Joseph Frank Pesci is an American actor and singer. Known for portraying tough, volatile characters, in a variety of genres, he is best known for his collaborations with Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese in the films Raging Bull and Casino and the upcoming The Irishman. He appeared in Once Upon a Time in America, Moonwalker, JFK, A Bronx Tale, The Good Shepherd, his comedy roles include such in films as My Cousin Vinny, Home Alone, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, in the Lethal Weapon franchise. Pesci won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as the psychopathic gangster Tommy DeVito in Goodfellas, he announced his retirement from acting in 1999, since he has appeared only in films, including a cameo appearance in the 2006 spy thriller, The Good Shepherd directed by De Niro. He is set to star in Scorsese's latest film for Netflix, in the biographical crime film The Irishman, he is known for his studio album Vincent LaGuardia Gambini Sings Just for You. Pesci was born on February 1943, in Newark, New Jersey.
His mother, Maria Mesce, worked part-time as a barber, his father, Angelo Pesci, was a forklift driver for General Motors with Torinese origins and a bartender. Pesci, of Italian descent, was raised in Belleville, New Jersey, attended Belleville High School. By the time Pesci was five years old, he was appearing in plays in New York. At age 10, he was a regular on a television variety show called Startime Kids, which featured Connie Francis; as a teenager, Pesci was friends with singers Frankie Valli and Tommy DeVito, in 1959, at age 16, he helped introduce them to singer and songwriter Bob Gaudio, which led to the formation of the band the Four Seasons. In the 1960s, Pesci began working as a barber, following in his mother's footsteps. At the same time, he tried to start a musical career, playing guitar with several bands, including Joey Dee and the Starliters who introduced the "Peppermint Twist" record and Peppermint Lounge in NYC. In 1968, he released his debut album Little Joe Sure Can Sing!, on which he sang covers of contemporary pop hits.
In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Pesci joined fellow actor Frank Vincent in performing in local clubs including the Arlington Lounge and other venues around North Jersey as Vincent and Pesci. The comedy duo's material was a play on Abbott and Costello. In 1975, they appeared in the Broadway show The New Vaudevillians; the first film Pesci starred in was the 1976 low-budget crime film The Death Collector alongside Frank Vincent. After the film Pesci returned to The Bronx and lived above Amici's Restaurant, where he was an employee. In 1979, Pesci got a telephone call from Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro, who were impressed with his performance in The Death Collector and asked him to co-star in Scorsese's Raging Bull as Joey LaMotta. Pesci won the BAFTA Film Award for Newcomer to Leading Film Roles in 1981 and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Over the next few years, Pesci appeared in several smaller films, including Dear Mr. Wonderful, Easy Money and Eureka. In 1984, he was cast in Once Upon a Time in America, again appearing alongside De Niro.
The following year he starred as private detective Rocky Nelson in the short-lived television comedy series Half Nelson. In 1988, Pesci appeared in the Michael Jackson musical anthology film Moonwalker, in the film's sixth and longest segment, "Smooth Criminal." He played crime boss Frankie "Mr. Big" LiDeo, he appeared as Leo Getz, a comedic sidekick and best friend to protagonist detectives Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh in the Lethal Weapon sequels, released in 1989, 1992 and 1998. In 1990, he reunited with Scorsese and De Niro for Goodfellas, wherein he played mobster Tommy DeVito, based on real-life mobster Thomas DeSimone. Old friend Frank Vincent appears in the film. Pesci received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for the role, which he accepted with one of the shortest speeches in Oscar history, saying "It's my privilege. Thank you" before leaving the stage. Pesci co-starred in the blockbuster Home Alone in 1990, playing Harry Lyme, one of two bumbling burglars who attempt to burgle the house of the young character played by Macaulay Culkin.
During filming of the film's climactic scene, Pesci accidentally bit one of Culkin's fingers, giving him a scar. Two years Pesci reprised his role in the sequel Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. Pesci played David Ferrie in 1991's JFK. In 1992 he appeared as the title character in the comedy My Cousin Vinny with Ralph Macchio, Marisa Tomei and Fred Gwynne; the same year, Pesci spearheaded the cast of The Public Eye as Leon "Bernzy" Bernstein, a photographer. His performance in the film, a departure from his usual characters, was critically acclaimed. Pesci hosted sketch comedy sh
JFK is a 1991 American political thriller film directed by Oliver Stone. It examines the events leading to the assassination of John F. Kennedy and alleged cover-up through the eyes of former New Orleans district attorney Jim Garrison. Garrison filed charges against New Orleans businessman Clay Shaw for his alleged participation in a conspiracy to assassinate the President, for which Lee Harvey Oswald was found responsible by the Warren Commission; the film was adapted by Stone and Zachary Sklar from the books On the Trail of the Assassins by Jim Garrison and Crossfire: The Plot That Killed Kennedy by Jim Marrs. Stone described this account as a "counter-myth" to the Warren Commission's "fictional myth." The film became embroiled in controversy. Upon its theatrical release, many major American newspapers ran editorials accusing Stone of taking liberties with historical facts, including the film's implication that President Lyndon B. Johnson was part of a coup d'état to kill Kennedy. Despite the controversy surrounding its historical depiction, JFK received critical praise for the performances of its cast, Stone's directing, score and cinematography.
The film picked up momentum at the box office after a slow start, earning over $205 million in worldwide gross, making it the sixth highest-grossing film of 1991 worldwide. JFK was nominated for eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director for Stone and Best Supporting Actor for Jones and won two for Best Cinematography and Best Film Editing, it was the most successful of three films Stone made about American presidents, followed by Nixon with Anthony Hopkins in the title role and W. with Josh Brolin as George W. Bush; the film opens with newsreel footage, including the farewell address in 1961 of outgoing President Dwight D. Eisenhower, warning about the build-up of the "military-industrial complex"; this is followed by a summary of John F. Kennedy's years as president, emphasizing the events that, in Stone's thesis, would lead to his assassination; this builds to a reconstruction of the assassination on November 22, 1963. New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison subsequently learns about potential links to the assassination in New Orleans.
Garrison and his team investigate several possible conspirators, including private pilot David Ferrie, but are forced to let them go after their investigation is publicly rebuked by the federal government. Kennedy's suspected assassin Lee Harvey Oswald is killed by Jack Ruby, Garrison closes the investigation; the investigation is reopened in 1966 after Garrison reads the Warren Report and notices what he believes to be multiple inaccuracies. Garrison and his staff interrogate several witnesses to the Kennedy assassination, others involved with Oswald and Ferrie. One such witness is Willie O'Keefe, a male prostitute serving five years in prison for soliciting, who reveals he witnessed Ferrie discussing a coup d'état; as well as meeting Oswald, O'Keefe was romantically involved with a man called "Clay Bertrand". Jean Hill, a teacher who says she witnessed shots fired from the grassy knoll, tells the investigators that Secret Service threatened her into saying three shots came from the book depository, revealing changes that were made to her testimony by the Warren Commission.
Garrison's staff test the single bullet theory by aiming an empty rifle from the window through which Oswald was alleged to have shot Kennedy. They conclude that Oswald was too poor a marksman to make the shots, indicating someone else, or multiple marksmen, were involved. In 1968, Garrison meets a high-level figure in Washington D. C. who identifies himself as "X". He suggests a conspiracy at the highest levels of government, implicating members of the CIA, the Mafia, the military-industrial complex, Secret Service, FBI, Kennedy's vice-president and president Lyndon Baines Johnson as either co-conspirators or as having motives to cover up the truth of the assassination. X explains that the President was killed because he wanted to pull the United States out of the Vietnam War and dismantle the CIA. X encourages Garrison to keep digging and prosecute New Orleans-based international businessman Clay Shaw for his alleged involvement; when Shaw is interrogated, the businessman denies any knowledge of meeting Ferrie, O'Keefe or Oswald, but he is soon charged with conspiring to murder the President.
Some of Garrison's staff begin to doubt his motives and disagree with his methods, leave the investigation. Garrison's marriage is strained when his wife Liz complains that he is spending more time on the case than with his own family. After a sinister phone call is made to their daughter, Liz accuses Garrison of being selfish and attacking Shaw only because of his homosexuality. In addition, the media launches attacks on television and in newspapers attacking Garrison's character and criticizing the way his office is spending taxpayers' money; some key witnesses become scared and refuse to testify while others, such as Ferrie, are killed in suspicious circumstances. Before his death, Ferrie tells Garrison that he believes people are after him, reveals there was a conspiracy around Kennedy's death; the trial of Clay Shaw takes place in 1969. Garrison presents the court with further evidence of multiple killers and dismissing the single bullet theory, proposes a Dealey Plaza shots scenario involving three assassins who fired six total shots and framing Oswald for the murders of Kennedy and officer J. D. Tippit, but the jury acquits Shaw after less than one hour of deliberation.
The film reflects that members of that jury stated publicly that they believed there was a conspiracy behind the assassination, but not enough evidence to link Shaw to that conspiracy. Shaw died of lung cancer in 1974, but in 1979, Richard H
Boogie Nights is a 1997 American drama film written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. It is set in Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley and focuses on a young nightclub dishwasher who becomes a popular star of pornographic films, chronicling his rise in the Golden Age of Porn of the 1970s through to his fall during the excesses of the 1980s; the film is an expansion of Anderson's mockumentary short film The Dirk Diggler Story, stars Mark Wahlberg, Julianne Moore, Burt Reynolds, Don Cheadle, John C. Reilly, William H. Macy, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Heather Graham; the film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 11, 1997 and was released on October 10, 1997, garnering critical acclaim. It was nominated for three Academy Awards, including Best Original Screenplay for Anderson, Best Supporting Actress for Moore and Best Supporting Actor for Reynolds; the film's soundtrack has received acclaim. In 1977, Eddie Adams is a high-school dropout living with his stepfather and abusive mother in Torrance, California.
He works at the Reseda nightclub owned by Maurice Rodriguez, where he meets porn filmmaker Jack Horner, who auditions him by watching him have sex with Rollergirl, a porn starlet who always wears skates. After having an argument with his mother about his girlfriend and sex life, Adams moves in with Horner at his San Fernando Valley home. Adams gives himself the screen name "Dirk Diggler", becomes a star because of his good looks, youthful charisma, unusually large penis, his success allows him to buy a new house, an extensive wardrobe, a "competition orange" 1977 Chevrolet Corvette. With friend and fellow porn star Reed Rothchild, Dirk pitches a series of successful action-themed porn films. Dirk works and socializes with others from the porn industry, they live carefree lifestyles in the late 1970s disco era; that changes at a New Year's Eve party at Horner's house marking the year 1980, when assistant director Little Bill Thompson discovers his porn-star wife having sex with another man, shoots them both and kills himself.
Dirk and Reed begin using cocaine. Due to Dirk's drug use, he finds it difficult to achieve an erection, falls into violent mood swings and becomes upset with Johnny Doe, a new leading man Jack has recruited. In 1983, after having an argument with Jack, Dirk is fired, he and Reed leave to start a rock and roll career along with Scotty, a boom operator who loves Dirk. Jack rejects business overtures from Floyd Gondolli, a theater magnate in San Diego and San Francisco, who insists on cutting costs by shooting on videotape, because Jack believes that video will diminish the quality of his films. After his friend and financier Colonel James is imprisoned for possession of child pornography, Jack works with Gondolli, becoming disillusioned with the projects he expects him to churn out. One of these projects involves Jack and Rollergirl riding in a limousine, searching for random men for her to have sex with, while being taped by a crew; when one man recognizes Rollergirl as a former high-school student, he insults her and Jack, who attacks the man, leaving him injured on the sidewalk as the crew drives off.
Leading lady Amber Waves finds herself in a custody battle with her ex-husband. The court determines she is an unfit mother, due to her involvement in the porn industry, prior criminal record and cocaine addiction. Buck Swope marries fellow porn star Jessie St. Vincent; because of his past, Buck is disqualified from a bank loan and cannot open his own stereo-equipment store. That night, he finds himself in the middle of a holdup at a donut shop in which the clerk, the robber and an armed customer are killed. Buck escapes with the money. Having squandered their money on drugs and Reed cannot pay a recording studio for demo tapes they believe will enable them to become music stars. Desperate for money, Dirk is assaulted and robbed by three men. Dirk and their friend Todd attempt to scam local drug dealer Rahad Jackson, by selling him a half-kilo of baking soda as cocaine. Dirk and Reed decide to leave before Rahad's bodyguard inspects it, but Todd fails to steal money from Rahad, who kills him in the ensuing gunfight.
Dirk reconciles with Jack. In 1984, Buck and Jessie give birth to their son, Amber shoots the television commercial for Buck's store opening, Reed practices a successful magic act at the strip club, Colonel James remains in prison, Rollergirl takes a GED class. Dirk and Amber prepare to start filming again. Boogie Nights is based on a mockumentary short film that Anderson made while he was still in high school called The Dirk Diggler Story; the short was based on the 1981 documentary Exhausted: John C. Holmes, The Real Story, a documentary about the life of legendary porn actor John Holmes, on whom Dirk Diggler is based, he wanted the role of Eddie to be played by Leonardo DiCaprio, after seeing him in The Basketball Diaries. DiCaprio had to turn it down because he signed on to star in Titanic, he recommended Mark Wahlberg for the role. Joaquin Phoenix was offered the role of Eddie, but turned it down due to concerns about playing a porn star. Phoenix collaborated with Anderson in the films The Master and Inherent Vice.
Bill Murray, Harvey Keitel, Warren Beatty, Albert Brooks and Sydney Pollack declined or were passed up on the role of Jack Horner, which went to Burt Reynolds. After starring in Hard Eight, Samuel L. Jackson declined the role of Buck Swope, which went to Don Cheadle. Anderson did not consider Heather Graham for the role of Rollergirl, because he had never seen her do nudity in a film. However, Graham's agent called Anderson asking. Drew Barrymo
Cuba Gooding Jr.
Cuba Michael Gooding Jr. is an American actor. After his breakthrough role as Tre Styles in Boyz n the Hood, he appeared in A Few Good Men, The Tuskegee Airmen and Jerry Maguire, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, he gained attention for his roles in Men of Honor as Carl Brashear, in Michael Bay's World War II epic Pearl Harbor as Doris Miller. His other notable films include As Good as It Gets, the ensemble farce Rat Race, American Gangster, Lee Daniels' The Butler, Selma, playing civil rights attorney Fred Gray. In 2016, he portrayed O. J. Simpson in the FX drama series The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story, co-starred in the sixth season of the FX anthology series American Horror Story, subtitled Roanoke. Gooding was born on January 1968, in The Bronx, New York City, his mother, Shirley, is a singer with the Sweethearts, his father, Cuba Gooding Sr. was a lead vocalist of the soul group The Main Ingredient. Gooding has three siblings: April and Thomas.
His paternal grandfather, Dudley MacDonald Gooding, was a native of Barbados. His family moved to Los Angeles in 1972 after his father's music group had their hit single "Everybody Plays the Fool". Gooding himself was raised by his mother and attended four different high schools: North Hollywood High School, Tustin High School, Apple Valley High School, John F. Kennedy High School in Granada Hills in Los Angeles, he served as class president in three of them. He became a born-again Christian at the age of 13. Gooding's first job as an entertainer was as a breakdancer, performing with singer Lionel Richie at the closing ceremonies of the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. After high school, Gooding studied Japanese martial arts for three years, before turning his focus toward acting. Early on, he landed guest starring roles on shows like Hill Street Blues and MacGyver and had a tiny part in the popular comedy Coming to America. Gooding's first major role was in John Singleton's inner-city crime drama Boyz n the Hood, in which he played the lead, Tre Styles.
The film was a box office surprise and critical hit, is considered a modern classic. He followed this success with supporting roles in major films such as A Few Good Men, Judgment Night, Lightning Jack, Outbreak. In 1996, Gooding reached a new level of prominence when he was cast as an arrogant yet charismatic football player in Cameron Crowe's blockbuster dramatic sports comedy Jerry Maguire with co-star Tom Cruise, a major critical and commercial success and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. Most it earned Gooding an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor, his exuberant "Show me the money!" Line in the film became a nationwide catch phrase. Additionally, his Oscar acceptance speech has been cited for its enthusiasm. In 1997, Gooding followed his breakout with a notable supporting role in the acclaimed Academy Award-winning comedy As Good as It Gets, but in the following years his career was inconsistently successful; some of his best received performances include turns in films such as the mystical drama What Dreams May Come and the US Naval drama Men of Honor, in which he played the lead role and co-starred with Robert De Niro.
Gooding received attention for his roles in the epic Pearl Harbor as Doris Miller, the ensemble farce Rat Race, musical dramedy The Fighting Temptations, the football drama Radio, in which he played the title role. Additionally, though not well received critically, the family comedy Snow Dogs was a commercial success. Other roles of note during this time include Theo Caulder in the psychological thriller Instinct and the voice of Buck in the Disney animated film Home on the Range. However, during this stage of his career, he appeared in a series of films which were not critically or commercially successful, such as Chill Factor, Boat Trip and Daddy Day Camp, all of which had received negative reviews and, with the exception of Norbit, performed poorly at the box office. On top of this, Gooding had turned down roles in successful films such as Amistad in the aftermath of his Oscar win. Neither his earlier successes nor his leading roles in a couple of smaller independent films, including Lee Daniels' directorial debut Shadowboxer, were able to offset these failures.
Since in great contrast to earlier stages of his acting career, Gooding has appeared in many more gritty, critically ignored, direct-to-DVD films than theatrical or television releases. A well-received performance as Ben Carson in Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story and a small supporting role in Ridley Scott's American Gangster, both proved to be exceptions to this trend. Gooding's next major film role was in the 2012 World War II film Red Tails, produced by George Lucas. In 2013, Gooding had roles in several theatrical release films, including a well received supporting performance in Lee Daniels' The Butler and brief appearances in Don Jon and Machete Kills, he made his Broadway theatre debut alongside Cicely Tyson and Vanessa Williams in a Tony Award-nominated production of The Trip to Bountiful. In 2014, he appeared as Civil Rights Movement attorney Fred Gray in the acclaimed historical drama Selma, he has since appeared much more on television than in the past, including performances as Samuel Fraunces in the miniseries The Book of Negroes, as a comedically embellished version of himself
Mahershalalhashbaz Ali, known professionally as Mahershala Ali, is an American actor, a recipient of several awards, including two Academy Awards and a Golden Globe Award. After pursuing a MFA degree from New York University, Ali began his career as a regular on television series, such as Crossing Jordan and Threat Matrix, before his breakthrough role as Richard Tyler in the science fiction series The 4400, his first major film release was in the David Fincher-directed fantasy The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. He gained wider attention for his supporting role in the Netflix political thriller series House of Cards, he featured as Boggs in the final two films of The Hunger Games film series and as Cornell "Cottonmouth" Stokes in the Netflix superhero series Marvel's Luke Cage. For playing a drug dealer in the drama film Moonlight, Ali won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, becoming the first Muslim actor to win an Oscar for acting, he won a second Academy Award and the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor for portraying Don Shirley in the comedy-drama Green Book.
This made him the first black actor to win two Academy Awards in the same category. In 2019, he played the lead role of a troubled police officer in the third season of the HBO anthology crime series True Detective. Ali was born Mahershalalhashbaz Gilmore in 1974, in Oakland, the son of Willicia and Phillip Gilmore, he was raised in California. His father was an actor, he attended St. Mary's College of California in Moraga, where he graduated in 1996 with a degree in mass communication. Though Ali entered SMC with a basketball scholarship, he became disenchanted with the idea of a sports career because of the treatment given to the team's athletes. Ali developed an interest in acting after taking part in a staging of Spunk; this landed him an apprenticeship at the California Shakespeare Theater following graduation. Following a sabbatical year where Ali worked for Gavin Report, he enrolled in New York University's graduate acting program at Tisch School of the Arts, earning his master's degree in 2000.
He was named after Maher-shalal-hash-baz, a biblical prophetic-name child and raised a Christian by his mother, an ordained minister. During his college basketball career, he went under the first name of Hershal. In 2000, he converted to Islam, changing his surname from Gilmore to Ali and joined the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community – a revivalist movement within Islam. In interviews, he has recounted numerous problems he has encountered at airports, with banks and otherwise in everyday life as an American Muslim since the September 11 attacks. Ali was known professionally by his full name, Mahershalalhashbaz Ali, from 2001 until 2010, when he began to be credited as Mahershala Ali. Ali had considered shortening his name for a while, saying that using his full first name was "a crazy thing to do considering that we're in Hollywood", although he had never been pressured by managers or agents to change it, he decided to use a shorter version of his first name after being told that his full name was too long to fit on the poster for the film The Place Beyond the Pines.
He did not want the alternative of "M. Ali" to represent himself on the poster, so he chose to adopt the shorter version of his name, he elaborated in an interview to Vanity Fair in October 2016: He is known for his portrayal of Remy Danton in the Netflix series House of Cards, Cornell Stokes in Marvel's Luke Cage, Colonel Boggs in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, Tizzy in the 2008 film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. His first major film role was that of Tizzy Weathers in the 2008 David Fincher-directed romantic fantasy drama film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Other notable films include Predators, The Place Beyond the Pines, Free State of Jones, Hidden Figures, as Boggs in The Hunger Games series. For his performance as mentor and drug dealer Juan in the drama film Moonlight, Ali received universal acclaim from critics and won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, the SAG Award and the Critics' Choice Award for Best Supporting Actor, received a Golden Globe and a BAFTA Award nomination.
His win at the 89th Academy Awards made him the first Muslim actor to win an Oscar. In 2017 Ali joined the video game Madden NFL 18's story mode Longshot, in which he played Cutter Wade, the father of protagonist Devin, he played Don Shirley in the 2018 film Green Book, receiving his second Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He won a 2019 Golden Globe award for best supporting actor for his role, as well as a BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. Ali starred as Arkansas State Police detective Wayne Hays in the third season of the HBO series True Detective, which premiered on January 13, 2019, in the United States. On Rotten Tomatoes, the site's critical consensus reads, "Driven by Mahershala Ali's mesmerizing performance, True Detective's third season finds fresh perspective by exploring real world events – though it loses some of the series' intriguing strangeness along the way." Ali was signed to Bay Area recording label Hieroglyphics Imperium during the late 2000s and recorded rap music as Prince Ali.
He released his album, Curb Side Service, in 2007, but did not tour to promote the album, choosing instead to focus on his acting career. Ali is an Ahmadi Muslim, he named his cat Nas, after the rapper. He is married to an actress and musician; the couple welcomed their first child, a daughter, a few days before his Oscar win in 2017. Curb Side Service List of awards and nominations received by Mahershala Ali List of actors with Academy Award nomi
Billy Bob Thornton
Billy Bob Thornton is an American actor, singer and musician. Thornton had his first break when he co-wrote and starred in the 1992 thriller One False Move, received international attention after writing and starring in the independent drama 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 in the 1990s following Sling Blade, including Oliver Stone's neo-noir U Turn, political drama Primary Colors, science fiction disaster film Armageddon, the highest-grossing film of that year, the crime drama A Simple Plan, which earned him his third Oscar nomination. In the 2000s, Thornton achieved further success in starring dramas Monster's Ball, The Man Who Wasn't There, Friday Night Lights. In 2014, Thornton starred as Lorne Malvo in the first season of the anthology series Fargo, earning a nomination for the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie at the Emmy Awards and won Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV Film at the 72nd Golden Globe Awards.
In 2016, he starred in an Amazon original series, which earned him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama. Thornton has been vocal about his distaste for celebrity culture, choosing to keep his life out of the public eye. However, the attention of the media has proven unavoidable in certain cases, his marriage to Angelina Jolie being a notable example. Thornton has written a variety of films set in the Southern United States and co-written with Tom Epperson, including A Family Thing and The Gift. After Sling Blade, he directed several other films, including Daddy and Them, All the Pretty Horses, Jayne Mansfield's Car. Thornton has received the President's Award from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, a Special Achievement Award from the National Board of Review, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, he has been nominated for an Emmy Award, four Golden Globes, three Screen Actors Guild Awards. In addition to film work, Thornton began a career as a singer-songwriter.
He has is the vocalist of the blues rock band The Boxmasters. Billy Bob Thornton was born on August 4, 1955, in Hot Springs, the son of Virginia Roberta, a self-proclaimed psychic, William Raymond "Billy Ray" Thornton, a high school history teacher and basketball coach, his brother, Jimmy Don, wrote a number of songs, two of which Thornton has recorded on his solo albums. He is of part Irish descent, he has another brother John David Thornton. Thornton lived in numerous places in Arkansas during his childhood, including Alpine and Mount Holly, he was raised Methodist in an extended family in a shack that had plumbing. He graduated from Malvern High School in 1973. A good high school baseball player, he tried out for the Kansas City Royals, but was released after an injury. After a short period laying asphalt for the Arkansas State Transportation Department, he attended Henderson State University to pursue studies in psychology, but dropped out after two semesters. In the mid-1980s, Thornton settled in Los Angeles, California, to pursue his career as an actor, with future writing partner Tom Epperson.
He had a difficult time succeeding as an actor and worked in telemarketing, offshore wind farming, fast food management between auditioning for acting jobs. He played the drums and sang with South African rock band Jack Hammer. While working as a waiter for an industry event, he served film director and screenwriter Billy Wilder, he struck up a conversation with Wilder, who advised Thornton to consider a career as a screenwriter. Thornton's first screen role was in 1980's South of Reno, where he played a small role as a counter man in a restaurant, he made an appearance as a pawn store clerk in the 1987 Matlock episode "The Photographer". Another one of his early screen roles was as a cast member on the CBS sitcom Hearts Afire and in 1989 he appeared as a angry heckler in Adam Sandler's debut film Going Overboard, his role as the villain in 1992's One False Move, which he co-wrote, brought him to the attention of critics. He had small roles in the 1990s films Indecent Proposal, On Deadly Ground, Bound by Honor, Tombstone.
He went on to write and star in the 1996 independent film Sling Blade. The film, an expansion of the short film Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade, introduced the story of a mentally handicapped man imprisoned for a gruesome and inexplicable murder. Sling Blade garnered international acclaim. Thornton's screenplay earned him an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, a Writers Guild of America Award, an Edgar Award, while his performance received Oscar and Screen Actors Guild nominations for Best Actor. In 1998, Thornton portrayed the James Carville-like Richard Jemmons in Primary Colors, he adapted the book All the Pretty Horses into a 2000 film of the same name. The negative experience led to his decision to never direct another film. In 2000, an early script which he and Tom Epperson wrote together was made into The Gift. In 2000, Thornton appeared in Travis Tritt's music video for the song "Modern Day Bonnie and Clyde", his screen persona has been described by the press as that of a "tattooed, hirsute man's man".
Eugene Allen Hackman is a retired American actor and novelist. In a career that spanned nearly five decades, Hackman was nominated for five Academy Awards, winning Best Actor in The French Connection and Best Supporting Actor in Unforgiven, he won one SAG Award and two BAFTAs. He first came to fame in 1967 with his performance as Buck Barrow in Bonnie and Clyde, when he received his first Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor, his major subsequent films include: I Never Sang for My Father, when he received his second Best Supporting Actor nomination. His film roles during the 1990s featured: Unforgiven. Hackman's final film appearance to date was the romantic comedy film Welcome to Mooseport in 2004, co-starring comedian Ray Romano. Hackman was born in San Bernardino, the son of Eugene Ezra Hackman and Anna Lyda Elizabeth, he has Richard. He has Pennsylvania Dutch and Scottish ancestry, his family moved finally settling in Danville, where they lived in the house of his English-born maternal grandmother, Beatrice.
Hackman's father operated the printing press for a local paper. His parents divorced in 1943 and his father subsequently left the family. Hackman decided. Hackman lived in Storm Lake and spent his sophomore year at Storm Lake High School, he lied about his age to enlist in the United States Marine Corps. He served four and a half years as a field radio operator, he was stationed in China. When the Communist Revolution conquered the mainland in 1949, Hackman was assigned to Hawaii and Japan. Following his discharge in 1951, he had several jobs, his mother died in 1962 as a result of a fire. In 1956 he began pursuing an acting career, it was there that he forged a friendship with Dustin Hoffman. Seen as outsiders by their classmates, they were voted "The Least Likely To Succeed.". Furthermore, Hackman got the all time lowest score at the Pasadena Playhouse at the time. Determined to prove them wrong, Hackman moved to New York City. A 2004 article in Vanity Fair described how Hackman and Robert Duvall were all struggling California born actors and close friends, sharing apartments in various two-person combinations while living in New York City in the 1960s.
To support himself between acting jobs, he was working as a uniformed doorman at a Howard Johnson restaurant in New York when, as bad luck would have it, he ran into a despised Pasadena Playhouse instructor who once told him he was not good enough to be an actor. Reinforcing "The Least Likely To Succeed" vote, the man said to him, "See, Hackman, I told you you wouldn't amount to anything." From on, Hackman was determined to become the finest actor he could. The three former roommates have since earned 19 Academy Award nominations for acting, with five wins. Hackman got various bit roles, for example on the TV series Route 66 in 1963, began performing in several Off-Broadway plays. In 1964 he had an offer to co-star in the play Any Wednesday with actress Sandy Dennis; this opened the door to film work. His first role was with Warren Beatty in the leading role. In 1967 he appeared in an episode of the television series The Invaders entitled The Spores. Another supporting role, Buck Barrow in 1967's Bonnie and Clyde, earned him an Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actor.
In 1968 he appeared in an episode of I Spy, in the role of "Hunter", in the episode "Happy Birthday... Everybody". In 1968 he starred in the CBS Playhouse episode "My Father and My Mother" and the dystopian television film Shadow on the Land. In 1969 he played a ski coach in an astronaut in Marooned; that year, he played a member of a barnstorming skydiving team that entertained at county fairs, a movie which inspired many to pursue skydiving and has a cult-like status amongst skydivers as a result: The Gypsy Moths. He nearly accepted the role of Mike Brady for the TV series, The Brady Bunch, but was advised by his agent to decline in exchange for a more promising role, which he did. In 1971 he was nominated for the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award again, this time for 1970's I Never Sang for My Father, working alongside Melvyn Douglas and Estelle Parsons; the next year, he won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance as New York City Detective Jimmy "Popeye" Doyle in The French Connection, marking his graduation to leading man status.
He followed this with leading roles in the disaster film The Poseidon Adventure and Francis Ford Coppola's The Conversation, nominated for several Oscars. That same year, Hackman appeared in what became one of his most famous comedic roles as The Blindman in Young Frankenstein, he appeared as one of Teddy Roosevelt's former Rough Riders in the Western horse-race saga Bite the Bullet, as well as in that year's sequel French Connection II. In 1975 he appeared in Night Moves, receiving a BAFTA n