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William George Zane Jr. (born February 24, 1966) is an American actor and producer. He is best known for his villainous role as Caledon Hockley in the epic romantic disaster film Titanic (1997). His other films include Back to the Future (1985) and its sequel Back to the Future Part II (1989), Dead Calm (1989), the television series Twin Peaks (1991), Tombstone (1993), Demon Knight (1995), The Phantom (1996) and the video game Kingdom Hearts (2002).

Billy Zane
Billy Zane Cannes 2010.jpg
Zane in 2010
William George Zane Jr.

(1966-02-24) February 24, 1966 (age 53)
Other namesBill Zane
OccupationActor, producer
Years active1985–present
Lisa Collins
(m. 1989; div. 1995)
Partner(s)Candice Neil (2010–present; engaged)

Early lifeEdit

Zane was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Thalia and William George Zane, Sr., both of whom were amateur actors and founders of a school for medical technicians.[1][2] His parents are both of Greek descent (from Chios through his mother and Mani through his father), and his family's original surname, "Zanetakos", was anglicized to "Zane" by his parents, who also raised him Greek Orthodox.[3][4][5] He has an older sister, Lisa Zane, who is an actress and singer.[6] After completing a year abroad in Switzerland at The American School in Switzerland (TASIS), Zane graduated from Francis W. Parker School and attended Harand Camp of the Theater Arts, located in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.[citation needed]



Zane's first two screen roles were in the science fiction films Back to the Future in 1985 and Critters in 1986, around the same time he appeared in the music video for Sheena Easton's song "Do It For Love". In 1988 he played Tony Gambini alongside Jessica Fletcher in Murder, She Wrote: A Very Good Year for Murder. Zane also appeared in an episode of Matlock entitled "The Nurse". In 1989 he reprised his henchman role in Back to the Future Part II. Earlier that same year, Zane gained international recognition with the role of villain Hughie Warriner in the thriller Dead Calm, alongside Nicole Kidman and Sam Neill. He also starred in the NBC film, The Case of the Hillside Stranglers (1989).


Zane's first starring role was in a 1990 independent film, the low budget science fiction thriller Megaville. In 1990, he also co-starred in the film Memphis Belle, a film version of a 1944 film about a World War II Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress bomber, as the bombardier. Zane also forayed into television work, and in 1991 he appeared as John Justice Wheeler in several episodes of David Lynch's hit TV-show Twin Peaks. In 1992 Zane co-starred alongside Tilda Swinton in the film adaptation of Virginia Woolf's novel Orlando. In 1993, he played the Shakespearean actor "Mr. Fabian" in Tombstone, took a starring role in Sniper and played a playboy named Harry, posing as the elusive, albeit fake Damon Bradley alongside Marisa Tomei and Robert Downey Jr. in Only You.

He also starred in a couple of Tales from the Crypt productions, including Tales From the Crypt Presents: Demon Knight, where he played a henchman of Satan called The Collector, and the episode "Well-Cooked Hams", where he played a poorly skilled magician who killed to steal good tricks from other magicians. In 1996, Zane played the eponymous classic comic book hero in the big budget action film The Phantom, based on Lee Falk's comic.

Zane played the snobbish millionaire misanthrope Caledon Hockley in James Cameron's 1997 blockbuster Titanic. This role as Rose's (played by Kate Winslet) fiancé earned him an MTV Movie Award nomination for "Best Villain" and a Blockbuster Entertainment Award. He was also nominated for a SAG award.

In 1998, he starred in and produced I Woke Up Early the Day I Died, a silent film based on Ed Wood's last script, intended as a parody on bad filmmaking. He won several awards at the B-Movie Film Festival, including Best Movie and Best Actor, for this work. The year after, he starred opposite Timothy Dalton, Bruce Payne, Sean Pertwee and Leonor Varela (who became his fiance after shooting ended) in a TV-movie about Cleopatra. Zane played the part of Mark Antony.

The same year, he lent his voice to John Rolfe in Disney's Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World and voiced Etrigan the Demon in an episode of The New Batman Adventures.


Zane was instrumental in getting the critically acclaimed film The Believer made, which won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival in 2001.[7] In it, he portrayed neo-Nazi Curtis Zampf, and starred opposite Ryan Gosling. The same year, he also had a cameo as himself in the comedy Zoolander.

Zane appeared on Broadway in Chicago, where he played lawyer Billy Flynn.

Zane also had a recurring role in the television series Charmed in which he played poetry-loving ex-demon Drake. He also provided the voice of Ansem, the main antagonist of the 2002 video game Kingdom Hearts. Archive audio of Zane was later used for Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories, and though he was originally to continue voicing the character throughout future installments, Zane was replaced by Richard Epcar for the rest of the series from Kingdom Hearts II onwards. Zane's performance, however, was kept for the Kingdom Hearts Final Mix remaster in Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMix.

In 2006, Zane starred in Arthur Allan Seidelman's West End production of Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks as an acerbic gay dance instructor opposite Claire Bloom.[8] The same year, he appeared in the Turkish film Valley of the Wolves Iraq (Kurtlar Vadisi: Irak in Turkish), part of the Kurtlar Vadisi franchise. The film tells the story of the U.S. Army run amok in Iraq, eventually brought into check by a Turkish soldier. Zane plays Sam William Marshall, a cruel U.S. soldier who is the main antagonist in the film.

Zane in 2008

He took over Timothy Olyphant's role as Christina Applegate's ex-boyfriend on Samantha Who?. The show, however, was not renewed for the 2009–2010 season.[9]

Zane is a principal at RadioactiveGiant, a film and television production and distribution company.[10] Zane stars in the action/thriller film The Kill Hole.[11]


In January 2017, Zane appeared in a commercial for KFC as a gold-colored Colonel Sanders to pitch the restaurant chain's newest limited-time flavor, Georgia Gold Honey Mustard BBQ chicken.[12]

Personal lifeEdit

Zane was married to actress Lisa Collins from 1989 until 1995. He was also engaged for a time to Chilean actress Leonor Varela, his costar in the television film Cleopatra (1999).[13]

Zane was later engaged to marry British model turned actress Kelly Brook, whom he met when starring with her in the movie Survival Island (2005), also known as Three.[14] They split in April 2008, got back together again shortly thereafter, then ended the relationship in August 2008.[15] Zane dated Croatian model Jasmina Hdagha in 2010, but they broke up later that year.[16]

Through a friend he met American model Candice Neil who is the mother of his two daughters and to whom he is also currently engaged.[17][18] Their first daughter, Ava Catherine, was born in 2011, and their second daughter, Gia, was born in 2014.[19]

In 1999, Zane participated in the first Gumball 3000 rally, driving a 1964 Aston Martin DB5.

Other media projectsEdit

Zane executive-produced a CD by bluesman Tim O'Connor that includes three songs from Dead Calm, in which Zane had one of the lead roles.[20]



Year Film Role Notes
1985 Back to the Future Match
1986 Critters Steve Elliot
Brotherhood of Justice Les
1989 Going Overboard King Neptune
Dead Calm Hughie Warriner Nominated — Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Most Promising Actor
Back to the Future Part II Match
1990 Megaville Raymond Palinov/Jensen
Memphis Belle Lt. Val Kozlowski Nominated — Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Most Promising Actor
Millions Maurizio Ferretti
1991 Femme Fatale Elijah
Blood and Concrete: A Love Story Joey Turks
1992 Lake Consequence Billy
Orlando Shelmerdine
1993 Sniper Richard Miller
Posse Colonel Graham
Poetic Justice Brad
Tombstone Mr. Fabian
1994 Reflections on a Crime Colin
The Silence of the Hams Jo Dee Fostar
Flashfire Jack Flinder
Only You Harry
Reflections in the Dark Colin
1995 The Set-Up Charles Thorpe
Tales from the Crypt Presents: Demon Knight The Collector
1996 The Phantom The Phantom/Kit Walker
Head Above Water Kent
1997 Danger Zone Rick Morgan
This World, Then the Fireworks Marty
Titanic Caledon N. "Cal" Hockley Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actor – Drama
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast
Nominated — MTV Movie Award for Best Villain
1998 I Woke Up Early the Day I Died The Thief
Susan's Plan Sam Myers
Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World John Rolfe Voice Direct-to-video
1999 Promise Her Anything George Putter
2001 Zoolander Himself Uncredited cameo
The Believer Curtis Zampf
CQ Mr. E
Morgan's Ferry Sam
2002 Claim Roberto Bealing
Landspeed Michael Sanger
2003 Silent Warnings Sheriff Bill Willingham TV movie
Vlad Adrian
The Kiss Alan Roberts/Young Philip Naudet
Starving Hysterical Naked Jack
Imaginary Grace Nero
2004 Silver City Chandler Tyson
Big Kiss Billy Also director and executive producer
2005 Dead Fish Virgil
The Pleasure Drivers Marvin
BloodRayne Elrich
2006 The Last Drop Robert Oates Direct-to-video
Survival Island Jack
Valley of the Wolves: Iraq Sam William Marshall
Memory Taylor Briggs
2007 The Mad Jason Hunt
Fishtales Professor Thomas Bradley Also co-producer
Alien Agent Tom/Saylon
2008 Perfect Hideout Victor
The Man Who Came Back Ezra
Love N' Dancing Kent Krandel
2009 Surviving Evil Sebastian 'Seb' Beazley
Blue Seduction Mikey Taylor
Evil – In the Time of Heroes The Prophet
Darfur Bob Jones
The Hessen Affair Jack Durant
2010 Magic Man Darius
The Confidant Monty
Enemies Among Us Graham
2011 The Roommate Professor Roberts
Boop Max Fleischer Short
Sniper: Reloaded Richard Miller Direct-to-video
Mercenaries Colonel Torida
Flutter Edwin
Mysteria Producer
Lovemakers Jake's Agent
Guido Sid Shine
2012 The Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption King Talus
Electrick Children Paul McKnight
Mama, I Want to Sing! Dillan
A Green Story Greg Hutchins
Two Jacks Max Faraday
Border Run Aaron Talbert
Dark Star Hollow The Devil
2013 The Employer Alan
The Kill Hole Marshall
Blood of Redemption Quinn Forte Direct-to-video
Come Find Me Uncle Short
2014 Scorned Kevin
The Ganzfield Haunting Father
HUVr Himself Short
Ghost of Goodnight Lane Alan
Mining for Ruby Professor Sam Goodwell
2015 Zombie Killers: Elephant's Graveyard Seiler
Billy Zayn Thinks Zayn Tweets Are About Him Himself Short
West of Redemption Hank Keller
Trouble Sleeping Charles
2016 A Winter Rose Preston Holdsworth
Zoolander 2 Himself
Dead Rising: Endgame Leo Rand
Blue World Order Master Crane
White Island Leo[21][22]
Sniper: Ghost Shooter Richard Miller
2017 Sniper: Ultimate Kill Richard Miller
2018 Samson King Balek
Holmes & Watson Himself Cameo
2019 Cliffs of Freedom Christo
TBA Waltzing with Brando Marlon Brando


Year Film Role Notes
1986 Brotherhood of Justice Les Television film
Heart of the City Tobin Episode: "Don't Sell Yourself to the Cannibals"
1987 Matlock Eric Dawson Episode: "The Nurse"
Conspiracy: The Trial of the Chicago 8 Police Officer Television film
1988 Crime Story Frankie 'The Duke' Farantino Episode: "Protected Witness"
Murder, She Wrote Tony Gambini Episode: "A Very Good Year for Murder"
Police Story: Monster Manor Officer Don Varney TV Series
1989 The Case of the Hillside Strangler Kenneth Bianchi Television film
1991 Twin Peaks John Justice Wheeler 5 episodes
1993 Lake Consequence Billy Television film
Running Delilah Paul Television film
Tales From the Crypt Miles Episode: "Well-Cooked Ham"
1998 The New Batman Adventures Jason Blood/Etrigan the Demon Episode: "The Demon Within"
1999 Cleopatra Marc Antony Miniseries
2000 Sole Survivor Joe Carpenter Television film
Hendrix Michael Jeffrey Television film
2001 The Diamond of Jeru Mike Kardec Television film
Invincible Os Television film
Boston Public Matthew Baskin 4 episodes
2004 Bet Your Life Joseph Television film
2005 Charmed Drake 3 episodes
2008 Finnegan Brian Clark Television film
2009 Blue Seduction Mikey Taylor Television film
Samantha Who? Winston Funk[23] 5 episodes
2010 Journey to Promethea King Laypach Television film
The Deep End Cliff Huddle Series regular
6 episodes
2012 Red Clover Sheriff Conor O'Hara Television film
Hannah's Law Lockwood Television film
Robot Chicken Commander Edwards/King Ding Dong Episode: "Poisoned by Relatives"
Barabbas Barabbas Television film
2014 Checked Out Uncle Dennis Television film
Psych Ian Collins[24] Episode: "The Break-Up"
2015 The Wheel of Time: The Winter Dragon Ishamael Television film
Community Honda Boss Episode: "Advanced Safety Features"
2015–2016 Mad Dogs Milo 2 episodes
2016 Guilt Stan Guthrie 10 episodes
2017 Legends of Tomorrow P. T. Barnum Episode: "Freakshow"
2018 Deception Switch 2 episodes
2019 Curfew Joker Jones 8 episodes
2019 The Boys Himself 2 episodes

Video gamesEdit

Year Film Voice role
2001 SSX Tricky Brodi Ford
2002 Kingdom Hearts Ansem, Seeker of Darkness

Music videosEdit

Year Song Artist Role Notes
1998 "The Dope Show" Marilyn Manson Recording industry executive
2001 "Epiphany" Staind
2013 "Rock n Roll"[25] Avril Lavigne


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  3. ^ Dinges, Barnaby (March 18, 1990). "Lisa Zane looks soberly at `Influence' Chicago actress has bold words about role and co-star Rob Lowe". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved December 3, 2010.
  4. ^ Billy Zane Interview"BloodRayne"Movie: Tim Nasson Archived November 2, 2013, at the Wayback Machine. (December 27, 2005). Retrieved on 2011-11-15.
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