Billy Bob Thornton is an American actor, filmmaker, and singer-songwriter.
Thornton made his first break with co-writing and starring in the 1992 film One False Move and came to international attention after writing, directing, and starring in the highly acclaimed independent film Sling Blade, for which he won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor. He appeared in several major film roles following Sling Blade's success which brought him a bigger international recognition and critical acclaim including U Turn, Primary Colors, Armageddon, A Simple Plan, which earned him his third Oscar nomination, Monster's Ball, Bandits, The Man Who Wasn't There, Bad Santa, Intolerable Cruelty, Love Actually, Friday Night Lights, The Alamo, Eagle Eye and Faster. In 2014, Thornton starred in the anthology series Fargo and received universal acclaim for his performance, earning a nomination for the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie at the Emmy Awards.
Thornton is cited as an "anti-film star" who approaches his roles like a character actor and rarely accepts roles in blockbusters. [More at Wikipedia]