Billy Zane

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
Zane in 2010
William George Zane Jr.

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 life

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.



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.

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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 life

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 projects

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 games

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

Music videos

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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Alien Agent is a 2007 Canadian science fiction/action film directed by Jesse Johnson and starring Mark Dacascos, Emma Lahana with Billy Zane and Amelia Cooke.

BloodRayne (film)

BloodRayne is a 2005 German-American fantasy action horror film set in 18th-century Romania, directed by Uwe Boll. The film features a cast of Kristanna Loken, Michael Madsen, Matthew Davis, Will Sanderson, Billy Zane, Udo Kier, Michael Paré, Meat Loaf, Michelle Rodriguez, Ben Kingsley, and Geraldine Chaplin. The screenplay by Guinevere Turner is based on the video game of the same name from Majesco Entertainment and the game developer, Terminal Reality.

The third video game film adaptation by Boll, who previously made the films based on House of the Dead and Alone in the Dark, BloodRayne received extremely negative reviews upon release and was a box office bomb, grossing only $3.7 million from a $25 million budget.

Curfew (TV series)

Curfew is a British dystopian action drama television series created by Matthew Read for Sky. Starring Adam Brody, Billy Zane and Sean Bean, the series premiered on 22 February 2019 on Sky One in the United Kingdom and Ireland. In the United States, the entire series was released on 24 June 2019 by Spectrum as part of their Spectrum Originals video on demand branding initiative.

Dead Calm (film)

Dead Calm is a 1989 Australian psychological thriller film directed by Phillip Noyce and starring Sam Neill, Nicole Kidman and Billy Zane. The screenplay by Terry Hayes was based on the 1963 novel of the same name by Charles Williams. Filmed around the Great Barrier Reef, the plot focuses on a married couple (Kidman and Neill) who are sailing a yacht through the Pacific. They encounter a damaged boat and a distraught man (Zane). Their efforts to help and investigate lead both the husband and wife into danger.


Fishtales is a 2007 family comedy film directed by Alki David and Michael Greenspan, and starring Billy Zane and Kelly Brook about a widowed father who falls in love with a mermaid. The film was released theatrically in the UK on 24 August 2007.

At the time of filming, co-stars Billy Zane and Kelly Brook were engaged to be married, but they have since split. This is the second film that the couple have worked on together, the previous being 2005's Survival Island, where they met.

Flashfire (film)

Flashfire is a 1994 American crime thriller film directed by Elliot Silverstein. It stars Billy Zane and Louis Gossett Jr.

I Woke Up Early the Day I Died

I Woke Up Early the Day I Died is 1998 American camp comedy film written by Edward D. Wood, Jr.. The film, directed by Aris Iliopulos, stars Billy Zane, Tippi Hedren, Ron Perlman, and Christina Ricci, among many others. The film has no dialogue, only atmospheric sounds, alternating bursts of laughter, and screams.


Landspeed is a 2002 American sports drama film starring Billy Zane and Paul Butcher in his film debut, and featuring Roberto Luis Santana (CHE) as Angel the Grease Monkey.

The film is about an American racing team trying to break the land speed record.

Love N' Dancing

Love N' Dancing is a 2009 film about a couple who take part in a competition in the world of swing dancing. The film was directed by Robert Iscove, and stars Amy Smart, Tom Malloy, and Billy Zane. Emmy Award-winning Jeff Bihlman, and scot Little Bihlman contributed 7 original songs to complete the 'Love N' Dancing' soundtrack.

Memory (2006 film)

Memory (also billed as mem-(o)-re and Memore) is a 2006 American techno-thriller film written by Bennett Joshua Davlin, and starring Billy Zane, Tricia Helfer and Terry Chen.

Red Clover (film)

Red Clover (also known as Leprechaun's Revenge and St. Patrick's Day Leprechaun) is a 2012 made for television horror film directed by Drew Daywalt. The movie was originally made under the title Red Clover, but was changed to Leprechaun's Revenge for a March 17, 2012 television release on the Syfy Channel. The title was switched back to Red Clover for its 2013 DVD release. Red Clover stars Billy Zane as a Massachusetts sheriff who must save his town from a homicidal leprechaun.

Romar Entertainment

Romar Entertainment was a California-based film distribution company founded in 2003 by James Schramm and partnered with Billy Zane in 2005. In 2008, the company was named in a lawsuit by director Uwe Boll concerning poor distribution of his box-office failure, BloodRayne.


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Silent Warnings

Silent Warnings (also known as Dark Harvest) is a 2003 science fiction/horror television film about a group of college students who begin finding crop circles by the house they have moved into. Following the disappearance of one of them, they begin suspecting something sinister. It was commissioned by Syfy (then known as Sci-Fi Channel), written and directed Christian McIntire, and stars Stephen Baldwin, A. J. Buckley and Billy Zane. The project was released on DVD as Warnings by WL on June 23, 2003 and as Silent Warnings by Universal on August 26, 2003.

Sniper (1993 film)

Sniper is a 1993 American action film directed by Luis Llosa. The film stars Tom Berenger and Billy Zane as snipers on an assassination mission in Panama. The first installment in the Sniper film series and was followed by six direct-to-video sequels: Sniper 2, Sniper 3, Sniper: Reloaded, Sniper: Legacy, Sniper: Ghost Shooter and Sniper: Ultimate Kill. It was shot in Queensland, Australia, and debuted at number two in the United States.

The Hessen Affair

The Hessen Affair is a 2009 Belgian thriller movie directed by Paul Breuls and starring Billy Zane, Lyne Renee, Noah Segan, and Michael Bowen. The movie was released on DVD as The Hessen Conspiracy.

The Silence of the Hams

The Silence of the Hams (Italian: Il Silenzio dei Prosciutti) is a 1994 Italian-American satirical comedy film written by, directed by, and starring Italian comedian Ezio Greggio. It is a parody of many popular thriller and horror films, notably The Silence of the Lambs and Psycho. Along with Greggio, the film features an ensemble cast of Dom DeLuise, Billy Zane, Joanna Pacuła, Charlene Tilton, and Martin Balsam.

The comedy, like many of its contemporaries (including The Naked Gun), is largely driven by word play, sight gags, running jokes, and multiple references to popular culture of the time, such as Michael Jackson's Thriller, and tongue-in-cheek references to the then-current state of American politics (such as a fight scene between Presidents George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton). As a curiosity, Mel Brooks, who made a number of well regarded parodies (Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, Spaceballs), appeared in a cameo.

This World, Then the Fireworks

This World, Then the Fireworks is a 1997 American crime drama film directed by Michael Oblowitz and starring Billy Zane, Gina Gershon and Sheryl Lee. The screenplay is based on a short story of the same name by Jim Thompson.


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