Both Of Billy Zane’s Parents Are Of Greek Descent Chios On His Mothers

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Zane was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Thalia and William George Zane, Sr., both of whom were amateur actors and founders of a school for medical technicians. Both of his parents are of Greek descent (Chios on his mother’s side and Mani on his father’s side), and his family’s original surname, “Zanetakos” (Greek: ?????????), was anglicized to “Zane” by his parents, who also raised him Greek Orthodox. After completing a year abroad at the American School in Switzerland, Zane graduated from Francis W. Parker School and attended Harand Camp of the Theater Arts, located in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Both Of Billy Zane’s Parents Are Of Greek Descent Chios On His Mothers

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(born February 24, 1966) is an American actor and producer. Both of his parents are of Greek descent (Chios on his mother’s side and Mani on his father’s side), and his family’s original surname, “Zanetakos” (Greek: ?????????), was anglicized to “Zane” by his parents, who also raised him Greek Orthodox. Zane’s first two screen roles were in the science fiction fllms Back to the Future in 1985 and Critters in 1986. Earlier that same year, Zane gained international recognition with the role of villain Hughie Warriner in the thriller Dead Calm, alongside Nicole Kidman and Sam Neill. He voiced Etrigan the Demon in an episode of The New Batman Adventures. Zane appeared in the 2006 Turkish film, Valley of the Wolves Iraq, (Kurtlar Vadisi: Irak in Turkish), part of the Kurtlar Vadisi franchise. Zane was married to actress Lisa Collins from 1989, until the couple divorced in 1995. He also was engaged for a time to Chilean actress, Leonor Varela, his costar in the 1999 television film Cleopatra.

Both Of Billy Zane’s Parents Are Of Greek Descent Chios On His Mothers

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Zane was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Thalia and William George Zane, Sr., both of whom were amateur actors and founders of a school for medical technicians. Both of his parents are of Greek descent (Chios on his mother’s side and Mani on his father’s side), and his family’s original surname, “Zanetakos” (Greek: ??????????), was anglicized to “Zane” by his parents, who also raised him Greek Orthodox. He also starred in a couple of Tales from the Crypt productions, including Tales From the Crypt Presents: Demon Knight, where he plays a henchman of Satan called The Collector, and the episode “Well-Cooked Hams”, where he plays a poorly skilled magician who kills to steal good tricks from other magicians. He was also nominated for a SAG award. Another rather notable role was that of voicing the villainous Xehanort’s Heartless, “Ansem” in the Square Enix-Disney video game Kingdom Hearts.
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Both Of Billy Zane’s Parents Are Of Greek Descent Chios On His Mothers

Billy Zane
Billy Zane
Billy Zane
Billy Zane
Billy Zane
Billy Zane
Billy Zane


(born February 24, 1966) is an American actor and producer. Both of his parents are of Greek descent (Chios on his mother’s side and Mani on his father’s side), and his family’s original surname, “Zanetakos” (Greek: ??????????), was anglicized to “Zane” by his parents, who also raised him Greek Orthodox. Zane also appeared in an episode of Matlock entitled “The Nurse”. Zane played the millionaire misanthrope Caledon Hockley in James Cameron’s 1997 blockbuster Titanic. This role as Kate Winslet’s fiancĂ© earned him an MTV Movie Award nomination for “Best Villain” and a Blockbuster Entertainment Award. He lent his voice to John Rolfe in Disney’s Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World that same year. The film tells the story of the U.S. Army run amok in Iraq, eventually brought into check by a brave Turkish hero. Zane was married to actress Lisa Collins from 1989, until the couple divorced in 1995.

Both Of Billy Zane’s Parents Are Of Greek Descent Chios On His Mothers

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William George “Billy” Zane, Jr. Both of his parents are of Greek descent (Chios on his mother’s side and Mani on his father’s side), and his family’s original surname, “Zanetakos” (Greek: ??????????), was anglicized to “Zane” by his parents, who also raised him Greek Orthodox. Zane’s first starring role was in a 1990 independent film, the low budget science fiction thriller Megaville.
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Billy Zane

Both Of Billy Zane’s Parents Are Of Greek Descent Chios On His Mothers

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Billy Zane


William George “Billy” Zane, Jr. (born February 24, 1966) is an American actor and producer. Zane was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Thalia and William George Zane, Sr., both of whom were amateur actors and founders of a school for medical technicians. Both of his parents are of Greek descent (Chios on his mother’s side and Mani on his father’s side), and his family’s original surname, “Zanetakos” (Greek: ??????????), was anglicized to “Zane” by his parents, who also raised him Greek Orthodox.

Both Of Billy Zane’s Parents Are Of Greek Descent Chios On His Mothers

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Billy Zane
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Billy Zane


He is probably best known for his roles as Caledon Hockley in Titanic, The Phantom from The Phantom, John Wheeler in Twin Peaks and Mr. E in CQ. Zane was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Thalia and William George Zane, Sr., both of whom were amateur actors and founders of a school for medical technicians. Both of his parents are of Greek descent (Chios on his mother’s side and Mani on his father’s side), and his family’s original surname, “Zanetakos” (Greek: ??????????), was anglicized to “Zane” by his parents, who also raised him Greek Orthodox. Zane’s first starring role was in a 1990 independent film, the low budget science fiction thriller Megaville. Zane also forayed into television work, and in 1991 he appeared as John Justice Wheeler in several episodes of David Lynch’s hit TV-show Twin Peaks. This role as Kate Winslet’s fiancĂ© earned him an MTV Movie Award nomination for “Best Villain” and a Blockbuster Entertainment Award. Zane was instrumental in getting the critically acclaimed film The Believer made, which won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance in 2001.

Both Of Billy Zane’s Parents Are Of Greek Descent Chios On His Mothers

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Zane was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Thalia and William George Zane, Sr., both of whom were amateur actors and founders of a school for medical technicians. Both of his parents are of Greek descent (Chios on his mother’s side and Mani on his father’s side), and his family’s original surname, “Zanetakos”, was anglicized to “Zane” by his parents, who also raised him Greek Orthodox. Zane’s first starring role was in a 1990 independent film, the low budget science fiction thriller Megaville.
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