Without any doubt, Tommy Lee Jones has one of the most recognizable faces in Hollywood. This is not down to his enchanting looks or, but rather to his outstanding talent that has been on display on television screens and movie theatres for more than five decades. The Texas native, who is a four-time Academy Award nominee, is best known for his performances in films like 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 find out more about his journey to stardom as well as about his personal life and earnings.
Who is Tommy Lee Jones?
On the 15th of September, 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, school teacher, and beauty shop owner, while his father was an oil field worker.
Jones was raised in Midland, Texas, where he attended Robert E. Lee High School. His family later moved to Dallas, Texas, where he received a scholarship to attend St. Mark’s School of Texas, graduating in 1965. For his college, Jones was the recipient of a need-based scholarship which he used to attend Harvard College to study English. At Harvard, he was notably roommates with future Vice President of the United States, Al Gore and was also a crucial member of the undefeated 1968 Harvard varsity football team, garnering First-team All-Ivy League Selection for his efforts.
In 1969, Tommy Lee Jones graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He immediately moved to New York to begin looking for acting work, landing his first role in the Broadway show, A Patriot for Me that same year. The following year, Jones made his film acting debut in Love Story (1970) where he played the role of a Harvard student. He returned to Broadway after that to appear in Abe Burrows’ Four on a Garden before landing the role of Dr. Mark Toland on the ABC soap opera, One Life to Live (1971-1975). In the following years, he starred in movies like Jackson County Jail (1976), Rolling Thunder (1977), The Amazing Howard Hughes (1977), The Betsy (1978) among others.
Jones earned 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). By the late 80s and all through the 90s, Jones became one of the most sort after actors in Hollywood, and one of the best paid too, as he starred in blockbusters like The Fugitive (1993), which he won a Golden Globe and Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, Batman Forever (1995), and Men In Black (1997), the first installment of the film series.
In recent times, Tommy Lee Jones has appeared in films like The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (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 a net worth estimated to be around $85 million. The veteran actor was able to make his wealth through his careers in Hollywood that include acting, producing, screenwriting, and directing.
As mentioned above, Jones was one of the best-paid actors in the 1990s, earning tens of millions of dollars for the roles he took on. Due to this, he has been able to own properties inside and outside the United States. Some of his choice properties include a 3000-acre cattle ranch in San Saba County, Texas, another ranch in Van Horn, Texas, a house in a polo country club in Buenos Aires, Argentina, among many others.
Spouse or Wife – Dawn Laurel-Jones and Children
Tommy Lee Jones is currently in his third marriage, which is to photographer Dawn Laurel-Jones. Not much is know about her and how the two met other than the fact that they got married on the 19th of March, 2001.
Jones’ first marriage was in 1971 to actress Kate Lardner, the daughter of screenwriter and journalist Ring Lardner Jr. The pair were together until 1978 when they divorced. In 1981, he married Kimberlea Cloughley, the daughter of the former mayor of San Antonio, Phil Hardberger. The couple’s marriage lasted until 1996, during which they had two children; Austin Leonard who was born in 1982 and Victoria Kafka who was born in 1991.