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Billy Zane Biography

Birth Name:
William George Zane Jr.
Birth Place:
Chicago, Illinois, United States

Fast Facts

  • Of Greek descent; his grandparents changed their last name from Zanikopoulos to Zane
  • Attended Harand Camp of the Theatre Arts in Kenosha, Wis
  • 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


  • 1997Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated