What is the net worth and salary of Billy Bob Thornton?
Billy Bob Thornton is an American actor, screenwriter, producer, and musician who has a net worth of $45 million. Thornton has truly made an impact on the entertainment industry, both as an actor and as a screenwriter. Today, his unique screen presence and sense of humor have made him a sought-after extra for a number of films.
Thornton came onto the scene relatively late in life and actually began his artistic career in the music industry. After proving his worth as a screenwriter, he began acting in his own films and gradually became a more successful actor. Throughout his career, Thornton has won many awards, including an Oscar, two Golden Globes, two Critics’ Choice Awards, an Independent Spirit Award and more. In 2004, Billy Bob also received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Early Life: William Robert Thornton was born on August 4, 1955 in Hot Springs, Arkansas. His nickname follows a convention established by his father, William Raymond “Billy Ray” Thornton, who was a high school teacher and basketball coach. Raised in a Methodist household with two brothers, Billy Bob’s family moved frequently around Arkansas, living in Alpine, Malvern and Mount Holly. Thornton’s family was not wealthy and lived in a shack with no electricity or plumbing.
While attending high school, Billy Bob became a talented baseball player. Initially, it looked like he might turn pro, but an injury ruined his chances of a career with the Kansas City Royals. He spent the next working for the Arkansas State Department of Transportation before studying psychology at Henderson State University. After two semesters, he dropped out and moved to Los Angeles.
Before moving to Los Angeles, he hatched a plan with his childhood friend Tom Epperson. Together, they decided to pursue a career in the entertainment industry, and Billy Bob became excited about an acting career. Although Thornton went to many auditions in his early days in Los Angeles, roles were hard to come by. He ended up paying the bills by working at fast food restaurants and as a telemarketer. In this activity, he also started his music career and joined a band called Jack Hammer.
In a twist of fate, Billy Bob found himself face to face with director and screenwriter Billy Wilder one day while working as a waiter during an industry event. The pair struck up a conversation, and Wilder gave Thornton some crucial advice: focus less on acting and establish yourself as a screenwriter. Thornton took the advice to heart and changed his approach to the entertainment industry in later years.
Career: Although Billy Bob Thornton appeared in a few minor roles in film and television throughout the 80s, he really hit the scene when he appeared in “One False Move.” He co-wrote the screenplay with Tom Epperson, and critics immediately praised him for his performance. After a series of small roles throughout the 90s, Thornton wrote the script for “Sling Blade.” He then starred in the film and directed it, winning a number of awards for his performance. In the late 90s, he appeared in the likes of Primary Colors and directed All the Pretty Horses in 2000.
Some of his most notable roles were in Hollywood blockbusters such as ‘Armageddon’, ‘A Simple Plan’, ‘Monster’s Ball’, ‘Bandits’ and ‘The Man Who Wasn’t There’. In 2003, Billy Bob famously played an alcoholic and suicidal Santa in the dark comedy Bad Santa. As Thornton became better known as an actor who was adept at playing “fools,” he began appearing in films such as “School for Scoundrels” and “Mr. wooden rooster”. That said, he also fought against print, appearing in films like “The Astronaut Farmer.”
In 2014, Billy Bob is focusing more on television and has booked a recurring role on “Fargo”. He also made a guest appearance on “Big Bang Theory” that year. In 2016, he booked the lead role in ‘Goliath’, an Amazon Studios series about a broken lawyer. In 2017, “Goliath” was picked up for a second season.
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Relations: Billy Bob Thornton’s first wife was Melissa Lee Gatlin and she divorced after 2 years of marriage after citing Thornton’s infidelity. They had one child during their relationship. His next two marriages to actresses Toni Lawrence and Cynda Williams also lasted two years each. In 1993, Pietra Dawn Cherniak became Thornton’s fourth wife, and the pair had two children during their marriage. Cherniak divorced him after four years and accused him of spousal abuse.
In 2000, Billy Bob made headlines when he married Angelina Jolie – a woman who was 20 years his junior. The resulting media frenzy never stopped until the couple split in 2002. In 2014, Billy Bob married his sixth wife, Connie Angland. He dated the make-up effects specialist for 11 years before their wedding. They have one child together and currently live in Los Angeles.
Real Estate: In 2000, Billy Bob Thorton and his then-wife Angelina Jolie bought a property in Beverly Hills. The seller was Slash, the guitarist of Guns N’ Roses, and the price was 3.7 million dollars. When Thornton and Jolie separated, he was able to keep the property after the divorce papers. He subsequently held on to the 11,000-square-foot mansion until 2013, when he unloaded it for $8 million and made a substantial return on his initial investment.
In 2008, Thornton bought an estate in Malibu’s Point Dume neighborhood for $2.35 million. The 2,700-square-foot property features minimalist architecture, ample outdoor space, and four bedrooms. Unlike his previous real estate venture, Billy Bob actually lost money when he sold this property in 2018. After putting it on the market, the best offer he received was $2.1 million . dollars, which represented a loss of $250,000 for the veteran actor.
In 2013, Billy Bob bought a property in Brentwood for $2.7 million. Secluded in Brentwood’s affluent Mandeville Canyon neighborhood, the 3,600-square-foot property fronts a cliff in the backyard. Interior design elements include French doors and expansive balconies. The heavily renovated home also features a solar-heated saltwater pool.