There are a lot things about Tommy Lee Jones that you don’t know. For starters, that’s his real name. The four-time Academy Award-nominated actor is from San Saba, Texas (population 3,099). His mother, Lucille Marie was a police officer, school teacher and beauty shop owner. She married Clyde C. Jones, an oil field worker, and then divorced him, twice!
You might have heard that TLJ went to Harvard University on scholarship (he lived across the hall from future Vice President Al Gore) but did you know he graduated cum laude with a BA in English? His senior thesis was on “the mechanics of Catholicism” in the works of Flannery O’Connor. Now a successful movie star, the 68-year-old owns a 3000 acre cattle ranch in his hometown of San Saba County, and he’s become a serious polo player. Jones also has a house at a polo country club in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He speaks fluent Spanish. So the next time you see Jones in an Ameriprise commercial, at least know that he’s well-read and bilingual. And he’s got money to invest.