Billy Bob Thornton

1955 - Today

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Billy Bob Thornton (born August 4, 1955) is an American film actor, filmmaker, singer, and songwriter. He received international attention after writing, directing, and starring in the independent drama film Sling Blade (1996), for which he won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor. For his role in A Simple Plan (1998) he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Billy Bob Thornton has received more than 18,515,865 page views. His biography is available in 56 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 54 in 2019). Billy Bob Thornton is the 514th most popular actor (down from 480th in 2019), the 945th most popular biography from United States (down from 902nd in 2019) and the 253rd most popular American Actor.

Billy Bob Thornton is an American actor, director, screenwriter, producer, musician, songwriter, and author. He has been nominated for three Academy Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards.

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  • 19M

    Page Views (PV)

  • 63.02

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 56

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 4.48

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 4.95

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)


Among actors, Billy Bob Thornton ranks 514 out of 13,578Before him are Edward Norton, Faten Hamama, Harry Dean Stanton, Jürgen Prochnow, Lucia Bosè, and James Earl Jones. After him are Franco Columbu, Jonathan Banks, Jane Wyman, Natalie Portman, Edward G. Robinson, and Melanie Griffith.

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Among people born in 1955, Billy Bob Thornton ranks 41Before him are Svante Pääbo, Kris Jenner, Liu Xiaobo, Mark David Chapman, Mariano Rajoy, and Lazarus Chakwera. After him are Shoko Asahara, Martin Schulz, Roland Emmerich, Brendan Gleeson, Gary Sinise, and Pietro Parolin.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Billy Bob Thornton ranks 945 out of 20,380Before him are Edgar Cayce (1877), Estée Lauder (1906), Kobe Bryant (1978), Leon M. Lederman (1922), James Earl Jones (1931), and Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1933). After him are Eugene Merle Shoemaker (1928), Chick Corea (1941), Bugsy Siegel (1906), Henry Way Kendall (1926), Keith Haring (1958), and D. W. Griffith (1875).

Among ACTORS In United States

Among actors born in United States, Billy Bob Thornton ranks 253Before him are Richard Crenna (1926), Rod Steiger (1925), Anne Baxter (1923), Edward Norton (1969), Harry Dean Stanton (1926), and James Earl Jones (1931). After him are Jonathan Banks (1947), Jane Wyman (1917), Melanie Griffith (1957), Geena Davis (1956), Barbara Stanwyck (1907), and Mickey Rooney (1920).

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