Things you never knew about Billy Bob
He is an expert trick shot
artist with a pool cue and once outmaneuvered a hired trick shot
artist, beating him at a party at the 1996 Sundance Festival.
He managed a Shakey's Pizza
Parlor (and Ye Olde Public House) in Culver City, California (the
one on Washington Blvd., east of Lincoln, for you die-hard, gotta-dine-there types).
During his brief stint in
college, he majored in psychology.
He owns a
mynah bird named Alice.
He is an accomplished mimic.
His favorite childhood snack
was a solid cube of butter.
His favorite movie of all time
is HIGH NOON.
"Kindly hold, Mmm-hmm."
Among his many brief jobs, he has been a receptionist for an
answering service, a ball-point pen salesman, has hauled hay, and
managed to survive a stint in a saw mill with all ten fingers
During his rock 'n' roll days
in the 1970s, he grew his hair down past his waist.
He is a
devoted St. Louis Cardinals fan. In 2003, he got to throw out
the first pitch of the season for his beloved team and was rewarded
with a special team surprise: his all-time favorite hero, Bob
Gibson, was standing in the catcher's position to field the pitch
and congratulated Billy Bob on his admirable slider.
For Halloween a few years ago,
he dressed up as diet guru Susan Powter, right down to the spiky
Don't give him any junk food,
as he is allergic to wheat, dairy, and eggs. He's also
allergic to cats, but he doesn't eat them.
actress Penelope Cruz named her cat Billy Bob after him.
He is one quarter Choctaw
Indian from his mother's side of the family. The other quarter
is Italian, and the rest (the Thornton side) is Irish.
Billy Bob's all-time favorite
book is A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole,
an author who so despaired that his novel would never be published
that he killed himself. Toole's mother had the book published
posthumously, and it won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
He would dearly love to learn
to tap dance.
He doesn't like bed and
breakfasts or surprise parties.
He loves U.S. history and
enjoys talking politics.
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