Actor Thomas Jane credits his girlfriend Patricia Arquette with saving him from a disastrous career and a troubled personal life.

Jane, 35, who plays a superhero in his latest movie The Punisher, was "riddled with insecurity" before he met the former wife of Hollywood actor Nicolas Cage, and struggled to focus on his ambitions.

But his life experienced a dramatic turn for the better when he fell in love with Arquette, who gave him the strength to regain control of his career.

He says, "I was going nowhere before I met Patricia. I'd had some success, but it never seemed to lead anywhere.

"I was riddled with insecurity, just like any other actor. I couldn't see where my life was going. Then I met Patricia at a mutual friend's wedding and fell in love at first sight."

Jane - divorced from Rutger Hauer's daughter AYSHA - and Arquette welcomed their first child, a baby girl named HARLOW OLIVIA CALLIOPE, into the world in February last year (03).

24/09/2004 02:36