Thomas Jane

For the 15th century English Bishop of Norwich, see Thomas Jane (bishop).
Thomas Jane

Jane at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in 2010
Born Thomas Elliott III
(1969-02-22) February 22, 1969
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1987–present
Spouse(s) Aysha Hauer (1989–1995)
Patricia Arquette (2006–2011)
Children 1

Thomas Jane (born Thomas Elliott III;[1] February 22, 1969) is an American actor. He has appeared in films such as Padamati Sandhya Ragam (1987), At Ground Zero (1994), The Crow: City of Angels (1996), Boogie Nights (1997), The Last Time I Committed Suicide (1997), Thursday (1998), The Thin Red Line (1998), Deep Blue Sea (1999), Dreamcatcher (2003), The Punisher (2004), The Mist (2007), Mutant Chronicles (2008), The Veil (2016) and Before I Wake (2016).

Jane's television roles include Mickey Mantle in the television film 61* (2001) and starring in the HBO series Hung (2009–2011) and currently stars as Detective Joe Miller in the science fiction series The Expanse. He is the founder of RAW Studios, an entertainment company he uses to release comic books he has written, the first of which was Bad Planet. He made his directorial debut with the crime thriller Dark Country (2009), in which he also starred.

Early life

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 Indian Telugu language film Padamati Sandhya Ragam (1987), directed by Jandhyala. 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 South African film Stander (2003), 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 film The Punisher (2004). He 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. 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]

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. 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 an episode of the television series Arrested Development.

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.[6] 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.[7][8]

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,[9] but because he was too busy, he turned down the role.[10] The same year he starred in Frank Darabont's adaption of the Stephen King book, The Mist.[11] His directing debut was the 2009 film Dark Country, in which he also played the main character.[12][13][14] In 2009, Jane starred with Ving Rhames in the crime film Give 'Em Hell, Malone, which premiered at San Diego Comic Con.[14][15][16]

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 basketball 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.[17] The series was renewed for a second season which aired in the summer of 2010.[18] The show was renewed for a final season, which aired in fall of 2011.[19]

Jane appeared on the June/July 2010 cover of Men's Fitness magazine.[20] 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.[21] He was set to play the role of a cop in Sylvester Stallone's hitman action film Headshot[22] 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.[23] On June 7, 2012, Jane released a digital EP titled Don't Come Home under the moniker Rusty Blades.[24] 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.[25]

Personal life

Jane married actress Aysha Hauer, daughter of Rutger Hauer, in 1989. The couple starred in a number of films together before they divorced in 1995. Jane 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,[26] but the couple soon reconciled and Arquette requested to abandon the divorce petition on July 9, 2009.[27] However, on August 13, 2010, Jane's representative announced that Jane and Arquette had decided to proceed with a divorce.[28] The divorce was finalized on July 1, 2011. The pair were granted joint custody of their child.[29]



Year Title Role Notes
1987 Padamati Sandhya Ragam Chris Credited as Tom Jane
1992 I'll Love You Forever... Tonight The Hustler
1992 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Zeph
1992 Nemesis Billy Credited as Tom Janes
1994 At Ground Zero Thomas Quinton Pennington Credited as Tom Elliott
1996 The Crow: City of Angels Nemo
1997 The Last Time I Committed Suicide Neal Cassady
1997 Face/Off Burke Hicks
1997 Boogie Nights Todd Parker Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cast
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
1997 Hollywood Confidential Lee
1998 Thursday Casey
1998 The Velocity of Gary Gary
1998 Zack and Reba Sparky Stokes
1998 The Thin Red Line Private Ash Satellite Award for Outstanding Motion Picture Ensemble
1999 Deep Blue Sea Carter Blake
1999 Molly Sam
1999 Junked Switch
1999 Magnolia Young Jimmy Gator Cameo
2000 Under Suspicion Detective Felix Owens
2001 Original Sin Bill / Walter Downs / Mephisto
2001 Eden Dov
2002 The Sweetest Thing Peter Donahue
2003 Dreamcatcher Henry
2003 Stander Andre Stander
2004 The Punisher Frank Castle/The Punisher Credited as Tom Jane
2006 The Tripper Buzz Hall Also executive producer
2007 The Mist David Drayton
2008 The Butler's in Love The Butler Short film
2008 Mutant Chronicles Sgt. Mitch Hunter
2008 Killshot Wayne
2009 Give 'Em Hell, Malone Malone
2009 Dark Country Dick Also director and producer
2010 DC Showcase: Jonah Hex Jonah Hex (voice) Short film[30]
2010 Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Vegan Police Officer Uncredited cameo
2011 I Melt with You Richard Also executive producer
2012 LOL Allen
2012 The Punisher: Dirty Laundry Frank Castle/The Punisher Short film; also producer
2013 Sirius Narrator Documentary
2013 Pawn Shop Chronicles The Man[31]
2013 Buttwhistle Grumisch
2014 White Bird in a Blizzard Detective Scieziesciez
2014 Drive Hard Peter Roberts
2014 Heavenly Sword Loki Voice
2014 Reach Me Wolfie
2015 Vice Roy
2015 Into the Grizzly Maze Beckett
2015 Broken Horses Gabriel Heckum
2016 Standoff Carter
2016 The Veil Jim Jacobs
2016 Before I Wake Mark
2016 USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage Wilbur C. "Chuck" Gwinn
2017 Hot Summer Nights Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1991 She-Wolf of London Johnny Episode: "Heart Attack"
Credited as Thomas Bridgett
1995 High Tide Barry Episode: "Barry"
1999 Jonni Nitro Brack Director
2 episodes
2001 61* Mickey Mantle Television film
2004 Arrested Development Himself Episode: "The One Where They Build a House"
2006 Medium Clay Bicks 2 episodes
2009–2011 Hung Ray Drecker 30 episodes
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy (2010–2012)
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy (2010)
2015 Texas Rising[32] James Wykoff 2 episodes
2015–present The Expanse[33] Detective Joe Miller 10 episodes

Video games

Year Title Role
2005 The Punisher Frank Castle/The Punisher (voice)
2005 Gun Colton White (voice)



Year Artist Album Notes
2012 Rusty Blades[34][35] Don't Come Home Singer-songwriter


Year Title Issues Notes
2005–present Bad Planet 8 Comic book, editor and written with Steve Niles (1-6) and Bruce Jones (7-present)
2007 Alien Pig Farm 3000 4 Comic book, written with Steve Niles and Todd Farmer
2012 Dark Country Graphic novel, editor and director, written by Tab Murphy and art by Thomas Ott
TBA The Lycan 6 Comic book
TBA Alien Worlds TBA Comic book, written with Bruce Jones



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