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William Robert Thornton was born in Hot Springs, Ark. on Aug. 4, 1955. Today he is turning 59 years old. He has three younger brothers, James Donald, James Bean and John David. Over his lifetime, he has been married to five different women having a total of four children – two girls and two boys.
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Beginning his career as a musician, Thorton was always destined to entertain. He was the drummer and sang for a band called Tres Hombres. In 1981, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting and writing. To make some money on the side he also continued singing and drumming at certain events.
After years of trial and error, Thorton and childhood friend Tom Epperson got their big break in 1992 when Thorton starred in One False Move (1992), a movie he co-wrote with Epperson. This was a big reason why the team began receiving national attention. He was on the upward slope increasing his popularity every day. In 1996 he wrote, directed and starred in the film Sling Blade, which would put him on the map for good.