People we love: Tommy Lee Jones

Tommy Lee Jones, Born September 15, 1946

Born on this day in 1946.

How can you not love Tommy Lee Jones? Lonesome Dove, The Fugitive, Men in Black and even recently in Hope Springs. Yeah, I saw it.

Jones has received three Academy Award nominations, winning for his role as U.S. Marshal Samuel Gerard in The Fugitive. He received an Emmy for his role in The Excecutioner’s Song.

Jones grew up in Texas and went to Harvard on a needs-based scholarship. There he roomed with former Vice President Al Gore. After graduating cum laude he moved to New York and first appeared on Broadway in A Patriot for Me. He landed a movie role in Love Story, based on the book by Erich Segal. Segal said that he based part of his character on Jones and got the family emotional drama from the Gore family.

Jones placed Al Gore’s name in nomination at the 2000 Democratic National Convention.

Jone’s will be seen this fall in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, playing the role of Thaddeus Stevens.

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