'''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 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.
!!Roles of Note:

* ''Film/LoveStory'' (1970): Hank Simpson (film debut)
* ''Coal Miner's Daughter'' (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

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}}''.
* {{Badass}}: His characters are rarely anything but.
* BigOlUnibrow
* TheCastShowoff: He is fluent in Spanish and speaks it in some of his films.
* CoolOldGuy: Very much one, both in real life and quite often in character as well.
* {{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.
* TheComicallySerious: When cast in comedic roles, he tends to be this (barring ''Film/BatmanForever'').
* 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.
* {{Japandering}}: Played [[HughMann an alien disguised as himself]] in a series of Boss Coffee ads.
* IAmNotLeonardNimoy: Since nearly every role of his tends to be a grumpy fellow, it's often joked that he's just playing himself.
* 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.
* 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.