Date of Birth : Feb 24th 1966
American actor and director. He is perhaps best recognized for his role as Caledon Hockley in the 1997 blockbuster film Titanic, and as The Phantom in the 1996 eponymous film based upon the comic book superhero. As of 2007, Zane has appeared in over 50 films and numerous TV-series.
Zane’s first screen role was in Back to the Future (1985) playing one of Biff Tannen’s friend/henchmen. Zane later reprised the role for the 1989 sequel, Back to the Future II. Later the same year, Zane gained international recognition with the role of psychotic villain Hughie Warriner in the thriller Dead Calm, alongside Nicole Kidman and Sam Neill.
Zane’s first starring role was in a 1990 independent film, the low budget science fiction thriller, Megaville. In 1990, he also co-starred in the film Memphis Belle, a film version of a 1944 documentary about a World War II bomber plane. 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. In 1993, he played the Shakespearian actor “Mr. Fabian” in Tombstone .
Although The Phantom was no box office success, Zane achieved success shortly after by playing Caledon Hockley in James Cameron’s 1997 blockbuster Titanic, which to this date remains his best known characterization. The role of Kate Winslet’s wicked fiance went on to getting him nominated to a MTV Movie Award for “Best Villain” in Titanic, and a Blockbuster Entertainment Award. He was also nominated for a SAG-award.