How Many Wives Has Billy Bob Thornton Had? It’s Complicated

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Billy Bob Thornton

Many people have wondered how many wives Billy Bob Thornton has had.

He is a famous actor and director, but he does not have much time to talk about his personal life in interviews because he is always working.

Well, the internet is here to help you do that! If you want to learn more about the respected actor and director, read on.

Billy Bob Thornton married his four-year-old ex-girlfriend in 1978, shortly after he began his entertainment career as a musician in 1974.

However, this first marriage lasted only two years, from 1978 to 1980.

His then-wife stated in their divorce papers that Billy’s adulterous nature and their incompatibility were the reasons she decided not to break up.

They dissolved the marriage and both parties went their separate ways on these grounds.

It’s been more than four decades since his first marriage, and the director’s number of wives has skyrocketed.

He has also fathered several children from his relationships with different women.


Billy Bob Thornton won an Academy Award for his screenplay of Sling Blade.

Melissa Lee Gatlin

Melissa was Thornton’s first wife and the marriage lasted two years (1978-1980). The two gave birth to Amanda Brumfield in 1979.

Amanda has been in prison for 20 years since 2008 for causing the death of her boyfriend’s 1-year-old son.

Not much has become known about Melissa since her divorce from Billy, other than her daughter’s 20-year appeal to life in prison.

She wants to live a quiet life away from the public eye.

Toni Lawrence

After six years of marriage to actress Melissa Gatlin, Billy married Toni Lawrence in 1986, on April 4.

However, like his first relationship, Billy’s second marriage only lasted two years before falling apart.

The divorce began in 1987 and took effect in 1988.

He was the only man Toni ever married; little else is known about its current activities.

Cynda Williams

Cynthia Ann Williams, an American actress, singer and author is the third marriage of Billy Bob Thornton.

She married Billy in 1990, but in 1992 they decided to end it. He cast Cynthia in “One False Move” (1992) as Lila “Fantasia” Walker after casting his debut screenplay.

After Thornton, Cynthia married actor Arthur Louis Fuller in 1993 and stayed with him until 1998, before divorcing.

She then married former college football star and current TV show producer Roderick Plummer in July 2001.

To date, they are together and have a daughter named Sophia Plummer.

There isn’t much to see of Cynthia in the acting industry these days. You may remember her last acting role in Turning Point 2012.

Currently, Cynthia is dedicated to her work as a playwright, author, artistic mentor and activist.

Pietra Dawn Cherniak

In 1993, Bob Thornton married Playboy model Pietra Dawn Cherniak.

Before his divorce, four years later, she gave birth to two children for him: William Thornton and Harry James Thornton.

Dawn accused Billy of spousal abuse as the reason for the divorce.

She also claimed that he repeatedly assaulted her in front of their children.

Angelina Jolie

This American actress, filmmaker and humanist is Billy Bob Thornton’s most famous marriage.

The couple tied the knot in 2000, after which Bob adopted a Cambodian child in March 2002.

They were known for their public displays of affection, but they broke up in 2002 and finalized their divorce the following year.

Jolie then revealed that she had not adopted the Cambodian youngster with Billy; she did so as a single parent instead.

Angelina Jolie was previously married to Jonny Lee Miller, after which they separated. After her divorce from Billy, she remarried in 2014 before divorcing him in 2016.

When asked what led to their split, Billy said they had different lifestyles.

Connie Angland

After five failed marriages, the celebrated director lost all faith in the marriage. He believed it wouldn’t work for him until he met Connie Angland in 2003.

However, the couple married in 2014 after waiting 11 years. The couple have a daughter, Bella Thornton, who was born around 2004.

How many wives has Billy Bob Thornton had?

From the above count, the actor has had six wives.

He married first Melissa, Toni, Cynda, Pietra, Angelina and finally Connie!

The talented director has four children from his six marriages.

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