Billy Bob Thornton has returned to TV with the premiere of the second season of “Goliath,” the Amazon Studio’s legal series, for which Thornton won the Golden Globe as Best TV Drama Actor. As Billy McBride, a dishonored lawyer who has a grudge against his old law firm and gets his vengeance against them in Season 1, he now seeks exoneration for the son of a friend (Lou Diamond Phillips) who is being set up on a murder charge.
Although Thornton’s television work has been limited, he is no stranger to TV awards, having won another Golden Globe for his work in FX’s limited series “Fargo,” as well as an Emmy nom and a nomination from the Screen Actors Guild.
Still, his great fame has been his work in films, having won an Academy Award for his screenplay for 1996’s “Sling Blade,” as well as Oscar nominations for his performances in both “Sling Blade” and 1998’s “A Simple Plan.” In addition to his two Golden Globes for television, he has been nominated for four additional Golden Globes, as well as four Screen Actors Guild Awards, including his win for “Fargo.”
Let’s look back at his 12 greatest performances in the movies, including the films above plus “Friday Night Lights,” “Monster’s Ball” and “Bad Santa.” Tour our photo gallery above, ranked from worst to best.
– Original text and gallery published in June 2018.