Greek-American Actor Billy Zane on Fundraiser for Chicago COVID-19 Relief

The National Herald Archive

Greek-American Billy Zane the Honored Artist at 4th Art Thessaloniki Int’l Contemporary Art Fair. (Photo by Eurokinissi)

CHICAGO – Greek-American actor Billy Zane is perhaps best known for his performance in the 1997 film Titanic, but he hopes his efforts raising money for his hometown of Chicago during the COVID-19 pandemic will put an end to questions about the film’s ending and why Leonardo DiCaprio’s character Jack did not join Kate Winslet’s character Rose on the door floating in the icy North Atlantic, the New York Post’s Page Six reported.

“I would like to think of the positive ramifications of COVID-19 is that it puts to rest such levels of triviality. That this conversation will find its way to the bottom of the ocean along with COVID-19,” Zane told Page Six.

Common and Vic Mensa joined Zane for the Sweet Home Chicago: Relief and Recovery Streaming Event, a fundraiser for the Chicago CEO COVID-19 Coalition, on May 16 with Deon Cole as host.

“Half of the people will ask me about that scene and the other half will say I don’t know what Rose was thinking. The other half are saying they would have married me. It goes right down the center,” Zane told Page 6, adding that “as for Titanic, it’s a gift that keeps giving. I’m marveled that it still resonates with some relevance. Grown men will come to me and say, ‘Thank you, it’s the first time I was allowed to cry in front of my family.’”

More information about the fundraiser is available online: or

The Chicago CEO COVID-19 Coalition is uniting local business leaders for humanitarian relief and recovery in the community, now and in the months to come. John Koudounis, CEO of Calamos Investments, is leading the Coalition initiative as founding member and lead sponsor.