From a Dallas prep school he went to Harvard, where he studied English and played football and was part of a group of actors that included James Woods and Stockard Channing.
He made his debut as Tom Lee Jones in Love Story (70, Arthur Hiller); and followed it with Jackson County Jail (76, Michael Miller); Rolling Thunder (77, John Flynn); The Betsy (78, Daniel Petrie); The Eyes of Laura Mars (78, Irvin Kershner); the husband in Coal Miner’s Daughter (80, Michael Apted); with Sally Field in Back Roads (81, Martin Hitt); going piratical in Nate and Hayes (83, Ferdinand Fairfax); very good as the ex-con in scenes with a daughter (Martha Plimpton) in The River Rat (84, Tom Rickman, the writer of Coal Miner’s Daughter); Black Moon Rising (86, Harley Cokliss); The Big Town (87, Ben Bolt); Stormy Monday (88, Mike Figgis); The Package (89, Andrew Davis); Firebirds (90, David Green).
Did Lonesome Dove remind people of what he might do? Suddenly, as Clay Shaw in JFK (91, Oliver Stone), Jones played rich, swish, and languid—and got a supporting actor nomination. Then he brought rascally panache to the mayhem of Under Siege (92, Davis). House of Cards (93, Michael Lessac) was a dud, but in The Fugitive (93, Davis), Jones was the motor that drove a film so implausible that it had to keep moving. He nearly eclipsed the nominal hero, and won the supporting actor Oscar and a lot of big offers for leading roles. Thus he made Heaven and Earth (93, Stone); Blown Away (94, Stephen Hopkins); and The Client (94. Joel Schumacher).
For a few years after his Oscar. Jones seemed encouraged. He found good parts and pictures in a range of moods: the very touching husband in Blue Sky (94, Tonv Richardson); Natural Bom Killers (94, Stone); the black frog croak of Cobb (94, Ron Shelton); the TV Western he directed and acted in, The Good Old Boys (95), and even his clever Two-Face in Batman Forever (95. Joel Schumacher). But that energy faded. He became coarse—or was it depressed?—and you felt he had lost faith in the business as his checks grew bigger: Volcano (97, Mick Jackson); Men in Black (97, Barry Sonnenfeld); U.S. Marshals (98, Stuart Baird); Double Jeopardy (99, Bruce Beresford); Rules of Engagement (00, William Friedkin); Space Cowboys (00, Clint Eastwood); M1IB (02, Sonnenfeld).
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For twenty years, Jones had kicked around in bad movies, generally playing gloomy villains or taciturn friends. He never let rip, and so he seemed depressed. But in the same period, he had three remarkable TV movies in which he proved himself to everyone (except Hollywood): a very clever take on the unease within The Amazing Howard Hughes (77, William A. Graham); winning an Emmy for his disturbed but very insecure Gan' Gilmore in The Executioner’s Song (82, Lawrence Schiller), looking like a hood, but moving like a nerd; and as a classic cowboy in Lonesome Dove (89, Simon Wincer). Note that in all three, he was inhabiting the wild spaces of the West—Jones lives resolutely still, in Texas.