There are few actors who have been both as prolific and impressive as Tommy Lee Jones. From having portrayed a President of the United States, to playing a Nazi-hunting professor in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade to starring in Men in Black 3, Jones has left his mark on Hollywood and beyond. Here are 10 interesting facts about Tommy Lee Jones, who can now be seen next on Netflix’s hit series, The Punisher.
How Did Jones Get His Start?
Tommy Lee Jones got his start in the acting game by attending Roanoke College to study drama. He would later go on to graduate from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts with a BFA in drama. After graduation, Jones began his career in theater before making a transition into film and television.
What Are His Career Highlights?
Tommy Lee Jones made his film debut in a low-budget Western called The Driver’s Seat, which was released in 1976. He followed this up by playing the President of the United States in Thirteen Days. In 1997, Jones was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Walter E. Kurtz in Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now Redux.
In 2005, he starred as Colonel Frank Slade in Steven Spielberg’s War of the Worlds and again in 2008 for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
He received a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Fletch Lonesome on Lonesome Dove: The Series.
He has appeared on television shows such as Invader Zim, The X-Files, 24, Sons of Anarchy, and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.
1) What is the name of Tommy Lee Jones’ first movie?
The Driver’s Seat
2) How many movies has Tommy Lee Jones won a Screen Actors Guild Award or been nominated for?
3) What did Tommy Lee Jones win an Academy Award for?
Best Supporting Actor – Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now Redux 4) What was the title of Tommy Lee Jones’ most recent movie?
Men In Black 3
5) What is one thing that you might not know about Tommy Lee Jones?
He is also known by his nickname “Tommy Guns”.
What Was The Turning Point in Jones’ Career?
It was in 1973 when Stanley Kubrick asked him to play the part of Col. Landa, who is the commander of a group of Nazis who is hunting Indiana Jones in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. That role led to his Oscar-winning performance in 1993’s The Fugitive and a string of other films. After that, he starred in a number of films including JFK, A Time to Kill, Men In Black 3, and more recently The Punisher.
What is His Net Worth?
Tommy Lee Jones is a wealthy man, with a net worth of $25 million. He started his acting career in the 1970s, appearing in several films and television shows before landing his first lead role in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.
Who is His Wife, Children, and Family Members?
Jones was born in San Saba, Texas on June 19, 1946. He began his acting career in the late 1960s. Jones is married to actress Michelle Phillips and is the father of two children: a son, Austin, and a daughter, Ava.
Tommy Lee Jones last appeared on-screen in The Punisher playing Billy Russo aka Jigsaw.
Where Does He Live Now?
Tommy Lee Jones currently lives in both New Orleans, Louisiana, and Los Angeles, California.
Who Has He Played on Screen?
Tommy Lee Jones has portrayed many notable characters on screen. He was cast as a President of the United States in The Manchurian Candidate (1962), a Nazi-hunting professor in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), and an alcoholic sheriff with dry wit in Lonesome Dove (1989). His most recent roles include playing the mentor of a young gang member in The Kings of Summer (2013) and as the lead character, Frank Castle, in Marvel’s hit Netflix series, The Punisher.
Jones is also a successful producer. He produced the Academy Award-winning film “The Fugitive” in 1993 and served as executive producer on the film “Men in Black II” released in 2002. He has directed three films to date; “The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada”, “Incendiary”, and “Homesman”.