According to Thornton, his first directing job was as a grade-school production of Dracula.
Thornton pursued studies in psychology at Henderson State University, in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. However, he dropped out after two semesters.
Thorton suffers from several phobias and claims that he may have OCD. His fears:
•aviophobia, a fear of flying
•Cchromophobia, a fear of bright colours
•an inability to use utensils (he fears that they may not be properly cleaned) In restaurants and while on sets he opts to use plastic utensils. • fear of antique furniture (as told to Oprah Winfrey during an interview on her show)
Thorton's marriages & children:
• He and girlfriend, Connie Angland, had a daughter in 2004. Her name is Bella.
• He was married to actress Angelina Jolie from 2000 to 2003. The couple adopted a son, Maddox Chivan. Thorton is estranged from Chivan.
• He was married to Pietra Dawn Cherniak from 1993 until 1997. They couple had two children together, sons William and Harry.
• He was married to Cynda Williams from 1990 until 1992. No children.
• He was married to Toni Lawrence from 1986 until 1988. No children.
• He was married to Melissa Lee Gatlin from 1978 until 1980. The couple had a daughter, Amanda.
His official website is www.billybobthornton.net.
He put crushed glass in his shoes for the movie: Sling Blade.
He likes milkshakes.
He says that it is likely that he won't get married again because he doesn't want to be "married more times than Mickey Rooney."
He had a tattoo on his left arm of Angelina Jolie's name. He had it replaced by an angel that is saying "Peace."
His father was named Billy Ray; he was a basketball coach. He died of lung cancer. His mother was named Virginia, she is a psychic.
The songs on his album Beautiful Door are:
It's Just Me
Restin' Your Soul
In the Day
I Gotta Grow Up
Hearts Like Mine
I Can Tell You
Hope for Glory
Boys Is Gone
The songs on his album Hobo are:
I Used To Be A Lion
The Late Great Golden State
El Centro On Five Dollars A Day
Your Blue Shadow
Orange County Suicide
Smooth Me Over
At Least We Dreamed
The songs on his album The Edge of the World are:
The Desperate One
Baby Can I Hold You
The Edge of the World
Pieces of a Man
Pieces of a Man (Part Two)
The Edge of the World (Reprise)
Do God Wop
To the End of Time
The songs on his album Private Radio are:
Dark & Mad
Walk Of Shame
Smoking In Bed
Your Blue Shadow
He Was A Friend Of Mine
Beauty At The Back Door
In 2003, Billy Bob threw out the first pitch on opening day for his favorite baseball team, the St. Louis Cardinals.
Billy Bob has been a receptionist for an answering service, ballpoint pen saleman, hauled hay, operated a sawmill, and managed a Shakey's Pizza Parlor.
Billy Bob has appeared in two videos for country singer Travis Tritt's 'Modern Day Bonnie and Clyde', and 'It's a Long Way To Richmond', in 2002.
Billy Bob and then-wife Angelina Jolie exchanged vials of their own blood to wear around each other's necks.
Billy Bob gave up smoking cigarettes in 2001, after his role in the movie The Man Who Wasn't There.
Billy Bob released his first solo record, Private Radio in 2000, on Lost Highway Records.
Billy Bob received a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame on October 7th, 2004. Billy Bob's co-star in Bad Santa, Bernie Mac, took out a full page newspaper ad to congratulate him for receiving his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The ad read: 'You deserve it! There is no badder Santa than you!'
Billy released his album On the Edge of the World on Sanctuary/BMG Records in 2003.
Billy played drums for Jack Hammer (a South African band) on their album Jack of All Trades, which was released in 1987. The recordings were made in Los Angeles in 1985.
Billy released the book version of the screenplay for Sling Blade in 1997.
Billy is the cousin of professional wrestlers: Terry Funk and Dory Funk Jr.
Billy owns a penthouse in Paris.
Billy's father is of Irish ancestry, while his mother is half Choctaw Indian and half Italian.
Billy has stated that of all the characters he has played, the one he enjoyed playing the most was Davy Crockett in The Alamo (2004).
Billy & Dwight Yoakam have started their own production company and are looking at producing movies and records together.
Billy said that he had to gain about 50 pounds for his role as the auto mechanic in U Turn (1997).
In high school, Billy played drums in a CCR cover-band called Stone Cold Fever.
Billy's mother, a psychic, predicted he would work with Burt Reynolds. It came true when he did three episodes of CBS's Evening Shade in 1990.
Billy has numerous tattoos. Among them are at least 6 on his arms (3 right, 3 left) and on his lower back/hip.
Billy Bob admitted that he was genuinely intoxicated during the filming of Bad Santa.
Billy Bob used to play in a band named Tres Hombres.
Billy Bob is approximately 6' tall.
Billy was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award in 1997 for Sling Blade, and again in 1999 for A Simple Plan.
Billy was nominated for a Golden Globe in 1999 for A Simple Plan.
Billy Bob was nominated in 1999 for an Academy Award for Best Actor in A Simple Plan.
Billy Bob won an Academy Award in 1997 for his writing on Sling Blade. He was also nominated for the Best Actor award, but didn't win.
Billy Bob: (on Angelina Jolie) I've never said anything but good things about any relationship I've had and, frankly, that's all I remember about them. I have the utmost respect for Angelina. She's a very sweet person, very talented and one of my best friends in the world.
Billy Bob: (on his marriage break down with Angelina Jolie) I never cheated on her. We had a great relationship. We loved each other the whole time we were together. We just had different ideas about our lives. She has her thing where she's all over the world and that's great, I respect her for that. I just want to stay at home. I watch a lot of sports on television. I'm a big baseball freak. And if I'm not watching sports I'm watching Teletubbies with my two-year-old daughter Bella.
Billy Bob: If there comes a time when my music really catches on, I would be content to just turn my energy towards that fully. I get into my music, man. It takes me places that I can't get to in the regular world, It's the alternative universe when I am up there on stage, pouring out my soul.
Billy Bob: I miss Angelina, shoot. But I also miss all my other ex-girlfriends too, in a different way. She was a great part of my life, a part I would never want to erase, if I could. She was a wild pony, and I wasn't in the frame of mind anymore to be taming anyone.
Billy Bob: Acting is playing-it's actually going out on a playground with the other kids and being in the game, and I need that. Writing satisfies that part of myself that longs to sit in my room and dream.
Billy Bob: I was the fattest baby in Clark County, Arkansas. They put me in the newspaper. It was like a prize turnip.
Billy Bob: I can't sit through plays and musical theater. I just want to run up onstage and mess up their hair and turn over their furniture.
Billy Bob: It's not that I don't understand it. But people think if you speak with an English accent it somehow makes you smarter.