Written by Supanova Editorial – July 19, 2019 – http://www.supanove.com.au
Listen to your friends at Supanova Comic Con & Gaming! The “Ghost Who Walks”, aka Billy Zane, is heading to Adelaide (November 2-3) and Brisbane (November 8-10)!
From donning The Phantom’s iconic purple suit, to playing villain Caledon “Cal” Hockley in one of the highest grossing films of all time, Titanic, Zane – who was bestowed the title of “one cool dude” in Zoolander – is a bona fide Hollywood legend, and now a November Supa-Star.
About Billy Zane
William George Zane, better known as Billy Zane, was born on February 24, 1966 in Chicago, Illinois, to Thalia (Colovos) and William Zane, both of Greek ancestry. His parents were amateur actors and managed a medical technical school. Billy has an older sister, actress and singer Lisa Zane. 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.
Soon after graduating from high school, Billy decided to venture out to California to attempt acting for the first time. Within three weeks, he won his very first big screen role in Back to the Future, playing the role of Match, one of Biff Tannen’s thugs. He would later reprise that role for the sequel Back to the Future Part II. Then, after a small role in the science fiction horror film Critters, he landed starring roles in several television films. Billy played villain Hughie Warriner in the Australian thriller film Dead Calm.
He also co-starred in Memphis Belle, a film version of a 1944 documentary about a World War II bomber. In 1991, he appeared as John Justice Wheeler on several episodes of David Lynch’s television series Twin Peaks. Billy starred as the eponymous superhero in The Phantom, and as Caledon Hockley in the billion dollar grossing Titanic. He then starred in the television movie Cleopatra. In 2005, he had a recurring role as the poetry loving ex-demon Drake on the television series Charmed.
Recent credits include Zoolander 2, Dead Rising: Endgame, Guilt, Sniper: Ultimate Kill, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Lucid, and action-thriller series Curfew. With over 160 credits in movies, TV, animation, and beyond, Billy Zane continues to be one of the busiest actors. He is also an accomplished artist.