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  • At the 2000 Democratic National Convention, he presented the nominating speech for Al Gore as the Democratic Party's nominee for President of the United States.
  • Became friends with Al Gore when they studied at Harvard and was asked to hosted the Noble Peace Prize concert for Al Gore.
  • Had a younger brother, born 3 years after the actor, who died in infancy.
  • Mother was Lucille Marie Scott.
  • In Batman Forever (1995), his character of Two-Face flips a coin to see if his victims should live or die, where twelve years later he plays a sheriff in No Country For Old Men (2007), who chases an assassin that kills random victims by asking them to call in a coin toss.
  • Is an avid polo player. He even bought a house in a Polo Country club in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • An animated caricature of him appeared in an episode of the animated series adaptation of Men in Black (1997) alongside an animated caricature of his MIB co-star Will Smith, set against a scene parodying another hit film starring Smith, Independence Day (1996).
  • An eighth-generation Texan, he has a Cherokee Native American grandparent, and is mostly of Welsh ancestry.
  • Jones was also a resident of Midland, Texas, and attended the same high school as the future First Lady Laura Bush.
  • Played Howard Hughes in The Amazing Howard Hughes (1977) (TV) and later appeared in Batman Forever (1995), which was filmed inside the hangar of Hughes' "Spruce Goose.".
  • Is an avid San Antonio Spurs fan.
  • Is the only Texan to have played fellow Texan Howard Hughes. Leonardo DiCaprio (The Aviator), Jason Robards (Melvin and Howard (1980)) and Terry O'Quinn (The Rocketeer (1991)) were born in California, Illinois, and Michigan, respectively.
  • Has worked with two "Katharine Hepburns." In The Amazing Howard Hughes (1977) (TV), he played Hughes opposite Tovah Feldshuh as Hepburn. In The Missing (2003/I), his daughter is played by Cate Blanchett, who played Hepburn in The Aviator (2004)--another biopic about Howard Hughes.
  • Was the studio's original (and preferred) choice to play Snake Plisken in John Carpenter's Escape from New York (1981). The studio was reluctant to cast Kurt Russell, who ultimately got the part, because of his previous work.
  • Born on the exact same day as filmmaker and good friend Oliver Stone.
  • Owns the movie rights to Cormac McCarthy's controversial novel "Blood Meridian," which many consider unfilmable.
  • He is a first cousin of Boxcar Willie, a famous country singer.
  • Speaks Spanish fluently.
  • His ex-wife, Kate Lardner, is Ring Lardner's granddaughter.
  • Good friends with: Al Gore, Willie Nelson, Gary Busey, Oliver Stone and Robert Duvall.
  • Ten days after graduating from Harvard, he landed his first role in the Broadway production of "A Patriot for Me" (with Maximilian Schell), which closed after 49 performances. He got his agent after giving a letter of introduction to actress Jane Alexander. His story of how he found an agent and a Broadway job so quickly was written about in an issue of "Ripley's Believe It or Not".
  • Writes most of his own most memorable lines in films: The Fugitive (1993)... when Richard Kimble (Harrison Ford) tells Marshal Gerard, "I didn't kill my wife," Gerard replies, "I don't care!" Under Siege (1992)... William Strannix's speech after he loses his mind: "Saturday morning cartoons... This little piggy... " Eyes of Laura Mars (1978) ... John Neville's revealing speech at the end of the movie.
  • Injured after falling from horse during polo match. (30 October 1998)
  • According to author Erich Segal, Jones and his then Harvard roommate Al Gore, were the models for the character of Oliver in Love Story (1970).
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