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Golf Legend Hits Big Screen

Best known for his role in "The Passion of the Christ," Jim Caviezel has returned to the big screen in the new movie, "Bobby Jones, Stroke of Genius."

In it, he plays the legendary golf icon, Robert Tyre Jones, Jr., who was torn between his family and the game he loved. Jones still remains the only golfer in history to win the prestigious Grand Slam -- all in the same year.

Caviezel discussed his new movie on The Early Show.

As a 14-year-old, Jones overcame a sickly early childhood to becoming a sports phenomenon. He often endured pain and grueling physical strain to achieve victory on the golf course. Of the 13 titles that he collected during his short career, four of them -- the U.S. Amateur, U.S. Open, the British Amateur and the coveted British Open -- were won within four months of the same year. The next year he retired from competitive golf at the age of 28.

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Jones was more than a golf player. The family man played golf only in the summer and, by the time he was 24, he had earned a degree in mechanical engineering from Georgia Tech, one in the classics from Harvard and passed the bar after attending classes for a year at Emory. And he spoke six languages.

Some Facts About Jim Caviezel

  • Jim Caviezel was born on September 26, 1968 in Mount Vernon, Washington
  • Caviezel played basketball in college, but took up acting after injuring his foot.
  • In 1991, Caviezel made his film debut as an airline clerk in Gus Van Sant's "My Own Private
    Idaho."
  • In 1992, Caviezel made his television acting debut in an episode of the ABC sitcom "The Wonder Years."
  • In 1994, Caviezel appeared as Warren Earp in the biopic "Wyatt Earp."
  • In 1995, Caviezel had a featured role in the CBS miniseries "Children of the Dust."
  • In 1997, Caviezel appeared alongside Demi Moore in "G.I. Jane."
  • In 1998, Caviezel took part in the ensemble movie "The Thin Red Line."
  • In 1999, the actor co-starred in Ang Lee's Civil War drama "Ride With the Devil."
  • In 2000, Caviezel starred opposite Dennis Quaid in "Frequency."
  • In 2000, Caviezel was cast as a homeless junkie in "Pay It Forward."
  • In 2001, Caviezel appeared as a boating enthusiast who gets a chance to compete in a race in "Madison"; the actor was the leading male role opposite Jennifer Lopez in "Angel Eyes."
  • In 2002, Caviezel had the title role in the remake of "The Count of Monte Cristo"; the actor portrayed a career military officer who is accused of war crimes and is defended in court by his wife in "High Crimes."
  • In 2004, Caviezel was cast as a man out to avenge the death of his wife who was struck down by a serial killer in "Highwaymen"; the actor also portrayed Jesus in the controversial film "The Passion of the Christ."
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