Tommy Lee Jones

Biography: Born in San Saba, Texas, the son of Clyde C. and Lucille Marie (Scott) Jones, Tommy Lee Jones worked in underwater construction and on an oil rig. He attended St. Mark's School of Texas, a prestigious prep school for boys in Dallas, on a scholarship, and went to Harvard on another scholarship. He roomed with future Vice President Al Gore and played offensive guard in the famous 29-29 Harvard-Yale football game of '68 known as "The Tie." He received a B.A. in English literature and graduated cum laude from Harvard in 1969.
Following college, he moved to New York and began his theatrical career on Broadway in A Patriot for Me (1969). In 1970, he made his film debut in Love Story (1970). While living in New York, he continued to appear in various plays, both on- and off-Broadway: Fortune and Men's Eyes (1969); Four on a Garden (1971); Blue Boys (1972); Ulysses in Nighttown (1974). During this time, he also appeared on a daytime soap opera, One Life to Live (1968) as Dr. Mark
Toland from 1971-75. He moved with wife Kate Lardner, granddaughter of short-story writer/columnist Ring Lardner, and her two children from a previous marriage, to Los Angeles.
There he began to get some roles on television: Charlie's Angels (1976) (pilot episode); Smash-Up on Interstate 5 (1976) (TV); and The Amazing Howard Hughes (1977) (TV). While working on the movie Back Roads (1981), he met and fell in love with Kimberlea Cloughley, whom he later married. More roles in television--both on network and cable--stage and film garnered him a reputation as a strong, explosive, thoughtful actor who could handle supporting as well as leading roles. He made his directorial debut in The Good Old Boys (1995) (TV) on TNT. In addition to directing and starring in the film, he co-wrote the teleplay (with J.T. Allen). The film, based on Elmer Kelton's novel, is set in west Texas where Jones has strong family ties. Consequently, this story of a cowboy facing the end of an era has special meaning for him.
(c) Maria Vitale (maria.vitale@runningb.com)
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Tommy Lee Jones' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average career score: 62
Highest Metascore: 91 No Country for Old Men
Lowest Metascore: 35 Man of the House
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 27
  2. Negative: 1 out of 27
27 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
69 The Homesman Nov 14, 2014 Director / Executive Producer / Producer / Writer / George Briggs tbd
42 The Family Sep 13, 2013 Cast / Principal Cast / Robert Stansfield 6.3
48 Emperor Mar 8, 2013 General Douglas MacArthur / General Douglas MacArthur 6.1
86 Lincoln Nov 9, 2012 Thaddeus Stevens 7.5
65 Hope Springs Aug 8, 2012 Arnold Soames / Arnold / Arnold Soames 6.6
58 Men in Black III May 25, 2012 Agent K / Agent K 6.9
66 Captain America: The First Avenger Jul 22, 2011 Col. Chester Phillips 6.8
69 The Company Men Jan 21, 2011 Gene McClary 6.4
79 Harvard Beats Yale 29-29 Nov 19, 2008 Himself 8.0
91 No Country for Old Men Nov 9, 2007 Ed Tom Bell 7.5
65 In the Valley of Elah Sep 14, 2007 Hank Deerfield 7.2
75 A Prairie Home Companion Jun 9, 2006 The Axeman 6.4
77 The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada Dec 16, 2005 Director / Producer / Pete Perkins 7.6
35 Man of the House Feb 25, 2005 Executive Producer / Ranger Roland Sharp 6.2
55 The Missing Nov 19, 2003 Samuel Jones/Chaa-Duu-Ba-Its-Iidan 5.8
40 The Hunted Mar 14, 2003 L.T. Bonham 4.8
49 Men in Black II Jul 3, 2002 Kevin Brown, Agent Kay 5.5
73 Space Cowboys Aug 4, 2000 Hawk Hawkins 5.9
45 Rules of Engagement Apr 7, 2000 Col. Hayes 'Hodge' Hodges 6.6
40 Double Jeopardy Sep 24, 1999 Travis 7.2
47 U.S. Marshals Mar 6, 1998 Chief Deputy Marshal Samuel Gerard 6.9
71 Men in Black Jul 2, 1997 Kay 7.8
55 Volcano Apr 25, 1997 Mike Roark 5.7
51 Batman Forever Jun 16, 1995 Two-Face/Harvey Dent 5.3
65 The Client Jul 20, 1994 Roy Foltrigg tbd
88 The Fugitive Aug 6, 1993 Samuel Gerard 8.4
84 Love Story Dec 16, 1970 Hank Simpson 7.1