Who is Thomas Jane?
Thomas Elliott III was born in Baltimore, Maryland USA, on 22 February 1969 – his zodiac sign is Pisces, and he holds American nationality. He’s an actor, film producer and director, with close to 100 acting credits to his name, perhaps still known best for his portrayal of Todd Parker in the hit 1997 drama movie “Boogie Night”, written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, and which starred Mark Wahlberg, Julianne Moore and Burt Reynolds. It follows a porn producer who’s discovered a young talent and wants to make a new movie; the film won 37 of the 105 awards for which it was nominated, including three Oscar nominations.
There are rumors circulating the internet today, claiming that Thomas has retired from acting, however, it’s widely known that he’s still highly active in the film industry, and is currently shooting for five upcoming movies, including “Slayers”, “Bad Hombres” and “Salvation”.
Early life and education
Thomas was raised in Baltimore by his father Thomas Elliott Jr. who was a genetic engineer, and his mother Cynthia (nee Jane) who was an antiques dealer; because Thomas hasn’t mentioned having any siblings, it’s widely believed that he’s an only child.
He became interested in acting when he was around seven years old, mostly because he watched movies and TV series with his parents on a daily basis. He studied at Thomas Sprigg Wootton High School and was interested in various activities during his teenage years, including playing sports with his friends, appearing in school plays and practicing dancing.
Thomas quit before he could matriculate, and moved to Hollywood, California in pursuit of an acting career, but spent some time homeless prior to making a name for himself in the film industry.
Roles in movies
He made his debut film appearance aged 18, by playing Tom in the 1987 romantic drama “Padamati Sandhya Ragam”, and a couple of his following roles were in 1992, in the drama “I’ll Love You Forever… Tonight”, the action fantasy comedy “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, and the action science fiction thriller “Nemesis”.
What marked the ‘90s for him was perhaps his portrayal of Burke Hicks in the critically acclaimed 1997 action crime science fiction “Face/Off”, directed by John Woo, and which starred John Travolta, Nicolas Cage and Joan Allen. It follows an FBI agent who’s taken the face of a mafia boss through plastic surgery; the movie won 11 of the 34 awards for which it was nominated, including an Oscar nomination for Best Effects, Sound Effects Editing.
Thomas is also known for his portrayal of the lead character Frank Castle in the hit 2004 action crime drama “The Punisher”, written and directed by Jonathan Hensleigh, and which also starred John Travolta and Samantha Mathis. It follows an FBI agent who’s now become a vigilante, and is seeking revenge against a corrupt businessman responsible for his family’s death; the movie won one of the six awards for which it was nominated.
A couple of Thomas’ most notable performances in the next decade were in the 2010 action fantasy comedy “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World”, the 2015 action adventure drama “Into the Grizzly Maze” and the 2018 action science fiction adventure “The Predator”.
Three of his most recent movie roles have been in the 2021 science fiction thriller “Warning”, the action thriller “Vendetta” and the western “Murder at Yellowstone City” both in 2022.
Roles in TV series
Thomas made his debut TV series appearance with his portrayal of Johnny in the 1991 episode “Heart Attack” of the mystery horror comedy “She-Wolf of London”, and in 1995, he played Barry in the eponymous episode of the mystery crime comedy “High Tide”.
His following role came in 2004, when cast to play Homeless Man Tom Jane in the episode “The One Where They Build a House” of the critically acclaimed comedy “Arrested Development”, and in 2006, Thomas played Clay Bicks in two episodes of the popular fantasy crime drama “Medium”, created by Glenn Gordon Caron, and which starred Patricia Arquette, Miguel Sandoval and Jake Weber. It tells the story of Allison DuBois, a family woman who has visions of other people’s deaths while sleeping – the series aired from 2005 to 2011 and won 11 of the 44 awards for which it was nominated.
Between 2009 and 2011, Thomas starred as Ray Drecker in the comedy drama “Hung”, created by Colette Burson and Dmitry Lipkin, and which also starred Jane Adams and Charlie Saxton; it follows the life of a high school basketball coach, and the series won one of the 14 awards for which it was nominated.
Three of Thomas’ most recent roles have been in the 2019 episode “Spike Fraser in: Should I Happen to Back Into a Horse” of the short animated adventure “Robot Chicken” (voice role), 24 episodes of the mystery science fiction drama “The Expanse” between 2015 and 2019, and eight episodes of the 2022 crime thriller “Troppo”.
Thomas has one writing, 10 producing and four directing credits. He wrote the 2012 short movie “Thomas Jane and Melinda Hill: Early Work”, while some of his producing credits include the 2006 horror comedy film “The Tripper”, the 2013 documentary movie “Randy’s Donuts” and the 2016 thriller film “Standoff”.
He’s received four special thanks, including for the 2008 short documentary video “When Darkness Came: The Making of ‘The Mist” and the 2022 short film “Bushwhacker Blues”.
Thomas has made a guest appearance in many talk-shows, most recently in “The Man Cave Chronicles Podcast”, “The Talk” and “Paltrocast with Darren Paltrowitz”.
Awards and nominations
Thomas has won four awards, including a 1998 Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Ensemble Cast, for his and his colleagues’ performance in “Boogie Nights”, and a 2006 NAVGTR Award for Outstanding Performance in a Drama, Lead for “Gun”.
He’s also been nominated for nine other awards, including three Golden Globes for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical in 2010, 2011 and 2012, all for “Hung”.
Love life and wife
Even though Thomas prefers to keep his love life away from the media’s attention, it’s still widely known that he’s been married twice. He exchanged vows with American actress Ayesha Hauer in 1989, in a private ceremony attended by many of their friends and family members; Ayesha’s probably known best for being the daughter of famous Dutch actor Rutger Oelsen Hauer. She had given birth to their son Leandro Maeder two years prior to their wedding, on 14 December 1987, but Thomas and Ayesha divorced in 1995.
Between 1998 and 2001, Thomas was engaged to British singer and actress Olivia Jane d’Abo, then in 2002, he became engaged to American actress and activist Patricia Tiffany Arquette. She gave birth to their daughter Harlow Olivia Calliope on 20 February 2003, and they then married on 25 June 2006, in a small ceremony in Venice, Italy. However, Thomas and Patricia’s divorce was finalized on 1 July 2011.
As of July 2022, he seems to be single, has been married twice, and has a son with his first wife Ayesha Hauer, as well as a daughter with his second wife Patricia Arquette.
Hobbies and other interests
Thomas is highly active on Instagram, and seems to be enjoying the attention which he’s receiving from his more than 60,000 followers; he’s uploaded nearly 350 pictures onto the network, most of which feature him spending time with his friends and family.
He’s physically quite active and has multiple training sessions at the gym every week, mostly because it’s important for his acting career to stay fit.
Thomas is a huge fan of sports, with baseball being his favorite.
He’s into travellingm and has been to many US states, mostly thanks to his acting career, while he’s also vacationed in a couple of European countries, with his dream travel destination being Monaco.
Thomas has his own favorite actor and actress, Al Pacino and Angelina Jolie, while some of his favorite movies include the trilogy “The Godfather”, “Scent of a Woman” and “Scarface”.
Age, height and net worth
Thomas’ age is 53. He has short brown hair and brown eyes, his height is 5ft 10ins (1.8m) and he weighs around 165lbs (75kgs).
As of July 2022, Thomas’ net worth’s been estimated at over $16 million.