Thomas Jane Biography

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Summary

"Thomas Jane" (born January 29, 1969) is an American actor, known for his role in the 2004 film "The Punisher".

Biography

Early life

Jane was born "Thomas Elliott III" in Baltimore, Maryland to Cynthia, an antiques dealer, and Michael Elliott, a biogenetic engineer. In 1987, he graduated from Thomas Sprigg Wootton High School in Montgomery County, Maryland.

Career

Jane made his film debut in the Telugu film Padamati Sandhya Raagam (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.

Jane and 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, as well as a part in the first "X-Men" movie and a few other comic book movies, 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. 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. Despite mixed reviews, comic book fans revered Jane's performance, much like that of Hugh Jackman as Wolverine and Patrick Stewart as Professor X, as being convincingly accurate to the personality and appearance of the comic book character he was playing.

As well as starring in the movie he also contributed his voice to "The Punisher" and the "GUN" video games. He has also recently written and financed a sci-fi comic book entitled "Bad Planet" which has been 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".

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 himself in the Fox television show "Arrested Development". 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 is not set to return in the planned sequel to the "The Punisher". In an interview Jane stated that he has pulled out of the movie saying

"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'."

Thomas Jane said in June 2007 that movie director Zack Snyder had expressed interest in casting him for the adaptation of Alan Moore's graphic novel "Watchmen". But Tom said no to the role. Tom will also begin his directing debut in the fall of 2007 called "Dark Country" to which he will also star in as the main character. Tom has said that the film will be a Hitchcockian thriller and will be filmed in Stereoscopic 3-D.

Personal life

Jane is divorced from Aysha Hauer, the daughter of actor Rutger Hauer. He and fellow 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.

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.'

Filmography

"Dark Country" (2008) (filming) - Dick

"Killshot" (2008) - Wayne Colson

"The Mutant Chronicles" (2008) - Major Mitch Hunter

"The Mist" (2007) - David Drayton

"The Tripper" (2007) - Buzz Hall

"GUN Video Game" (2005) Colton White

"The Punisher Video Game" – (2005) - Frank Castle

"The Punisher" (2004) – Frank Castle/Punisher

"Stander" (2003) – Andre Stander

"Dreamcatcher" (2003) – Dr. Henry Devlin

"The Sweetest Thing" (2002) – Peter Donahue

"Eden" (2001) – Dov

"Original Sin" (2001) – Walter Downs

"61*" (2001) (TV) – Mickey Mantle

"Under Suspicion" (2000) – Det. Felix Owens

"Jonni Nitro" (1999) - Brack

"Magnolia" (1999) – Young Jimmy Gator

"Molly" (1999) – Sam

"Junked" (1999) - Switch

"Deep Blue Sea" (1999) – Carter Blake

"The Thin Red Line" (1998) – Pvt. Ash

"Zack and Reba" (1998) – Sparky Stokes

"The Velocity of Gary" (1998) – Gary

"Thursday" (1998) – Casey

"Boogie Nights" (1997) – Todd Parker

"Face/Off" (1997) – Burke Hicks

"The Last Time I Committed Suicide" (1997) – Neal Cassady

"Hollywood Confidential" (1997)

"The Crow: City of Angels" (1996) – Nemo

"At Ground Zero" (1994) (as Tom Elliott) – Thomas Q. Pennington

"Nemesis" (1993) (as Tom Janes) – Billy

"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1992) (as Tom Janes) – Zeph

"I'll Love You Forever...Tonight" (1992) – The Hustler

"Padamati Sandhya Ragam" (1986) – Tom

"Producer:"

"Dark Country" (2008) (announced)

"The Tripper" (2006) (executive producer)

"Director:"

"Dark Country" (2008) (announced)

"TV Appearances:"

"Medium" - 'Four Dreams'

"Arrested Development" - 'The One Where They Build a House'

Awards & nominations

In 1998 he won an FFCC Award Best for ensemble cast for Boogie Nights.

In 1998 he was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Cast for Boogie Nights.

External links

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Thomas_Jane_2/

Credit

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