Billy Zane Biography (1966-)

Full name, William George Zane, Jr.; born February 24, 1966, in Chicago, IL;son of William George, Sr. (a medical technician instructor and amateur actor) and Thalia (a medical technician instructor and amateur actress) Zane; brother of Lisa Zane (an actress); married Lisa Collins (an actress), 1987 (somesources cite 1988; divorced, 1995). Addresses: Agent: Paradigm, 360 North Crescent Dr., North Building, Beverly Hills, CA 90210; Creative Artists Agency, 9830 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212-1825.; Manager: Mosaic Media Group, 9200 Sunset Blvd., 10th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90069; Werner-Gold-Miller, 4000 Warner Blvd., Burbank, CA 91522.

Actor, producer, director
Birth Details
February 24, 1966
Chicago, Illinois, United States

Famous Works

  • Film Appearances
  • Match, Back to the Future, Universal, 1985
  • Steve Elliot, Critters, Smart Egg/New Line Cinema, 1986
  • Hughie Warriner, Dead Calm (also known as Dead Calm: A Voyage into Fear), Warner Bros., 1989
  • King Neptune, Going Overboard (also known as Babes Ahoy andThe Unsinkable Shecky Moskowitz), 1989
  • Match, Back to the Future II, Universal, 1989
  • Raymond Palinov/Jensen, Megaville, LIVE Home Video/International Video Entertainment, 1990
  • Val Kozlowski, Memphis Belle, Warner Bros., 1990
  • Elijah, Femme Fatale (also known as Fatal Woman), RepublicPictures/Gibraltar Entertainment, 1991
  • Joey Turks, Blood and Concrete: A Love Story (also known as Blood and Concrete), IRS Releasing, 1991
  • Maurizio Ferretti, Miliardi (also known as Billions, Millions, and Miliardi/Millions), Cecchi Gori Group/Penta Films, 1991
  • Shelmerdine, Orlando, Sony Pictures Classics, 1992
  • Brad, Poetic Justice, Columbia, 1993
  • Colonel Graham, Posse, Gramercy Pictures, 1993
  • Dr. Jesse Peter, Betrayal of the Dove, Prism Entertainment, 1993
  • Mr. Fabian, Tombstone, Buena Vista, 1993
  • Richard Miller, Sniper, TriStar, 1993
  • Colin, Reflections in the Dark (also known as Reflections on aCrime), New Horizons Productions, 1994
  • The false Damon Bradley, Only You (also known as Him and Just in Time), TriStar, 1994
  • Jo Dee Fostar, Silence of the Hams (also known as Il silenzio dei prosciutti), October Films, 1994
  • Paul, Running Delilah (also known as Robospy), 1994
  • Fleshtone, Prism Entertainment, 1994
  • The collector, Tales from the Crypt Presents: Demon Knight (also known as Demon Keeper and Demon Knight), Universal, 1995
  • The Phantom/Kit Walker, The Phantom, Paramount, 1996
  • Caledon "Cal" Hockley, Titanic, Twentieth Century-Fox/Paramount, 1997
  • Marty Lakewood, This World, Then the Fireworks, Orion Classics, 1997
  • Dumped, Lava Films, 1997
  • George Putter, Taxman (also known as Promise Her Anything),Tradewinds Entertainment, 1998
  • Voice of John Rolfe, Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World (animated; also known as Disney's "Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World" andPocahontas: Journey to a New World), Walt Disney Home Video, 1998
  • Monument Ave., Lions Gate Films, 1998
  • The thief, I Woke Up Early the Day I Died (also known as Ed Wood's "I Woke Up Early the Day I Died" and I Awoke Early the Day I Died), 1998, Cinequanon Pictures International, 1999
  • Sam, Morgan's Ferry, Artist View Entertainment/New Films International, 1999
  • (Uncredited) Himself, Zoolander (also known as Derek Zoolander), Paramount, 2001
  • Mr. E., CQ, United Artists, 2001
  • Curtis Zampf, The Believer, Independent Distribution Partnership/Eagle Pictures, 2001, Fireworks Pictures, 2002
  • Michael Sanger, Landspeed, 2002
  • Roberto Bealing, Claim, Indies Film Distribution, 2002
  • Alan Roberts and the young Philip Naudet, The Kiss, Kingman FilmsEntertainment, 2003
  • Himself, Overnight (documentary), ThinkFilm, 2003
  • Nero, Imaginary Grace, [Canada], 2003
  • Starving Hysterical Naked (short film), 2003
  • Adrian, Vlad, Quantum Entertainment, 2003, Romar Entertainment, 2004
  • Billy, Big Kiss, [France and Sweden], 2004
  • Chandler Tyson, Silver City, Newmarket Films, 2004
  • Jack, Three, Future Film Production/T Films/Thelma Production, 2004
  • Virgil, Dead Fish, Mobius International, 2004
  • Elrich, Bloodrayne, Fantastic Films International, 2005
  • Oates, The Last Drop, Carnaby Films, 2005
  • Taylor Briggs, Mem-o-re (also known as Memore and Memory), 3210 Films, 2005
  • Marvin, The Pleasure Drivers, Leonidas Films, c. 2005
  • Beyond Legend: Johnny Kakota, Lone Star Motion Pictures, 2006
  • King of Sorrow, Noble House Film & Television, 2006
  • Some sources cite an appearance in Sea Devils.
  • Film Work
  • Co-executive producer and music consultant, This World, Then the Fireworks, Orion Classics, 1997
  • Coproducer, I Woke Up Early the Day I Died (also known as Ed Wood's "I Woke Up Early the Day I Died" and I Awoke Early the Day I Died), 1998, Cinequanon Pictures International, 1999
  • Producer, Starving Hysterical Naked (short film), 2003
  • Director and executive producer, Big Kiss, [France and Sweden], 2004
  • Some sources cite Zane as the producer of Sea Devils.
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • John Justice Wheeler, Twin Peaks, ABC, 1991
  • Miniseries
  • Marc Antony, Cleopatra, ABC, 1999
  • Joe Carpenter, Sole Survivor (also known as Dean Koontz's "SoleSurvivor"), Fox, 2000
  • Movies
  • Les, Brotherhood of Justice, ABC, 1986
  • Police officer, Conspiracy: The Trial of the Chicago 8, HBO, 1987
  • Officer Don Varney, Police Story: Monster Manor, ABC, 1988
  • Kenneth Bianchi, The Case of the Hillside Stranglers (also known as The Hillside Stranglers), NBC, 1989
  • Billy, Lake Consequence, Showtime, 1993
  • Jack Flinder, Flashfire (also known as August Fires), HBO,1994
  • Charles Thorpe, The Set Up, Showtime, 1995
  • Rick Morgan, Danger Zone, HBO, 1996
  • Kent, Head above Water, HBO, 1997
  • Sam, Susan's Plan (also known as Dying to Get Rich), Cinemax, 1998
  • Michael Jeffrey, Hendrix, Showtime, 2000
  • Mike Kardec, The Diamond of Jeru (also known as Louis L'Amour's"The Diamond of Jeru"), USA Network, 2001
  • Sheriff Bill Willingham, Silent Warnings (also known as Warnings), Sci-Fi Channel, 2003
  • Joseph, Bet Your Life, NBC, 2004
  • Specials
  • Himself, 100 Years of the Hollywood Western (documentary), NBC, 1994
  • Himself, The Greek Americans, PBS, 1998
  • Narrator, Extreme Australia (documentary), The Discovery Channel,2000
  • Narrator, Howard Hughes: His Women and His Movies (documentary), TCM, 2000
  • Narrator, Ancient Earthquakes: Sunken Cities (documentary), The Discovery Channel, 2001
  • Narrator, Chasing Giants: On the Trail of the Giant Squid (documentary), The Discovery Channel, 2002
  • Awards Presentations
  • The Blockbuster Entertainment Awards, UPN, 1996, 1998
  • The Fourth Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (also known as Screen Actors Guild Fourth Annual Awards), TNT, 1998
  • Himself, VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards, VH1, 2000
  • Presenter, The 2000 World Music Awards, ABC, 2000
  • Episodic
  • "Don't Sell Yourself to the Cannibals," Heart of the City, ABC, 1986
  • Eric Dawson, "The Nurse," Matlock, NBC, 1987
  • Frankie "The Duke" Farantino, "Protected Witness," Crime Story, NBC, 1988
  • Tony Gambini, "Very Good Year for Murder," Murder, She Wrote, CBS,1988
  • Kraygen, Thomas Miller, and Zorbin the Magnificent, "Well-Cooked Hams," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's "Tales from the Crypt"), HBO, 1993
  • Himself, "The Phantom--Comic Strip Crusader," Biography (also known as A & E Biography: The Phantom--Comic Strip Crusader), Arts andEntertainment, 1996
  • Narrator of various profiles, Sex and the Silver Screen, Showtime,beginning 1996
  • Voice of Jason Blood/Etrigan the demon, "The Demon Within," Batman: Gotham Knights (animated; also known as The New Adventures of Batman), The WB, 1998
  • Voice of Jason Blood/Etrigan the demon, "The Demon Within," The New Batman Superman Adventures (animated; also known as The New Batman/Superman Adventures), The WB, 1998
  • Himself, Howard Stern, E! Entertainment Television, 1998
  • Himself, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, NBC, 1998
  • Guest, The Oprah Winfrey Show (also known as Oprah), syndicated, 1998
  • Himself, So Graham Norton, Channel 4 (England), 1999
  • Himself, The Rosie O'Donnell Show, syndicated, 2000
  • Matthew Baskin, "Chapter Twenty-Three," Boston Public, Fox, 2001
  • Matthew Baskin, "Chapter Twenty-Four," Boston Public, Fox, 2001
  • Matthew Baskin, "Chapter Twenty-Six," Boston Public, Fox, 2001
  • Matthew Baskin, "Chapter Twenty-Nine," Boston Public, Fox, 2001
  • Himself, Tinseltown TV, International Channel, 2003
  • Drake Robin, "Carpe Demon," Charmed, The WB, 2005
  • Drake Robin, "The Seven Year Witch," Charmed, The WB, 2005
  • Drake Robin, "Show Ghouls," Charmed, The WB, 2005
  • (In archive footage) Himself, Cinema mil, Televisio de Catalunya (Spain), multiple episodes in 2005
  • Pilots
  • Os, Invincible, TBS, 2001
  • Television Work
  • Coproducer, Danger Zone (movie), HBO, 1996
  • Director, Stop for a Minute, episodes beginning c. 2001
  • Stage Appearances
  • The Boys in the Backroom, Actors' Gang, Second Stage, Los Angeles,1987
  • Billy Flynn, Chicago (musical), Shubert Theatre, New York City, 2002-2003
  • Appeared in American Music, Second Stage Theatre, New York City.
  • Radio Appearances
  • Episodic
  • Himself, The Howard Stern Radio Show, 1998
  • Videos
  • (Yuppie in limousine in "The Dope Show" music video) Marilyn Manson, God Is in the T.V. (also known as Marilyn Manson: God Is in the T.V.), Interscope Records, 1999
  • Himself, The Best of So Graham Norton, United Film and TelevisionProductions, 2000
  • Himself, Breaking the Silence: The Making of "Hannibal," Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Home Video, 2001
  • (Yuppie in limousine in "The Dope Show" music video) Marilyn Manson, Lest We Forget: The Video Collection, Polydor, 2004
  • Music Videos
  • Sheena Easton, "Do It for Love," 1985
  • Sheena Easton, "Magic of Love," 1986
  • Ann Magnuson, "The Swinger," 1995
  • Marilyn Manson, "The Dope Show," 1998
  • Staind, "Epiphany," 2002
  • Music Video Director
  • Robbie Nevill, "Back on Holiday," 1986
  • Video Games
  • Voice of Broderick "Brodi" Ford, SSX Tricky, Electronic Arts, 2001
  • Voice of Ansem, Kingdom Hearts (also known as Kingudamu hatsu), Square Electronic Arts, 2002
  • Voices of Ansem and DiZ, Kingdom Hearts II, Square Electronic Arts/Square Enix, 2005

Further Reference


    • Parade, July 9, 2000, p. 12
    • Premiere (Great Britain), November, 1997, pp. 82-83
    • San Jose Mercury News, August 26, 2000
    • Starlog, June, 1996
    • Total Film, February, 1998, p. 29

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