William George Zane, Jr.
February 24, 1966 (age 46)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
William George Zane, Sr. (Father)
Lisa Collins (m. 1989–1995)
William George Zane Jr., better known as Billy Zane, was born on February 24, 1966,(age 42) in Chicago, Illinois, USA to parents William George Zane Sr. and Thalia Zane. Both of his parents ran a medical technical school. Billy also has a sister named Lisa Zane, an actress born in 1961. Billy was bitten by the acting bug early on. In his early teens, he attended Harand Camp of the Theater Arts in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. In 1982, he attended the American School in Switzerland. His high school days were spent at Francis Parker High School in Chicago, Illinois. Daryl Hannah and Jennifer Beals also attended Parker, prior to Billy's attendance. Soon after graduating high school, Billy decided to venture out to California to try his hand at acting. Within three weeks, he won his very first big screen role in Back to the Future (1985), playing the part of Match, one of Biff's thugs. He would later reprise that role for the sequel. Then after a small role in the film Critters (1986), he landed starring roles in several television films. In 1989, Billy filmed Dead Calm (1989). It was on the set of this movie that he met his future wife, Lisa Collins. They were married from 1988-1995. In 1996, Billy starred in The Phantom (1996) and in 1997 as Caledon Hockley in the billion dollar grossing Titanic (1997). Then in 1999, he starred in the television movie "Cleopatra" (1999) where he met his soon-to-be fiance, actress Leonor Varela from whom he subsequently split. He also played Drake de'mon for three episodes on WB series charmed.
Personal Quotes Edit
- (What he thinks about his age) I'm enjoying 40. Old enough to know better, young enough not to care.
- With 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.
- Billy Zane on Wikipedia