Tommy Lee Jones is an American actor and filmmaker who has made a name for himself in Hollywood. He is known for his roles in films such as The Fugitive, No Country For Old Men, Lincoln, and the Men In Black series. He has also starred in many television shows including Lonesome Dove, Law & Order, and Saturday Night Live.
Jones was born on September 15th 1946 in San Saba Texas to Clyde C. Jones and Lucille Marie Scott. Growing up he attended St Mark’s School of Texas where he excelled at both academics and athletics before eventually attending Harvard University where he graduated with a degree in English Literature. During his time at Harvard he joined the school’s theatre company which sparked his acting career when director Peter Bogdanovich cast him as the lead role of Harvey Keitel’s character’s son in 1973’s The Last Picture Show.
Since then Jones has had a long successful career spanning five decades with over 70 film credits to his name including hits like Coal Miner’s Daughter (1980), JFK (1991), Natural Born Killers (1994), Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005), Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), Hope Springs (2012), Just Getting Started (2017). Aside from acting Tommy Lee Jones directed two feature films; 1995 western “The Good Old Boys” starring Frances McDormand & Sam Shepard and 2011 drama “Emperor”.
In addition to being an award-winning actor/director Tommy Lee Jones also takes part in numerous philanthropic activities supporting causes such as education reform for children living below poverty line, cancer research programs, conservation projects across National Parks System etc. His efforts have been recognized by several organizations throughout the years most notably when President Barack Obama awarded him with Presidential Medal Of Freedom —the highest civilian honor—in 2016.
Overall it can be said that Tommy Lee Jones is one of Hollywood’s most respected actors whose work continues to entertain audiences worldwide after more than 50 years since debuting on screen back 1970.
Jones began his acting career on the stage before making his big screen debut with Love Story in 1970. He then went on to star as Howard Hughes’ assistant Harlan Williams in Heaven Knows What (1976). His performance earned him a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor and he soon became one of Hollywood’s most sought-after actors.
In 1993, he won an Oscar for his role as U.S Marshal Samuel Gerard in the blockbuster hit The Fugitive alongside Harrison Ford and Julianne Moore. Other notable roles include Agent K from the Men In Black franchise (1997–2012), Two Face/Harvey Dent from Batman Forever (1995) and Colonel Chester Phillips from Captain America: The First Avenger (2011).
Outside of acting, Tommy Lee Jones is also known for being a director; helming films such as The Good Old Boys (1995), Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005) and Emperor Jones (2020). Additionally, he has served as a producer on numerous projects including No Country For Old Men which won four Oscars at the 80th Academy Awards ceremony including Best Picture.
Overall, Tommy Lee Jones is one of Hollywood’s most beloved actors due to his versatility across genres ranging from comedy to drama to action movies. His iconic performances have gained him international recognition over several decades while also earning him multiple awards throughout his illustrious career so far!