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Also Known As: William George Zane Jr. Died:
Born: February 24, 1966 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA Profession: actor, director

Biography CLOSE THE FULL BIOGRAPHY

Mainly a B-movie actor, Billy Zane enjoyed a few brief moments in the sun most impressively for his supporting role as the villain Caledon Hockley in the historic blockbuster, "Titanic" (1997). The intense actor began his career playing an assortment of villains and oddballs in occasionally notable films like "Dead Calm" (1989) and "Orlando" (1993), but following a run of supporting roles in big budget Hollywood films and a not-so-well-received starring turn as "The Phantom" (1996), he took up residence in the realm of macho low-budget action films and sci-fi thrillers. A prolific working actor to say the least, Zane churned out numerous B-movies and cable telepics yearly, occasionally turning heads in acclaimed independent dramas like "The Believer" (2001) and John Sayles' "Silver City" (2004), though his curious movie choices made it difficult for him to rise to the status of a solid Hollywood supporting player, for which he unquestionably had the looks and talent.

Mainly a B-movie actor, Billy Zane enjoyed a few brief moments in the sun most impressively for his supporting role as the villain Caledon Hockley in the historic blockbuster, "Titanic" (1997). The intense actor began his career playing an assortment of villains and oddballs in occasionally notable films like "Dead Calm" (1989) and "Orlando" (1993), but following a run of supporting roles in big budget Hollywood films and a not-so-well-received starring turn as "The Phantom" (1996), he took up residence in the realm of macho low-budget action films and sci-fi thrillers. A prolific working actor to say the least, Zane churned out numerous B-movies and cable telepics yearly, occasionally turning heads in acclaimed independent dramas like "The Believer" (2001) and John Sayles' "Silver City" (2004), though his curious movie choices made it difficult for him to rise to the status of a solid Hollywood supporting player, for which he unquestionably had the looks and talent.

Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

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 Scorned (2014)
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 Mule, The (2013)
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 Green Story, A (2013)
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 Two Jacks (2013)
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Milestones close milestones

1979:
Began making Super-8 movies as a teenager
1982:
Studied acting and writing at the American School in Switzerland
1986:
Moved to Los Angeles
1986:
Made uncredited film debut in "Back to the Future"
1986:
TV debut, playing Les in the ABC-TV movie, "Brotherhood of Justice"
1986:
Made TV series debut in an episode of the short-lived police drama, "Heart of the City"
1986:
First credited role in a feature, "Critters"
1990:
First leading role in a feature film, the sci-fi thriller, "Megaville"
1991:
Appeared as John Justice Wheeler on the ABC cult drama series, "Twin Peaks"
1996:
Played the classic comic book hero in the big budget action film "The Phantom"
1997:
First credit as producer, "This World, Then the Fireworks"; also co-starred with Gina Gershon
1997:
Played the fiance of Kate Winslet in James Cameron's blockbuster "Titanic"
1998:
Co-produced and starred in "I Woke Up Early the Day I Died"
1998:
Voiced the character of John Rolfe in the Disney video sequel "Pocahontas II: Journey to the New World"; also made singing debut
1999:
Starred as Marc Anthony in the ABC miniseries "Cleopatra"
2000:
Acted opposite Gloria Reuben in the FOX miniseries "Sole Survivors"
2001:
Played a neo-Nazi leader in the controversial Sundance-screened "The Believer"
2003:
Produced and starred in "Starving, Hysterical, Naked"
2004:
Cast in John Sayles┬┐ political satire "Silver City," co-starring Chris Cooper
2006:
Cast in the big-screen version of the popular video game "BloodRayne"
2006:
Made his London stage debut in Arthur Allan Seidelman's production of "Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks"
2007:
Co-starred with Dennis Hopper in the independent feature "Memory"
2008:
Replaced Timothy Olyphant as Sam's (Christina Applegate) ex in ABC's "Samantha Who?"
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Education

The American School: -
Francis W. Parker School: Chicago , Illinois - 1984

Notes

"I attribute my ability to get jobs early on to blessing the competition. All these angry young actors had a uniform: faded jeans, fucked-up boots, a leather jacket. I realized right away that you don't dress like a wanna-be, you dress like you've arrived. It's the 180-degree law--defying expectations--and it will get you through Hollywood squeaky clean. I looked as though I was about to go yachting." --Billy Zane quoted in Us, June 1996.

"If I've noticed any kind of consistency throughout my career, it's a move from dark to light. But the desire has always been for the light from the very beginning" --Billy Zane quoted in Us, June 1996.

"You've got to be smart to be a good actor. You've got to be smart to direct. If you like an actor, it's because he's smart." --Billy Zane to Detour, June-July 1996.

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Lisa Collins. Actor. Met on set of "Dead Calm" which featured Zane in a major role; her part was cut; married in 1987; separated in 1995.
companion:
Leonor Varela. Actor. Appeared together in "Cleopatra" (ABC, 1999).

Family close complete family listing

father:
William George Zane Sr. Actor.
mother:
Thalia Zane.
sister:
Lisa Zane. Actor. Acted with her brother in the feature, "Femme Fatale" (1991); older, born c. 1964.

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