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Tommy Lee Jones is an American actor known for his roles in Men in Black, The Fugitive, No Country for Old Men and Lincoln (2012).
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He also was nominated for the Best Actor Oscar for his performance as Hank Deerfield in the film In the Valley of Elah.
In September 2008, Jones filed a suit against Paramount Pictures, claiming that the studio owned him more than $10 million in promised "box-office bonuses" and other back-end compensation for his work in No Country for Old Men. The case later went to arbitration, and Jones received a settlement of more than $15 million.
In recent years,
Jones has continued to work steadily. In 2010, he appeared in the drama The Company Men with Ben Affleck and Chris Cooper. The following year, he had a supporting role in the big budget action film Captain America: The First Avenger, starring Chris Evans.
Jones had an especially busy 2012, with the release of four very different films. He returned to his most popular film franchise, reteaming with Will Smith for Men in Black 3, then shared the screen with Meryl Streep in Hope Springs, playing half of a long-married couple seeking to save their marriage. He also played two famous historic figures: In Steven Spielberg's Lincoln, Jones portrayed influential Republican politician Thaddeus Stevens, starring opposite Daniel Day-Lewis (Abraham Lincoln). In the film Emperor, he played General Douglas MacArthur.
A championship polo player and dedicated horseman, Jones owns a 3,000-acre ranch in his birthplace of San Saba, located 150 miles from San Antonio.
Jones has been married three times. He married actress/writer Katherine Lardner in the early 1970s, and they divorced after seven years. He met his second wife, Kimberlea Cloughley, on the Texas set of Back Roads (1981). They married in 1981 and had two children, Austin and Victoria, before divorcing in 1996. In March 2001, Jones married his longtime girlfriend, photographer Dawn Laurel. The couple met on the set of the 1995 TV movie The Good Old Boys, which Jones directed.
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