Billy Zandt is an American actor and playwright as well as an author who wrote a best-selling TV memoir; ‘Get in the Car, Jane’. He has been seen in a wide number of series, plays and movies. He is also known for producing several TV shows and productions such as The Wayans Bros. He has also worked quite successfully as an actor as he worked in ‘Star Trek – The Motion Picture’ as well as ‘Jaws 2’. He also worked in the ‘I Love Lucy: The Very First Show’ and was also nominated for the Emmy Awards for the same. He writes mostly with Jane Milmore, who herself is a TV artist. Then they have also worked together in several plays and TV shows, and some of them have been even translated into various languages. They are popular for their unique humour and adult comedy in the shows, and for that, they have also been given the title of ‘Masters of modern farce’ by The New York Times.
Billy was born William Van Zandt but later changed his name to Billy Van Zandt, and now most people know him from this name only. He took birth on 13th December 1957 in New Jersey. His mother’s name is Mary Lento, and his father was William Van Zandt. He has a mix of Dutch and Italian descent and grew up in the areas of New Jersey.
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Billy started his acting career in 1978 from the movie; ‘Jaw 2’. He played the role of an alien Starfleet in the famous movie; ‘Star-Trek: The Motion Picture. He also appeared in some TV series such as ‘Skag’ in 1980. He worked in ‘Taps’ in 1981, and after that, he left acting and started focusing on writing for TV shows and series. His first work as a writer and story editor was for ‘Newhart’, which was aired from 1988 to 1989 and was a massive hit. In 1989, he came back to acting and played the role of Harold in ‘Anything but Love’. However, he left the show in the second season.
He and Jane Milmore has been writing plays till now. He also wrote ‘Drop Dead!’, ‘Silent Laughter’ and ‘You’ve Got Hate Mail. They both wrote over 21 plays together, and most of them were quite successful. He got nominated for the Emmy Award for the TV show’ ‘I Love Lucy: The Very First Show’ and also won an award in the People’s Choice category.
The popular musician-actor Steven Van Zandt is a half-brother to Billy and also the brother-in-law to his wife. Billy is married to Adrienne Barbeau, who is also an actress. They both met in 1991 for the first time during the premiere of Van Zandt’s play and got hitched on December 31, 1992. They got divorced in 2018 and have two twins named; Walker and William. After two years of his divorce, he started seeing Teresa Ganzel, and they have been together since. Recently, in 2020 they announced their engagement.
Billy Van Zandt has earned a good amount of money and is worth $10 million.