|Tommy Lee Jones Quick Info|
|Height||6 ft 1 in|
|Date of Birth||September 15, 1946|
Tommy Lee Jones is an American actor and filmmaker whose theatrical professional acting career began on Broadway in A Patriot for Me (1969) before moving to Los Angeles in the mid-1970s in hope of getting more work. Since his acting career took off, Tommy Lee Jones has kept working in front and behind the camera, for the big screen, and in TV roles.
As a youngster, Tommy Lee Jones successfully drove himself hard to win scholarships for his education and was able to attend the prestigious prep boarding school for boys in Dallas, St. Mark’s School of Texas. He went to Harvard also on a scholarship, where he graduated cum laude in 1969 and received a B.A. in English Literature. His roommate was a future Vice President, Al Gore, with whom he remains friends.
He has charmed the entertainment industry with his acting performances, his screenwriting skills, and as a director for several projects. He is most famous for delivering his portrayal of the characters in a flinty, inscrutable and deadpan manner.
Tommy Lee Jones
San Saba, Texas, United States
Terrell Hills, Texas, United States
Tommy Lee Jones attended high school at Robert E. Lee High School in Midland, Texas, and moved to Dallas and graduated in 1965 from the St. Mark’s School of Texas.
He attended Harvard College and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English, cum laude in 1969.
Actor, Director, Producer, Screenwriter, Cattle rancher
- Father – Clyde C. Jones (Oil Field Worker)
- Mother – Lucille Marie née Scott (Police officer, School teacher, and Beauty shop owner)
Tommy Lee Jones is managed by –
- Viewpoint, Inc. (Public Relations Agency), Beverly Hills, California, USA
- Javelina Film Company (Production Company), San Antonio, Texas, USA
- Creative Artists Agency (CAA) (Talent Agent Commercial/Literary), Los Angeles, California, USA
- Jacobson, Russell, Saltz, Nassim & De La Torre (Legal Representative), Los Angeles, California, USA
- Lavely & Singer (Legal Representative), Los Angeles, California, USA
6 ft 1 in or 185.5 cm
91 kg or 200.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Tommy Lee Jones has dated –
- Katherine “Kate” Lardner (1971-1978) – Tommy Lee Jones was married to actress Katherine Lardner for 7 years.
- Lisa Taylor (1978) – Lisa and Tommy dated briefly in 1978.
- Kimberlea Cloughley (1981-1996) – Tommy and photographer Kimberlea Cloughley got married in 1981. They had 2 children together, Victoria Kafka Jones (b. September 3, 1991) and Austin Leonard Jones (b. November 9, 1982). Her father was the former San Antonia Mayor, Phil Hardberger. They got separated in 1996.
- Dawn Laurel-Jones (2001-Present) – Tommy married his 3rd wife, photographer Dawn Laurel-Jones in 2001.
Race / Ethnicity
He is Anglo-Saxon with English, Scottish and Northern Irish ancestry. He also claims to have some Cherokee Native American ancestry.
- Deep hoarse voice
- Thick Texan accent
- Ornery grumpy personality
Tommy Lee Jones has endorsed brands such as –
- Red Dog Beer
- Suntory Boss canned coffee
- Ameriprise Financial
Best Known For
- Acting in big-budget films especially in the 1990s films that were huge earners, such as, JFK, The Fugitive where he was a U.S. Marshall, Natural Born Killers where he was a prison warden, Cobb where he was the baseball player Ty Cobb, and The Client where he was a federal attorney, among others
- Appearing as real characters that have lived and put on a realistic performance. In 1977, Jones played the title role in the TV series The Amazing Howard Hughes where his resemblance, vocal and visual, was spot on.
- Stage acting, performing in theatrical productions such as A Patriot for Me (1969), Fortune and Men’s Eyes (1969), and Ulysses in Nighttown (1974) among others
Tommy Lee Jones made his theatrical film debut as Hank Simpson in the 1970 film Love Story.
First TV Show
He made his TV show debut as Dr. Mark Toland on the soap opera One Life to Live in 1971.
Tommy Lee Jones doesn’t seem to be working out because of his age. But, he seems like a person who keeps an eye on the diet to maintain a healthy body.
Tommy Lee Jones Favorite Things
- Cities – Kyoto, Japan
- Sport – Polo
Tommy Lee Jones Facts
- He was born and raised in San Saba, Texas, United States.
- Tommy is fluent in Spanish.
- He was in the same high school as the former “First Lady” Laura Bush when they were residents of Midland, Texas.
- His parents were married and divorced twice.
- Jones was a talented athlete and student, while at Harvard, he joined the football team as an offensive guard.
- Since he was physically too small to play in the National Football League (NFL), Jones decided to follow his 2nd interest, acting, and went off to New York and landed a role in Broadway.
- He is a championship polo player and raises polo ponies. In 1993, his team won the U.S. Polo Association’s Western Challenge Cup.
- Jones is actively involved with the Polo Training Foundation.
- During the 2015 “Texas Film Hall of Fame” awards ceremony, he accepted the “Texas Legend Award.”
- His cantankerous demeanor on-screen is as crusty as it is off-screen.
- He never took an acting class.
- He owns a 3000-acre cattle ranch, in San Saba County, Texas, a ranch near Van Horn, Texas that was the setting for the film The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, alongside a house in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and, a farm in Florida.
- Jones owns property in Terrel Hills Texas, where he lives and, another home in Wellington, Florida.
- He is a fan of the San Antonio Spurs and attends many of their games.
- His role in The Fugitive (1994) earned him the Oscar in the “Best Actor in Supporting Role” category and the Golden Globe in “Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture” category.
- Tommy’s portrayal of Doolittle “Mooney” Lynn, husband of the country singer Loretta Lynn, in Coal Miners Daughter, earned him his 1st Golden Globe nomination in 1980.
- His participation in the blockbuster hits, The Fugitive with Harrison Ford, Batman Forever with Val Kilmer, and Men in Black with Will Smith, raised his profile and made him one of the most-paid actors of the time.
- In 2011, he was in public service announcements on Japanese television to remember victims of the Tohoku tsunami.
- He does not seem to be active on social media.
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