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Short Info

Net Worth$20 million
Date Of BirthFebruary 24, 1966
MarkOften plays sinister villains or anti-heroes
FactAttended the 61st Annual Cannes Film Festival in France. [May 2008]
PaymentsEarned $2,000,000 from Cleopatra (1999)

Billy Zane was born on February 24, 1966 in Chicago, Illinois, to a Greek-American father, William George Zane, Sr., and an Italian-American mother, Thalia Zane. His parents divorced when he was nine years old and he was raised by his mother on the city’s North Side. Zane was educated at the Francis W. Parker School and at Harand Camp of the Arts in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. He attended Harand Theater Camp at age 16.

Zane’s first film appearance was in Back to the Future (1985), in which he played a high school bully. He also appeared in the television series Miami Vice (1984-1985) and Roseanne (1988-1989). His first leading role was in the 1989 horror film Dead Calm, opposite Nicole Kidman.

Zane’s other film credits include The Phantom (1996), Titanic (1997), The Madam’s Family: The Truth About the Canal Street Brothel (2003), and Sniper: Reloaded (2011). He has also appeared in episodes of the television series Twin Peaks (2017) and Chicago P.D. (2018).

Zane has a net worth of $20 million. He has been married twice: first to Lisa Collins from 1989 to 1995, and then to Candice Neil from 2002 to present. He has three children: Ava Elizabeth (born 2011), Gia Francesca (born 2014), and Zoey Andrea (born 2016).

General Info

Full NameBilly Zane
Net Worth$20 million
Date Of BirthFebruary 24, 1966
Height1.83 m
ProfessionFilm producer, Voice Actor, Film director
EducationAmerican School in Switzerland, Francis W. Parker School


ChildrenAva Katherine Zane, Gia
ParentsThalia Zane, William George Zane, Sr.
SiblingsLisa Zane
PartnerCandice Neil, Candice Neil


AwardsBlockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actor - Drama
NominationsScreen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, MTV Movie Award for Best Villain
MoviesTitanic, The Phantom, Dead Calm, Demon Knight, Memphis Belle, The Roommate, Sniper: Ghost Shooter, Survival Island, Back to the Future Part II, Tombstone, The Believer, Sniper: Reloaded, Critters, The Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption, BloodRayne, Fishtales, Love N' Dancing, This World, Then th...
TV ShowsGuilt, The Deep End

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#Marks / Signs
1Often plays sinister villains or anti-heroes
2Rich baritone voice


Cleopatra (1999)$2,000,000


1[on The Phantom (1996)] That film was ahead of its time, in a weird way. If it came out any later, in the glut of superhero-dom, it would've been squeezed into the same sociopathic, postmodern, all-too-slick, forgettable fare that's out there. What fans seem to like about that movie is it has a very sweet, heroic heart. And it was Catherine Zeta-Jones's first American film.
2[on Zoolander (2001)] I swear I get more love for five minutes of playing myself in that than 30 years of character work! [laughs] I was living in New York at the time, and I'd see Ben out and about quite a bit, and he called and asked if I'd do a cameo. When I was there, it suddenly evolved and all that came out of improv. I love that I was the only one in Derek's corner. But we did so many different versions of that scene. "Stuff it, Zane!" "Put a cork in it, Zane!" "Save it, Zane!". The fact that he kept saying my name... "Billy Zane's a cool dude!". He just kept hitting it and I was very embarrassed on the day, but have come to be so grateful because I'm constantly met with strangers who claim, "Billy Zane is a cool dude." I just hope to live up to it. Or I hear "Save it, Zane!". It's certainly better than "You're the asshole from Titanic!". I'm like "Come on! I wasn't the iceberg! I didn't kill 2,000 people!".
3[on Twin Peaks (1990)] Twin Peaks was awesome. It was an incredible gift playing that role and supposedly getting to deflower Audrey Horne [played by Sherilyn Fenn] on your private jet while saving an endangered species. I was like "Did I win the lottery?".
4[on what caused his career to decline] One word: alimony. I was married at 21 for eight years with no children to a lovely girl, Lisa Collins, and we're still friends, but L.A. law had gouged my assets and required exorbitant ransom for the better part of five years, and I chose ultimate freedom, and was happy to do anything to pay off a ridiculous monthly alimony. Dude, it was heinous for a young man, and this was happening right in the middle of Titanic. From that point on, if you see a nose dip, I was basically doing anything that paid to pay that off so it didn't get extended, because then there's a penalty.
5[on Dead Calm (1989) being his breakout role] Absolutely. I had everything to prove and nothing to lose. It's a dangerous combination for a 21-year-old actor. I remember once the film was in the can thinking, "If this plane from Australia goes down, I'll at least have that [performance]." I was satisfied and able to demonstrate my abilities as an actor, you know? After working with those guys, I had made a mark and I was content with that, honestly.
6[on Back to the Future (1985)] That was my first gig. I had the rare and beautiful pleasure of being in town only two weeks before landing that film, which set the tone for at least the first half of my career. [laughs] I had auditioned for Biff, and everyone they liked as a runner-up became [his goon squad].
7[on James Cameron] I had not met Jim before auditioning for Titanic (1997) and I found him thoroughly charming and a genuine wit. My impression of him revolves around his sense of humor, which he never gets any credit for. I don't think you take on incredible risks without a great sense of humor, and Titanic was the biggest film that anyone had ever worked on.
8Every day is a surprise. There are confirmations of an interconnectivity and synchronicity which inspire, titillate and confirm the inherent comedy of the universe.
9With me, it's always about first impressions. I trust my instincts. I love to prepare if it's something that requires training. But I don't like to prepare the psychology too much.
10I paint abstract expressions.
11My best evenings are at home with my lady.
12[what he thinks the best age is] I'm enjoying 40. Old enough to know better, young enough not to care.


1Was considered for the role of Vincent Mancini in The Godfather: Part III (1990).
2His parents, William George Sr. and Thalia Zane, managed a medical technical school.
3Received an honorary degree from Lium University in Bellinzona, Switzerland. [November 2010]
4Attended the 2004 Toronto International Film Festival in Canada. [September 2004]
5Attended the 63rd Annual Cannes Film Festival in France. [May 2010]
6Attended the 61st Annual Cannes Film Festival in France. [May 2008]
7Attended the 60th Annual Cannes Film Festival in France. [May 2007]
8Attended the 59th Annual Cannes Film Festival in France. [May 2006]
9Attended the 58th Annual Cannes Film Festival in France. [May 2005]
10Attended the 56th Annual Cannes Film Festival in France. [May 2003]
11Attended the 51st Annual Cannes Film Festival in France. [May 1998]
12Billy and Colombian born girlfriend, Candice Neill, welcomed a baby girl (Eva Katerina) in spring 2011.
13Member of the jury at the Beverly Hills Film Festival along with James Russo, Martiros Vartanov, Corbin Bernsen, Robert Davi, Elisa Donovan (2009).
14Remains good friends with his Titanic (1997) co-stars Edward Fletcher, Frances Fisher, Jonathan Hyde and Rochelle Rose.
15Is perhaps best known to younger audiences as the voice of Ansem (Xehanort) in Kingdom Hearts (2002).
16His voice was used as a sample on Marilyn Manson's Mechanical Animals Tour as the intro for the song "Rock Is Dead". He can be heard on the live album "The Last Tour on Earth" saying, "Ladies and gentlemen, from the dread capital of the world, Hollywood, California, Omega and the Mechanical Animals.".
17Has filmed movies in over 19 countries, including Australia five times.
18Has pumped iron for over a year to play the title role in The Phantom (1996).
19Engaged to English actress Kelly Brook, having been in a relationship with her since July 2004 (April 2005-August 2008).
20Has played complete opposite sides of the typical "marooned love triangle". In Dead Calm (1989), he played the handsome and mysterious stranger who gets marooned with Sam Neill (the husband) and Nicole Kidman (wife). In Survival Island (2005), he played the jealous husband, in opposition to Kelly Brook (wife) and Juan Pablo Di Pace (handsome outsider).
21Added more muscle to his already buff physique in order to effectively play Marc Antony in the television movie Cleopatra (1999).
22All of his grandparents were Greek. His family's surname was originally "Zanetakos".
23Is the voice of Broderick "Brodi" Ford in the EA Sports Big game SSX Tricky (2001) (for PlayStation 2, Nintendo GameCube, Xbox).
24Is an avid swimmer and started shaving his head in 1997 for aerodynamics.
25Was originally cast as Johnny Castle in the romance drama Dirty Dancing (1987). During auditions, choreographer Emile Ardolino realized that Zane could not dance, so the role went to Patrick Swayze.
26Attended Parker School in Chicago and Harand Camp of the Theater Arts in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin with Jeremy Piven.
27Attended the American School in Switzerland for his sophomore year of high school.
28Was engaged to Leonor Varela.
29Younger brother of actress Lisa Zane.




The Brotherhood of Justice1986TV MovieLes
Critters1986Steve Elliot
Back to the Future1985Match
Ghosts of War2018post-productionActor
House in the Hamptons2017pre-production
V-Force: New Dawn of V.I.C.T.O.R.Y.2017filmingLazlo Lazaar
Samson2017/IIpost-productionKing Balek
Blue World OrdercompletedMaster Crane
Cliffs of Freedompost-productionChristo
The Domepre-productionCharles
Adventure Club2017Langley
A Winter Rose2016Preston Holdsworth
Swing State2016Governor Richard Sollow
Guilt2016TV SeriesStan Gutterie
Sniper: Ghost Shooter2016Richard Miller
White Island2016Leo
Dead Rising: Endgame2016Rand
Beyond the Game2016/II
Zoolander 22016Billy Zane
Mad Dogs2015-2016TV SeriesMilo
Legends of Tomorrow2016TV SeriesP.T. Barnum
Trouble Sleeping2015Charles
West of Redemption2015Hank Keller
Community2015TV SeriesHonda Boss
Billy Zane Thinks Zayn Tweets Are About Him2015ShortBilly Zane
Winter Dragon2015TV MovieIshamael
Zombie Killers: Elephant's Graveyard2015Seiler
Finding Harmony2014Casey Colter
Mining for Ruby2014Professor Sam Goodwell
Ghost of Goodnight Lane2014Alan
Psych2014TV SeriesIan Collins
HUVr - BELIEF2014Video short
HUVr - HOW2014Video short
The Ganzfeld Haunting2014Father
Checked Out2014TV MovieUncle Dennis
Come Find Me2013ShortUncle
UCB Comedy Originals2013TV Series
Blood of Redemption2013Quinn
Avril Lavigne: Rock N Roll2013Video short
The Employer2013Alan
Barabbas2012TV MovieBarabbas
Border Run2012Aaron
Robot Chicken2012TV SeriesCommander Edwards / King Ding Dong
The Kill Hole2012Marshall
2 Jacks2012Max Faraday
Hannah's Law2012TV MovieLockwood
A Green Story2012Greg Hutchins
Red Clover2012TV MovieSheriff Conor O'Hara
Electrick Children2012Paul
The Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption2012VideoTalus
Guido2011Sid Shine
Lovemakers2011Jake's agent
Mercenaries2011Colonel Torida
Sniper: Reloaded2011Richard Miller
Boop2011ShortMax Fleischer
The Roommate2011/IProfessor Roberts
Mama I Want to Sing2011Amara's Manager
The Confidant2010Monty
Magic Man2010Darius
Enemies Among Us2010Graham
The Deep End2010TV SeriesCliff Huddle
Journey to Promethea2010TV MovieKing Laypach
Attack on Darfur2009Bob Jones
To kako - Stin epohi ton iroon2009Prophitis - Messenger
The Gold Retrievers2009Hector
Samantha Who?2009TV SeriesFunk Winston Funk
Surviving Evil2009Sebastian 'Seb' Beazley
Blue Seduction2009TV MovieMikey Taylor
Love N' Dancing2009Kent Krandel
The Hessen Conspiracy2009Jack Durant
The Man Who Came Back2008Ezra
Finnegan2008TV MovieDeputy D.A. Brian Clark
Perfect Hideout2008Victor
Fishtales2007Dr. Thomas Bradley
Alien Agent2007VideoTom / Saylon
The Mad2007Jason Hunt
Memory2006/IITaylor Briggs
The Pleasure Drivers2006Marvin
The Last Drop2006Flt. Lt. Robert Oates
Kurtlar Vadisi: Irak2006Sam William Marshall
Survival Island2005/IJack
Dead Fish2005Virgil
Charmed2005TV SeriesDrake
Big Kiss2004Billy
Silver City2004Chandler Tyson
Bet Your Life2004TV MovieJoseph
Imaginary Grace2003Nero
Starving Hysterical Naked2003Jack
The Kiss2003VideoAlan Roberts / young Philip Naudet
Silent Warnings2003VideoSheriff Bill Willingham
Landspeed2002Michael Sanger
Claim2002Roberto Bealing
Kingdom Hearts2002Video GameAnsem (English version, voice)
Boston Public2001TV SeriesMatthew Baskin
Morgan's Ferry2001Sam
Invincible2001TV MovieOs
SSX Tricky2001Video GameBroderick 'Brodi' Ford (voice)
The Diamond of Jeru2001TV MovieMike Kardec
Zoolander2001Billy Zane (uncredited)
CQ2001Mr. E
The Believer2001Curtis Zampf
Hendrix2000TV MovieMichael Jeffrey
Sole Survivor2000TV MovieJoe Carpenter
Promise Her Anything1999George Putter
Cleopatra1999TV Mini-SeriesMarc Antony
Susan's Plan1998Sam Myers
I Woke Up Early the Day I Died1998The Thief
Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World1998VideoJohn Rolfe (voice)
The New Batman Adventures1998TV SeriesEtrigan the Demon Jason Blood
Titanic1997Cal Hockley
This World, Then the Fireworks1997Marty Lakewood
Head Above Water1996Kent
Danger Zone1996Rick Morgan
The Phantom1996The Phantom Kit Walker
The Set Up1995Charles Thorpe
Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight1995The Collector
Only You1994The False Damon Bradley
Flashfire1994Jack Flinder
Reflections on a Crime1994Colin
The Silence of the Hams1994Jo Dee Fostar
Tombstone1993Mr. Fabian
Tales from the Crypt1993TV SeriesMiles Federman
Poetic Justice1993Brad
Running Delilah1993TV MoviePaul
Betrayal of the Dove1993Dr. Jesse Peter
Posse1993Colonel Graham
Lake Consequence1993TV MovieBilly
Sniper1993Richard Miller
Femme Fatale1991Elijah
Twin Peaks1991TV SeriesJohn Justice Wheeler
Millions1991Maurizio Ferretti
Blood and Concrete1991Joey Turks
Megaville1990Palinov Jensen
Memphis Belle1990Lt. Val "Valentine" Kozlowski
Back to the Future Part II1989Match
Going Overboard1989King Neptune
Dead Calm1989Hughie Warriner
The Case of the Hillside Stranglers1989TV MovieKenneth Bianchi
Police Story: Monster Manor1988TV MovieOfficer Don Varney
Murder, She Wrote1988TV SeriesTony Gambini
Crime Story1988TV SeriesFrankie 'The Duke' Farantino
Conspiracy: The Trial of the Chicago 81987TV MoviePolice Officer
Matlock1987TV SeriesEric Dawson
Heart of the City1986TV SeriesTobin


Ghosts of War2018executive producer post-production
Winter Dragon2015TV Movie producer
Big Kiss2004executive producer
I Woke Up Early the Day I Died1998producer
This World, Then the Fireworks1997executive producer
Danger Zone1996co-producer


Electrick Children2012performer: "My Big Toe" / writer: "My Big Toe"
Rage2008TV Series 1 episode
Charmed2005TV Series performer - 1 episode
Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World1998Video performer: "Wait 'Til He Sees You", "Between Two Worlds"


Big Kiss2004
Stop for a Minute2001TV Series documentary short

Music Department

This World, Then the Fireworks1997music consultant


Auschwitz2015Documentary short special thanks


Superhero NationDocumentary post-production
Hollywood Today Live2016TV SeriesHimself
Today2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Zoolander Legacy2016Video documentary shortHimself
Zoolander No. 2: Go Big or Go Rome2016Video documentary shortHimself
Zoolander No. 2: Making Really Ridiculously Good Looking People2016Video documentary shortHimself
Under Siege: The Making of Demon Knight2015Video documentary shortHimself
Blood of Redemption: Behind the Scenes2013Video documentary shortHimself
Hollywood Me!2013TV SeriesHimself
Revealed2013TV SeriesHimself
Big Morning Buzz Live2013TV SeriesHimself
The Daily Show2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Reflections on Titanic2012DocumentaryHimself
IC Places Hollywood2012TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee
Daybreak2012TV SeriesHimself
The One Show2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
VIP zprávy2012TV SeriesHimself
Titanic: 100 Years On2012Himself
Love Cures Cancer: Take a Chance on Love II2011DocumentaryHimself - guest
The View2010TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Entertainment Tonight2000-2010TV SeriesHimself
Greatest Ever Disaster Movies2007TV MovieHimself
Viewer of the Year 20062006TV MovieHimself
Loose Women2006TV SeriesHimself
Greatest Ever Blockbuster Movies2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
Artour2006TV Series
This Morning2006TV SeriesHimself
Titanic: EPK Press Kit2005Video documentary shortHimself
The Best of 'So Graham Norton'2004VideoHimself
Tinseltown TV2003TV SeriesHimself
Young Hollywood Awards2002TV SpecialHimself
Breaking the Silence: The Making of 'Hannibal'2001Video documentaryHimself
VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards2000TV Special documentaryHimself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show2000TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 2000 World Music Awards2000TV SpecialHimself
Howard Hughes: His Women and His Movies2000TV Movie documentaryNarrator (voice)
The Vision Awards1999TV SpecialHimself
So Graham Norton1999TV SeriesHimself - Guest
1998 MTV Movie Awards1998TV SpecialHimself
The Greek Americans1998TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 1998 Annual Kid's Choice Awards1998TV SpecialHimself
Howard Stern1998TV SeriesHimself - Guest
1998 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards1998TV SpecialHimself
4th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards1998TV SpecialHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1998TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 55th Annual Golden Globe Awards1998TV SpecialHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1998TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Late Show with David Letterman1997TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Biography1996TV Series documentaryHimself
1996 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards1996TV Special documentaryHimself
Sex, Censorship and the Silver Screen1996TV Series documentaryQuote Reader
100 Years of the Hollywood Western1994TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 19th Annual People's Choice Awards1993TV SpecialHimself
The Word1990TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix2017Video GameAnsem
Welcome to the Basement2015TV SeriesMatch
Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix2013Video GameAnsem
Big Evening Buzz with Carrie Keagan2013TV SeriesHimself
Edición Especial Coleccionista2011TV SeriesMatch
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness2010TV Series documentarySteve Elliot
That Fellow in the Coat2010TV SeriesJohn Rolfe
La tele de tu vida2007TV Series
Charmed2006TV SeriesDrake
Cinema mil2005TV SeriesHimself
Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories2004Video GameAnsem
Lest We Forget: The Video Collection2004VideoAgent In Limo
God Is in the T.V.1999Video documentaryYuppie in limo (segment "The Dope Show") (uncredited)
Gomorron1997TV SeriesHimself
Critters 31991Steve


Won Awards

2000B-Movie AwardB-Movie Film FestivalBest ActorI Woke Up Early the Day I Died (1998)
1998Blockbuster Entertainment AwardBlockbuster Entertainment AwardsFavorite Supporting Actor - DramaTitanic (1997)

Nominated Awards

1998MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsBest VillainTitanic (1997)
1998ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a CastTitanic (1997)
1991CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsMost Promising ActorMemphis Belle (1990)
1990CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsMost Promising ActorDead Calm (1989)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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