Cast in the Walter Matthau role for Richard Linklater's remake of "The Bad News Bears"
Appeared onstage in various productions as Karl Childers, refining the monologues and story
Co-wrote (with Epperson) the gothic thriller "The Gift" starring Cate Blanchett
Re-teamed with Bill Paxton to play brothers in "A Simple Plan"; earned a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award nomination
Starred as a parolee who returns back to the town for which he committed his crime in "Levity"
Co-wrote "A Family Thing" with Epperson, which starred James Earl Jones and Robert Duvall
Played a reluctant religious convert in the Duvall-directed "The Apostle"
Played a teacher of a confidence-building class in Todd Phillips' "School For Scoundrels"
Played the title character in "Mr. Woodcock," the titular evil high school gym teacher who is dating the mother of one of his former students
Wrote and starred in the short film "Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade"
Co-starred with Natasha Richardson in the comedy "Waking Up in Reno"
Directed the film "Daddy and Them"; also wrote and starred
First asociation with Robert Duvall, "The Stars Fell on Henrietta"
Joined an ensemble cast for the film adaptation of "The Informers"; based on a collection of short stories by Bret Easton Ellis
Portrayed the James Carville-like political advisor in Mike Nichols' "Primary Colors"
Cast in Mike Newell's "Pushing Tin" alongside John Cusack, Cate Blanchett, and then-wife Angelina Jolie
Co-starred with Dwayne Johnson in the action drama "Faster"
Voiced the animated character Jack (opposite Amy Sedaris' Jill) in the "Shrek" spin-off "Puss in Boots"
Appeared in feature-film followup to "Entourage"
First created character of Karl Childers (the protagonist of "Sling Blade") for "The Man Who Broke 1,000 Chains" (HBO)
Co-starred with John Cusack in Harold Ramis' dark comedy "Ice Harvest"
Played a racist prison guard who falls for the black widow of an executed prisoner (Halle Berry) in Marc Forster's "Monster's Ball"
Made TV series debut as an actor on Fox's "The Outsiders"
Played a high school football coach in "Friday Night Lights," based on the book by Pulitzer Prize winning H.G. Buzz Bissinger
Had his first produced screenplay (co-written with Tom Epperson), "One False Move"; also co-starred
Played a NASA astronaut who gives up his dream job to try and save his family farm in "The Astronaut Farmer"
Played the lead role in the Coen brothers' "The Man Who Wasn't There"
Directed the film adaptation of "All the Pretty Horses" with Matt Damon and Penélope Cruz
Made his feature directorial debut, "Sling Blade"; also wrote and starred; earned Best Actor Oscar and SAG nominations
Released his first solo album, <i>Private Radio</i>
Landed a recurring role on the CBS sitcom "Hearts Afire" (CBS) as Billy Bob Davis; first collaboration with John Ritter
Made film debut in "Hunter's Blood"
Played a chain smoking, criminal minded mall-Santa in "Bad Santa"; earned a Best Actor Golden Globe nomination
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Made TV debut as screenwriter for the HBO film "Don't Look Back"; also acted
Joined a star-studded ensemble cast in the disaster flick "Armageddon"
Published the memoir <i>The Billy Bob Tapes: A Cave Full of Ghosts</i>
Voiced the unscrupulous merchant Jigo in the English-language version of Hayao Miyazaki's "Princess Mononoke"
Played Forrest Sorrels in JFK drama "Parkland"
Co-starred with Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall and Vera Farmiga in drama "The Judge"
Co-starred with Sandra Bullock and Anthony Mackie in political dramedy "Our Brand Is Crisis"
Reprised Willie Soke role in "Bad Santa 2"
Starred as Billy McBride on Amazon drama "Goliath"
Gave a memorable turn as the hitman Lorne Malvo on the first season of "Fargo"; returned for a voice-over in season three