerby. He played offensive guard on the Harvard Football team and was nominated as a first-team All-Ivy League selection. He played in the famous 1968 game against Yale University, when Harvard made a last minute 16-point comeback. The headlines read “Harvard Beats Yale 29-29.” Jones graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of the Arts in English in 1969. He wrote his senior thesis on “the mechanics of Catholicism” in the works of Flannery O’Connor.
After college Jones moved to New York City and made his Broadway debut in “A Patriot for Me.” He starred in his first film role, Love Story, in 1970. He vacillated between stage and film for the next few years, starring in “Four on a Garden” and “Ulysses in Nighttown” on Broadway, and starring in Jackson County Jail, Rolling Thunder, and The Betsy in film. He also played Dr. Mark Toland on the soap opera One Life to Live.
In 1980 he received his first Golden Globe nomination for Coal Miner’s Daughter. In 1983 he received an Emmy for “Best Actor” for The Executioner’s Song and earned another nomination for the television mini-series Lonesome Dove. Lonesome Dove also earned him another Golden Globe nomination. In the 1990s he gained much of his fame, starring in blockbusters such as The Fugitive with Harrison Ford, Batman Forever with Val Kilmer, and Men in Black with Will Smith. He earned “Best Supporting Actor” at the Academy Awards in 1993 for The Fugitive. He earned two more Oscar nominations for the films JFK (1991) and In the Valley of Elah (2007). He has earned numerous other awards and nominations including nominations for the Screen Actors Guild Awards, MTV Movie Awards, San Diego Film Critics Society Awards, and London Film Critics Circle Awards.
In the mid 1990s Jones began directing, making his debut with the made for television movie The Good Old Boys. His first theatrical film debut was in 2005 with The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, which was presented at the Cannes Film Festival. In the 2000s he most notably starred in In the Valley of Elah and No Country for Old Men. He also starred with Ben Affleck in The Company Men, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. He had a role in Captain America: The First Avenger and directed, produced, and co-starred in an adaptation of The Sunset Limited.
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In his personal life Jones has achieved much success as well. In 2000 he gave the nominating speech for old friend Al Gore at the Democratic National Convention. In 2008 he signed on as a spokesperson for Chesapeake Energy, promoting shale gas. He was married to Kate Lardner from 1971 to 1978. His second marriage to Kimberlea Cloughley produced two children, Austin and Victoria. He is currently married to Dawn Laurel. The couple resides in Terrell Hills, Texas and owns a cattle ranch in San Saba County, Texas. They also own a ranch near Van Horn, Texas.
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