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UPI Almanac for Monday, Feb. 24, 2014.
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UPI Almanac for Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013.
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Frances Fisher recalls 'Titanic' tryout

Frances Fisher recalls 'Titanic' tryout

NEW YORK, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- Frances Fisher says she won the role of Ruth DeWitt Bukater in the Hollywood blockbuster "Titanic" after she asked writer-director-producer James Cameron to stand on a conference-room table while she auditioned.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International
Stars reunite for 'Titanic 3D' premiere

Stars reunite for 'Titanic 3D' premiere

LONDON, March 28 (UPI) -- Kate Winslet, Billy Zane, Frances Fisher and Bill Paxton attended the premiere of the 3D version of their 1997 blockbuster "Titanic" in London.

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UPI Almanac for Friday, Feb. 24, 2012.
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'Scorpion 3' shooting under way

'Scorpion 3' shooting under way

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Principal photography has begun in Thailand on the action flick "The Scorpion King 3," Universal Studios Home Entertainment said Thursday.
Zane's parents own closed medical school

Zane's parents own closed medical school

CHICAGO, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- A Chicago medical school owned by the parents of Hollywood actor Billy Zane has left its students adrift after suddenly closing, students say.

Anti-U.S. war movie hit in Turkey

ISTANBUL, Turkey, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- A movie depicting Americans as the bad guys in Iraq has become a super hit in Turkey, a secular Muslim country and a NATO ally of the United States.

U.S. actors portray negative U.S. images

ISTANBUL, Turkey, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Hollywood actors Gary Busey and Billy Zane starred in a brutal Turkish film portraying U.S. troops slaughtering Iraqi civilians.

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Billy Zane
American actor Billy Zane attends the premiere of Three at Odeon West End in London on May 2,2006. (UPI Photo/Rune Hellestad)

William George "Billy" Zane, Jr. (born February 24, 1966) is an American actor, producer and director. He is probably best known for his roles as Caledon "Cal" Hockley in Titanic, The Phantom from The Phantom , John Wheeler in Twin Peaks and his cameo in Zoolander.

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, and his family's original surname, "Zanetakos", was anglicized to "Zane" by his parents. He has an older sister, Lisa Zane, who is an actress.

After completing a year abroad at the independent American School in Switzerland, Zane graduated from the progressive, private Francis W. Parker School and attended Harand Camp of the Theater Arts, located in Wisconsin.

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