Nobody should ever go to the movies to see history
From Westerns, to chase films, to Oscar winners, Tommy Lee Jones has played a certain type, a type that works effectively. Jones has the ability, like many great actors, to convey emotions without so much as moving a muscle. His magnetism and his wit have carried his career and made him an icon over the years.
Here are 9 things about Tommy Lee Jones you may not have known…
1. Jones attended Harvard University and played football, where he was roommates with Al Gore. The two are still close friends.
2. He plays polo and raises polo ponies. His team won the U.S. Polo Association’s Western Challenge Cup in 1993. Invites Harvard University’s best polo players to his ranch to practice each fall.
3. In Batman Forever, his character of “Two-Face” flips a coin to see if his victims should live or die. Twelve years later he played a sheriff in No Country for Old Men pursuing an assassin who kills random victims by asking them to call a coin toss.
4. Jones has written the majority of his most memorable lines, including the line “I don’t care” in The Fugitive.
5. He owns the movie rights to Cormac McCarthy’s controversial novel Blood Meridian, which many consider unfilmable.
6. Before hitting it big as an actor, Jones had a recurring role as Dr. Mark Toland on One Life To Live in the early 70s.
7. Jones lost out on two iconic sci-fi characters: Snake Plissken in Escape From New York and Frank Dekkard in Blade Runner.
8. His father worked in the oilfield and his mother was a teacher and police offer. His first cousin is famous country singer, Boxcar Willie.
9. He is the best friend of actor Robert Duvall and fellow Texan actors, Willie Nelson and Gary Busey.