Thomas Jane, born January 29, 1969 in
Displaying astonishing versatility with a wide range of upcoming films, Tom Jane combines a leading man's profile with a character actor's art of performance.
Jane stars as the title character in the big-screen adaptation of Marvel Comic's "The Punisher," for Lions Gate Entertainment in theaters now. For his role as undercover FBI agent Frank Castle, Jane underwent extensive training with former Navy SEALS. In the story, Castle's family is executed as a repercussion from his final undercover assignment. With unparalleled intensity, ferocious intelligence and fearless actions, Castle seeks to punish the murderers and finds the one thing he least expected: redemption.
Jane's next project to hit theatres is "Stander" for director Bronwen Hughes, which was acquired by Newmarket Films after critical acclaim at the 2003 Toronto Film Festival. Based on a true story, Jane stars in the title role as a South African police officer who, in the early 1980s, turned to a life of crime, robbing as many as four banks a day.
Jane starred as baseball legend Mickey Mantle in HBO's Emmy nominated "61*." Helmed by Billy Crystal, "61*" tells the story of the race to break Babe Ruth's single-season home run record, waged in 1961 between the New York Yankees' Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle (Barry Pepper).
Jane's other recent film credits include the romantic comedy "The Sweetest Thing," starring opposite Cameron Diaz, Christina Applegate and Selma Blair; "Eden," opposite Samantha Morton, which premiered at the 2001 Venice Film Festival; the independent thriller "Under Suspicion," opposite Morgan Freeman, Gene Hackman and Monica Belucci, which premiered at the 2000 Cannes Film festival. Most recently, Jane starred in Lawrence Kasdan's "Dreamcatcher," opposite Morgan Freeman, Tom Sizemore, Donnie Wahlberg and Timothy Olyphant.
Jane is well-known for his starring role in the Renny Harlin thriller, "Deep Blue Sea," also starring Samuel L. Jackson, Saffron Burrows and LL Cool J. He also received critical praise for his performance in Paul Thomas Anderson's "Boogie Nights," opposite Mark Wahlberg, Julianne Moore, John C. Reilly, Burt Reynolds, Don Cheadle and William H. Macy. The cast was nominated for a 1998 SAG Award for Best Ensemble Performance by a Cast in a Theatrical Motion Picture.
Other film roles include Neal Cassady in Stephen Kay's independent drama "The Last Time I Committed Suicide," opposite Keanu Reeves and Claire Forlani; and Lance Lane's "Junked," reprising the role he originated in the stage production at the Marilyn Monroe Theatre.
On stage, Jane received critical notice as Tom in Tennessee Williams' "The Glass Menagerie" at the Laguna Playhouse and Chris in Arthur Miller's "All My Sons" at the Odyssey Theater. His other theatre credits include "Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie?" at Baltimore Center Stage, "Pastels" at the Studio Theater, "Strange Snow" at the Sal Romeo Theater, "The Idiot" and "Jews Without Money" at the Whitefire Theater, and "Roy's Coffee Shop" at the Road Theater.
Jane currently lives in Los Angeles.
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