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Biography #2 (for Man of the House)Tommy Lee Jones won the 1993 Academy Award as Best Supporting Actor for his memorable screen portrait of the tenacious federal marshal Samuel Gerard in The Fugitive. The performance also earned Jones the Golden Globe, the Los Angeles Film Critics Award, the Chicago Film Critics Award and a British Academy Award (BAFTA) nomination.
In a career spanning three decades, Jones has brought a wide range of keenly etched characters to the movie screen. He captured his first Golden Globe nomination as Mooney Lynn in the Oscar-winning film, Coal Miner's Daughter, and garnered his first Oscar nod and another Golden Globe nomination playing alleged assassination conspirator Clay Shaw in Oliver Stone's riveting drama, JFK. He embodied the legendary baseball player Ty Cobb in Cobb, created the role of Harvey Two Face Dent in the box office blockbuster Batman Forever, and memorably played a droll government agent (opposite Will Smith) searching for aliens in the 1997 boxoffice hit, Men in Black and the 2002 sequel, Men in Black II.
Jones debuted on the big screen in Arthur Hiller's drama, Love Story and has also starred in such films as Jackson County Jail, Rolling Thunder, The Eyes of Laura Mars, The River Rat, Stormy Monday, The Client, Blue Sky, The Big Town, Blown Away, House of Cards, Volcano, Double Jeopardy, Space Cowboys and U.S. Marshals (reprising his role of federal marshal Gerard). He reunited with director Stone as the maniacal prison warden in Natural Born Killers and as a sympathetic Vietnam vet in Heaven & Earth. He has also starred in two films for Oscar-winning filmmaker William Friedkin, The Hunted and Rules of Engagement, and, prior to his Oscar win in The Fugitive directed by Andy Davis, Jones also starred in Davis' The Package and Under Siege. He most recently starred alongside Cate Blanchett in Ron Howard's mystical, haunting western The Missing.
For his work on television, Jones has been honored with the Emmy Award for his breakthrough performance as convicted murderer Gary Gilmore in The Executioner's Song (1982), a second Emmy nomination and a Golden Globe nomination for the acclaimed miniseries Lonesome Dove (1989) and a CableACE nod and a Screen Actor's Guild Award for his role in TNT's The Good Old Boys, the 1995 adaptation of Elmer Kelton's novel which he also co-wrote and directed. His numerous network and cable credits include the title role in The Amazing Howard Hughes, the PBS/American Playhouse presentation of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, HBO's The Rainmaker, the HBO/BBC production Yuri Nosenko, KGB and the CBS/Hallmark Hall-of-Fame drama, April Morning.
Born in San Saba, Texas, Jones worked briefly with his father in the oil fields before entering Harvard University, where he graduated cum laude with a degree in English literature. Jones moved to New York, where he made his Broadway debut in 1969 in John Osborne's A Patriot for Me. His other Broadway appearances include Four in the Garden with Carol Channing and Sid Caesar, Ulysses in Nighttown opposite Zero Mostel and the New York Shakespeare Festival staging of Sam Shepard's True West. He returned to the stage in 1990 as director of The Authentic Life of Billy the Kid at San Antoniošs Street Theatre.
Biography #3 (for The Hunted)Academy Award winner Tommy Lee Jones was awarded the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his uncompromising portrayal of U.S. Marshal Sam Gerard in the box office hit The Fugitive in 1994. For this performance. he also received a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor. Three years prior, Jones had received his first Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Clay Shaw in Oliver Stone's JFK.
Jones starred with Ashley Judd in the box office hit Double Jeopardy. In 1998 he reprised his role as U.S. Marshal Sam Gerard in U.S. Marshals, the follow-tip to The Fugitive, and in 1997 he starred with Will Smith in the No. 1 box office hit of the year, Men In Black, which grossed over $500 million worldwide.
Jones made his feature film debut in the classic Love Story and, in a career spanning three decades, has staffed in such films as Eyes of Laura Mars, Coal Miner's Daughter -- for which he received his first Golden Globe nomination -- Stormy Monday, The Package, Under Siege, Heaven and Earth, The Client, Natural Born Killers, Blue Sky, Batman Forever, Cobb and Volcano.
In 1995, Jones made his directorial debut with the critically acclaimed telefilm adaptation of the Elmer Kelton book The Good Old Boys. Jones also starred in the telefilm with Sissy Spacek, Sam Shepard, Frances McDormand and Matt Damon. For his portrayal of Hewey Calloway, he received nominations for both a Screen Actors Guild Award and a CableACE Award.
Jones had had previous success on the small screen. In 1983, he won an Emmy Award for Best Actor for his performance as Gary Gilmore in The Executioner's Song and, in 1989, was nominated for an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for the miniseries Lonesome Dove.
His numerous network and cable credits include the title role in The Amazing Howard Hughes, the American Playhouse production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Rainmaker for HBO, the HBO/BBC production of Yuri Noshenko, KGB and April Morning.
In 1969, Jones made his Broadway debut in John Osborne's A Patriot for Me. His other Broadway appearances include Four on a Garden with Carol Channing and Sid Caesar, and Ulysses in Nighttown with the late Zero Mostel.
Born in San Saba, Texas, he worked briefly with his father in the oil fields before leaving for Harvard University, where he graduated cum laude with a degree in English.
Bio courtesy Paramount for "The Hunted" (25-Mar-2003)