Tommy Lee Jones has been in several movies and shows throughout his over 50-year long acting career! Born on September 15th, 1946, Jones was born and raised in the state of Texas, but would later move to Boston to attend Harvard College. While there, his roommate was none other than former U.S. Vice President Al Gore. Upon graduating with a degree in English, Jones subsequently moved to New York in pursuit of a career in acting! 

Tommy Lee Jones' movies and acting debut

Before Tommy Lee Jones' movie career had started, he actually first starred in Broadway in 1969 and again in 1971. His film debut was in 1970's Love Story, where he coincidentally plays the role of a Harvard student. In his first major performance on-screen, Jones would receive a Golden Globe nomination for his role in Coal Miner's Daughter. 

His next critically acclaimed piece was in 1983's The Executioner's Song, where he won his first Emmy award for Best Actor. 

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Tommy Lee Jones in 2014

In 1989, Jones would receive recognition from the Emmys again for his part in the television mini-series Lonesome Dove. Although he ended up not winning the Emmy's Best Actor award, he did ultimately receive the Golden Globe award for Best Supporting Actor! 

Other prominent, lead roles that Tommy Lee Jones is best known for, include: 

  • The Fugitive (1993) - Academy Award, Best Supporting Actor
  • Men in Black (1996) - Satellite Award nomination, Best Actor
  • Space Cowboys (2000) 
  • In the Valley of Elah (2007)- Academy Award nomination, Best Actor
  • No Country for Old Men (2007) - BAFTA nomination, Best Supporting Actor
  • Lincoln (2012) - Academy Award nomination, Best Supporting Actor

His role in The Fugitive was his first and only Oscar win, respectively. However, his blockbuster films like the Men in Black franchise and Space Cowboys had major successes at the box office! MIB grossed an incredible $589.3 million at the box office, while Space Cowboys, starring Clint Eastwood, garnered an impressive $128.9 million! 

One of his most famed roles in No Country for Old Men went on to win four Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor for Javier Bardem. 

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Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones in Men in Black

His latest movies consist of Ad Astra (2019), Wander (2020), and the most recently completed action/comedy movie The Comeback Trail. 

In his personal life, Jones has been married to Dawn Laurel since March 2001, his third wife. He has two children from a previous marriage to Kimberlea Cloughley. 

We're looking forward to Tommy Lee Jones' movies that will hopefully still be released in theaters this year!