Billy Bob Thornton Wiki: 5 Facts To Know About Angelina Jolie’s Ex Husband

Billy Bob Thornton, ex-husband of Angelina Jolie and the master of movies and TV from Fargo, Goliath, and Sling to Blade, Monster’s Ball and Bad Santa.

Billy Bob Thornton: the ex husband of Angelina Jolie

Billy Bob Thornton, a famous actor, and screenwriter within Hollywood. There are many interesting facts to learn about him. He has starred in many wonderful shows, and movies, like Goliath, Monster’s Ball, Bad Santa and he has been a part of several bands including The Boxmasters. He is also known for being the ex-husband of the famous starlet Angelina Jolie, though his relationship with Angelina Jolie did not last very long. Billy Bob Thornton was born August 4, 1955, to Virginia Roberta and William Raymond Thornton. Virginia was a psychic and William “Billy Ray” was a high school basketball coach and history teacher. Unfortunately, William died when Billy Bob Thornton was only 18 years old. Billy Bob Thornton is one of three children; he has two other brothers, his younger brother Jimmy Don also lives in California. During their childhood, they moved around a lot within the state of Arkansas Billy Bob Thornton ended up living in Alpine, Mount Holly, and Malvern. It was not until he was older that he moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting. Billy Bob Thornton moved there with Tom Epperson who eventually became his writing partner.

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Billy Bob Thornton life as an ex husband of many including Angelina Jolie

Billy Bob Thornton’s personal life has always been interesting. He has been married six times, five of them ending in divorce and has four children with three different mothers. IN 1978 he married Melissa Lee Gatlin. They had a daughter named Amanda. They ended up divorcing in 1980. Billy Bob Thornton jumped into marrying Toni Lawrence, also an actor in 1986 and lasted less than a year. In fact later that year they separated and then officially divorced in 1988. He then married another actress, Cynda Williams They married in 1990, and he even cast her in his first publicly written piece One False Move. Though he cast her in his movie in 1992, that didn’t salvage anything, and they divorced in the same year. The next year he didn’t waste any time. Billy Bob Thornton married Pietra Dawn Cherniak. Pietra Dawn Cherniak was a playboy model, and she ended her marriage with him in 1997 after accusing him of abuse. They had two children together, both boys, Hary James and William. IN 1997 Billy Bob Thornton began to date Laura Dern, and they remained together until 1999, though it was seemingly a stable relationship he jumped from her straight to Angelia Jolie who he met that same year (1999). They met on the set of Pushing Tin and immediately got married. Billy Bob Thornton and Jolie separated a few years later, in 2002 and divorced officially in 2003. Billy Bob Thornton is known to jump around to different relationships and known for burning bright and dying fast, finally found a mate with staying power. In 2003 Billy Bob Thornton began dating Connie Angland. They had one daughter together named Bella, and they still live together presently. Though he believed that marriages didn’t work for him, he eventually married Connie in 2014. They still live in Los Angeles, California.

Billy Bob Thornton the ex husband of Angelia Jolie

Billy Bob Thornton (ex husband of Jolie) mentioned to GQ the reason his marriage to his ex-wife Angelina Jolie didn’t work was because he didn’t feel like he could keep up with Angelina Jolie’s lifestyle and he felt that he was not good enough for her. Billy Bob Thornton cited Angelina Jolie’s penchant for many global causes and his desire to stay at home and do chiller things.

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The screen

Billy Bob Thornton got his first film role in 1980. This did not make him famous, it was a very small role, but it got his foot in the door which he would eventually rip wide open. Billy Bob Thornton’s first role was in South of Reno, and he played a bartender in a restaurant.

Billy Bob Thornton’s real break was via the movie One False Move in 1992. Billy Bob Thornton
co-wrote and starred in the thriller, and everyone was looking at him when it hit theaters. Though, he hit the mark of international fame when he wrote starred in and directed the film Sling Blade. Sling Blade won him an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay and Billy Bob Thornton was

Billy Bob Thornton in Sling Blade, Monster’s Ball, Bad Santa, Fargo and Goliath

Billy Bob Thornton continued his trail of success staring in Monster’s Ball, The Man Who Wasn’t There, Comedies Bandits, Friday Night Lights, Intolerable Cruelty, and Bad Santa; and action films Eagle Eye and Faster. He jumped from movies to television in 2014 where he starred in the first season of the critically acclaimed Fargo. He played Lorne Malvo which got him a nomination for the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie at the Emmy Awards and won Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV Film at the 72nd Golden Globe Awards. After finding success in television, he stared in Goliath in 2016, which is an Amazon original series. For his performance, he was awarded a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama. He has received a total of three Oscar nominations and one win. His most recent nomination was for A Simple Plan.

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Billy Bob Thornton is not a fan of celebrities or the regular methods of acting. He goes into each movie role, not like a regular actor but like a more honed character actor. He’s about the experience and the emotions that each person feels. He does not like movies that are predicted hits, like Iron Man or anything really big. This also helps him keep his life private which he values. Some call him an “anti-film star.” Despite his hatred of celebrities, he is still very famous, he is known for his large range of emotional characters and has been consistently working with at least one project a year since 1991.

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Billy Bob Thornton, Music- The Boxmasters

Not many people know this, but Billy Bob Thornton began a career as a singer-songwriter while pursuing acting and writing. Billy Bob Thornton has a total of four solo albums in the marketplace and is a member of The Boxmasters. The Boxmasters is a blues-rock back which he is the lead singer for. Billy Bob Thornton first released the album Private Radio in 2001, his second album in 2003 called The Edge of the World, his third album was released in 2005, and it was called Hobo and his last album was Beautiful Door in 2007. His Edge of the World album even got its tour. He also sang in another blues rock band called Tres Hombres.


Billy Bob Thornton has received several awards during his long and continuous career in the film and television industry. Billy Bob Thornton received the President’s Award from Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films. The Presidents Award is a very distinguished honor bestowed by the National Board of Review. Not only that, Billy Bob Thornton has also received the rare honor of getting his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For his individual works, he has also been nominated for four Golden Globes and three Screen Actors Guild Awards.

In 2014, Billy Bob Thornton starred in the first season of the anthology series Fargo, earning a nomination for the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie at the Emmy Awards and won Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV Film at the 72nd Golden Globe Awards.

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Billy Bob Thornton suffers from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Myocarditis. Regarding his OCD, Billy Bob Thornton has been candid about how he suffers and anyone who is familiar with the disease knows it can result in weird effects or phobias. For Billy Bob Thornton it left him with a fear of antique furniture. Old Louis the XIV style baroque gilded furniture freaks him out. His odd fears and idiosyncracies have been used in character he developed for the silver screen, though only in passing. IN Sling Blade his character has the same phobia of antique furniture and in Monsters Ball he also portrays his fear of silverware, only using plastic in the movie. In a 2004 interview with The Independent, Thornton explained, “It’s just that I won’t use real silver. You know, like the big, old, heavy-ass forks and knives, I can’t do that. It’s the same thing as the antique furniture. I just don’t like old stuff. I’m creeped out by it, and I have no explanation why … I don’t have a phobia about American antiques, it’s mostly French—you know, like the big, old, gold-carved chairs with the velvet cushions. The Louis XIV type. That’s what creeps me out. I can spot the imitation antiques a mile off. They have a different vibe. Not as much dust.”

Net Worth

Net Worth: It’s no surprise that Billy Bob Thornton’s net worth is so massive. He hand picks all of his roles and is very intuned with the characters he lays so most of his work becomes well loves. His current net worth is $45 million. Here are some of the monetary breakdowns which led to Billy Bob Thornton’s current net worth: For One False Move, he grossed an earning that added up to $1.5 million. For Sling Blade, he has earned around $25 million, and for A Family Thing around ten million dollars. For The Gift, he earned $12 million. He also has various other assets like houses and other films that make less than a million in royalties for him.