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Billy Zane

Biography

He became recognized to viewers as Caledon Hockley in Titanic in 1997 and in addition played the titular part within the Phantom. Others found understand him as Hughie from Deceased Calm. He grew up Greek Orthodox in Illinois. He researched abroad in the American College in Switzerland. He performed a henchman in Back again to the near future I and II and performed Mr. E in CQ. His dad can be William George Zane, Sr., and his mom can be Thalia. They elevated him in Chicago. He wedded celebrity Lisa Collins in 1989, as well as the few divorced in 1995. He includes a girl called Ava. He starred within the strike film Titanic with Leonardo DiCaprio.

Quick Facts


Full Name Billy Zane
Date Of Birth February 24, 1966
Place Of Birth Chicago, IL
Height 1.83 m
Profession Movie Actor
Education American School in Switzerland, Francis W. Parker School
Nationality American
Children Ava Katherine Zane, Gia Zane
Parents Thalia Zane, William George Zane, Sr.
Siblings Lisa Zane
Partner Candice Neil, Candice Neil
Awards Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actor - Drama
Nominations MTV Movie Award for Best Villain, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Movies Titanic, The Phantom, Dead Calm, Back to the Future, Back to the Future Part II, Demon Knight, The Roommate, Memphis Belle, Sniper, Tombstone, BloodRayne, Critters, CQ, Survival Island, The Believer, This World, Then the Fireworks, The Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption, Sniper: Reloaded, Poetic Justice, The Mad, Posse, Love N' Dancing, Electrick Children, Fishtales, Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World, Only You, Scorned, Danger Zone, I Woke Up Early The Day I Died, Head Above Water, Going Overboard, The Silence of the Hams, The Hessen Conspiracy, Megaville, Border Run, The Case Of The Hillside Stranglers, Hannah's Law, The Adventure Club, Two Jacks, The Man Who Came Back, Enemies Among Us, The Kill Hole, Flashfire, Brotherhood of Justice, Susan's Plan, A Green Story, Mysteria, Darfur, The Set-Up, Mama, I Want to Sing!, Sniper: Ghost Shooter
TV Shows Guilt, Mad Dogs, The Deep End, Sole Survivor, Twin Peaks, Cleopatra
Star Sign Pisces

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#Fact
1 Was considered for the role of Vincent Mancini in The Godfather: Part III (1990).
2 His parents, William George Sr. and Thalia Zane, managed a medical technical school.
3 Received an honorary degree from Lium University in Bellinzona, Switzerland. [November 2010]
4 Attended the 2004 Toronto International Film Festival in Canada. [September 2004]
5 Attended the 63rd Annual Cannes Film Festival in France. [May 2010]
6 Attended the 61st Annual Cannes Film Festival in France. [May 2008]
7 Attended the 60th Annual Cannes Film Festival in France. [May 2007]
8 Attended the 59th Annual Cannes Film Festival in France. [May 2006]
9 Attended the 58th Annual Cannes Film Festival in France. [May 2005]
10 Attended the 56th Annual Cannes Film Festival in France. [May 2003]
11 Attended the 51st Annual Cannes Film Festival in France. [May 1998]
12 Billy and Colombian born girlfriend, Candice Neill, welcomed a baby girl (Eva Katerina) in spring 2011.
13 Member of the jury at the Beverly Hills Film Festival along with James Russo, Martiros Vartanov, Corbin Bernsen, Robert Davi, Elisa Donovan (2009).
14 Remains good friends with his Titanic (1997) co-stars Edward Fletcher, Frances Fisher, Jonathan Hyde and Rochelle Rose.
15 Is perhaps best known to younger audiences as the voice of Ansem (Xehanort) in Kingdom Hearts (2002).
16 His voice was used as a sample on Marilyn Manson's Mechanical Animals Tour as the intro for the song "Rock Is Dead". He can be heard on the live album "The Last Tour on Earth" saying, "Ladies and gentlemen, from the dread capital of the world, Hollywood, California, Omega and the Mechanical Animals.".
17 Has filmed movies in over 19 countries, including Australia five times.
18 Has pumped iron for over a year to play the title role in The Phantom (1996).
19 Engaged to English actress Kelly Brook, having been in a relationship with her since July 2004 (April 2005-August 2008).
20 Has played complete opposite sides of the typical "marooned love triangle". In Dead Calm (1989), he played the handsome and mysterious stranger who gets marooned with Sam Neill (the husband) and Nicole Kidman (wife). In Survival Island (2005), he played the jealous husband, in opposition to Kelly Brook (wife) and Juan Pablo Di Pace (handsome outsider).
21 Added more muscle to his already buff physique in order to effectively play Marc Antony in the television movie Cleopatra (1999).
22 All of his grandparents were Greek. His family's surname was originally "Zanetakos".
23 Is the voice of Broderick "Brodi" Ford in the EA Sports Big game SSX Tricky (2001) (for PlayStation 2, Nintendo GameCube, Xbox).
24 Is an avid swimmer and started shaving his head in 1997 for aerodynamics.
25 Was originally cast as Johnny Castle in the romance drama Dirty Dancing (1987). During auditions, choreographer Emile Ardolino realized that Zane could not dance, so the role went to Patrick Swayze.
26 Attended Parker School in Chicago and Harand Camp of the Theater Arts in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin with Jeremy Piven.
27 Attended the American School in Switzerland for his sophomore year of high school.
28 Was engaged to Leonor Varela.
29 Younger brother of actress Lisa Zane.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Brotherhood of Justice 1986 TV Movie Les
Critters 1986 Steve Elliot
Back to the Future 1985 Match
Ghosts of War 2018 post-production Actor
House in the Hamptons 2017 pre-production
V-Force: New Dawn of V.I.C.T.O.R.Y. 2017 filming Lazlo Lazaar
Samson 2017/II post-production King Balek
Blue World Order completed Master Crane
Cliffs of Freedom post-production Christo
Lucid completed Elliot
The Dome pre-production Charles
Adventure Club 2017 Langley
A Winter Rose 2016 Preston Holdsworth
Swing State 2016 Governor Richard Sollow
Guilt 2016 TV Series Stan Gutterie
Sniper: Ghost Shooter 2016 Richard Miller
White Island 2016 Leo
Dead Rising: Endgame 2016 Rand
Beyond the Game 2016/II
Zoolander 2 2016 Billy Zane
Mad Dogs 2015-2016 TV Series Milo
Legends of Tomorrow 2016 TV Series P.T. Barnum
Trouble Sleeping 2015 Charles
West of Redemption 2015 Hank Keller
Community 2015 TV Series Honda Boss
Billy Zane Thinks Zayn Tweets Are About Him 2015 Short Billy Zane
Winter Dragon 2015 TV Movie Ishamael
Zombie Killers: Elephant's Graveyard 2015 Seiler
Finding Harmony 2014 Casey Colter
Mining for Ruby 2014 Professor Sam Goodwell
Ghost of Goodnight Lane 2014 Alan
Psych 2014 TV Series Ian Collins
HUVr - BELIEF 2014 Video short
HUVr - HOW 2014 Video short
The Ganzfeld Haunting 2014 Father
Checked Out 2014 TV Movie Uncle Dennis
Come Find Me 2013 Short Uncle
Scorned 2013/I Kevin
UCB Comedy Originals 2013 TV Series
Blood of Redemption 2013 Quinn
Avril Lavigne: Rock N Roll 2013 Video short
The Employer 2013 Alan
Barabbas 2012 TV Movie Barabbas
Border Run 2012 Aaron
Robot Chicken 2012 TV Series Commander Edwards / King Ding Dong
The Kill Hole 2012 Marshall
2 Jacks 2012 Max Faraday
Hannah's Law 2012 TV Movie Lockwood
A Green Story 2012 Greg Hutchins
Red Clover 2012 TV Movie Sheriff Conor O'Hara
Electrick Children 2012 Paul
The Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption 2012 Video Talus
Guido 2011 Sid Shine
Lovemakers 2011 Jake's agent
Mysteria 2011 Producer
Flutter 2011/I Dentist
Mercenaries 2011 Colonel Torida
Sniper: Reloaded 2011 Richard Miller
Boop 2011 Short Max Fleischer
The Roommate 2011/I Professor Roberts
Mama I Want to Sing 2011 Amara's Manager
The Confidant 2010 Monty
Magic Man 2010 Darius
Enemies Among Us 2010 Graham
The Deep End 2010 TV Series Cliff Huddle
Journey to Promethea 2010 TV Movie King Laypach
Attack on Darfur 2009 Bob Jones
To kako - Stin epohi ton iroon 2009 Prophitis - Messenger
The Gold Retrievers 2009 Hector
Samantha Who? 2009 TV Series Funk Winston Funk
Surviving Evil 2009 Sebastian 'Seb' Beazley
Blue Seduction 2009 TV Movie Mikey Taylor
Love N' Dancing 2009 Kent Krandel
The Hessen Conspiracy 2009 Jack Durant
The Man Who Came Back 2008 Ezra
Finnegan 2008 TV Movie Deputy D.A. Brian Clark
Perfect Hideout 2008 Victor
Fishtales 2007 Dr. Thomas Bradley
Alien Agent 2007 Video Tom / Saylon
The Mad 2007 Jason Hunt
Memory 2006/II Taylor Briggs
The Pleasure Drivers 2006 Marvin
The Last Drop 2006 Flt. Lt. Robert Oates
Kurtlar Vadisi: Irak 2006 Sam William Marshall
Survival Island 2005/I Jack
BloodRayne 2005 Elrich
Dead Fish 2005 Virgil
Charmed 2005 TV Series Drake
Big Kiss 2004 Billy
Silver City 2004 Chandler Tyson
Bet Your Life 2004 TV Movie Joseph
Imaginary Grace 2003 Nero
Starving Hysterical Naked 2003 Jack
The Kiss 2003 Video Alan Roberts / young Philip Naudet
Vlad 2003 Adrian
Silent Warnings 2003 Video Sheriff Bill Willingham
Landspeed 2002 Michael Sanger
Claim 2002 Roberto Bealing
Kingdom Hearts 2002 Video Game Ansem (English version, voice)
Boston Public 2001 TV Series Matthew Baskin
Morgan's Ferry 2001 Sam
Invincible 2001 TV Movie Os
SSX Tricky 2001 Video Game Broderick 'Brodi' Ford (voice)
The Diamond of Jeru 2001 TV Movie Mike Kardec
Zoolander 2001 Billy Zane (uncredited)
CQ 2001 Mr. E
The Believer 2001 Curtis Zampf
Hendrix 2000 TV Movie Michael Jeffrey
Sole Survivor 2000 TV Movie Joe Carpenter
Promise Her Anything 1999 George Putter
Cleopatra 1999 TV Mini-Series Marc Antony
Susan's Plan 1998 Sam Myers
I Woke Up Early the Day I Died 1998 The Thief
Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World 1998 Video John Rolfe (voice)
The New Batman Adventures 1998 TV Series Etrigan the Demon Jason Blood
Titanic 1997 Cal Hockley
This World, Then the Fireworks 1997 Marty Lakewood
Head Above Water 1996 Kent
Danger Zone 1996 Rick Morgan
The Phantom 1996 The Phantom Kit Walker
The Set Up 1995 Charles Thorpe
Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight 1995 The Collector
Only You 1994 The False Damon Bradley
Flashfire 1994 Jack Flinder
Reflections on a Crime 1994 Colin
The Silence of the Hams 1994 Jo Dee Fostar
Tombstone 1993 Mr. Fabian
Tales from the Crypt 1993 TV Series Miles Federman
Poetic Justice 1993 Brad
Running Delilah 1993 TV Movie Paul
Betrayal of the Dove 1993 Dr. Jesse Peter
Posse 1993 Colonel Graham
Lake Consequence 1993 TV Movie Billy
Sniper 1993 Richard Miller
Orlando 1992 Shelmerdine
Femme Fatale 1991 Elijah
Twin Peaks 1991 TV Series John Justice Wheeler
Millions 1991 Maurizio Ferretti
Blood and Concrete 1991 Joey Turks
Megaville 1990 Palinov Jensen
Memphis Belle 1990 Lt. Val "Valentine" Kozlowski
Back to the Future Part II 1989 Match
Going Overboard 1989 King Neptune
Dead Calm 1989 Hughie Warriner
The Case of the Hillside Stranglers 1989 TV Movie Kenneth Bianchi
Police Story: Monster Manor 1988 TV Movie Officer Don Varney
Murder, She Wrote 1988 TV Series Tony Gambini
Crime Story 1988 TV Series Frankie 'The Duke' Farantino
Conspiracy: The Trial of the Chicago 8 1987 TV Movie Police Officer
Matlock 1987 TV Series Eric Dawson
Heart of the City 1986 TV Series Tobin

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ghosts of War 2018 executive producer post-production
Winter Dragon 2015 TV Movie producer
Fishtales 2007 co-producer
Big Kiss 2004 executive producer
I Woke Up Early the Day I Died 1998 producer
This World, Then the Fireworks 1997 executive producer
Danger Zone 1996 co-producer

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Electrick Children 2012 performer: "My Big Toe" / writer: "My Big Toe"
Rage 2008 TV Series 1 episode
Charmed 2005 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World 1998 Video performer: "Wait 'Til He Sees You", "Between Two Worlds"

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Big Kiss 2004
Stop for a Minute 2001 TV Series documentary short

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
This World, Then the Fireworks 1997 music consultant

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Auschwitz 2015 Documentary short special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Superhero Nation Documentary post-production
Hollywood Today Live 2016 TV Series Himself
Today 2016 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Zoolander Legacy 2016 Video documentary short Himself
Zoolander No. 2: Go Big or Go Rome 2016 Video documentary short Himself
Zoolander No. 2: Making Really Ridiculously Good Looking People 2016 Video documentary short Himself
Under Siege: The Making of Demon Knight 2015 Video documentary short Himself
Blood of Redemption: Behind the Scenes 2013 Video documentary short Himself
Hollywood Me! 2013 TV Series Himself
Revealed 2013 TV Series Himself
Big Morning Buzz Live 2013 TV Series Himself
The Daily Show 2012 TV Series Himself - Guest
Reflections on Titanic 2012 Documentary Himself
IC Places Hollywood 2012 TV Series Himself - Interviewee
Daybreak 2012 TV Series Himself
The One Show 2012 TV Series Himself - Guest
VIP zprávy 2012 TV Series Himself
Titanic: 100 Years On 2012 Himself
Love Cures Cancer: Take a Chance on Love II 2011 Documentary Himself - guest
The View 2010 TV Series Himself - Guest
Entertainment Tonight 2000-2010 TV Series Himself
Greatest Ever Disaster Movies 2007 TV Movie Himself
Viewer of the Year 2006 2006 TV Movie Himself
Loose Women 2006 TV Series Himself
Greatest Ever Blockbuster Movies 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself
Artour 2006 TV Series
This Morning 2006 TV Series Himself
Titanic: EPK Press Kit 2005 Video documentary short Himself
The Best of 'So Graham Norton' 2004 Video Himself
Tinseltown TV 2003 TV Series Himself
Overnight 2003 Documentary Himself
Young Hollywood Awards 2002 TV Special Himself
Breaking the Silence: The Making of 'Hannibal' 2001 Video documentary Himself
VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards 2000 TV Special documentary Himself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show 2000 TV Series Himself - Guest
The 2000 World Music Awards 2000 TV Special Himself
Howard Hughes: His Women and His Movies 2000 TV Movie documentary Narrator (voice)
The Vision Awards 1999 TV Special Himself
So Graham Norton 1999 TV Series Himself - Guest
1998 MTV Movie Awards 1998 TV Special Himself
The Greek Americans 1998 TV Movie documentary Himself
The 1998 Annual Kid's Choice Awards 1998 TV Special Himself
Howard Stern 1998 TV Series Himself - Guest
1998 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1998 TV Special Himself
4th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 1998 TV Special Himself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 1998 TV Series Himself - Guest
The 55th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1998 TV Special Himself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1998 TV Series Himself - Guest
Late Show with David Letterman 1997 TV Series Himself - Guest
Biography 1996 TV Series documentary Himself
1996 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1996 TV Special documentary Himself
Sex, Censorship and the Silver Screen 1996 TV Series documentary Quote Reader
100 Years of the Hollywood Western 1994 TV Movie documentary Himself
The 19th Annual People's Choice Awards 1993 TV Special Himself
The Word 1990 TV Series Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix 2017 Video Game Ansem
Welcome to the Basement 2015 TV Series Match
Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix 2013 Video Game Ansem
Big Evening Buzz with Carrie Keagan 2013 TV Series Himself
Edición Especial Coleccionista 2011 TV Series Match
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness 2010 TV Series documentary Steve Elliot
That Fellow in the Coat 2010 TV Series John Rolfe
La tele de tu vida 2007 TV Series
Charmed 2006 TV Series Drake
Cinema mil 2005 TV Series Himself
Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories 2004 Video Game Ansem
Lest We Forget: The Video Collection 2004 Video Agent In Limo
God Is in the T.V. 1999 Video documentary Yuppie in limo (segment "The Dope Show") (uncredited)
Gomorron 1997 TV Series Himself
Critters 3 1991 Steve

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2000 B-Movie Award B-Movie Film Festival Best Actor I Woke Up Early the Day I Died (1998)
1998 Blockbuster Entertainment Award Blockbuster Entertainment Awards Favorite Supporting Actor - Drama Titanic (1997)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1998 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards Best Villain Titanic (1997)
1998 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast Titanic (1997) · Suzy Amis
· Kathy Bates
· Leonardo DiCaprio
· Frances Fisher
· Victor Garber
· Bernard Hill
· Jonathan Hyde
· Bill Paxton
· Gloria Stuart
· David Warner
· Kate Winslet
· Danny Nucci
· Bernard Fox
1991 CFCA Award Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Most Promising Actor Memphis Belle (1990)
1990 CFCA Award Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Most Promising Actor Dead Calm (1989)

TitleSalary
Cleopatra (1999) $2,000,000

#Quote
1 [on The Phantom (1996)] That film was ahead of its time, in a weird way. If it came out any later, in the glut of superhero-dom, it would've been squeezed into the same sociopathic, postmodern, all-too-slick, forgettable fare that's out there. What fans seem to like about that movie is it has a very sweet, heroic heart. And it was Catherine Zeta-Jones's first American film.
2 [on Zoolander (2001)] I swear I get more love for five minutes of playing myself in that than 30 years of character work! [laughs] I was living in New York at the time, and I'd see Ben out and about quite a bit, and he called and asked if I'd do a cameo. When I was there, it suddenly evolved and all that came out of improv. I love that I was the only one in Derek's corner. But we did so many different versions of that scene. "Stuff it, Zane!" "Put a cork in it, Zane!" "Save it, Zane!". The fact that he kept saying my name... "Billy Zane's a cool dude!". He just kept hitting it and I was very embarrassed on the day, but have come to be so grateful because I'm constantly met with strangers who claim, "Billy Zane is a cool dude." I just hope to live up to it. Or I hear "Save it, Zane!". It's certainly better than "You're the asshole from Titanic!". I'm like "Come on! I wasn't the iceberg! I didn't kill 2,000 people!".
3 [on Twin Peaks (1990)] Twin Peaks was awesome. It was an incredible gift playing that role and supposedly getting to deflower Audrey Horne [played by Sherilyn Fenn] on your private jet while saving an endangered species. I was like "Did I win the lottery?".
4 [on what caused his career to decline] One word: alimony. I was married at 21 for eight years with no children to a lovely girl, Lisa Collins, and we're still friends, but L.A. law had gouged my assets and required exorbitant ransom for the better part of five years, and I chose ultimate freedom, and was happy to do anything to pay off a ridiculous monthly alimony. Dude, it was heinous for a young man, and this was happening right in the middle of Titanic. From that point on, if you see a nose dip, I was basically doing anything that paid to pay that off so it didn't get extended, because then there's a penalty.
5 [on Dead Calm (1989) being his breakout role] Absolutely. I had everything to prove and nothing to lose. It's a dangerous combination for a 21-year-old actor. I remember once the film was in the can thinking, "If this plane from Australia goes down, I'll at least have that [performance]." I was satisfied and able to demonstrate my abilities as an actor, you know? After working with those guys, I had made a mark and I was content with that, honestly.
6 [on Back to the Future (1985)] That was my first gig. I had the rare and beautiful pleasure of being in town only two weeks before landing that film, which set the tone for at least the first half of my career. [laughs] I had auditioned for Biff, and everyone they liked as a runner-up became [his goon squad].
7 [on James Cameron] I had not met Jim before auditioning for Titanic (1997) and I found him thoroughly charming and a genuine wit. My impression of him revolves around his sense of humor, which he never gets any credit for. I don't think you take on incredible risks without a great sense of humor, and Titanic was the biggest film that anyone had ever worked on.
8 Every day is a surprise. There are confirmations of an interconnectivity and synchronicity which inspire, titillate and confirm the inherent comedy of the universe.
9 With me, it's always about first impressions. I trust my instincts. I love to prepare if it's something that requires training. But I don't like to prepare the psychology too much.
10 I paint abstract expressions.
11 My best evenings are at home with my lady.
12 [what he thinks the best age is] I'm enjoying 40. Old enough to know better, young enough not to care.

#Trademark
1 Often plays sinister villains or anti-heroes
2 Rich baritone voice

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