Billy Bob Thornton

Billy Bob Thornton

  • Highest Rated: 100% Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson (2005)
  • Lowest Rated: 0% London Fields (2018)
  • Birthday: Aug 4, 1955
  • Birthplace: Hot Springs, Arkansas, USA
  • One of Hollywood's few celebrators of the "Southern bad boy" image, country musician turned actor-screenwriter-director Billy Bob Thornton consistently engenders a reputation -- via chosen onscreen parts and fervent tabloid reports of his allegedly wild off-camera life -- as an iconoclastic American hellraiser with lightning in his veins. But appearances can deceive, for Thornton also reveals depth and complexity as one Hollywood's most articulate interviewees, graced with intelligent, sensitive observations, cultural allusions, and poignant reflections on his experiences as a thespian and film artist. Moreover, this acute insight evidences itself equally in Thornton's craftsmanship as a screenwriter and director. Though his behind-the-camera projects have become increasingly rare over time, his few directorial outings evince surprising control, refinement, insight, and taste. Born in Hot Springs, AR, on August 4, 1955, Thornton grew up dirt poor in the nearby backwoods community of Alpine. Despite his father's gainful employment as a history teacher, Thornton was forced to live with his parents and grandparents in a house without electricity or indoor plumbing. After high-school graduation, Thornton landed a steady job and got married; neither the job nor the marriage lasted, as Thornton divorced two years later and returned to college to study psychology; however, that didn't last, either -- he decided that his heart lay in rock & roll, and tried and failed to make it in New York. So Thornton returned to his job for awhile until he and Epperson renewed their dedication to a music career. Eventually, he would travel to California to write screenplays. It was a difficult time for Thornton who, in addition to living in poverty, also suffered a near-fatal heart attack. Thornton eventually turned to acting, making his screen debut in the straight-to-video Hunter's Blood in 1987. Subsequent roles in many forgettable movies followed (including Troma's Chopper Chicks in Zombietown), as did an appearance on the Burt Reynolds sitcom Evening Shade; the actor simultaneously weathered several marriages through the '80s and '90s, to Toni Lawrence, Cynda Williams, and Pietra Dawn Cherniak. Then, in 1990, Thornton caught the attention of critics when he wrote and appeared in Carl Franklin's critically acclaimed directorial debut, One False Move (1991). A dark crime drama set in a small Arkansas town, the film provided a suitable antecedent to Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade, a 1993 short that Thornton scripted. The George Hickenlooper-directed piece stars Thornton as Karl Childers, a mentally retarded, soft-spoken man, institutionalized for murder, who delivers a reflective monologue to a reporter (Molly Ringwald) just prior to his release from the psychiatric institution where he resides. (Thornton allegedly invented the Childers character years prior, while shaving and talking to himself in the mirror.) The effort won a number of positive notices and Thornton subsequently appeared in Jim Jarmusch's Dead Man in 1995 and (with Epperson), co-authored the screenplay for A Family Thing (1996), a gentle Southern drama starring Robert Duvall as a Caucasian man who discovers that he is half black.After years of relative obscurity as an actor and screenwriter, Thornton made a great cultural impact with the low-budget, independent drama Sling Blade. A feature-length expansion of the Hickenlooper short, and a sequel of sorts to that work, the picture finds Karl Childers returning to the outside world for the first occasion in decades, and attempting to begin a new, quiet life in a small Southern town. In the story, Karl befriends a local woman, her little boy, and a gay storekeeper (John Ritter), and finds lodging and steady income, but runs headfirst into Doyle Hargraves (Dwight Yoakam), a psychotically abusive lout who turns life for the mother and son into a waking nightmare. Bit by bit, Karl's old demons awaken and he feels himself being drawn

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

32% A Million Little Pieces Leonard 2019
0% London Fields Samson Young 2018
No Score Yet London Fields, The Director's Cut Samson Young 2018
22% Bad Santa 2 Willie Soke $17.7M 2016
68% Whiskey Tango Foxtrot General Hollanek $18.4M 2016
36% Our Brand is Crisis Pat Candy $4.9M 2015
36% Into The Grizzly Maze Douglas 2015
33% Entourage Larsen McCredle 2015
35% Cut Bank Big Stan Steeley 2015
No Score Yet Actor 2015
40% 21 Years: Richard Linklater Actor 2014
48% The Judge Dwight Dickham $35.7M 2014
50% Parkland Forrest Sorrels $0.7M 2013
83% Dislecksia: The Movie Actor $2.7K 2013
35% Jayne Mansfield's Car Screenwriter Skip Caldwell Director $14.8K 2013
87% Ain't In It For My Health: A Film About Levon Helm Actor $99.6K 2013
22% The Baytown Outlaws Carlos 2013
85% Puss in Boots Jack $149.3M 2011
No Score Yet The Smell of Success Patrick Fitzpatrick 2011
No Score Yet My Run Narrator 2011
83% Lemmy Actor 2011
No Score Yet Nashville Rises Actor 2011
42% Faster Cop $23.3M 2010
12% The Informers William Sloan 2009
27% Eagle Eye Morgan Agent Thomas Morgan $101.2M 2008
13% Mr. Woodcock Mr. Woodcock $25.8M 2007
58% The Astronaut Farmer Charles Farmer Producer $11M 2006
26% School for Scoundrels Dr. P $17.8M 2006
No Score Yet NFL Brett Favre Forever Actor 2006
47% The Ice Harvest Vic Cavanaugh $8.9M 2005
49% Bad News Bears Morris Buttermaker $32.8M 2005
100% Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson Actor 2005
81% Friday Night Lights Coach Gaines $60.7M 2004
29% The Alamo Davy Crockett $22.4M 2004
80% Chrystal Joe 2004
78% Bad Santa Willie T. Stokes 2003
64% Love Actually President of the United States of America $59.4M 2003
75% Intolerable Cruelty Howard D. Doyle $35.1M 2003
34% Levity Manual Jordan 2003
13% Waking Up in Reno Lonnie Earl Dodd 2002
33% The Badge Sheriff Darl Hardwick 2002
85% Monster's Ball Hank $31.3M 2002
81% The Man Who Wasn't There Ed $7.5M 2001
64% Bandits Terry Collins $41.2M 2001
97% Down from the Mountain Actor 2001
86% Daddy and Them Director Claude Montgomery Screenwriter 2001
No Score Yet CatDog: The Great Parent Mystery Actor 2001
32% All the Pretty Horses Director Actor Producer $14.8M 2000
57% The Gift Screenwriter $11.2M 2000
14% South of Heaven, West of Hell Brigadier Smalls 2000
No Score Yet Camouflage Screenwriter 2000
93% Princess Mononoke (Mononoke-hime) Jiko [English Version] 1999
48% Pushing Tin Russell Bell 1999
90% A Simple Plan Jacob Mitchell 1998
38% Armageddon Dan Truman 1998
81% Primary Colors Richard Jemmons 1998
8% An Alan Smithee Film: Burn, Hollywood, Burn Himself 1998
90% The Apostle Troublemaker 1998
44% Homegrown Jack 1998
85% Wag the Dog Actor 1997
60% U-Turn Darrell 1997
17% The Winner Jack 1997
No Score Yet A Gun, a Car, a Blonde Syd/Monk 1997
96% Sling Blade Director Screenwriter 1996
No Score Yet Don't Look Back Screenwriter Marshall 1996
73% A Family Thing Screenwriter 1996
71% Dead Man Big George 1995
No Score Yet Out There Biker 1995
10% On Deadly Ground Homer Carlton 1994
No Score Yet Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade Screenwriter Karl Childers 1994
67% Floundering Gun Clerk 1994
73% Tombstone Johnny Tyler 1993
55% Blood In, Blood Out (Bound by Honor) Lighting 1993
34% Indecent Proposal Day Tripper 1993
No Score Yet The Lost Brigade Actor 1993
No Score Yet The Killing Box Langston 1993
96% One False Move Ray Screenwriter 1992
No Score Yet Trouble Bound Coldface 1992
43% For the Boys Marine Sergeant 1991
No Score Yet Chopper Chicks in Zombietown Bobby 1989
No Score Yet Going Overboard Actor 1989
No Score Yet South of Reno Counterman 1988
No Score Yet Hunter's Blood Billy Bob 1987

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

82% Goliath
2016
Billy McBride
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2016
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
Guest
  • 2019
  • 2016
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
Guest
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2016
  • 2014
No Score Yet Close Up With the Hollywood Reporter
2015
Panelist
  • 2017
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011-2018
Appearing
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet The View
1997
Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2003
Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
2005-2014
Guest
  • 2015
  • 2014
96% Fargo
2014-2017
Lorne Malvo
  • 2014
81% The Big Bang Theory
2007
Dr. Oliver Lorvis
  • 2014
100% The Roosevelts: An Intimate History
2014
Voice
  • 2014
No Score Yet Lopez Tonight
2009-2011
Guest
  • 2010
No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher
2003
Guest
  • 2009
No Score Yet The Bonnie Hunt Show
2008-2010
Performer
  • 2009
No Score Yet The Henry Rollins Show
2006-2007
Guest
  • 2006
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
Guest
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2003
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
Guest Performer
  • 2004
  • 2002
  • 2001
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Host Guest
  • 2001
No Score Yet CatDog
1998-2005
Voice
  • 2000
No Score Yet King of the Hill
1997-2010
Voice
  • 1998
No Score Yet Ellen
1994-1998
Grocer
  • 1997
50% Hearts Afire
1992-1995
Billy Bob Billy Bob Davis
  • 1995
  • 1994
  • 1993
  • 1992
20% The Outsiders
1990
Buck Merrill
  • 1990

QUOTES FROM Billy Bob Thornton CHARACTERS

Jiko [English Version]
So you say you're under a curse? So what? So's the whole damn world.
Jiko [English Version]
So you say you're under a curse? So what? So's the whole damn world.
Ed
Life has dealt me some bum cards. Or maybe I just haven't played 'em right, I don't know.
Karl Childers
"They say I'm well..."
A.J. Frost
Uh, Harry wanted you to have this.
Dan Truman
He did, huh.
A.J. Frost
Uh, Harry wanted you to have this.
Dan Truman
He did, huh ?
Dan Truman
Welcome back, cowboy.
Dan Truman
Welcome back, cowboy.
Terry Collins
You know the hardest thing about being smart?
Joe Blake
No.
Terry Collins
I always pretty much know what's gonna happen next. There's no suspense.
Willie T. Stokes
(to a kid) What do you want?
Willie T. Stokes
What do you want?
Pokemon Child
Pokemon!
Willie T. Stokes
Done.
Homer Carlton
You better watch it, sweetheart. Talk like that'll get you killed.
Homer Carlton
You better watch it, sweetheart. Talking like that'll get you killed.
Karl Childers
French fried pataters
Karl Childers
French fried pataters.
Bobby Cooper
Listen to me you stupid fuck...
Darrell
No! You listen to me goddamnit! Ya sorry son of a bitch! You owe me money! And this car aint goin' no place 'till I get it!
Darrell
You think bad, and bad's what you'll get.
Bobby Cooper
That's an interesting philosophy there, Darrell.
Darrell
Yeah. And no charge.
Bobby Cooper
I'm here to get my car back.
Darrell
You got the money?
Darrell
Two hundred dollars in hundred dollar bills, this morning you was flat out broke.
Bobby Cooper
That's none of your fucking business.
Darrell
I don't want no dirty money. I run a clean business!
Willie T. Stokes
"I beat the shit out of some kids today. But it was for a purpose. It made me feel good about myself. It was like I did something constructive with my life or something. I don't know. Like I accomplished something."
Willie T. Stokes
I beat the shit out of some kids today. But it was for a purpose. It made me feel good about myself. It was like I did something constructive with my life or something. I don't know. Like I accomplished something.
Marcus
"You need many years of therapy. Many, many, many, fuckin' years of therapy."
Marcus
You need many years of therapy. Many, many, many, fuckin' years of therapy.
Willie T. Stokes
Is grandma spry?
Vic Cavanaugh
Only morons are nice at christmas.
Will Beacon
How do we know that you're not constructing a WMD?
Charles Farmer
Well, because if I was building a weapon of mass destruction, you wouldn't be able to find it.
Mr. Woodcock
I don't do sorry.
John Farley
What?
Mr. Woodcock
Sorry is for criminals and screw-ups and i'm neither one.
Mr. Woodcock
Sorry is for criminals and screw-ups and I'm neither one.
Karl Childers
I like gravy on my fries. ummm..mmmm
Karl Childers
I like gravy on my fries.
Karl Childers
I don't reckon I got any reason to kill anybody. Um..Hmm..
Brigadier Smalls
Unlike you and I, she retains her sense of smell.
Hank Grotowski
I quit!
Karl Childers
Some folks call it a Sling Blade I call it a Kaiser Blade
Karl Childers
Some folks call it a sling blade, I call it a Kaiser blade.
Karl Childers
Coffee make me nervous when I drank it
Karl Childers
Coffee makes me nervous when I drink it.
Cop
i created my own hell.
Cop
I created my own hell.
Driver
and im the demon that crawled up out of it.
Driver
And I am the demon who crawled up out of it.
Willie T. Stokes
I'm not your fuckin' da da
Willie T. Stokes
I'm not your fuckin' da da.
Karl
Sir I'm a retired Navy, I know a lot about classified. but one more thing, the person who finds her gets to name her right?
Dan Truman
Yes, that's right.
Karl
I want to name her Dottie after my wife, she's a vicious life sucking bitch from which there is no escape.
Davy Crockett
We're going to need more men.
Johnny Tyler
You run your mouth awful reckless for a man that don't go heeled.
Wyatt Earp
No need to go heeled to get the bulge on a tub like you.
Davy Crockett
If it was just me, simple old David from Tennessee. I might drop over that wall some night and take my chances. But that Davy Crockett feller...they're all watching him.
Terry Collins
Ducks and Beavers
Terry Collins
Ducks and beavers.
Willie T. Stokes
Boy did someone drop you on your head?
Thurman Merman
Did someone drop me on my own head?
Willie T. Stokes
No not on your own head .....BOY ARE YOU FUCKING WITH ME!!!!!
Willie T. Stokes
No not on your own head .....BOY ARE YOU FUCKING WITH ME!
Hank Grotowski
"I think we're going to be alright."
Hank Grotowski
I think we're going to be alright.
Jack
"I wanna a baby Jill."
Jack
I wanna a baby Jill.
Jill
"A baby what Jack?"
Jill
A baby what Jack?
Jack
"A baby us Jill."
Jack
A baby us Jill.
President of the United States of America
Iâ??ll give you anything you ask for, as long as itâ??s not something I donâ??t wanna give.
President of the United States of America
I'll give you anything you ask for, as long as it's not something I don't wanna give.
Karl Childers
Not funny ha-ha, funny queer. Mmm-hmm.
Vaughan Cunningham
Well that's a very offensive way to put it. You shouldn't say that, Karl.
Dan Truman
Nothing will survive, not even bacteria.
Lighting
I don't want his porkchop...I want his life.
Lighting
I don't want his pork chop, I want his life!
Montana
I don't want his pork chop, I want his life!
Karl Childers
Do you have any of them french fried potaters?
Karl Childers
I like them French fried potaters.
Coach Gary Gaines
Clear eyes, full hearts cant lose
Coach Gary Gaines
Clear eyes. Full hearts. Can't lose.
Sonny Grotowski
You hate me. Answer me! You hate me don't you?!
Hank Grotowski
Yes, I hate you. I always did.
Sonny Grotowski
Well I always loved you. [shoots himself]
Ed Crane
Me, I don't talk much... I just cut the hair
Ed Crane
Me, I don't talk much... I just cut the hair.
Dan Truman
We have much better rockets than the coyote.
Dan Truman
Well, actually, we have a lot better rockets than the coyote.
William Sloan
Were a family again.
Agent Thomas Morgan
If you're staring at me, it better be because I'm the suspect. If not, get back to work or I swear you're all demoted to something that involves touching shit with your hands!