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Thomas Jane
Thomas Jane at the 2010 SAG Awards.jpg
Jane at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, January 23, 2010
BornThomas Elliott III
(1969-02-22) February 22, 1969 (age 45)
Baltimore, Maryland, United States
OccupationActor, screenwriter, film director, film producer
Years active1987–present
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Thomas Jane
Thomas Jane at the 2010 SAG Awards.jpg
Jane at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, January 23, 2010
BornThomas Elliott III
(1969-02-22) February 22, 1969 (age 45)
Baltimore, Maryland, United States
OccupationActor, screenwriter, film director, film producer
Years active1987–present

Thomas Jane (born Thomas Elliott III;[1] February 22, 1969) is an American actor and comic book writer, best known for his roles in Padamati Sandhya Ragam (1987), Boogie Nights (1997), 61* (2001), The Punisher (2004), The Mist (2007), and Hung (2009–2011).

Early life[edit]

Jane was born in Baltimore, Maryland, the son of Cynthia, an antiques dealer, and Michael Elliott, a genetic engineer.[1][2] In 1987, he graduated from Thomas Sprigg Wootton High School. At age 18, he moved to Hollywood to pursue an acting career. He was initially homeless and lived out of his car, often doing street performances to earn money:[3] "I had two songs in my repertoire that I hammered to death, "Hey Joe" and "Knockin' on Heaven's Door". People used to pelt me with change just to shut me up."[4]


Jane began his acting career with the Telugu film Padamati Sandhya Ragam (1987), directed by Jandhyala, a renowned filmmaker in Telugu Cinema. His early roles included Zeph in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992). He also had supporting roles in several high profile films, including The Crow: City of Angels (1996), Boogie Nights (1997), The Thin Red Line (1998), Thursday (1998) and Magnolia (1999). After receiving critical acclaim as baseball player Mickey Mantle in 61*, Jane began receiving leading roles like Andre Stander in the 2003 South African film Stander, for which he gained further critical acclaim.

Jane, director Jonathan Hensleigh, and Avi Arad have said that Jane was the first and only actor to be asked to play the title role in the 2004 film The Punisher. He initially turned down the role twice, as he did not have much interest in the superhero genre. When they asked him the second time to play the Punisher, it was Tim Bradstreet's artwork of the character that secured his interest. After finding out that the character was not a traditional superhero, but more of an anti-hero and a vigilante crime fighter, he accepted.[citation needed] He read as many Punisher comics as he could find and quickly became a fan, then trained for several months with Navy SEALs and gained more than twenty pounds of muscle.[5][6]

In addition to starring in the film, he contributed his voice to the video games The Punisher and Gun. He also co-owns RAW, an entertainment company which he runs with Steve Niles and Tim Bradstreet. RAW Studios, the company's comic book division, released Bad Planet (written by Jane) through Image Comics. Jane became a spokesperson for Steve Niles and the cover model for comic book character Cal McDonald in 2006.[citation needed] In addition to his screen work, Jane has appeared several times on stage, and received strong critical reviews as Tom in Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie, and as Chris in Arthur Miller's All My Sons. He has also portrayed a fictionalized version of himself in the Fox television show Arrested Development in which the show's characters have not heard of him, and do not recognize him as the star actor that he is.

Jane did not return in the planned sequel to The Punisher. Lions Gate Entertainment had approved a direct sequel due to the strong sales of the film on DVD. However, the project lingered in development for over three years. Jonathan Hensleigh completed a first draft of the script before leaving the project in 2006. John Dahl was in talks to direct the film, but cited his dislike of the script and the reduced budget as his reasons for refusing.[7] In a statement on May 15, 2007 and in two audio interviews, Jane said that he pulled out of the project due to creative differences and the studio's further reduction of the budget.[8][9]

Jane said in June 2007 that Zack Snyder had expressed interest in casting him for the role of 'The Comedian' for the adaptation of Alan Moore's graphic novel Watchmen,[10] but because he was too busy, he turned down the role.[11] The same year he starred in Frank Darabont's adaption of the Stephen King book, The Mist.[12] His directing debut was the 2009 film Dark Country, in which he also played the main character.[13][14][15] It was reported on February 8, 2008, that Thomas Jane had joined film director John McTiernan in the action/thriller film Run.[16] However, Jane did not sign on to the film, and due to McTiernan's civil suit, the film has been put on hold. On May 27, 2008, it was reported that Jane and Ving Rhames had joined the cast in the action film Give em Hell, Malone.[15][17][18]

Jane at the 2007 San Diego Comic Con.

On December 18, 2008, HBO announced it was picking up the dark comedy Hung, and Jane was contracted to star in the show. He plays the character of Ray Drecker, a high school history teacher and baseball coach, who, after attending a self-help class while being down on his luck, decides to market the large size of his penis as a path to success.[19] The series was renewed for a second season which aired in the summer of 2010.[20] The show was renewed for a final season, which aired in fall of 2011.[21] It is unknown when, but Jane will develop a mini series for Syfy Channel called Voyage to Savage Planet. He is also planning on doing a World War II action horror film called The Devil's Commandos.[22][23]

Jane appeared on the June/July 2010 cover of Men's Fitness magazine.[24] He voiced the character Jonah Hex in an animated short as a companion piece on the Special Edition Blu-ray and 2-Disc Special Edition DVD release of Batman: Under the Red Hood.[25] He was set to play the role of a cop in Sylvester Stallone's hitman action pic 'Headshot,'[26] but then he was deemed not "ethnic" enough and let go. In a recent interview with Collider he mentions an upcoming film project called 'The Lycan.' Jane describes this project as a gothic werewolf romance set in a castle in the 18th century.[27] On June 7, 2012, Jane released a digital EP titled Don't Come Home under the moniker Rusty Blades.[28] At the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con International, Jane debuted an independently financed Punisher short film, directed by Phil Joanou and co-starring Ron Perlman, titled Dirty Laundry.[29]

Personal life[edit]


Jane married actress Aysha Hauer, the daughter of actor Rutger Hauer, in 1989. He and Aysha starred in a number of films together, including a short called Picture This, before they divorced in 1995. He was engaged to Olivia d'Abo from 1998 to 2001.

After meeting through mutual friends in 2001, Jane and actress Patricia Arquette became engaged in 2002. Their daughter, Harlow Olivia Calliope, was born on February 20, 2003. Jane and Arquette subsequently married on June 25, 2006 at the Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo in Venice, Italy. In January 2009, Arquette filed for divorce from Jane on the grounds of irreconcilable differences,[30] but the couple soon reconciled and Arquette requested to abandon the divorce petition on July 9, 2009.[31] However, on August 13, 2010, Jane's representative announced that Jane and Arquette had decided to proceed with a divorce.[32] The divorce was finalized on July 1, 2011. The pair were granted joint custody of their child.[33]



1987Padamati Sandhya RagamChrisCredited as Tom Jane
1992I'll Love You Forever... TonightThe Hustler
Buffy the Vampire SlayerZeph
NemesisBillyCredited as Tom Janes
1994At Ground ZeroThomas Quinton PenningtonCredited as Tom Elliott
1996The Crow: City of AngelsNemo
1997The Last Time I Committed SuicideNeal Cassady
Face/OffBurke Hicks
Boogie NightsTodd ParkerFlorida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cast
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Hollywood ConfidentialLee
The Velocity of GaryGary
Zack and RebaSparky Stokes
The Thin Red LinePrivate Ash
1999Deep Blue SeaCarter Blake
MagnoliaYoung Jimmy Gator
2000Under SuspicionDetective Felix Owens
2001Original SinBill
Walter Downs
2002The Sweetest ThingPeter Donahue
StanderAndre Stander
2004The PunisherFrank Castle / The Punisher
2006The TripperBuzz HallExecutive producer
2007The MistDavid Drayton
2008The Butler's in LoveThe ButlerShort film
Mutant ChroniclesSgt. Mitch Hunter
2009Give 'Em Hell, MaloneMalone
Dark CountryDickDirector
2010DC Showcase: Jonah HexJonah HexVoice
Short film[34]
Scott Pilgrim vs. the WorldVegan police officerUncredited cameo
2011I Melt with YouRichardExecutive producer
The Punisher: Dirty LaundryFrank Castle / The PunisherShort film
Pawn Shop ChroniclesThe Man[36]
Reach MeWolfie[38]Post-production
Heavenly SwordLokiVoice
Broken HorsesTBA[39]Post-production
Hard DrivePeter Roberts[40]Complete
TBAA Magnificent Death from a Shattered HandTBADirector[41]


1991She-Wolf of LondonJohnnyEpisode: "Heart Attack"
Credited as Thomas Bridgett
1995High TideBarryEpisode: "Barry"
1999Jonni NitroBrackDirector
Episodes: "Crash and Burn, Part 2" and "Crash and Burn, Part 3"
200161*Mickey MantleTV Film
2004Arrested DevelopmentHimselfEpisode: "The One Where They Build a House"
2006MediumClay BicksEpisodes: "Four Dreams, Part 1" and "Four Dreams, Part 2"
2009–2011HungRay DreckerMain Role
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy (2010, 2011, 2012)
Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy (2010)

Video games[edit]

2005The PunisherFrank Castle / The PunisherVoice
GunColton WhiteVoice



2012Rusty Blades[43][44]Don't Come HomeSinger-songwriter


2005–presentBad Planet8Comic book, editor and written with Steve Niles (1-6) and Bruce Jones (7-present)
2007Alien Pig Farm 30004Comic book, written with Steve Niles and Todd Farmer
2012Dark CountryGraphic novel, editor and director, written by Tab Murphy and art by Thomas Ott
TBAThe Lycan6Comic book
TBAAlien WorldsTBAComic book, written with Bruce Jones



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