Tommy Lee Jones, who plays Cosmo, the ruthless antagonist in Atlantic Entertainment Group's "STORMY MONDAY," has established himself as one of the most versatile and exciting leading actors of his generation. Although he is most widely known for his remarkable ability to portray real life characters, he gives as much life to those in fiction.
Jones made a stir in his recreation of convicted murderer Gary Gilmour in Norman Mailer's "The Executioner's Song" and as the morbidly eccentric millionaire in "Howard - The Amazing Mr. Hughes" for TV. On the big screen, he received accolades for his portrayal of Mooney, husband to Sissy Spacek's Loretta Lynn, in "Coal Miner's Daughter."
Born in San Saba, Texas, Jones got his first taste of acting in school when he appeared in "Under Milk Wood." The son of an oil field worker and a policewoman, he worked briefly for his father in the oil fields before attending Harvard University where he took a degree in English.
Upon graduation, Jones decided to take his chances in New York. Receiving five small roles in John Osborne's "A Patriot For Me" directed by Peter Glenville, he went on to a string of Broadway hits including Sam Shepard's "True West," "Four On A Garden" with Carol Channing and Sid Caesar and "Ulysses in Nighttown" with the late Zero Mostel, directed by Burgess Meredith. While in New York, he appeared in nine plays with Joseph Papp's New York Shakespeare Festival Company.
Believing that working on film would enhance his theatre career, Jones set out for Hollywood where he debuted in "Jackson County Jail." His next role was that of a Vietnam veteran in "Rolling Thunder," filmed near his ranch at San Antonio, Texas.
Leads in "Back Roads" with Sally Field and "Eyes of Laura Mars" with Faye Dunaway attracted the attention of director Michael Apted and Jones was cast in "Coal Miner's Daughter," for which he received much acclaim.
Last year, Jones appeared in the feature "The Big Town" in which he played a hardened gambler in mid '50s Chicago. He has also recently starred in a trio of telefilms: "Stranger on My Land," for ABC-TV; "Gotham," for Showtime; and "April Morning" (CBS).
Jones lives with his wife, a photography graduate student, and young son on his ranch in Texas where he raises cattle and breeds polo ponies.
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