William George "Billy" Zane was born in Chicago, Illinois on February 24, 1966, to parents Thalia and William George Zane, Sr., both of whom were amateur actors and founders of a school for medical technicians, both of Greek descent. His family's original surname, "Zanetakos", was anglicized to "Zane" by his parents. He has an older sister, Lisa Zane, who is also an actress.
After attending a year abroad at the American School in Switzerland, Billy Zane graduated from the progressive Francis W. Parker School .After that attended Harand Camp of the Theater Arts, located in Wisconsin.
Billy Zane made his directing debut with "Big Kiss", a light-hearted romantic comedy about two journalists, who follow Billy Zane's advice, involved in a diamond caper in which he also starred. Although
the film was released in Sweden in 2004, the date of a wider distribution is still uncertain. In January 2006, he made his debut on the London stage in Arthur Allan Seidelman's production of "Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks by Richard Alfieri", a two-hander in which he acted with Claire Bloom.
Why is Billy Zane famous?
Billy Zane is an American actor, producer and director and he is best known for his roles as Caledon "Cal" Hockley in "Titanic", The Phantom from "The Phantom" and his cameo in "Zoolander".
Why do we like Billy Zane?
In November 2010, Billy Zane was awarded an honorary degree "honoris causa" from Lium University Bellinzona, Switzerland, for his contribution to cinematography and he is the chairman of the Francesco Fucilla Film production company 21st Century Filmworks.
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