15 Epic Truths You Did Not Know About Tommy Lee Jones

1. He has received four Academy Award nominations, winning one as Best Supporting Actor for his performance as U.S. Marshal Samuel Gerard in the 1993 thriller film The Fugitive.

2. His other notable starring roles include former Texas Ranger Woodrow F. Call in the TV mini-series Lonesome Dove, Agent K in the Men in Black film series, Sheriff Ed Tom Bell in No Country for Old Men, the villain Two-Face in Batman Forever, terrorist William Strannix in Under Siege, a Texas Ranger in Man of the House, rancher Pete Perkins in The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, which he directed, Colonel Chester Phillips in Captain America: The First Avenger and Warden Dwight McClusky in Natural Born Killers.

3. Jones was born on September 15, 1946, in San Saba, Texas. The two were married and divorced twice.

4. He was raised in Midland, Texas and attended Robert E. Lee High School.

5. He stayed in Mower B-12 as a freshman, across the hall from future Vice President Al Gore, the son of Senator Albert Gore, Sr. of Tennessee.

6. As an upperclassman, he stayed in Dunster House with roommates Gore and Bob Somerby, who later became editor of the media criticism site the Daily Howler.

7. He recounts his memory of “the most famous football game in Ivy League history” in the documentary Harvard Beats Yale 29-29.

8. In 1970 he landed his first film role, coincidentally playing a Harvard student in Love Story .

9. It was followed by the acclaimed TV movie The Amazing Howard Hughes, where he played the lead role.

10. In films, he played an escaped convict hunted in Jackson County Jail and an automobile mogul, co-starring with Laurence Olivier, in the Harold Robbins drama The Betsy.

11. In 1981 he played a drifter opposite Sally Field in Back Roads, a comedy that received middling reviews.

12. That same year he starred in a pirate adventure, Nate and Hayes, playing the heavily-bearded pirate Captain Bully Hayes.

13. 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.

14. 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.

15. His performance as Deputy U.S. Marshal Samuel Gerard in The Fugitive received broad acclaim and an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and a sequel.

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