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Fast Facts

  • Of Greek descent; his grandparents changed their last name from Zanikopoulos to Zane.
  • Film debut was in Back to the Future (1985) as Match, one of Biff's thugs.
  • International attention came in 1989 for his villainous turn in the thriller Dead Calm, costarring Nicole Kidman and Sam Neill.
  • Television performances include the role of John Justice Wheeler in the cult classic Twin Peaks.
  • Appears as a partying record executive in the Marilyn Manson video "The Dope Show" and was featured in the Staind video "Epiphany."
  • Best-known character is Cal Hockley, the nemesis of Leonardo DiCaprio's Jack in the blockbuster Titanic (1997).
  • Made West End theater debut in 2006 opposite Claire Bloom in Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks.


  • 1997, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee


  • Lisa Collins — Ex-wife
  • William George Zane Sr. — Father
  • Thalia Zane — Mother
  • Kelly Brook — Ex-fiancée
  • Emma Howard — Ex-significant Other
  • Jasmina Hdagha — Significant Other
  • Leonor Varela — Ex-fiancée
  • Lisa Zane — Sister
  • Karina Lombard — Ex-significant Other
  • Eva Katerina Zane — Daughter


  • Attended Harand Camp of the Theatre Arts, Kenosha WI

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  • Birth Name: William George Zane Jr.
  • Birth Place: Chicago, IL
  • Profession: Actor

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