Billy Bob Thornton (born August 4,1955) is an American actor, filmmaker, singer, songwriter, and musician. He gained serious critical attention after co-writing and acting in the film One False Move. He won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay as well as a nomination for Best Actor for Sling Blade, in which he wrote, directed, and starred in. He has starred in many television shows as well as feature films.
Early Life Edit
Billy Bob Thornton was born in Hot Springs, Arkansas to his mother Virginia Roberta and his father William Raymond Thornton. He is the older brother to James Donald (now deceased) and John David. A good high school baseball player, he tried out for the Kansas City Royals, but was released after an injury. He attended Henderson State University to pursue psychology, but dropped out after two semesters. Afterwards, he left to L.A. in the mid-1980s to pursue a career as an actor. In between auditions, he worked various jobs. He later pursued screenwriting.
Relation to the Coens Edit
The Coens casted Thornton as the part of Ed Crane in The Man Who Wasn't There. Before the film, Thornton had known the Coens socially, and had expressed an admiration for their work. In his words, "The thing is, they just don't suck." He was also cast in the Fargo television series as Lorne Malvo. Thornton and Ethan briefly discussed the writing for the series, in which Ethan Coen described the pilot as "good".
The Man Who Wasn't There Edit
Thornton was cast as the lead in The Man Who Wasn't There, in which he received several nominations for Best Actor. Thornton plays the character of Ed Crane, a blackmailing barber. Crane is an abnormal protagonist for a Coen Brothers film. The story is seen through Crane's eyes and narrated by him to some extent. This is contrasting to the shifting narrative that is seen in many of the Coens' works.