He was born as William Zanetakos, of Greek-American heritage, with both his parents, George and Thalia accomplished thespians in there own right. Zane is also the elder brother of actress Lisa Zane.
His first big screen role was in 1985's Back to the Future, playing a supporting role as Match, one of Biff's friends. He landed the role as a fluke non-chalantly appearing simply dressed in a t-shirt. He is perhaps best known for playing Caledon Hockley in the 1997 blockbuster Titanic.
Premature hairloss which started to Zane at an early age has not diminished his acting prowess. Zane has even been instrumental in the cultural definition of baldness in men. While in character, Zane resorts to wearing a toupée.
Zane was married at 20 to co-actress Lisa Collins, but divorced her a year later. He was also for a time engaged to Chilean actress Leonor Varela.
Zane is a double threat being gifted in acting and singing. He occasionally be seen in various Broadway shows.
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