William George Zane, Jr. was born on the 24th February 1966, in Chicago, Illinois, USA of Greek descent. He is an actor, probably best known for starring in the role of Kit Walker/The Phantom in “The Phantom” (1996), playing Caledon Hockley in “Titanic” (1997), and as John Wheeler in the TV series “Twin Peaks” (1991), etc. He is also recognized as a producer, who is currently the chairman of the production company 21st Century Filmworks. His career has been active since 1985.
Have you ever wondered how rich is Billy Zane? It is estimated from sources that the size of Billy’s net worth is over $20 million as of early 2016. Obviously, most of his income is the result of his successful involvement in the film industry.
Billy Zane Net Worth $20 Million
Billy Zane was brought up by William George Zane, Sr. and Thalia; both of his parents were actors as well as founders of a school for medical technicians. His older sister is actress and singer Lisa Zane. He went for a year to The American School in Switzerland (TASIS), after which he graduated from Francis W. Parker School, and enrolled at Harand Camp of the Theater Arts in Evanston, Illinois.
Billy’s acting career began in the mid- 1980s, when he was cast as Match in the Robert Zemeckis’ film “Back To The Future” (1985), with Christopher Lloyd and Michael J. Fox in lead roles. This was soon followed by appearances in the films “Critters” (1986) and “Dead Calm” (1989), and later the same year, Billy repeated his role of Match in the sequel “Back To The Future II”, and also had roles in the films “Going Overboard”, and “The Case Of The Hillside Stranglers”. During the 90s, his career intensified, which resulted in an increase to his net worth. He appeared in such films as “Femme Fatale” (1991), “Orlando” (1992), “Tombstone” (1993), “Reflections On A Crime” (1994), “The Silence Of The Hams” (1994), “Tales From The Crypt” (1995). In 1997, he was selected for the role of Caledon “Cal” Hoackley in the eponymous film directed by James Cameron, “Titanic”, which significantly increased his net worth, but as well boosted his popularity. During the 1990s he also appeared in titles such as “The Phantom” (1996) in the lead role, “This World, Then The Fireworks” (1997), “Susan`s Plan” (1998), and “Promise Her Anything” (1999).
The 2000s only changed the total amount of his wealth, and the number of roles, as he became one of the more sought-after actors in Hollywood. Some of the titles in which he appeared include “The Believer” (2001), “Landspeed” (2002), “Dead Fish” (2005), “BloodRayne” (2005), “Memory” (2006), “The Man Who Came Back” (2008), “Surviving Evil” (2009), “The Confidant” (2010), “Barabbas” (2012), “Blood Of Redemption” (2013), “A Winter Rose” (2014), all of which added to his overall net worth.
In recent years, Billy has featured in films such as “Winter Dragon” (2015), “Zoolander 2” (2016), and “Beyond The Game” (2016). Billy now has several films which are scheduled for 2016 release, including “Finding Harmony”, “The Adventure Club”, “Dockyard”, “White Island”, and “Swing State”, among others. All these contributed to his wealth.
Overall, Billy is a successful actor, having appeared in more than 140 film and TV titles, for which he has earned several awards and nominations, including the Favorite Supporting Actor in a Drama, for his work on “Titanic”, and an honorary degree from Lium University, Bellinzona, Switzerland.
Speaking about his personal life, Billy Zane was married to actress Lisa Collins from 1989 to 1995. After they divorced, he dated other popular actresses, including Kelly Brook and Leonor Varela. Currently, he is engaged to model Candice Neil, with whom he has two daughters.
Is perhaps best known to younger audiences as the voice of Ansem (Xehanort) in Kingdom Hearts (2002).
His 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.".
Has filmed movies in over 19 countries, including Australia five times.
Has pumped iron for over a year to play the title role in The Phantom (1996).
Engaged to English actress Kelly Brook, having been in a relationship with her since July 2004 (April 2005-August 2008).
[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.
[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!".
[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?".
[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.
[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.
[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].
[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.
Every day is a surprise. There are confirmations of an interconnectivity and synchronicity which inspire, titillate and confirm the inherent comedy of the universe.
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.
I paint abstract expressions.
My best evenings are at home with my lady.
[what he thinks the best age is] I'm enjoying 40. Old enough to know better, young enough not to care.