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Thomas Haden Church was born June 7, 1961, in El Paso, Texas. In his early years, he toiled as a disc jockey, a voice-over talent and a doorman at the Adolphus Hotel in Dallas. Bits in a couple of small films took Church to Hollywood, where he landed the role of Billy Clanton in Tombstone.

He became a familiar TV face as a regular in the sitcoms "Wings" and "Ned and Stacey" and made occasional films. Church was about to retire from acting when director Alexander Payne came calling. Payne had considered Church for the role in About Schmidt that eventually went to Dermot Mulroney, but promised to cast him in a future film.

As Paul Giamatti's randy buddy Jack in Payne's 2004 triumph Sideways, Church experienced a career rebirth and earned Oscar and Golden Globe nominations. His growing popularity led to a Golden Globe nod and his first Emmy win for his supporting role in the miniseries Broken Trail.

Thomas Haden Church in Cardboard Boxer

Cardboard Boxer

2016 NR

A heart-wrenching yet tender drama about a homeless man with a heart of gold, Willy, who struggles on the gritty streets of the skid row district of Downtown Los Angeles. Willy's better intentions are exploited by a privileged college kid who entices the homeless by offering money in exchange for savage street fighting. Willy is dubbed the "Cardboard Boxer" but when Willy refuses to fight a defenseless elderly man, the thing that matters the most to him is taken away and destroyed.

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