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.
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
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
Is perhaps best known to younger audiences as the voice of Ansem (Xehanort) in Kingdom Hearts (2002).
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.".
Has filmed movies in over 19 countries, including Australia five times.
Has pumped iron for over a year to play the title role in The Phantom (1996).
Engaged to English actress Kelly Brook, having been in a relationship with her since July 2004 (April 2005-August 2008).
[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.
[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!".
[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?".
[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.
[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.
[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].
[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.
Every day is a surprise. There are confirmations of an interconnectivity and synchronicity which inspire, titillate and confirm the inherent comedy of the universe.
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.
I paint abstract expressions.
My best evenings are at home with my lady.
[what he thinks the best age is] I'm enjoying 40. Old enough to know better, young enough not to care.