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Robert Downey Jr. stars in new trailer for 'The Judge'

Robert Downey Jr. stars in new trailer for 'The Judge'

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 18 (UPI) --Robert Downey Jr.'s character confronts his issues with his father (Robert Duvall) as he attempts to clear his dad's name in a new trailer for "The Judge."
Annie Martin
Billy Bob Thornton says his 'Fargo' character was 'devilish'

Billy Bob Thornton says his 'Fargo' character was 'devilish'

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 14 (UPI) --Billy Bob Thornton says his character on "Fargo," Lorne Malvo, was almost "other world-ish" in his devilry, and lived "by the rules of the animal kingdom."
Annie Martin
Robert Downey Jr.'s 'The Judge' selected to open Toronto Film Festival

Robert Downey Jr.'s 'The Judge' selected to open Toronto Film Festival

TORONTO, July 25 (UPI) --Canada's 2014 Toronto International Film Festival is to open with a screening of David Dobkin's "The Judge," starring Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall.
Karen Butler
'Fargo' renewed for second season with all-new cast

'Fargo' renewed for second season with all-new cast

LOS ANGELES, July 21 (UPI) --"Fargo" has been renewed for a second season on FX, and creator Noah Hawley will write ten new episodes that feature an all-new cast, location and crime.
Annie Martin
Billy Bob Thornton opens up about realtionship with Angelina Jolie

Billy Bob Thornton opens up about realtionship with Angelina Jolie

LOS ANGELES, April 23 (UPI) -- Billy Bob Thornton dished on his friendship with ex-wife Angelina Jolie during an interview for relationship website YourTango.
Veronica Linares
FX's 'Fargo' debuts to decent ratings

FX's 'Fargo' debuts to decent ratings

LOS ANGELES, April 16 (UPI) -- The Coen brothers adaptation pulled in a total of 4.1 million viewers with its Tuesday night premiere.
Kate Stanton
Billy Bob Thornton stars in first 'Fargo' teaser

Billy Bob Thornton stars in first 'Fargo' teaser

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Billy Bob Thornton and Martin Freeman will star in the Coen brothers' adaptation of their 1996 classic.
Kate Stanton
'Entourage' movie starts shooting in LA

'Entourage' movie starts shooting in LA

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- Principal photography began in Los Angeles this week on the big-screen followup to the hit HBO series "Entourage," Warner Bros. Pictures announced.
Amber Heard and Johnny Depp work together on 'London Fields'

Amber Heard and Johnny Depp work together on 'London Fields'

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- Hollywood actor Johnny Depp will have a cameo in girlfriend Amber Heard's upcoming thriller "London Fields," WebProNews reported.
Martin Freeman cast as lead in 'Fargo' TV series

Martin Freeman cast as lead in 'Fargo' TV series

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- British actor Martin Freeman is to star in FX's small-screen adaptation of the 1996 film "Fargo," The Hollywood Reporter said.

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UPI Almanac for Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013.
By United Press International
'Bad News Bears' actress killed at 20

'Bad News Bears' actress killed at 20

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- Actress Sammi Kane Kraft, who starred as a child in the 2005 remake of "The Bad News Bears," was killed in a Los Angeles car crash, police said. She was 20.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012.
By United Press International
Grant teased Thornton about Disraeli phobia

Grant teased Thornton about Disraeli phobia

NEW YORK, April 26 (UPI) -- British actor Hugh Grant admits to taunting his "Love Actually" co-star Billy Bob Thornton about his phobia of former British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International
Brad and Angelina confirm engagement

Brad and Angelina confirm engagement

LOS ANGELES, April 13 (UPI) -- Brad Pitt's manager has confirmed the Hollywood film star is engaged to his longtime girlfriend, actress Angelina Jolie.
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Billy Bob Thornton attends the premiere of "Manure" at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah on January 20, 2009. The festival is celebrating its 25th anniversary. (UPI Photo/Gary C. Caskey)
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Billy Bob Thornton (born August 4, 1955) is an American actor, screenwriter, director and musician. Thornton gained early recognition as a cast member on the CBS sitcom Hearts Afire and in several early 1990s films including On Deadly Ground and Tombstone. In the mid-1990s, after writing, directing, and starring in the independent film Sling Blade, he won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. He appeared in several major film roles following Sling Blade 's success, including 1998's Armageddon and A Simple Plan. During the late 1990s, Thornton began a career as a singer-songwriter. He has released three albums and was the singer of a blues rock band.

Thornton was born in Hot Springs, Arkansas, the son of Virginia Roberta (née Faulkner), a psychic, and William Raymond "Billy Ray" Thornton (November 1929–August 1974), a high school history teacher and basketball coach who passed away when Thornton was 18. He has two younger brothers, Jimmy Don (April 1958–October 1988), who died abruptly of a heart attack at 30, and John David (born 1969), who resides in California. Jimmy Don Thornton wrote a number of songs, two of which--"Island Avenue" and "Emily"--Thornton has recorded on his solo albums. During his childhood, Thornton lived in both Alpine, Arkansas, and Malvern, Arkansas. He was raised a Methodist, in an extended family in a shack that had neither electricity nor plumbing. Thornton graduated from high school in 1973. A good high school baseball player, he tried out for the Kansas City Royals, but was let go after an injury. After a short period laying asphalt for the Arkansas State Transportation Department, he attended Henderson State University to pursue studies in psychology, but he dropped out after two semesters.

In the mid 1980s, Thornton settled in Los Angeles, to pursue his career as an actor, with future writing partner Tom Epperson. Thornton initially had a difficult time succeeding as an actor, and worked in telemarketing, offshore wind farming, and fast food management between auditioning for acting jobs. He also played drums and sang with South African rock band Jack Hammer. While Thornton worked as a waiter for an industry event, he served film director and screenwriter Billy Wilder, who is famous for films such as Double Indemnity and Sunset Boulevard. Thornton struck up a conversation with Wilder, who advised Thornton to consider a career as a screenwriter.

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