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Billy Bob Thornton is an actor who has appeared in such films as Monster's Ball and who wrote, directed, and starred in Sling Blade.
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That same year, he starred in a string of movies, including the comedy Bandits, costarring Bruce Willis and Cate Blanchett; the offbeat The Man Who Wasn't There,
made by filmmaking brothers Joel and Ethan Coen and costarring Frances McDormand and James Gandolfini; and the dark drama Monster's Ball, costarring Halle Berry, in which Thornton played a racist prison guard. The latter two films earned Thornton twin Golden Globe nods for Best Actor in a Comedy and Best Actor in a Drama, respectively. In 2004, the actor played Davy Crockett opposite Dennis Quaid's Sam Houston in the big budget feature The Alamo.
While he continues to act, Thornton has recently devoted a lot of his time to his music. His band, the Boxmasters, released their latest album Modbilly in 2009. While in Canada on a tour with the group that April, Thornton attracted some attention for an interview he did with a television journalist there. He became belligerent after the interviewer made reference to his acting career and refused to answer some questions. Soon after the incident, his band canceled the rest of their Canadian tour.
Thornton is also known for his many marriages. On May 5, 2000, Thornton wed fellow Oscar winner Angelina Jolie, his onscreen wife in 1999's Pushing Tin. It was the fifth marriage for Thornton, who was sued for spousal abuse by his fourth wife, Pietra Cherniak, in 1997. Shortly before his marriage to Jolie, Thornton broke off an engagement with his longtime fiancee, actress Laura Dern. Jolie and Thornton divorced in 2003.
Thornton has several children. His oldest is daughter Amanda from his first marriage to Melissa Gatlin. He has two sons, William and Harry, with Cherniak. More recently, Thornton and girlfriend Connie Angland welcomed a daughter named Bella in 2004.
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