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Billy Bob Thornton

"Billy Bob Thornton" (born "William Robert Thornton" on August 4 1955) is an Academy Award-winning American screenwriter, actor, and also an occasional director, playwright and singer.

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Thornton was born in Hot Springs, Arkansas to Billy Ray Thornton, a high school history teacher and basketball coach, and Virginia R. Faulkner, a psychic. His father was an Irish American and his mother was mostly of Anglo-Saxon descent, with distant Italian ancestry (from Thornton's great-grandfather, James R. Duce), as well as Choctaw Native American roots. Growing up, Thornton lived in both Alpine, Arkansas and Malvern, Arkansas, and also spent time with his grandfather, Otis Thornton, a forest ranger, in a small shack in the woods.http://landing.ancestry.com/famoustree/index.aspx?name=thornton&offerId=0:679:0

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In his late twenties, Thornton settled on Los Angeles to pursue his career as an actor alongside future writing partner Tom Epperson. Like many other actors, Thornton had a difficult time succeeding as an actor while taking on several odd jobs such as telemarketing, fast food management, and any way to support himself while waiting for a big break. He suffered a bout of...

birth date August 4, 1955
birth place Hot Springs, Arkansas, United States
occupation Actor, film director
license: GNU FDL
source: Wikipedia