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Billy Bob Thornton was born on August 4, 1955, in Hot Springs, Arkansas and moved to Los Angeles in hopes of starting his acting career. After taking on a variety of odd jobs, Billy landed his first film role in the thriller Hunter's Blood (1987) before appearing in the made-for-TV film The Man Who Broke a 1,000 Chains (1987) alongside Val Kilmer.
Along with his acting chops, Billy is a talented screenwriter and first showed off his skills in the crime thriller One False Move (1991), before writing, directing and starring in the short film Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade (1996). He then wrote its sequel Sling Blade (1996) for which he earned an Academy Award for Best Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium.
Following his success with screenwriting, Billy returned to the big-screen with memorable performances in Oliver Stone's crime thriller U-Turn (1997), the adventure sci-fi film Armageddon (1998) alongside Bruce Willis, and the dramedy Primary Colors (1998) with John Travolta. In result of another critically acclaimed performance as Jacob Mitchell in the thriller A Simple Plan (1999), Billy earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
Billy wasted little time before giving more noteworthy depictions, including the crime comedy Bandits (2001) with Cate Blanchett and Bruce Willis, the Coen brothers' crime drama The Man Who Wasn't There (2001), the drama Monster's Ball (2001) alongside Halle Berry and Heath Ledger, and the comedy Bad Santa (2003). In 2004, his success continued with his portrayal of Davy Crockett in the war drama The Alamo and as a high school football coach in the sport drama Friday Night Lights.
In 2005, Billy strayed away from serious roles and appeared in the family comedy Bad News Bears and the crime drama The Ice Harvest, followed closely by the comedy School for Scoundrels (2006), the sci-fi flick The Astronaut Farmer (2006), the comedy The Smell of Success (2009), the action film Faster (2010) alongside Dwayne Johnson, and a voice-over role in the animation comedy Puss in Boots (2011).