One of the most acclaimed and accomplished actors in Hollywood, Academy Award® winner Tommy Lee Jones brings a distinct character to his every film.
Audiences most recently saw him star in No Country for Old Men. He also recently starred in the critically acclaimed film In the Valley of Elah for which he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. Jones has just completed filming on In the Electric Mist.
Jones was awarded the Best Supporting Actor Oscar® for his portrayal of the uncompromising U.S. Marshal Sam Gerard in the box office hit The Fugitive in 1994. For this performance, he also received a Golden Globe Award as Best Supporting Actor. Three years before, Jones received his first Oscar® nomination for his portrayal of Clay Shaw in Oliver Stone's JFK.
In 2005, audiences saw Jones star in the critically acclaimed film, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, which he also directed and produced. The film debuted in competition at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival and garnered Jones the award for Best Actor. Jones made his directorial debut with the critically acclaimed telefilm adaptation of the Elmer Kelton novel The Good Old Boys for TNT.
Jones made his feature film debut in Love Story and, in a career spanning four decades, has starred in such films as Eyes of Laura Mars, Coal Miner's Daughter - for which he received his first Golden Globe nomination - Stormy Monday, The Package, JFK, Under Siege, The Fugitive, Heaven and Earth, The Client, Natural Born Killers, Blue Sky, Cobb, Batman Forever, Men In Black, U.S. Marshalls, Double Jeopardy, Rules of Engagement, Space Cowboys, Men in Black 2, The Hunted, The Missing, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, and A Prairie Home Companion. Jones has just completed filming the highly-anticipated, Captain America: The First Avenger, and is currently filming Men in Black: 3. He also recently directed the HBO movie, Sunset Limited, based on the Cormac/McCarthy play in which he stars opposite Samuel L. Jackson.
Jones has had previous success on the small screen. He won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Special for his portrayal of Gary Gilmore in "The Executioner's Song" and, in 1989 he was nominated for an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special for "Lonesome Dove."
His numerous network and cable credits include the title role in "The Amazing Howard Hughes," the American Playhouse production of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," "The Rainmaker" for HBO, the HBO/BBC production of "Yuri Noshenko," "KGB" and "April Morning." In 1969, Jones made his Broadway debut in John Osborne's A Patriot for Me. His other Broadway appearances include Four on a Garden with Carol Channing and Sid Caesar, and Ulysses in Nighttown with the late Zero Mostel.
Born in San Saba, Texas, he worked briefly with his father in the oil fields before attending St. Mark's School of Texas, then Harvard University, where he graduated cum laude with a degree in English.