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8 sets of famous college roommates

By: Matt Hickman on Nov. 15, 2013, 10 a.m.
Tommy Lee Jones, Al Gore, college roommates

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Tommy Lee Jones and Al Gore

Here’s a strapping young duo that we would have loved to have seen sauntering across the Quad at Harvard in the late 1960s: College football star-turned-gruff thespian Tommy Lee Jones and vice president-turned-environmental activist Al Gore. The unlikely duo, one the son of a Texas oilman and the other the son of a U.S. senator from Tennessee, bunked together as upperclassman in Dunster House.

To this day, Gore and Jones remain buddies, and the latter even spoke to his former roommate’s character — “a good, caring, loving man” — at the 2000 Democratic National Convention. During his nominating speech, the Academy Award-winning actor listed off a few college-era antics shared by the two: Watching “Star Trek,” shooting pool (and tin cans), chasing loose cows and cooking a tinfoil-wrapped Thanksgiving turkey in the hearth of their shared room. While Gore went on to win the Nobel Peace Prize and combat climate change after losing the presidency to George W. Bush, Jones, who in addition to acting also owns a Texas cattle ranch, went on to battle aliens with Will Smith and travel to space with Clint Eastwood.