Mark-Paul Gosselaar

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Mark-Paul Gosselaar
Mark Paul Gosselaar 1.jpg
Gosselaar in 2008
Born Mark-Paul Harry Gosselaar
(1974-03-01) March 1, 1974 (age 44)
Panorama City, California, U.S.
Education Hart High School
Occupation Actor, Model
Years active 1986–present
  • Lisa Ann Russell (m. 1996–2011)
  • Catriona McGinn (m. 2012)
Children 4

Mark-Paul Harry Gosselaar (pronounced GOS-ler;[1] born March 1, 1974) is an American actor. He is best known for his television roles as Zack Morris in NBC's Saved by the Bell, Disney's Good Morning, Miss Bliss, and Saved by the Bell: The College Years; Detective John Clark in ABC's NYPD Blue; Jerry Kellerman in TNT's Raising the Bar; and Peter Bash in the TNT's Franklin & Bash.

Early life

Gosselaar was born in Panorama City, California, the son of Paula (van den Brink), a homemaker and hostess for KLM, and Hans Gosselaar, a plant supervisor for Anheuser-Busch.[2][3] His Dutch father is of German and Dutch Jewish descent.[4] Gosselaar's paternal great-grandparents, Hertog and Hester Gosselaar, were killed at the Sobibor extermination camp during the Holocaust.[5][6] His mother, who is of Indonesian and Dutch descent, is from Bali, Indonesia.[7][8][9] At one point, Gosselaar was fluent in Dutch (his older siblings were born in the Netherlands).[3][10] Gosselaar's parents later separated.[2]

Gosselaar's mother worked as his manager.[9] He began modeling at the age of 5.[2] As a child, he appeared in commercials for Oreo cookies and Smurf merchandise, and later won guest spots on television series.[11] He spent his teenage years in the Santa Clarita Valley in Southern California, where he attended Hart High School.


Gosselaar first came to public notice as the star of the hit television comedy series Saved by the Bell, in which he played Zack Morris, and which aired on NBC from 1989 to 1993. Gosselaar's character was adapted from the short-lived Disney Channel sitcom Good Morning, Miss Bliss; although that show was cancelled after one season, NBC executives believed that a similar show, with Zack Morris as the series lead, had potential for success. He reprised the role in two TV movies and a less-successful spin-off, Saved by the Bell: The College Years. In 1994, Gosselaar appeared as Zack Morris in a second spin-off series Saved by the Bell: The New Class in the episode "Goodbye, Bayside – Part 2", along with Mario López as A.C. Slater and Lark Voorhies as Lisa Turtle.

In 1996, Gosselaar appeared in the TV-film She Cried No as a college student who date-rapes his best friend's sister at a fraternity party. In 1998, he starred in the feature film, Dead Man on Campus. Later that same year, Gosselaar played the central character in the TV drama Hyperion Bay, which lasted 17 episodes. In 2001, he starred in the movie The Princess and the Marine, with Marisol Nichols. He also starred in the short-lived WB series D.C. From 2001-05, he played Detective John Clark on ABC's NYPD Blue. After the series ended, he joined the cast of ABC's Commander in Chief, which lasted only one season. He appeared on the HBO series John from Cincinnati. He then gained the starring role of defense attorney Jerry Kellerman in the Steven Bochco-produced Raising the Bar, which debuted on September 1, 2008, on TNT. It was canceled in November 2009.[citation needed]

On June 8, 2009, Gosselaar appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon in character as Zack Morris to promote his show Raising the Bar, indicating that the name Mark-Paul Gosselaar is his stage name and declaring, as Zack, that he would participate in a Saved by the Bell "Class" reunion that is being spearheaded by Fallon. He has since agreed to participate in the reunion being organized by Jimmy Fallon on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon along with four fellow castmembers to date.[12] On February 4, 2015, Gosselaar reunited with Mario Lopez, Elizabeth Berkley, Dennis Haskins and Tiffani Thiessen on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon where they appeared in a Saved by the Bell sketch with Fallon.[13][14][15]

In October 2009, he made his Off-Broadway stage debut in Theresa Rebeck's play The Understudy with The Roundabout Theatre Company. The show extended its limited New York run until January 17, 2010.[16]

Gosselaar began filming the TNT series Franklin & Bash on March 28, 2010. The series premiered on June 1, 2011. On November 11, 2014, it was announced that the series was canceled, after four seasons.[17]

Personal life

In a July 2009 interview with People magazine, Gosselaar revealed that when Saved By the Bell was in production, he dated, at different times, his three female co-stars: Lark Voorhies, Tiffani Thiessen, and Elizabeth Berkley.[18] He remains friends with his Saved by the Bell cast mates.[7]

In 1996, Gosselaar married former model Lisa Ann Russell.[2] Together they have two children: son Michael Charles (born 2004), and daughter Ava Lorenn (born 2006).[19] After 14 years of marriage, Gosselaar and Russell announced their separation in early June 2010.[20] Gosselaar filed for divorce June 18, 2010,[21] and it became final in May 2011.[22]

Gosselaar was engaged to advertising executive Catriona McGinn in August 2011.[22] They married July 28, 2012, at the Sunstone winery in Santa Ynez, California.[23] They have a son, Dekker (born 2013),[24] and a daughter, Lachlyn (born 2015).[25]

Gosselaar is a sports car enthusiast, race car driver, track cyclist, dirt biker, and pilot. In 2005, he competed in the Far West Championships for track cycling. He won the Category 4/5 Sprint Championship event at the Encino Velodrome.[26]



Year Title Role Notes
1993 White Wolves: A Cry in the Wild II Scott James
1994 St. Tammany Miracle, TheThe St. Tammany Miracle Carl
1995 Twisted Love D.J.
1996 Specimen Mike Hillary
1996 Sticks & Stones Dale
1996 Kounterfeit Paco / Danny
1998 Dead Man on Campus Cooper Frederickson
2001 Beer Money Tim
2002 Atomic Twister Jake Hannah
2015 Heist Marconi


Year Title Role Notes
1986 Highway to Heaven Rolf Baldt Episode: "The Torch"
1986 Stingray Eric Murray Episode: "Below the Line"
1986 Twilight Zone, TheThe Twilight Zone Tim Conrad Episode: "What Are Friends For?"
1988 Necessary Parties Chris Mills Movie
1988 Wonder Years, TheThe Wonder Years Brad Gaines Episode: "Dance with Me"
1988 Punky Brewster Walker Wimbley Episode: "One Plus Tutor Is Three"
1988 Charles in Charge Philip Episode: "Runaround Charles"
1988–89 Good Morning, Miss Bliss Zack Morris Lead role (13 episodes)
1989–93 Saved by the Bell Zack Morris Lead role (86 episodes)
1990 Murphy Brown Wes Episode: "I Want My FYI"
1992 Saved by the Bell: Hawaiian Style Zack Morris Movie
1992 Blossom Kevin Episode: "Losing Your... Religion"
1993–94 Saved by the Bell: The College Years Zack Morris Lead Role (19 episodes)
1994 For the Love of Nancy Tommy Walsh Movie
1994 Saved by the Bell: Wedding in Las Vegas Zack Morris Movie
1994 Saved by the Bell: The New Class Zack Morris Episode: "Goodbye Bayside"
1996 Brothers of the Frontier Hiram Holcomb Movie
1996 She Cried No Scott Baker Movie; also known as Freshman Fall
1997 Dying to Belong Steven Tyler Movie
1997 Born Into Exile Chris Movie
1998–99 Hyperion Bay Dennis Sweeny Lead role (17 episodes)
2000 D.C. Pete Komisky Lead role (7 episodes)
2001 Princess and the Marine, TheThe Princess and the Marine Jason Johnson Movie
2001 Beer Money Tim Maroon Movie
2001 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Wesley Jansen / Peter Ivanhoe Episode: "Sacrifice"
2001–05 NYPD Blue Det. John Clark, Jr. Main role (76 episodes)
2002 Alikes
2002 Atomic Twister Dep. Jake Hannah Movie
2002 Hitched Michael Unsold pilot
2005 Over There John Moffet Two episodes
2005–06 Commander in Chief Richard 'Dickie' McDonald Regular character; 10 episodes
2006 House Next Door, TheThe House Next Door Kim Movie
2007 Law Dogs Evan Marlowe Unsold pilot
2007 John from Cincinnati Jake Ferris 3 episodes
2008 Robot Chicken Zack Morris / Employee (voice) Episode: "Boo Cocky"
2008–09 Raising the Bar Jerry Kellerman Lead role (25 episodes)
2010 Rizzoli & Isles Garrett Fairfield Episode: "Money For Nothing"
2010 Weeds Jack Episode: "Gentle Puppies"
2011–14 Franklin & Bash Peter Bash Lead role (40 episodes)
2011 12 Dates of Christmas Miles Movie
2012 Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 Himself Episode: "A Reunion"
2013 Men at Work Tim Episode: "Weekend at PJ's"; uncredited
2013 Happy Endings Chase Episodes: "The Ex Factor", "Un-sabotagable"
2014 Flipping Out Himself Episode: "Due Date"
2014–15 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Jared Briscoe / Paul Winthrop Recurring characters; 4 episodes
2015 The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Zack Morris February 4, 2015
2015 Truth Be Told Mitch Lead role

Awards and nominations

Young Artist Award


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