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Thomas Jane

Thomas Jane at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, on January 23rd, 2010.
Born Thomas Elliott III
February 22, 1969 (1969-02-22) (age 41)
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1986–present
Spouse(s) Aysha Hauer (1989-?),
Patricia Arquette (2006-present)
1 child
Official website

Thomas Jane (born Thomas Elliott III;[1] February 22, 1969) is an American actor, known for his roles in the 1999 film Deep Blue Sea, the 2004 film The Punisher and the 2007 Stephen King adaptation The Mist. He currently stars in the HBO comedy series Hung.


Early life

Jane was born in Baltimore, Maryland, the son of Cynthia, an antiques dealer, and Michael Elliott, a biogenetic engineer.[1][2] In 1987, he graduated from Thomas Sprigg Wootton High School in Montgomery County, Maryland.


Jane made his film debut in the Telugu Indian film Padamati Sandhya Ragam (1986), directed by late Jandhyala. His early roles included Zeph in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992). He 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 such as that of 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 in many interviews that Jane was the first and only actor to be asked to play the title role in the 2004 movie The Punisher. Jane initially turned down the role twice, mainly because he does not see himself as a superhero actor and nor does he have any real interest or liking for superhero characters. Jane said that when they asked him the second time to play the Punisher that what really got him interested in playing the part was when Arad sent Tim Bradstreet's artwork of the Punisher. After finding out that the Punisher wasn't a superhero, but an anti-hero and a vigilante crime fighter, he accepted.[3][4] He read as many Punisher comics as he could find and quickly became a fan. Jane trained for 6 or 7 months with Navy SEALs and gained more than twenty pounds of muscle for the part.[5]

In addition to starring in the movie he contributed his voice to The Punisher and the Gun video games. He has also written and financed the sci-fi comic book entitled Bad Planet which was released by Image Comics. He is also a spokesperson for Steve Niles and in 2006 Tom modeled for the Dark Horse Comics character Cal McDonald in Criminal Macabre: A Cal McDonald Mystery. Tom and Steve have talked about turning Criminal Macabre: A Cal McDonald Mystery into a live action film with Tom as Cal.

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 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. In 2005, Marvel released The Punisher video game. The video games' storyline is compiled with different situations and enemies from the Punisher comics, and a character based upon Jigsaw also appeared in the 2005 Punisher video game but with an origin that ties directly into the 2004 Punisher film.

Jane did not return in the planned sequel to the The Punisher. Lions Gate Entertainment had green lit a direct sequel to be made due to the strong performance the film had on DVD. However, the project lingered in development for over 3 years. Jonathan Hensleigh completed a first draft of the script before pulling out around 2006. John Dahl was in talks to direct the film, but pulled out, saying he did not like the script, and that the studio was not willing to spend enough money on the project.[6] In a statement on May 15, 2007 and in two audio interviews, Thomas Jane said that he pulled out of the project because of creative differences, and the budget of the film being cut.[7][8]

What I won't do is spend months of my life sweating over a movie that I just don't believe in. I've always loved the Marvel guys, and wish them well. Meanwhile, I'll continue to search for a film that one day might stand with all those films that the fans have asked me to watch."[9]

—Thomas Jane

Jane said in June 2007 that movie director 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 he turned down the role because he was too busy.[11]

In October 2007, Jane began his directing debut in Albuquerque, New Mexico with a movie called Dark Country to which he was also the main character. Tom said that the film is a Hitchcockian thriller and was filme in Stereoscopy 3-D.[12][13][14][15]

It was reported on February 8, 2008 that Thomas Jane had joined movie director John McTiernan in the action/thriller movie Run.[16] Although Thomas Jane has yet to say that he has signed 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 Thomas Jane and actor Ving Rhames had joined the cast in the action film Give ‘em Hell, Malone with writer Mark Hosack and director Russell Mulcahy.[15][17][18] Filming took place on October 6 of 08.[19]

On December 18, 2008, HBO announced it was picking up the dark comedy Hung, and Jane was attached to star in the show. He plays the character of Ray Drecker, a high school history teacher and basketball coach, who, after attending a self help class while being down on his luck, decides to use the large size of his penis as a market to success.[20]

It is unknown when, but Thomas Jane will develop a mini series for the Syfy (Sci Fi Channel) called Voyage to Savage Planet. He is also planning on doing a World War II action horror film called The Devil's Commandos.[21][22][23]

Personal life

Jane is divorced from Aysha Hauer, the daughter of actor Rutger Hauer. He was engaged to Olivia d'Abo from 1998 to 2001. He and actress Patricia Arquette (Medium) are parents to daughter Harlow Olivia Calliope, who was born on February 20, 2003. Jane and Arquette married in Venice, Italy, on June 24, 2006. In January 2009, Arquette filed for divorce from Jane on the grounds of irreconcilable differences.[24] But on July 9, 2009 Arquette officially pulled her divorce petition deciding to give their marriage another try.[25]

Jane spent time in his early Hollywood days as a busker. He commented on this in a Newsweek article published May 31, 2004 (p. 21):

"I had two songs in my repertoire that I hammered to death — "Hey Joe" and "Knockin' on Heaven's Door"," he recalled. "People used to pelt me with change just to shut me up."[26]

On 17 March 2008, Thomas Jane was pulled over by the California Highway Patrol for driving at "an extremely high rate of speed" on I-5. Jane was arrested for DUI with a blood alcohol level higher than .08% in Kern County, California. Jane failed several field sobriety tests, including a breathalyzer. Police also said he was driving with a suspended license.[27]



Year Film Role Notes
1986 Padamati Sandhya Ragam Tom
1992 I'll Love You Forever... Tonight The Hustler
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Zeph
Nemesis Billy
1994 At Ground Zero Thomas Quinton Pennington
1996 The Crow: City of Angels Nemo
1997 The Last Time I Committed Suicide Neal Cassady
Face/Off Burke Hicks
Boogie Nights Todd Parker
1998 Thursday Casey
The Velocity of Gary Gary
Zack and Reba Sparky Stokes
The Thin Red Line Pvt. Ash
1999 Deep Blue Sea Carter Blake
Molly Sam
Junked Switch
Magnolia Young Jimmy Gator
2000 Jonni Nitro Brack
Under Suspicion Detective Felix Owens
2001 Original Sin Billy / Walter Downs / Mephisto
Eden Dov
2002 The Sweetest Thing Peter Donahue
2003 Dreamcatcher Henry
Stander Andre Stander
2004 The Punisher Frank Castle
2006 The Tripper Buzz Hall Executive producer
2007 The Mist David Drayton
2008 The Butler's in Love The Butler
The Mutant Chronicles Maj. "Mitch" Hunter
Killshot Wayne
2009 Give 'Em Hell, Malone Malone
Dark Country Dick Director and producer
2010 The Job pre-production
Run in-production
Year Title Role Notes
1995 High Tide Barry Episode: Barry
1997 Hollywood Confidential Lee TV movie
2001 61* Mickey Mantle TV movie
2004 Arrested Development Himself (uncredited) Episode: "The One Where They Build a House"
2006 Medium Clay Bicks Episode: "Four Dreams: Part 1"
Episode: "Four Dreams: Part 2"
2009 Hung Ray Drecker 10 episodes
Video Games
Year Title Role Notes
2005 The Punisher Frank Castle / The Punisher Voice
GUN Colton White Voice

Director credits

Year Film Notes
1999 Jonni Nitro Episode: "Crash and Burn: Part 2"

Episode: "Crash and Burn: Part 3"

2009 Dark Country

Producer credits

Year Film Notes
2009 The Tripper Executive producer
2009 Dark Country

Writer credits

Year Book Notes
2005-2009 Bad Planet Six-issue comic book


  • 1998 Won, FFCC Award Best for Ensemble Cast for Boogie Nights.
  • 1998 Nominated, for Outstanding Performance by a Cast for Boogie Nights.
  • 2010 Nominated, for a Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actor in a Musical or Comedy for Hung.


  1. ^ a b Thomas Jane Biography (1969-)
  2. ^ Thomas Jane Biography - Yahoo! Movies
  3. ^ UGO.COM - EXCLUSIVE: Thomas Jane Interview
  4. ^ Interview with Tom Jane, star of The Punisher, Thomas Janes, 80s action movies
  5. ^ Thomas Jane Talks Punisher Training
  6. ^ Punisher 2 Script Not That Good
  7. ^ Fanboy Radio - Thomas Jane
  8. ^ Fangoria Radio - Thomas Jane
  9. ^ AICN Exclusive: Thomas Jane dropping out of PUNISHER 2?!? - Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news
  10. ^ "Exclusive: Thomas Jane on Watchmen". 2007-06-28. Retrieved 2007-06-28. 
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  12. ^ Getting Raw with Thomas Jane
  13. ^ MarketSaw - 3D Movies and Technology: Exclusive: "The Dark Country" Filming Behind The Scenes in 3D! And
  14. ^ IT Broadcast and Digital Cinema: Can You Make a Live-Action 3D Movie on a Budget?
  15. ^ a b MarketSaw - 3D Movies and Technology: Exclusive! Interview With Thomas Jane Director/Actor In "The Dark Country": New 3D Techniques!
  16. ^ Jane joins McTiernan action film - Entertainment News, Film News, Media - Variety
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  18. ^ Thomas Jane And Ving Rhames On Board For Give ‘em Hell, Malone | The Movie Blog
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  20. ^ UK Reuters -- HBO High on Hung
  21. ^ interviews
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  24. ^ Arquette's Romance No Longer True, January 5, 2009
  25. ^ Arquette Still Hung Up on Thomas Jane E!, July 9,2009
  26. ^ Anecdotage.Com - Thousands of true funny stories about famous people. Anecdotes from Gates to Yeats
  27. ^ Thomas Jane Popped for DUI - - Entertainment News, Celebrity Gossip and Hollywood Rumors

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