How Old Is Billy Jayne And What Happened To Him?

Billy Jayne
Profile summary of Billy Jayne
  • Name: William Jayne Jacoby
  • Date of birth: April 10, 1969
  • Age: 55
  • Place of birth: Flushing, New York City
  • Nationality: American
  • Education: NA
  • Parents: Dolores Jacoby (mother), Joe Jayne (father)
  • Height: 5ft 10in
  • Occupation: Actor, Director
  • Years active: 1972 to date
  • Net worth: $30 million (estimated)
  • Instagram: @billyjayne

Billy Jayne is an American actor with notable credits in Just One of the Guys (1985), Cujo (1983) and It’s Not Easy (1982). Growing up in a family of entertainers, Billy Jayne had the stage set for him and he made the most of it. However, he didn’t exactly set out to become an actor but was just in the right place at the right time when his first role located him. Since 1972, Billy Jayne, who is also credited as Billy Jacoby in some of the productions he appeared in, has built a robust filmography but after his role in one episode of United States of Tara in 2010, he kind of slipped into oblivion.

Who is Billy Jayne and how old is he?

You might see him credited as Billy Jacoby in some movies but Billy Jayne is his birth name. The actor and his siblings chose Jacoby because Jayne sounded too feminine but he later went back to his original name. Jayne was born in the Flushing neighborhood of New York City, on April 10, 1969. This makes him 55 years old. Though an American actor, Billy Jayne has Jewish ancestry.

Billy started his career as a child, thus, he had to combine it with his education but no details have been made available about the institutions he attended or the level of education he attained.

Billy Jayne’s career trajectory from days as a child star to date

He was three years old when he visited the set of the drama film That Certain Summer where his older brother, Scott Jacoby, was playing a part. It happened that the director of the movie needed a younger person to depict flashback scenes for Scott’s character and Billy was just perfect for the part. This was how he started acting. At this time, his mother thought it would benefit the young actor to use the Jacoby last name which his brother had already made popular with his exploits in the movie industry.

Those who grew up in the 80s and 90s might remember Jayne in one or two roles. It was during this period that his career picked up steam. After playing the younger version of his big brother in 1972, the first credited role Billy played was in an American television anthology series dubbed ABC Afterschool Special where he played Ivan in 1977. After that, film and TV roles started flooding his resume and between 1979 and 1980, he bagged eleven credits, among which is his depiction of Rudi Stein in 26 episodes of The Bad News Bears.

Other prominent roles he appeared in include Mark Weston in Maggie (1981, 8 episodes), as Voice, Tom Jaren in Lazer Tag Academy (1986, 13 episodes), Brad Langford in Silver Spoons (1985, 18 episodes), and Mikey Randal in Parker Lewis Can’t Lose (1990, 73 episodes). His most popular projects however are Just One of the Guys (1985), Cujo (1983) and It’s Not Easy (1982).

Billy Jayne’s movies and TV shows

  • ABC Afterschool Specials as Ivan – 1977
  • The Runner Stumbles as James – 1979
  • Sunnyside as Billy Martin – 1979
  • Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo voice, as Additional Voices – 1979
  • The Bad News Bears as Rudi Stein – 1979
  • Lou Grant as Mike – 1980
  • Galactica 1980 as Tucker – 1980
    CBS Library as Oscar – 1980
  • The Magical World of Disney as David Williams – 1980
  • The Ghosts of Buxley Hall as David Williams – 1980
  • Angel on My Shoulder as Joe Navotny – 1980
  • Trapper as John, M.D. Tommy – 1980
  • Hart to Hart as Herbie Geller – 1981
  • Back Roads Boy as Thief film – 1981
  • Crazy Times as Older Boy – 1981
  • Bloody Birthday as Curtis Taylor – 1981
  • Murder in Texas as Mel Kurth – 1981
  • How to Eat Like a Child as Billy – 1981
  • Maggie as Mark Weston – 1981
  • Alice as Jeff – 1981
  • Code Red as Luther – 1982
  • American Playhouse as Newsboy – 1982
  • Hospital Massacre aka X-Ray as Young Harry – 1982
  • The Beastmaster as Young Dar –  1982
  • Superstition as Justin Leahy – 1982
  • The Scooby and Scrappy-Doo Puppy Hour voice as Petey The Puppy – 1982
  • It’s Not Easy as Matthew Townsend 1982
  • The Puppy’s Further Adventures as voice, Petey the Puppy – 1982
  • Seven Brides for Seven Brothers as Eddie Barton – 1982
  • Benson as ‘Buzzy’ Sheridan – 1983
  • The A-Team as Nicky – 1983
  • Man, Woman and Child as Davey Ackerman – 1983
  • Cujo as Brett Camber – 1983
  • Nightmares as Zock Maxwell – 1983
  • Reckless as David Prescott – 1984
  • Tales from the Darkside as Petey Coombs – 1984
  • Highway to Heaven as Brad Gaines – 1984
  • Just One of the Guys as Buddy Griffith – 1985
  • The Golden Girls as David – 1985
  • Silver Spoons as Brad Langford -1985
  • The A-Team as Jeffrey Sullivan – 1986
  • The Wizard as Jack Craig – 1986
  • The Magical World of Disney as Whittle 1986
  • Lazer Tag Academy as voice, Tom Jaren 1986
  • Rags to Riches – 1987
  • 21 Jump Street as Mark Dorian – 1987
  • Party Camp as District Attorney – 1987
  • A Year in the Life as Jerry -1987
  • The Charmings as Al – 1988
  • Demonwarp as Tom Phillips film – 1988
  • The Bronx Zoo as Brad – 1988
  • Dr. Alien as Wesley Littlejohn –  1989
  • The ‘Burbs as voice – 1989
  • The Young Riders – 1989
  • CBS Schoolbreak Special as Bill McCallister – 1990
  • Parker Lewis Can’t Lose as Mikey Randall – 1990
  • Renegade as Otis Moon – 1995
  • Spring Fling! TV movie – 1995
  • The Client as T.J. Rutherford – 1995
  • Murder One as Billy McBride – 1995
  • Walker, Texas Ranger as Derek Malloy – 1996
  • Breaking Through as Mike – 1996
  • Extreme Ghostbusters as voice – 1997
  • Charmed as Billy Waters – 1999
  • Road Kill as Lars – 1999
  • The Crew as Young Tony ‘Mouth’ Donato – 2000
  • The Bernie Mac Show as Coach – 2003
  • Cold Case as Al ‘Baltimore Red’ Soddenheim ’63 – 2009
  • United States of Tara as Ed – 2010

Directorial credits

  • Conspiracy as John ‘John Q’ director, TV movie – 2016
  • Buckcherry: Gluttony director, music video – 2013
  • BuckCherry: Wrath director, music video – 2014
  • Buckcherry: Say Fuck It director, music video – 2014
  • Buckcherry: Bring It On Back director, music video – 2015
  • Louise Goffin: Let Me in Again director, music video – 2017
  • Josh Todd and The Conflict: rain director, music video – 2017
  • Josh Todd and The Conflict: Story of my Life director, music video – 2018

Where is Billy Jayne now?

After appearing in one episode of United States of Tara in 2010, the American actor switched from actor to director. Considering the number of roles he played on both the small and big screens as an actor, it didn’t come as a surprise that Billy’s disappearance from the screen raised the question – where is Billy Jayne? Well, apparently, he has had enough of the cameras focusing on him and wants to try working behind them as a director.

His directorial portfolio contains 8 projects and 7 of them are music videos for rock bands and other artists. Billy has directed music videos for Buckcherry (rock band), Josh Todd and the Conflict (rock band), and Louise Goffin (American singer and songwriter). There is nothing to suggest that Billy Jayne will be making a comeback as an actor as he seems fulfilled in his new field.

What’s his net worth?

According to sources like, Billy Jayne has a net worth estimated at $30 million but several other figures have emerged to counter it. Some say his net worth is $4.7 mullion while others suggest it’s not even up to a million dollars. Whatever the case may be, Jayne is doing pretty well in the showbiz industry.

Family life of Billy Jayne

He was married to actress cum writer April Wayne who is known for her roles in MacGyver (1985), Dead On (19940 and Party Camp (1987). Together, Billy and April had three sons – Miles, Gabriel, and Keelin before they went their separate ways. We only know that they concluded their divorce in 2003 but the actual date they got married remains a mystery.

Talking about his birth family, Billy has Susan Jacoby, Robert Jayne, and Laura Jacoby as his brother and sisters while Scot Jacoby is his half-brother. His mother’s name is Dolores Jacoby – a singer and an actress who works at the New York World’s Fair as a hostess. Dolores’s marriage to Billy’s father, Joe Jayne, was her second but we don’t know anything about her first attempt at matrimony. Billy’s father, Joe Jayne, works as a contractor.

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