Billy Jayne Explained

Billy Jayne
Birthname:William Jayne
Born:10 April 1969
Birthplace:Queens, New York, USA
Othername:Billy Jacoby
Occupation:Actor, Musician, Director
Yearsactive:1977–2003
Spouse:April Wayne

Billy Jayne (born William Jayne, April 10, 1969 in Flushing, Queens, New York) is an actor, Musician, and Director. Billy's siblings are also actors: Scott Jacoby, Robert Jayne, Susan Jayne, and Laura Jacoby.

Career

Billy Jayne has been in many films, although he is sometimes credited as Billy Jacoby or William Jayne. At the age of three years old, he was visiting his older brother Scott Jacoby on the set of "That Certain Summer" costarring with Martin Sheen, for which Scott later won an emmy for best supporting actor. The director needed Someone to play Scott in flashbacks and Billy was tossed in 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. He did most of the sounds the monster Vampires made on "Buffy The Vampire Slayer". His best known roles in films include the 1982 cult film The Beastmaster, as the young Dar (the Beastmaster), "Cujo", and in the 1985 comedy Just One of the Guys, he played Buddy Griffith, the sex-obsessed younger brother of the lead character. Billy has starred in numerous television series like "Silver Spoons". He starred in the groundbreaking "Parker Lewis Can't Lose" for Fox TV, known for its sound FX and inventive camera work. He starred opposite Patricia Arquette in "The Girl with The Crazy Brother" directed by Dianne Keaton. Billy portrayed a schizophrenic trying to cope with life. He lived with a real Schizophrenic to prepare for that role.

In 2000 Jayne moved into directing big budget commercials for the likes of Dr Pepper, AT&T, Snickers and many others. He is now in pre-production for his first directorial debut for a feature-length movie.

Jayne has always played, written, and produced music. Mainly a guitar player, he has toured the Persian gulf for the troops during Wartime. Billy has played on stage with Macy Gray.

He has made guest appearances on many television shows, including Highway To Heaven, Galactica 1980, The A-Team, The Golden Girls, 21 Jump Street, Walker, Texas Ranger, and Charmed.

Personal life

Billy Jayne has three sons.

Partial filmography