Tommy Lee Jones Biography
Born in San Saba, Texas, the son of Clyde C. and Lucille Marie (Scott) Jones, Tommy Lee Jones worked in underwater construction and on an oil rig. He attended St. Mark's School of Texas, a prestigious prep school for boys in Dallas, on a scholarship, and went to Harvard on another scholarship.He roomed with future Vice President Al Gore and played offensive guard in the famous 29-29 Harvard-Yale football game of '68 known as "The Tie." He received a B.A. in English literature and graduated cum laude from Harvard in 1969.
Following college, he moved to New York and began his theatrical career on Broadway in "A Patriot for Me" (1969). In 1970, he made his film debut in Love Story (1970). While living in New York, he continued to appear in various plays, both on- and off-Broadway: "Fortune and Men's Eyes" (1969); "Four on a Garden" (1971); "Blue Boys" (1972); "Ulysses in Nighttown" (1974). During this time, he also appeared on a daytime soap opera, "One Life to Live" (1968) as Dr. Mark Toland from 1971-75. He moved with wife Kate Lardner, granddaughter of short-story writer/columnist Ring Lardner, and her two children from a previous marriage, to Los Angeles.
There he began to get some roles on television: "Charlie's Angels" (1976) (pilot episode); Smash-Up on Interstate 5 (1976) (TV); and The Amazing Howard Hughes (1977) (TV). While working on the movie Back Roads (1981), he met and fell in love with Kimberlea Cloughley, whom he later married. More roles in television--both on network and cable--stage and film garnered him a reputation as a strong, explosive, thoughtful actor who could handle supporting as well as leading roles. He made his directorial debut in The Good Old Boys (1995) (TV) on TNT. In addition to directing and starring in the film, he co-wrote the teleplay (with J.T. Allen). The film, based on Elmer Kelton's novel, is set in west Texas where Jones has strong family ties. Consequently, this story of a cowboy facing the end of an era has special meaning for him.
Dawn Jones (19 March 2001 - present)
Kimberlea Gayle Cloughley (30 May 1981 - 1996) (divorced) 2 children
Kate Lardner (1971 - 1978) (divorced)
Trade Mark - Deadpan delivery
More Interesting Information for Tommy Lee Jones
Never took an acting class.
He and Al Gore were roommates while the two were students at Harvard University. The two remain close friends.
Part time cattle rancher, owns 3,000-acre ranch near San Antonio, TX.
Plays polo and raises polo ponies. His team won the U.S. Polo Association's Western Challenge Cup in 1993. Invites the Harvard's best polo players to his ranch to practice each fall.
Father's name was Clyde C. Jones -- he did not have a middle name, just an initial.
Father, with Kimberlea Gayle Cloughley, of Austin Leonard Jones (b. 1983) and Victoria Kafka Jones (b. 1991)
Real-life son, Austin Leonard Jones, played his son, Tommy, in Yuri Nosenko, KGB (1986) (TV).
According to author Erich Segal, Jones and his then Harvard roommate Al Gore, were the models for the character of Oliver in Love Story (1970).
Injured after falling from horse during polo match. [30 October 1998]
Writes most of his own most memorable lines in films: The Fugitive (1993)... when Richard Kimble (Harrison Ford) tells Marshal Gerard, "I didn't kill my wife," Gerard replies, "I don't care!" Under Siege (1992)... William Strannix's speech after he loses his mind: "Saturday morning cartoons... This little piggy... " Eyes of Laura Mars (1978) ... John Neville's revealing speech at the end of the movie.
Ten days after graduating from Harvard, he landed his first role in the Broadway production of "A Patriot for Me" (with Maximilian Schell), which closed after 49 performances. He got his agent after giving a letter of introduction to actress Jane Alexander. His story of how he found an agent and a Broadway job so quickly was written about in an issue of "Ripley's Believe It or Not".
Good friends with: Al Gore, Willie Nelson, Gary Busey, Oliver Stone and Robert Duvall.
His ex-wife, Kate Lardner, is Ring Lardner's granddaughter.
Speaks Spanish fluently.
He is a first cousin of Boxcar Willie, a famous country singer.
Owns the movie rights to Cormac McCarthy's controversial novel "Blood Meridian," which many consider unfilmable.
Born on the exact same day as filmmaker and good friend Oliver Stone.
Was the studio's original (and preferred) choice to play Snake Plisken in John Carpenter's Escape from New York (1981). The studio was reluctant to cast Kurt Russell, who ultimately got the part, because of his previous work.
Has worked with two "Katharine Hepburns." In The Amazing Howard Hughes (1977) (TV), he played Hughes opposite Tovah Feldshuh as Hepburn. In The Missing (2003/I), his daughter is played by Cate Blanchett, who played Hepburn in The Aviator (2004)--another biopic about Howard Hughes.
Is the only Texan to have played fellow Texan Howard Hughes. Leonardo DiCaprio (The Aviator), Jason Robards (Melvin and Howard (1980)) and Terry O'Quinn (The Rocketeer (1991)) were born in California, Illinois, and Michigan, respectively.
Is an avid San Antonio Spurs fan.
Played Howard Hughes in The Amazing Howard Hughes (1977) (TV) and later appeared in Batman Forever (1995), which was filmed inside the hangar of Hughes' "Spruce Goose.".
Jones was also a resident of Midland, Texas, and attended the same high school as the future First Lady Laura Bush.
An eighth-generation Texan, he has a Cherokee Native American grandparent, and is mostly of Welsh ancestry.
An animated caricature of him appeared in an episode of the animated series adaptation of Men in Black (1997) alongside an animated caricature of his MIB co-star Will Smith, set against a scene parodying another hit film starring Smith, Independence Day (1996).
Is an avid polo player. He even bought a house in a Polo Country club in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Personal quotes from Tommy Lee Jones
"Somebody's gonna give you some money to perform a job, you do your best to make 'em a good hand... "
"It's no mean calling to bring fun into the afternoons of large numbers of people. That too is part of my job, and I'm happy to serve when called on."
"My thanks to the Academy for the very finest, greatest award that any actor can ever receive. The only thing a man can say at a time like this is -- I am not really bald."
"I do not have a sense of humor of any recognizable sort."
"I've worked with more than 50 directors and I've paid attention since day one. That's pretty much been my education, apart from studying art history and shooting with my own cameras. I've seen 50 different sets of mistakes and 50 different ways of achieving. You just leave the bad part out." [on how he learned to direct]
"I really enjoyed a remark that Howard Hawks once made. He said the most important thing is not to ask an actor to do anything he can't do. Same thing goes for horses."
Tommy Lee Jones Filmography
In the Electric Mist (2007) .... Dave Robicheaux
In the Valley of Elah (2007) .... Hank Deerfield
No Country for Old Men (2007) .... Ed Tom Bell
A Prairie Home Companion (2006) .... Axeman
The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005) .... Pete Perkins
... aka Three Burials: The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (Australia: DVD box title) (UK: DVD box title)
... aka The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (International: English title)
... aka Trois enterrements (France)
Man of the House (2005/I) .... Roland Sharp
The Missing (2003/I) .... Samuel Jones a.k.a Chaa-duu-ba-its-iidan
The Hunted (2003) .... L.T. Bonham
Men in Black II (2002) .... Kevin Brown, Agent Kay
... aka MIB 2 (USA: promotional abbreviation)
... aka MIIB (USA: promotional abbreviation)
Space Cowboys (2000) .... Hawk Hawkins
Rules of Engagement (2000) .... Col. Hayes 'Hodge' Hodges
... aka Règles d'engagement, Les (Canada: French title)
... aka Rules - Sekunden der Entscheidung (Germany)
... aka Rules of Engagement - Die Regeln des Krieges (Germany: TV title)
Double Jeopardy (1999) .... Travis Lehman
... aka Doppelmord (Germany)
... aka Double condamnation (Canada: French title)
Small Soldiers (1998) (VG) (voice) .... Major Chip Hazard
Small Soldiers (1998) (voice) .... Major Chip Hazard
U.S. Marshals (1998) .... Chief Deputy Marshal Samuel Gerard
Men in Black (1997) .... Agent K (Kay)
... aka MIB (USA: promotional abbreviation)
Volcano (1997) .... Mike Roark
Batman Forever (1995) .... Two-Face/Harvey Dent
The Good Old Boys (1995) (TV) .... Hewey Calloway
Cobb (1994) .... Ty Cobb
Blue Sky (1994) .... Maj. Henry 'Hank' Marshall
Natural Born Killers (1994) .... Warden Dwight McClusky
The Client (1994) .... 'Reverend' Roy Foltrigg
Blown Away (1994) .... Ryan Gaerity
The Fugitive (1993) .... Marshal Samuel Gerard
House of Cards (1993) .... Jake Beerlander
Heaven & Earth (1993) .... Steve Butler
... aka Entre ciel et terre (France)
Under Siege (1992) .... William Stranix
... aka Piège en haute mer (France)
JFK (1991) .... Clay Shaw/Clay Bertrand
... aka JFK (France)
... aka JFK - Affaire non classée (France: poster title)
Fire Birds (1990) .... Brad Little
... aka Wings of the Apache
The Package (1989) .... Thomas Boyette
"Lonesome Dove" (1989) (mini) TV Series .... Woodrow F. Call
Gotham (1988) (TV) .... Eddie Mallard
... aka The Dead Can't Lie
April Morning (1988) (TV) .... Moses Cooper
Stormy Monday (1988) .... Cosmo
Stranger on My Land (1988) (TV) .... Bud Whitman
The Big Town (1987) .... George Cole
Broken Vows (1987) (TV) .... Pater Joseph McMahon
Yuri Nosenko, KGB (1986) (TV) .... Steve Daley
... aka Yuri Nosenko: Double Agent (International: English title: video title)
Black Moon Rising (1986) .... Quint
The Park Is Mine (1986) (TV) .... Mitch
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1985) (TV) .... Brick Pollitt
The River Rat (1984) .... Billy
Nate and Hayes (1983) .... Captain Bully Hayes
... aka Savage Islands (UK)
The Executioner's Song (1982) (TV) .... Gary Mark Gilmore
The Rainmaker (1982) (TV) .... Starbuck
Back Roads (1981) .... Elmore Pratt
... aka Love with a Sinner (Philippines: English title)
Barn Burning (1980) (TV) .... Ab Snopes
... aka The American Short Story Collection: Barn Burning
Coal Miner's Daughter (1980) .... Doolittle 'Mooney' Lynn aka 'Doo'
Eyes of Laura Mars (1978) .... John Neville
The Betsy (1978) .... Angelo Perino
... aka Harold Robbins' The Betsy
Rolling Thunder (1977) .... Cpl. Johnny Vohden
The Amazing Howard Hughes (1977) (TV) .... Howard Hughes
Smash-Up on Interstate 5 (1976) (TV) .... Officer Hutton
"Family" .... David Needham (1 episode, 1976)
- Coming of Age (1976) TV Episode .... David Needham
Jackson County Jail (1976) .... Coley Blake
... aka The Innocent Victim (USA: video title)
"Charlie's Angels" .... Aram Kolegian (1 episode, 1976)
- Charlie's Angels (1976) TV Episode .... Aram Kolegian
"Baretta" .... Sharky (1 episode, 1976)
- Dead Man Out (1976) TV Episode .... Sharky
"Barnaby Jones" .... Dr. Jim Melford (1 episode, 1975)
- Fatal Witness (1975) TV Episode .... Dr. Jim Melford
Eliza's Horoscope (1975) (as Tom Lee Jones) .... Tommy Lee
Life Study (1973) .... Gus
"One Life to Live" (1968) TV Series .... Dr. Mark Toland (unknown episodes, 1971-1975)
Love Story (1970) (as Tom Lee Jones) .... Hank Simpson
In the Electric Mist (2007) (post-production) (screenplay)
The Good Old Boys (1995) (TV) (teleplay)