Billy Zane is an actor and producer. Zane is best known for his role as the villain in the epic romantic disaster film Titanic (1997), as well as roles in the science fiction comedies Back to the Future (1985) and Back to the Future Part II (1989), Dead Calm (1989), the television series Twin Peaks (1991), the western film Tombstone (1993), the horror film Demon Knight (1995), Kingdom Hearts (2002), and the comedy-drama CQ (2001).

“A real man

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Is Billy Zane Greek?

Yes, both of Zane’s parents are Greek. Billy Zane was born in Chicago in 1966 (February 24, 1966) to Thalia and William George Zane, Sr. His parents are both of Greek descent. His mother Thalia hails from the island of  Chios his dad’s family is from Mani. His family’s original surname, “Zanetakos”, was anglicized to “Zane” by his parents, who also raised him Greek Orthodox. Zane has an older sister, Lisa Zane, who is also an actress and singer.

Billy Zane talks about his Greek heritage and his Greek olive oil business: