Tommy Lee Jones is an actor and film director who began his career in 1969. His diverse career has included both television and film acting roles, and his work covers many genres. Due to the longevity and success of his career, Jones has become a wealthy man. It is estimated that Tommy Lee Jones’ net worth is $90 million, and here is how he accrued his wealth.
His Early Life
Tommy Lee Jones was born in San Saba, Texas, on September 15, 1946, and was raised in Midland, Texas. He studied at Harvard College and shared a room with Al Gore. During his time at college, Jones was a student of dramatist Rob Chapman. Drama was not Jones’ only interest at college, as he was also a talented footballer.
Tommy Lee Jones’ Career from 1969 to 1980
In the late 1960s, Jones moved to New York to pursue an acting career. He made his Broadway debut in 1969 when he appeared in various supporting roles in ‘A Patriot for Me.’ A year later, he had his first film role in ‘Love Story.’ Jones then returned to Broadway in 1971, before landing the role of Dr. Mark Toland in ‘One Life to Live. He played this role until 1975 while continuing to appear in various stage productions. In 1977, he played the lead role in ‘The Amazing Howard Hughes,’ an acclaimed made-for-TV movie. Other films in which he appeared during the late 1970s included ‘Jackson County Jail,’ ‘Rolling Thunder,’ ‘The Betsy,’ and ‘Eyes of Laura Mars.’ After playing Loreta Lynn’s husband in the 1980 film ‘Coal Miner’s Daughter,’ Jones received his first Golden Globe nomination.
His Career in the 1980s and 1990s
Jones starred opposite Sally Field in the 1981 romantic comedy ‘Back Roads.’ Two years later, the actor played murderer Gary Gilmore in the television adaptation of ‘The Executioner’s Song,’ and he received an Emmy nomination for his performance. Later that year, Jones played Captain Bully Hayes in the pirate adventure film ‘Nate and Hayes. The actor then earned a second Emmy nomination in 1989 for his role as Texas Ranger Woodrow F. Call in ‘Lonesome Dove,’ which was a television mini-series based on Larry McMurty’s best-selling novel. His other roles during the late 1980s were ‘The Package,’ ‘The Park Is Mine,’ ‘Black Moon Rising,’ ‘The Big Town,’ ‘Gotham,’ and ‘Stormy Monday.’ During the 1990s, Tommy Lee Jones began to land roles in major roles, including ‘The Fugitive.’ For his role in ‘The Fugitive,’ Jones won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. At that point in his career, Jones became one of the most in-demand and highest-paid actors in Hollywood. Other films in which he appeared during the 1990s were ‘Batman Forever,’ ‘Cobb,’ ‘’JFK,’ ‘Under Siege,’ ‘Natural Born Killers, ‘The Client,’ ‘Men in Black,’ ‘Blue Sky,’ ’Volcano,’ ‘Fire Birds,’ ‘House of Cards,’ ‘Heaven & Earth,’ ‘Blown Away,’ ‘Small Soldiers,’ ‘U.S. Marshals,’ and ‘Double Jeopardy.’
The Actor’s Career Since 2000
Tommy Lee Jones’ professional success continued beyond the turn of the Millennium. He began the decade by playing Colonel Hayes ‘Hodge’ Hodges in ‘Rules of Engagement.’ In the same year, Jones played William ‘Hawk’ Hawkins in ‘Space Cowboys.’ The following year, the actor reprised the role of Kevin Brown/ Agent K in ‘Men in Black II' alongside Will Smith. Jones appeared in two films in 2003; ‘The Hunted’ and ‘The Missing.’ He then did not appear in another film until 2005, when he played Texas Ranger Lieutenant Roland Sharp in ‘Man of the House.’ Tommy Lee Jones also made his directorial debut in 2005 with the film ‘The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada’. In addition to directing and producing the film, Jones also starred as Pete Perkins. In the latter half of the 2000s, Tommy Lee Jones’ films included ‘A Prairie Home Companion,’ ‘No Country for Old Men,’ ‘In the Valley of Elah,’ and in the Electric Mist. He then Gene McClary in the 2010 film ‘The Company of Men.’ For the first time since 1995, Tommy Lee Jones landed a television role in 2011 when he played white in the television movie ‘The Sunset Limited.’ He also directed and produced the film. However, he continued to take on film roles, and he played Colonel Chester Phillips in ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ in the same year. 2012 was one of the busiest years of Jones’ career, as he appeared in four films. The first of these was ‘Men in Black 3,’ then he had roles in ‘Hope Springs,’ ‘Lincoln,’ and ‘Emperor.’ In 2013, Jones played Robert Stanstead in ‘The Family.’ The following year, he played George Briggs in ‘The Homesman. After not appearing in a film for two years, Jones appeared in three films that were released in 2016. These were ‘Criminal,’ ‘Jason Bourne,’ and ‘Mechanic: Resurrection.’ In 2017, he was in the movies ‘Shock and Awe’ and ‘Just Getting Started.’ His next film was ‘Ad Astra,’ which was released in 2019. Most recently, Tommy Lee Jones appeared in ‘Wander’ and ‘The Comeback Trail,’ both of which were released in 2020.
Tommy Lee Jones’ Net Worth
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Tommy Lee Jones’ net worth is $90 million. He has predominantly made his money from his work as a film and television actor. Jones has also made money as a director.
His Personal Life
Tommy Lee Jones has been married three times and has two children. His first wife was Katherine Lardner, who he married in 1971. Lardner is the niece of Ring Lardner Jr., a screenwriter and journalist. The former couple divorced in 1978 after seven years of marriage. Jones was then married to Kimberlea Cloughley from 1981 to 1996. It is from this marriage that Jones has two children. His son, Austin Leonard, was born in 1982. In 1991, his daughter Victoria Kafka was born. Now, Tommy Lee Jones is married to Dawn Laurel, who he married in 2001. The couple lives in Terrel Hills, which is just outside San Antonio, Texas. They also have two ranches in Texas; one in San Saba County and the other in Can Horn. Furthermore, Jones owns a house in a polo country club in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and he once owned an equestrian estate in Florida.
Written by Allen Lee
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