->''"As an actor to watch an audience of people howl together in a single mind as a result of work you've done together with friends is a privilege."''

Tommy Lee Jones, born on September 15, 1946, is an American actor and film director. He was little known until his big breaks in the 1990s, where he scored roles in three blockbuster films: ''Film/TheFugitive'', ''Film/BatmanForever'', and ''Film/MenInBlack''. He fell off the radar for a few years until his resurgence with ''Film/NoCountryForOldMen''.

He tends to play snarky, grumpy, and usually very badass characters.

He was also UsefulNotes/AlGore's roommate at Harvard. Figure that one out. And in case you've managed to wrap your head around that, according to author Erich Segal (who attended Harvard at the same time), the hero of his novel ''Literature/LoveStory'' was based on a fusion of the two of them.[[note]]He also played football for Harvard and played in the famous 1968 Harvard-Yale game recounted in documentary ''Harvard Beats Yale 29-29''.[[/note]]

!!Roles of Note:

* ''Film/LoveStory'' (1970): Hank Simpson (film debut)
* ''Film/CoalMinersDaughter'' (1980): Doolittle "Mooney" Lynn
* ''The Exectioner's Song'' (1982): Gary Mark Gilmore (won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie)
* ''Film/NateAndHayes'' (1983): Captain Bully Hayes
* ''Series/LonesomeDove'' (1989): Woodrow F. Call
* ''Film/{{JFK}}'' (1991): Clay Shaw
* ''Film/UnderSiege'' (1992): Billy Stranix
* ''Film/HeavenAndEarth'' (1993) : Steve Butler
* ''Film/TheFugitive'' (1993): Marshal Samuel Gerard (won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor)
* ''Film/BlownAway'' (1994): Ryan Gaerity
* ''Film/TheClient'' (1994): Roy Foltrigg
* ''Film/NaturalBornKillers'' (1994): Warden Dwight [=McClusky=]
* ''Cobb'' (1994): Ty Cobb
* ''Film/BatmanForever'' (1995): Harvey Dent/Two-Face
* ''Film/{{Volcano}}'' (1997): Mike Roark
* ''Film/MenInBlack'' (1997): Agent K
* ''Film/USMarshals'' (1998): Marshal Samuel Gerard
* ''Film/SmallSoldiers'' (1998): Major Chip Hazard (voice)
* ''Film/DoubleJeopardy'' (1999): Travis
* ''Film/SpaceCowboys'' (2000): William "Hawk" Hawkins
* ''Film/MenInBlackII'' (2002) : Agent K
* ''Film/TheHunted'' (2003): L.T. Bonham
* ''Film/TheThreeBurialsOfMelquiadesEstrada'' (2005): Pete Perkins (won Best Actor Award at Cannes Festival)
* ''Film/ManOfTheHouse'' (2005): Roland Sharp
* ''Film/APrairieHomeCompanion'' (2006): Axeman
* ''Film/NoCountryForOldMen'' (2007): Ed Tom Bell
* ''Film/InTheValleyOfElah'' (2007): Hank Deerfield
* ''The Company Men'' (2010): Gene [=McClary=]
* ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'' (2011): Colonel Chester Philips
* ''Film/MenInBlack3'' (2012) : Agent K
* ''Film/{{Emperor}}'' (2012): General Douglas [=MacArthur=]
* ''Film/{{Lincoln}}'' (2012): Thaddeus Stevens
* ''Film/JasonBourne'' (2016): CIA Director Robert Dewey

Try not to confuse him with Music/TomJones.

!!Associated Tropes:

* UsefulNotes/AcademyAward: Winner for ''Film/TheFugitive'', and nominee for ''Film/{{JFK}}'', ''Film/InTheValleyOfElah'', and ''Film/{{Lincoln}}''.
%%* BigOlUnibrow
* TheCastShowoff: He is fluent in Spanish and speaks it in some of his films.
* TheComicallySerious: When cast in comedic roles, he tends to be this (barring ''Film/BatmanForever'').
* {{Cowboy}}: In RealLife as well as some of his roles. He owns at least two ranches, one of which was the setting for ''Film/TheThreeBurialsOfMelquiadesEstrada'', a film he also directed and starred in.
** He also speaks fluent Spanish, likely due to his being born and raised in West Texas. The scene at the start of ''Film/MenInBlack'' where he was talking to the immigrants at the Mexican border? Ad-libbed.
* DeadpanSnarker: Practically an artform when he is doing it. No one can get across sarcasm like TLJ.
* DisapprovingLook: Pretty much his default expression. Also known as the "Implied Facepalm".
** Noted in the Podcast/{{Rifftrax}} of ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'' when he says he's happy: "You'll have to take my word for it. This is pretty much all my face can do."
* HiddenDepths: He is a graduate of Harvard University and a good friend of Al Gore.
* IAmNotLeonardNimoy: Since nearly every role of his tends to be a grumpy fellow, it's often joked that he's just playing himself.
* {{Improv}}: Famously disliked a good deal of his lines in ''Men in Black'', so about half of K's lines are Jones' ad-libs. It works ''perfectly'' for the movie, because J's fresh-faced rookie trying to catch-up is most of the time [[EnforcedMethodActing Will Smith legitimately getting just taken for a ride by Jones]], and the director saving the results.
* {{Japandering}}: Played [[HughMann an alien disguised as himself]] in a series of Boss Coffee ads.
%%* JerkWithAHeartOfGold
%%* KnightInSourArmor: Also quite frequently.
* LargeHam: His performances in ''Film/UnderSiege'' and ''Film/BatmanForever'' can go [[HamToHamCombat ham-to-ham]] with anybody.
-->"Four minutes ahead of schedule. Damn, I'm good."
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: While a lot of his characters are somewhat stoic and snarky, Jones himself is friendly and jocular off the set.
* PerpetualFrowner: Most of his characters rarely smile.
* SeenItAll: Most of his characters tend to have a lot of experience and be jaded against the craziest things that happen, in conjunction with TheComicallySerious. He plays the type extremely well.
* SilentSnarker: [[http://byspecialrequest.files.wordpress.com/2011/08/implied-facepalm1.jpg To wit]]
* StockShoutOut: Variations of the following:
-->"What I want from each and every one of you is a hard-target search of every gas station, residence, warehouse, farmhouse, henhouse, outhouse and doghouse in that area."
* TheStoic: Most of his characters.
* YoungerThanTheyLook: Has always looked between ten to fifteen years older than he actually is, though nowadays he's starting to look his age. This actually allowed him to be cast in ''Film/SpaceCowboys'' with Creator/ClintEastwood; despite ranging from 12-20 years younger than his three castmates, his character was portrayed in the same age bracket as them.