The rumor around Hollywood is that anyone who works with Billy Bob Thornton is liable to meet an untimely demise. Some convincing examples include Thornton’s co-stars in “Sling Blade,” J. T. Walsh and John Ritter. Walsh died suddenly of a heart attack at the age of 54 while staying as a guest at a spiritual detoxification clinic, while Ritter passed at the age of 54 following an undiagnosed aortic dissection. They aren’t the only two touched by the Billy Bob curse.
Actor Jim Varney died of lung cancer at the age of 51 just months after filming “Daddy and Them” with Thornton. Heath Ledger, who famously died at the age of 28 from an accidental overdose, co-starred alongside Thornton in “Monster’s Ball.” Bernie Mac, who died at the age of 54 following a battle with an extremely rare lung disease, was in the cast of “Bad Santa” with Thornton just a few years earlier. And finally, Patrick Swayze, who died at 57 of pancreatic cancer, acted alongside Thornton in 2002’s “Waking Up in Reno.” We wonder what Angelina thinks of all this. —Xfinity Entertainment Staff
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