Zane, Billy 1966–

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ZANE, Billy 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 (some sources cite 1988; divorced, 1995). Education: Graduated from Francis Parker High School, Chicago, IL, 1984; studied acting and writing at the American School, Switzerland; attended Harand Camp of the Theatre Arts. Avocational Interests: Swimming.

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.

Career: Actor, producer, and director. Made films as a teenager. Producer of a music album by Tim O'Connor.

Awards, Honors: Blockbuster Entertainment Award, favorite supporting actor in a drama, MTV Movie Award nomination, best villain, and Screen Actors Award nomination (with others), outstanding performance by a cast, all 1998, for Titanic; B-Movie Award, best actor, 2000, for I Woke Up Early the Day I Died.


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 and The 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), Republic Pictures/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 a Crime), 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" and Pocahontas: 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 Films Entertainment, 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.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Marc Antony, Cleopatra, ABC, 1999.

Joe Carpenter, Sole Survivor (also known as Dean Koontz's "Sole Survivor"), Fox, 2000.

Television Appearances; 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.

Television Appearances; 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.

Television Appearances; 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.

Television Appearances; 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 and Entertainment, 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.

Television Appearances; 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.



(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 Television Productions, 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.



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.