Billy Zane is an actor and producer. He is best known for his villainous role 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

makes his own luck.”

Is Billy Zane Greek?

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

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