Men in Black: About The Cast

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Academy Award® winner TOMMY LEE JONES (Agent K) recently starred as the notorious Harvey Two-Face in Batman Forever. He also recently made his directorial debut on The Good Old Boys for TNT.

In 1991, Jones received his first Academy Award® nomination and a Golden Globe nomination for his portrayal of Clay Shaw in Oliver Stone's JFK. Two years later, he won the Academy Award® for Best Supporting Actor and a Golden Globe Award for his portrayal of U.S. Marshall Samuel Gerard in the box-office hit The Fugitive.

Jones made his feature film debut in Arthur Hiller's Love Story (1970) as Ryan O'Neal's roommate. He has starred in more than 15 feature films including Coal Miner's Daughter, for which he received his first Golden Globe nomination, Stormy Monday, The Package, Fire Birds, House of Cards, Under Siege and Heaven and Earth. He recently starred in Cobb, Blown Away, The Client, Natural Born Killers and Blue Sky.

On television, he won an Emmy Award for Best Actor for his performance as Gary Gilmore in The Executioner's Song and was nominated for an Emmy Award for Best Actor and a Golden Globe Award for the mini-series Lonesome Dove. His numerous network and cable credits include the title role in The Amazing Howard Hughes, the American Playhouse production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Rainmaker for HBO, the HBO/BBC production of Yuri Nosenko, KGB and April Morning.

Jones made his Broadway debut in John Osborne's "A Patriot For Me." His other Broadway appearances include "Four on a Garden" with Carol Channing and Sid Caesar and "Ulysses in Nighttown" with the late Zero Mostel.

Born in San Saba, Texas, he worked briefly with his father in the oil fields before leaving for Harvard University where he graduated cum laude with a degree in English. Jones currently resides in San Antonio, Texas.

Celebrated for his versatile talents in film, television and music, WILL SMITH (Agent J) was most recently seen in the record-breaking summer hit Independence Day. This role follows his starring role in Columbia's Bad Boys, one of the biggest boxoffice hits of 1995.

Smith's burgeoning film career was recognized at the 1996 Blockbuster Awards, where he was named Favorite Male Newcomer. In 1986, Smith burst onto the music scene as The Fresh Prince half of the Grammy-winning rap duo DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince. Smith's showmanship and magnetism led to the creation of the hit NBC series The Fresh Prince of Bel Air which recently completed its sixth season.

The popularity of the series led Smith into motion pictures. His feature film work is highlighted by his critically-acclaimed performance in the Oscar-nominated Six Degrees of Separation. Other credits include Made In America and Where the Day Takes You.

Smith began rapping at parties when he was 12. Eight years ago, he and Jeff Townes became DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince. Their debut album, Rock the House, spawned the hit "Girls Ain't Nothing But Trouble." Their next album, "He's the DJ, I'm the Rapper," produced the duo's most popular single, "Parents just Don't Understand," which earned them the 1988 Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance.

In 1989, they earned a Grammy nomination for the song "I Think I Can Beat Mike Tyson," from the album "And in This Corner." They won a Grammy for the single "Summertime," from their fourth album, "Homebase," which was released in 1991 and went platinum.

In 1992, Smith and Townes were honored at the NAACP Image Awards as Outstanding Rap Artists.

VINCENT D'ONOFRIO (Edgar) first came to prominence with an unforgettable performance as an unstable private in Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket. His other films include Strange Days, Stuart Saves His Family, Ed Wood, Being Human, The Player, Household Saints, JFK, Adventures in Babysitting and Mystic Pizza. D'Onofrio was recently seen in Feeling Minnesota, The Whole Wide World, which he produced with Dan Ireland directing, and in Alex Cox's upcoming The Winner. He is also producing Guy, directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg.

He made his Broadway debut in Open Admissions and appeared in productions of "Of Mice and Men," "Sexual Perversity in Chicago" and "Me Indian Wants the Bronx," among others.

Born in Brooklyn and raised in Hawaii and Colorado, D'Onofrio studied acting with Sonia Moore at the American Stanislavsky Theatre in New York and under the direction of Sharon Chatten at the Actors Studio.

LINDA FIORENTINO (Dr. Laurel Weaver) most recently starred in Jade and in John Dahl's Unforgettable. Previously, she collaborated with Dahl on the acclaimed erotic thriller The Last Seduction for which she received a Best Actress Award from the New York Film Critics Circle.

Fiorentino made her feature film debut in Harold Becker's Vision Quest opposite Matthew Modine. She then portrayed a kinky SoHo sculptress in Martin Scorsese's After Hours and a runaway wife in Alan Rudolph's The Moderns. Her other films include Gotcha!, Queens Logic and Chain of Desire, a remake of the classic La Ronde.

TONY SHALHOUB (Jeebs) is best known to TV audiences as the Italian cab driver Antonio Scarpacci on the NBC sitcom Wings, but recently garnered acclaim and a National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as the temperamental chef Primo in the 1996 independent hit, Big Night.

Born in the Midwest, Shalhoub attended college in Maine and studied theatre at the Yale School of Drama. He spent four seasons with the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, MA, prior to appearing in productions at the New York Shakespeare Festival. His additional stage credits include "Conversations with my Father," for which he was nominated for a Tony Award, as well as the female version of "The Odd Couple" and "The Heidi Chronicles," opposite his wife, Brooke Adams.

His film credits include Longtime Companion, Quick Change, Barton Fink, I.Q., Honeymoon in Vegas and Searching for Bobby Fischer. He will next be seen in Columbia's sci-fi thriller Gattaca, as well as Fox's A Life Less Ordinary, directed by Danny Boyle.

An acclaimed film, stage and television actor, RIP TORN (Agent Z) has gained national attention in recent years for his acerbic portrayal of Arthur, the talk show producer, on Garry Shandling's The Larry Sanders Show, a role which earned him two CableAce Awards, the American Comedy Award, three consecutive Emmy nominations, and an Emmy win as Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.

Currently starring as the mighty ruler Zeus in Disney's animated Hercules, Torn's recent film appearances include How To Make an American Quilt and Down Periscope. He has also starred in such films as Pork Chop Hill, Sweet Bird of Youth, King of Kings and The Cincinnati Kid.

Additionally, Torn is in the stage production of "Young Man From Atlanta," for which he received critical acclaim. His Broadway repertoire also includes Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Anna Christie, Strangers in the Land of Canaan and the off-Broadway stagings of "Chaparral" and "Desire Under the Elms."

In live television, he was a top performer from 1957 to 1960 with such shows as Omnibus, Kraft Theatre, Playhouse 90, Hallmark Hall of Fame and Alfred Hitchcock Presents and earned the Emmy, along with numerous awards, for his work in dozens of MOW, mini-series and series guest appearances since then.

Born Elmore Rual Torn Jr. in Temple, Texas, the son of Elmore and Thelma Spacek, Torn always preferred the nickname "Rip," which he acquired from his father.

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