For some people, career success comes through the normal process of training in the field and acquiring the needed skills. Others, however, have to force their way up the ladder, driven by their passion. Thomas Jane happens to fall into the second category, having moved to Hollywood to become an actor, albeit without any credentials. Today, he counts among the numerous Hollywood great actors the world can boast of. In his career that has so far spanned over three decades, Tom has starred in several notable works such as Deep Blue Sea (1999), 61* (2001), Stander (2003), The Punisher (2004), The Mist (2007), Hung (2009-2011), 1922 (2017) and The Predator (2018).
Meanwhile, how much do you know about Thomas Jane off the screens?
Who is Thomas Jane?
Thomas Jane is an American actor, writer, and director also known as Tom Jane and Tom Elliot. He was born as Thomas Elliot III on 22nd February 1969, in Baltimore, Maryland, United States. Thomas is the son of Thomas Elliot Jr. and his wife, Cynthia Jane. While his father worked as a genetic engineer, his mother was an antique collector. Tom is of mixed ethnicity, comprising of Scottish, Irish, Native American and German Jewish origins.
He grew up in his birthplace – Maryland. In 1987, after completing his education at the Thomas Sprigg Wootton High School in Rockville, Maryland, he moved to Hollywood to pursue acting. On getting to Hollywood, Thomas encountered tough times, depending on the little money he earns from street performances (singing and playing his guitar) for a living. It, however, didn’t take long before his determination catapulted him to movie sets.
Acting Career Achievements
Thomas Jane played his debut screen role on Padamati Sandhya Ragam, a 1987 Indian romantic-comedy film. He starred as Chris, side-by-side famous Indian actress Vijayashanti Srinivas, who played the lead role of Sandhya. A few years later, Jane landed another significant role in the 1992 comedy-horror movie, Buffy the Empire Slayer. The same year, he also played Billy in Nemesis. He later starred on the 1994 independent feature, At Ground Zero.
Tom went on to appear on several big-screen projects such as The Crow: City of Angels (1996), Boogie Nights (1997), The Thin Red Line (1998), Magnolia (1999), and Deep Blue Sea (1999), among others. He, however, gained heightened public notice after portraying Mickey Mantle in the 2001 sports-drama television film, 61*. Following this, Jane landed his first leading role in Stander (2003).
Subsequent years saw Thomas Jane play the lead in a number of works, including The Punisher (2004), The Mist (2007), Give ‘Em Hell, Malone (2009), and Hung (2009-2011). Jane also worked as a director for the first time on Dark Country (2009) in which he also played the lead. He equally produced and starred in a short version of The Punisher which he titled The Punisher: Dirty Laundry in 2012. In 2014, he starred alongside Sylvester Stallone in Reach Me.
Thomas Jane’s Recent Movies and TV Shows
Since 2015, Thomas Jane has been portraying Detective Josephus Miller in The Expanse, a highly received Syfy sci-fi TV series. Also in 2015, the American actor starred in two direct-to-VOD films, Vice and Into the Grizzly Maze. He also starred in the 2015 mystery thriller, Broken Horses, as well as in two episodes of History Channel’s miniseries, Texas Rising.
In 2016, Thomas Jane once more featured in several direct-to-VOD works including Standoff, The Veil, and USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage. He also starred in the fantasy horror, Before I Wake, and in the short comedy film, The World’s Biggest Asshole. 2017 saw Thomas play the lead in Zak Hilditch’s horror film, 1922. He also starred in the coming-of-age crime drama, Hot Summer Nights.
In 2018, Tom starred in A.X.L. and The Predator, respectively playing the characters of Chuck Hill and Baxley. He subsequently starred as Ray Mandel in the 2019 action crime drama, Crown Vic. Jane is also playing a starring role in the 2020 science-fiction thriller, Warning. The talented actor is expected to feature in more works as time unfolds.
Personal Life and Other Ventures
In addition to acting, Thomas Jane is also a writer. He has published several comic books via RAW Studios, a subsidiary of RAW, an entertainment company which he owns and runs alongside Steve Niles and Tim Bradstreet. Via RAW Studios, Jane has released numerous issues of Bad Planet, Alien Pig Farm 3000, The Lycan, and Alien Worlds which are all comic books he co-writes. The studio has also published Dark Country, a graphic novel written by Tab Murphy. Also recall that Thomas Jane loves music, especially playing the guitar. In 2012, he released an Extended Play titled Don’t Come Home under the pseudonym, Ruster Blades. He was altogether the singer, songwriter, and guitarist for the album.
Besides his career, Thomas Jane is also a father. In 2006, he married American actress Patricia Arquette with whom he earlier had a daughter named Harlow Olivia Calliope. Harlow was born in 2003. The couple, however, later divorced in 2011, sharing custody of their daughter. Prior to marrying Arquette, Jane was married to actress Aysha Hauer from 1989 to 1995. He also had a three-year engagement with Olivia d’Abo which lasted between 1998 and 2001 but eventually came to an end.