Billy Bob Thornton

by ethnic on June 17, 2010

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Birth Name: Billy Bob Thornton

Place of Birth: Hot Springs, Arkansas, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 4, 1955

Ethnicity: English, as well as some Scottish and Irish

Billy Bob Thornton is an American actor, filmmaker, writer, director, singer, songwriter, drummer, and musician. He has won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, for Sling Blade (1996).

Billy Bob is the son of Virginia Roberta (Faulkner) and Billy Ray Thornton. His ancestry includes English, as well as some Scottish and Irish.

Billy Bob has stated that his mother had Italian and Choctaw Native American ancestry. No traceable Italian or Choctaw ancestry appears in publicly available family trees of Billy Bob Thornton.

Billy Bob has a daughter with his wife, make-up effects artist Connie Angland; a daughter with his former wife, Melissa Lee Gatlin, and two children with his former wife, model Pietra Dawn Cherniak.

Billy Bob’s paternal grandfather was Otis Elston Thornton (the son of John Henry Thornton and Regina/Rejina R. Adams). Otis was born in Arkansas. John was the son of William T. H. Thornton and Arminta/Armita/Araminta E. Turner/Doster. Regina was the daughter of James Leander Adams and Mary Rebecca Neighbors.

Billy Bob’s paternal grandmother was Gertrude Irene Barrett (the daughter of Cloyd Edmund Barrett and Margaret “Maggie” Wood). Gertrude was born in Arkansas. Cloyd was the son of George J. Barrett and Sarah O. Collins. Margaret was the daughter of George Wood and Wiley Ann Johnson.

Billy Bob’s maternal grandfather was Claude David Faulkner (the son of William Noah Faulkner and Eleanora N. McClard). Claude was born in Arkansas. William was the son of Charles/Charlie W. Faulkner and Nancy L. Eleanora was the daughter of Caleb Carmen McClard and Tabitha Donoho.

Billy Bob’s maternal grandmother was Maude/Maud/Maudie May/Mae/Mary Duce (the daughter of James Robert Duce and Levisa Amanda “Jennie”/”Jenny”/Jinnie Payne). Maude was born in Arkansas. James was the son of James Robert Duce and Sarah Frances Calliotte or Ragsdale. Levisa was the daughter of John Rogers Payne and Sarah Ann Langston.

Sources: Genealogies of Billy Bob Thornton –

Genealogy of Billy Bob’s father –

Billy’s paternal grandfather, Otis Elston Thornton, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Billy Bob’s paternal grandmother, Gertrude Irene Barrett, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Genealogies of Billy Bob’s maternal grandparents, Claude David Faulkner and Maude/Maud/Maudie May/Mae/Mary Duce –

Genealogy of Billy Bob’s maternal grandfather, Claude David Faulkner –

Billy Bob’s maternal grandfather, Claude David Faulkner, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Billy Bob’s maternal great-great-grandfather, Caleb Carmen McClard, on the 1860 U.S. Census –

Billy Bob’s maternal grandmother, Maude/Maud/Maudie May/Mae/Mary Duce, on the 1900 U.S. Census –
Maude/Maud/Maudie May/Mae/Mary Duce on the 1910 U.S. Census –
Maude/Maud/Maudie May/Mae/Mary Duce on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Some notes on Billy Bob Thornton’s ancestry –

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andrew February 14, 2018 at 4:55 pm
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andrew May 7, 2015 at 6:10 am

you should add that he was married to Angelina Jolie

follers May 7, 2015 at 9:22 am

Well, they didn’t have any kids, so I dunno.

andrew May 7, 2015 at 12:26 pm

Who cares? There are tons of couples without kids. And before Billy Bob she was married to Johnny Lee Miller.

follers May 7, 2015 at 4:17 pm

Yes, she was, and that’s my point exactly. It can become a long listing of marriages/relationships/etc. My personal taste is to just list people who are currently married or who have children. Ethnic may disagree for all I know.

Capricious May 6, 2015 at 7:57 pm

Thought he was Italian?

andrew January 20, 2013 at 7:27 pm
andrew July 15, 2014 at 6:16 am

Duce may be Italian

follers July 15, 2014 at 8:31 am
follers August 27, 2014 at 11:14 pm

BTW, when I first read a long time ago that Billy Bob’s mother was “half Italian and half Choctaw”, I expected that his grandparents were a Mario Ricci married to a Pocahontas Elizabeth Warren Running Down the Stream. Imagine my disappointment with “Claude David Faulkner” and “Maude May Duce”.

Veronica December 16, 2010 at 7:40 pm

i knew he had to have some Native American in him it’s quite obvious

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