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THOMAS JANE (Peter Donahue) is due to take his place among a select group of actors who combine a leading man's profile with a character actor's art of performance. Most recently he starred in the role of baseball legend Mickey Mantle in the Billy Crystal helmed "61's" for HBO pictures. The film tells the story of the competition between the New York Yankees' Roger Maris and Mantle to break Babe Ruth's single-season home run record. Thomas' co-star is Barry Pepper. Thomas also starred in the suspense thriller
Original Sin, written and directed by Michael Cristofer. George Litto and Denise Di Novi produced the film that also stars Angelina Jolie and Antonio
Thomas can be seen in the independent thriller Under Suspicion, directed by Stephen Hopkins and written by Peter
Iliff. He stars opposite Morgan Freeman, Gene Hackman and Monica Belucci. Thomas also starred in
Warner Bros.' thriller Deep Blue Sea, directed by Renny Harlin. The film also stars Samuel L. Jackson, Saffron Burrows and LL
Cool J. In addition, Thomas was seen in Dan Ireland's The Velocity of Gary opposite Vincent D' Onofrio and Salma
Hayek. He also appeared in Terrence Malick's Academy Award®-nominated World War II drama
The Thin Red Line. Based on James Jones' classic novel, Thomas stars with Sean Penn, Nick Nolte, Jim
Caviezel, Woody Harrelson, John Cusack and Adrien Brody as a wounded soldier left behind by his platoon during the Battle for Guadalcanal.
Thomas received critical praise for his work in Paul Thomas Anderson's Boogie Nights, starring opposite Mark
Wahlberg, Julianne Moore, Burt Reynolds, Don Cheadle, William H. Macy and John C. Reilly. The actors were nominated for a 1998 SAG Award for Best Ensemble Performance by a Cast in a Theatrical Motion Picture. Thomas also received critical attention for his portrayal of Neal Cassady opposite Keanu Reeves and Claire Forlani in Stephen Kay's independent drama,
The Last Time I Committed Suicide. Based on a letter written to author Jack Kerouac in the 1950s by
Cassady, the film explores the experiences of one of the founding influences of the Beat Generation, and the inspiration for Kerouac's classic novel,
On the Road.
Other film credits include Skip Woods' Thursday with Aaron Eckhart and James
LeGros; John Woo's Face Off with Nicolas Cage and John Travolta; and Lance Lane's
Junked, where Thomas reprised the role of 'Switch,' which he originated in the stage production at the Marilyn Monroe Theatre. Thomas made his film debut at the age of 17 in Jher Jangli's Pavamati
Sanja Ragan. His role in the movie marked the first time an Indian film had a Caucasian actor in a heroic lead.
On stage, Jane also received notice for his role of 'Chris' in Arthur Miller's "All My
Sons" at the Odyssey Theater. 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.
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