Billy Bob Thornton is an American actor, filmmaker, singer-songwriter and drummer. Thornton made his first break with co-writing and starring in the 1992 thriller One False Move and came to international attention after writing, directing, and starring in the independent drama Sling Blade, for which he won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor. He appeared in several major film roles in the 1990s following Sling Blade, including Oliver Stone's neo-noir U Turn, political drama Primary Colors, science fiction disaster Armageddon, which was the highest-grossing film of that year and the crime drama A Simple Plan, which earned him his third Oscar nomination.
In the 2000s, he achieved further success in starring dramas Monster's Ball, The Man Who Wasn't There, Friday Night Lights, comedies Bandits, Intolerable Cruelty, Bad Santa and actions Eagle Eye and Faster. In 2014, Thornton starred in the anthology series Fargo and earned 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.