An eighth-generation Texan, actor Tommy Lee Jones attended Harvard University, where he roomed with future U.S. Vice President Al Gore. Though several of his less-knowledgeable fans have tended to dismiss Jones as a roughhewn redneck, the actor was equally at home on the polo fields (he’s a champion player) as the oil fields, where he made his living for many years.
After graduating cum laude from Harvard in 1969, Jones made his stage debut that same year in A Patriot for Me; in 1970, he appeared in his first film, Love Story (listed way, way down the cast list as one of Ryan O’Neal’s fraternity buddies). Interestingly enough, while Jones was at Harvard, he and roommate Gore provided the models for author Erich Segal while he was writing the character of Oliver, the book’s (and film’s) protagonist. After this supporting role, Jones got his first film lead in the obscure Canadian film Eliza’s Horoscope (1975). Following a spell on the daytime soap opera One Life to Live, he gained… read more