Without a doubt, Tommy Lee Jones has one of the most recognizable faces in Hollywood. It’s not because of his enchanting look or, rather, because of his exceptional talent that has been on display on television screens and in cinemas for over five decades. A four-time Oscar nominee from Texas, he is best known for his performances in films such as The Fugitive (1993), Man of the House (2005), No Country for Old Men (2008), and The Men in Black film series, among many others. Read on to learn more about his journey to fame as well as his personal life and income.
Who is Tommy Lee Jones?
On September 15, 1946, in San Saba, Texas, Tommy Lee Jones was born to his parents, Lucille Marie (née Scott) and Clyde C. Jones. His mother was a police officer, a schoolteacher, and owner of a beauty salon, while his father worked in an oil field.
Jones grew up in Midland, Texas, where he attended Robert E. Lee High School. His family later moved to Dallas, Texas, where he received a scholarship to study at St. Mark’s School of Texas and graduated in 1965. For his college, Jones received a scholarship based on a need that he used to study English at Harvard College. At Harvard, he was a roommate with the future Vice President of the United States, Al Gore, and was also a key member of Harvard’s undefeated interuniversity football team in 1968, winning the All-Ivy League’s first-team selection for his efforts.
In 1969, Tommy Lee Jones graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree with distinction. He immediately moved to New York to start looking for an acting job, getting his first role in the Broadway show, A Patriot for Me that same year. The following year, Jones made his film debut in Love Story (1970) where he played the role of a Harvard student. He then returned to Broadway to play in Abe Burrows’ Four on a Garden before landing the role of Dr. Mark Toland in ABC’s television series One Life to Live (1971-1975). In the following years, he appeared in films such as Jackson County Jail (1976), Rolling Thunder (1977), The Amazing Howard Hughes (1977), The Betsy (1978), and others.
Jones received his first Golden Globe nomination in 1980 for his performance in the biographical film Coal Miner’s Daughter. Three years later, he received an Emmy Award for his performance in The Executioner’s Song (1983). In the late 1980s and throughout the 1990s, Jones became one of the most selected actors after the actors in Hollywood, and one of the best paid too, as he played in blockbusters such as The Fugitive (1993), for which he won a Golden Globe and Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, Batman Forever (1995), and Men In Black (1997), the first part of the film series.
Recently, Tommy Lee Jones has appeared in films such as Melquiades Estrada’s Three Burials (2005), No Country for Old Men (2007), The Company Men (2010), Hope Springs (2012), Lincoln (2012), and The Homesman (2014).
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Tommy Lee Jones has an estimated net worth of approximately $85 million. The veteran actor has enriched himself during his Hollywood career, whether it is acting, producing, writing, or directing scripts.
As mentioned above, Jones was one of the highest-paid actors in the 1990s, earning tens of millions of dollars for the roles he took on. As a result, he has been able to own properties both inside and outside the United States. Some of his favorite properties include a 3,000-acre ranch in San Saba County, Texas, another ranch in Van Horn, Texas, a house in a polo club in Buenos Aires, Argentina, among many others.
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Spouse or Wife – Dawn Laurel-Jones and Children
Tommy Lee Jones is currently in his third marriage, which is to photographer Dawn Laurel-Jones. Little is known about her and how they met other than the fact that they were married on March 19, 2001.
Jones’ first marriage took place in 1971 with actress Kate Lardner, daughter of writer and journalist Ring Lardner Jr., who lived together until 1978, the year of their divorce. In 1981, he married Kimberlea Cloughley, daughter of former San Antonio Mayor Phil Hardberger. The couple’s marriage lasted until 1996, the year in which they had two children: Austin Leonard, born in 1982 and Victoria Kafka, born in 1991.