Billy Jayne Explained

Billy Jayne
Birth Name:William Jayne
Birth Date:10 April 1969
Birth Place:Queens, New York
Othername:Billy Jacoby, William Jayne
Occupation:Actor, musician, director
Years Active:1977–2003
Spouse:April Wayne

Billy Jayne (born April 10, 1969) is an American actor, musician, and director. He has been in many films, and has sometimes been credited as Billy Jacoby. His siblings, Scott Jacoby, Robert Jayne, Susan Jayne and Laura Jacoby, are also actors.[1]

Name

Jayne was born in Flushing, New York. At the age of three years old, he was visiting his older brother Scott Jacoby on the set of That Certain Summer, for which Scott later won an Emmy for Best Supporting Actor. The director needed someone to play Scott in flashbacks, and Billy was selected and began his career. Scott and Billy have different fathers and therefore different last names. Billy's mom thought it would be best at the time for Billy to use his brother Scott's last name of Jacoby. At the age of seventeen Billy changed his professional name to coincide with his birth name from Jacoby to Jayne. He has also done years of extensive voicework for cartoons and films.

Career

He did most of the sounds the monster vampires made in the movie Buffy The Vampire Slayer. His best known roles in films include the 1982 cult film The Beastmaster, as the young Dar (the Beastmaster), and Cujo. In the 1985 comedy Just One of the Guys, he played Buddy Griffith, the sex-obsessed younger brother of the lead character. He also played a younger, darker character in his earlier film Bloody Birthday.

He starred in numerous television series, including Silver Spoons and Parker Lewis Can't Lose. He appeared as Blanche's grandson David in one episode of the first season of The Golden Girls On Golden Girls List of The Golden Girls episodes. He also acted opposite Patricia Arquette in the CBS Schoolbreak Special "The Girl With the Crazy Brother", which was directed by Diane Keaton. In 2000, Jayne moved into directing big budget commercials for the likes of Dr Pepper, AT&T, and Snickers. He has made guest appearances on many television shows, including Highway To Heaven, Galactica 1980, on a 1986 4th season episode of The A-Team titled "The Trouble with Harry", 21 Jump Street, Walker, Texas Ranger and Charmed.

Music

Jayne plays, writes and produces music. Mainly a guitar player, he has toured the Persian Gulf for the troops in wartime. Billy has played on stage with Macy Gray.

Filmography

Notes and References

  1. Web site: The New York Times. The New York Times. 2012-01-15.