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An actor, writer, director and musician, Billy Bob Thornton was born Aug. 4, 1955, in Hot Springs, Ark. After making his debut in the 1987 TV movie The Man Who Broke 1000 Chains, he played a variety of small roles, often as a comic-relief redneck sidekick or heavy.

The 1992 thriller One False Move (which Thornton also co-wrote) awakened critics to his acting potential, which was fulfilled five years later with the success of Sling Blade. Thornton wrote, directed and starred in this tale about a Southern misfit; the feature film grew out of his one-man show and later his short film, and won an Oscar for his script.

As Bill Paxton's dimwitted brother in A Simple Plan (1998), Thornton was nominated again for the Academy Award (Best Supporting Actor). His later films include Armageddon, Monster's Ball, The Man Who Wasn't There, Bad Santa and The Alamo.

Billy Bob Thornton in Bad Santa 2

Bad Santa 2

2016 R

Boozy scoundrel Willie Soke returns for another holiday season as a department store Santa, assisted by his elfin crony, Marcus. This time, Willie and his potty-mouthed mom conspire to defraud a charity.

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  • Billy Bob Thornton in Fargo Fargo
  • Billy Bob Thornton in Love Actually Love Actually
  • Billy Bob Thornton in Faster Faster
  • Billy Bob Thornton in Princess Mononoke Princess Mononoke
  • Billy Bob Thornton in Our Brand Is Crisis Our Brand Is Crisis
  • Billy Bob Thornton in Cut Bank Cut Bank
  • Billy Bob Thornton in Bad Santa Bad Santa
  • Billy Bob Thornton in The Judge The Judge
  • Billy Bob Thornton in Puss in Boots Puss in Boots
  • Billy Bob Thornton in Parkland Parkland
  • Billy Bob Thornton in Armageddon Armageddon
  • Billy Bob Thornton in Into the Grizzly Maze Into the Grizzly Maze
  • Billy Bob Thornton in Sling Blade Sling Blade
  • Billy Bob Thornton in Blood In, Blood Out Blood In, Blood Out
  • Billy Bob Thornton in Entourage Entourage
  • Billy Bob Thornton in Primary Colors Primary Colors
  • Billy Bob Thornton in All the Pretty Horses All the Pretty Horses
  • Billy Bob Thornton in The Man Who Wasn't There The Man Who Wasn't There
  • Billy Bob Thornton in Monster's Ball Monster's Ball
  • Billy Bob Thornton in Friday Night Lights Friday Night Lights
  • Billy Bob Thornton in Eagle Eye Eagle Eye
  • Billy Bob Thornton in The Apostle The Apostle
  • Billy Bob Thornton in Intolerable Cruelty Intolerable Cruelty
  • Billy Bob Thornton in The Baytown Outlaws The Baytown Outlaws
  • Billy Bob Thornton in Bandits Bandits
  • Billy Bob Thornton in Indecent Proposal Indecent Proposal
  • Billy Bob Thornton in Daddy & Them Daddy & Them
  • Billy Bob Thornton in The Alamo The Alamo
  • Billy Bob Thornton in The Ice Harvest The Ice Harvest
  • Billy Bob Thornton in Mr. Woodcock Mr. Woodcock
  • Billy Bob Thornton in Jayne Mansfield's Car Jayne Mansfield's Car
  • Billy Bob Thornton in Bad News Bears Bad News Bears
  • Billy Bob Thornton in The Astronaut Farmer The Astronaut Farmer
  • Billy Bob Thornton in The Informers The Informers
  • Billy Bob Thornton in Ain't in It for My Health: Levon Helm Ain't in It for My Health: Levon Helm
  • Billy Bob Thornton in Going Overboard Going Overboard
  • Billy Bob Thornton in The Badge The Badge
  • Billy Bob Thornton in Chrystal Chrystal
  • Billy Bob Thornton in School for Scoundrels School for Scoundrels
  • Billy Bob Thornton in 21 Years: Richard Linklater 21 Years: Richard Linklater
  • Billy Bob Thornton in Trouble Bound Trouble Bound
  • Billy Bob Thornton in Hearts Afire Hearts Afire
  • Billy Bob Thornton in Homegrown Homegrown
  • Billy Bob Thornton in South of Heaven, West of Hell South of Heaven, West of Hell
  • Billy Bob Thornton in The Henry Rollins Show: Season 1 The Henry Rollins Show: Season 1
  • Billy Bob Thornton in NFL: Brett Favre Forever NFL: Brett Favre Forever
  • Billy Bob Thornton in The Smell of Success The Smell of Success