Tommy Lee Jones

Tommy Lee Jones Life

Tommy Lee Jones

Tommy Lee Jones, always a pleasure! Photo by: JJ Georges.

Tommy Lee Jones was born on September 15, 1946 in San Saba, Texas. His mother, Lucille Marie was a police officer, school teacher, and beauty shop owner. Tommy’s father, Clyde C. Jones, was an oil field worker; the two were married and divorced twice. Tommy Lee Jones was raised in Midland, Texas and attended Robert E. Lee. Highschool.

Jones was married to Kate Lardner, the daughter of screenwriter and journalist Ring Lardner Jr., from 1971 to 1978. Tommy Lee Jones has two children from his second marriage to Kimberlea Cloughley. Together the couple had a son, Austin Leonard Jones who was born in 1982, and a daughter, Victoria Jones who was born in 1991. On March 19, 2001, Tommy married his third wife, Dawn Laurel.

Tommy Lee Jones Career

Tommy Lee Jones moved to New York to become an actor; he made his Broadway debut in 1969’s A Patriot for Me. In 1970 Jones landed his first film role ironically playing a Harvard student in Love Story. Throughout the 1970’s Tommy Lee Jones played an escaped convict in Jackson County Jail, a Vietnam veteran in Rolling Thunder, and an automobile mogul in The Betsy.

In 1980 Tommy Lee Jones earned his first Golden Globe Nomination for his portrayal of country singer Loretta Lynn’s husband, Doolittle “Mooney” Lynn, in the popular Coal Miner’s Daughter. In 1983, he received an Emmy for Best Actor for his performance as murderer Gary Gilmore in a TV adaptation of Norman Mailer’s The Executioner’s Song.

In 1989, he earned another Emmy nomination for his portrayal of Texas Ranger lawman Woodrow F. Call in the acclaimed television mini-series Lonesome Dove, based on the best-seller by Larry McMurtry.

In the 1990s, blockbuster hits such as The Fugitive co-starring Harrison Ford, Batman Forever co-starring Val Kilmer, and Men in Black with Will  Smith made Jones one of the best-paid and most in-demand actors in Hollywood. His performance in The Fugitive received broad acclaim and an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and a sequel.

More recently Tommy Lee Jones has played a role in movie such as Captain America: The First Avenger, Men in Black 3, and Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln. Jones’s performance in Lincoln received wide critical acclaim, with many reviewers claiming that he stole the film from star Daniel Day-Lewis. For this performance, Tommy Lee Jones received his fourth Oscar nomination, for Best Supporting Actor.

Tommy Lee Jones

The young Tommy Lee Jones. Such a hansome guy. Photo by: Jeanne Grace.

Tommy Lee Jones at Harvard

Jones attended Harvard on a need-based scholarship; Tommy Lee Jones stayed in Mower B-12 as a freshman, across the hall from future Vice President Al Gore. As an upperclassman, he stayed in Dunster Housewith roommates Gore and Bob Somerby, who later became editor of the media criticism site the Daily Howler.

Jones also played offensive guard on Harvard’s undefeated 1968 varsity football team. The team was nominated as a first-team All-Ivy League selection, and played in the 1968 Game, which featured a memorable and literally last-minute Harvard 16-point comeback to tie Yale. Jones graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English in 1969; his senior thesis was on “the mechanics of Catholicism” in the works of Flannery O’Connor.