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Tommy Lee Jones

Real name: Tommy Lee Jones
Birthdate: September 15, 1946
Status: Married
Partner: Dawn Laurel

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Jones was born in San Saba, Texas, the son of Clyde C. Jones, an oil field worker, and Lucille Marie (née Scott), a police officer, school teacher, and beauty shop owner; the two were married and divorced twice. Jones, an eighth-generation Texan, has a Cherokee Native American grandparent. He was a resident of Midland, Texas and attended the same high school, Robert E. Lee High School, as the First Lady Laura Bush.

Jones graduated from the St. Mark's School of Texas (where he is now on the board of directors) and attended Harvard on a scholarship, where he lived in Mower B-12 as a freshman, across the hall from future Vice President Al Gore. As an upperclassman, he was roommates with Gore and Bob Somerby, editor of the media criticism site, the Daily Howler. This weblog, considered to possibly be the first political blog, is well known for its documentation of the unfair treatment by the press corps of Al Gore during the 2000 Presidential election. Another actor who rose to prominence,John Lithgow, also lived in Dunster House. Jones played offensive tackle on Harvard's undefeated 1968 varsity football team, was nominated as a first-team All-Ivy League selection, and played in the memorable and literal last-minute Harvard sixteen-point comeback blitz to tie Yale in the 1968 Game. Jones graduated cum laude with a degree in English in 1969.

Jones then moved to New York City to become an actor. He started acting on Broadway and in television. He made his debut in movies in Love Story, in 1970 (Erich Segal, the author of "Love Story" has said that he based the lead character of Oliver on the two undergrad roommates he knew while teaching at Harvard, Jones and Al Gore.). Between 1971 and 1975, he portrayed Dr. Mark Toland on the ABC soap opera, One Life to Live, and then he played the role of an escaped convict who was hunted down by the police in Jackson County Jail (1976). In 1978, he starred opposite Sir Laurence Olivier in The Betsy.

In 1981, he played a drifter opposite Sally Field in Back Roads, a comedy that received middling reviews and grossed $11 million at the box office. In 1983, he received an Emmy for Best Actor for his performance as murderer Gary Gilmore in a TV adaptation of Norman Mailer's The Executioner's Song. In the same year he also starred in pirate adventure Nate and Hayes, playing the heavily bearded Captain Bully Hayes. Despite being a film that was largely forgotten due to the unspectacular title, interest has recently been rekindled thanks to the Pirates of the Caribbean films. Jones as Bully Hayes in the 1983 film Nate and Hayes

At the 2000 Democratic National Convention, he presented the nominating speech for his college roommate, Al Gore, as the Democratic Party's nominee for President of the United States.

Jones has two children from his second marriage to Kimberlea Cloughey: Victoria Kafka (born 1991) and Austin Leonard (born 1982). He was married to Kate Lardner, the daughter of Ring Lardner Jr. from 1971 to 1978. On March 19, 2001, he married his third wife, Dawn Laurel.


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