Tommy Lee Jones is an American actor. He was little known until his big breaks in 1990s, where he scored roles in three blockbuster films: The Fugitive, Batman Forever, and Men in Black. He fell off the radar for a few years until his resurgence with No Country for Old Men.
He tends to play snarky, grumpy, and very Badass characters.
He was also Al Gore's roommate at Harvard. Figure that one out. And in case you've managed to wrap your head around that, according to author Erich Segal (who attended Harvard at the same time), the hero of his novel Love Story was based on a fusion of the two of them.
Roles of Note:
- Love Story: Hank Simpson (film debut)
- Nate and Hayes: Captain Bully Hayes
- Lonesome Dove: Woodrow F. Call
- JFK: Clay Shaw
- Under Siege: Billy Stranix
- The Fugitive and U.S. Marshals: Marshal Samuel Gerard
- Natural Born Killers: Warden Dwight McClusky
- Batman Forever: Harvey Dent/Two-Face
- Blown Away as Ryan Gaerity
- Men in Black and its sequels: Agent K
- Space Cowboys: William "Hawk" Hawkins
- Small Soldiers: Major Chip Hazard (voice)
- No Country for Old Men: Ed Tom Bell
- Captain America the First Avenger: Colonel Chester Philips
- Badass: His characters are rarely anything but.
- Big Ol' Unibrow
- Cowboy: In Real Life as well as some of his roles. He owns at least two ranches, one of which was the setting for The Three Burials Of Melquiades Estrada, a film he also directed and starred in.
- Comically Serious: When cast in comedic roles, he tends to be this (barring Batman Forever).
- Deadpan Snarker: Practically an artform when he is doing it. No one can get across sarcasm like TLJ.
- Hidden Depths: He is a graduate of Harvard University and a good friend of Al Gore.
- Knight in Sour Armor: Also quite frequently.
- Large Ham: His performances in Under Siege, Blown Away, and Batman Forever can go ham-to-ham with anybody.
"Four minutes ahead of schedule. Damn, I'm good."
"What I want from each and every one of you is a hard-target search of every gas station, residence, warehouse, farmhouse, henhouse, outhouse and doghouse in that area."
- Also currently starring as the demotivator poster boy for the implied facepalm (No Country for Old Men), where the idea is so ridiculous that a full and proper facepalm is unnecessary.
- Younger Than They Look: Has always looked between ten to fifteen years older than he actually is, though nowadays he's starting to look his age. This actually allowed him to be cast in Space Cowboys with Clint Eastwood; despite ranging from 12-20 years younger than his three castmates, his character was portrayed in the same age bracket as them.
- Although he has aged very little in the last few years. He is now in his mid sixties and can pass for his fifties.