Ian Ziering

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Ian Ziering
Ian Ziering (2008).jpg
Ian Ziering, September 2008
BornIan Andrew Ziering
(1964-03-30) March 30, 1964 (age 50)
Newark, New Jersey,
United States
Spouse(s)Nikki Schieler Ziering (1997-2002; divorced)
Erin Kristine Ludwig (2010-present; 2 children)
ChildrenMia and Penna
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Ian Ziering
Ian Ziering (2008).jpg
Ian Ziering, September 2008
BornIan Andrew Ziering
(1964-03-30) March 30, 1964 (age 50)
Newark, New Jersey,
United States
Spouse(s)Nikki Schieler Ziering (1997-2002; divorced)
Erin Kristine Ludwig (2010-present; 2 children)
ChildrenMia and Penna

Ian Andrew Ziering (/ˈən ˈzɪərɪŋ/; born March 30, 1964) is an American actor best known for his role as Steve Sanders on the television series Beverly Hills, 90210, which he played from 1990 to 2000. He is also the voice of Vinnie on Biker Mice from Mars. More recently, he is gaining notoriety for his portrayal of "Fin" in the 2013 movie "Sharknado". Most recently he fronts a cover band, playing a mix of dance and rock music, called Golden Ziering.

Early life[edit]

Ian Ziering was born on March 30, 1964 in Newark, New Jersey, the son of Muriel "Mickie" and Paul M. Ziering, an educator and saxophonist.[1][2] He grew up in West Orange, New Jersey and has two older brothers, Jeff and Barry. Ziering was raised Jewish.[3] He graduated from West Orange High School in 1982, and from William Paterson University in 1988.[4]


In 1990, Ziering was chosen as Steve Sanders on the hit series Beverly Hills, 90210. He was a celebrity dancer on Season 4 of ABC's American version of Dancing with the Stars.[5] His professional dance partner was Cheryl Burke, who won the competition in Season 2 with partner Drew Lachey and also Season 3 with partner Emmitt Smith. Ian made it to the semi-final round of Season 4, and received a perfect score (three 10s) from the judges for one of his two dances in the semi-finals, but it was not enough to reach the finals; he and Cheryl were eliminated during the results show the next day, May 15, 2007.

In 2006, Ian produced, directed and starred in the short film, Man vs. Monday, which won the Audience Choice Award at the 2006 Ft. Lauderdale Film Festival. Also in 2006, Ian won the Best Actor Award at the 2006 Monaco Film Festival for his portrayal of "Francis" in the independent film, Stripped Down.

Ian has also appeared in the television series JAG, What I Like About You, The Doctors as Erich Aldrich and Guiding Light as Cameron Stewart. He also had a role in the videogame Freelancer as the protagonist, Edison Trent.

On June 18, 2007, Variety reported that Ziering had auditioned the previous week for the opportunity to succeed Bob Barker as host of The Price Is Right.[6] The job ultimately went to Drew Carey.[7] Ziering's ex-wife, Nikki, was a Model on the show from 1999 to 2002.

In May, 2013, it was announced that Ziering would be performing with Chippendales as a celebrity guest star for four weeks at the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Ziering is divorced from Nikki Schieler Ziering. The two had wed in July 1997, and Ian filed for divorce in February 2002, citing irreconcilable differences.[9]

On February 3, 2010, Ziering announced his engagement to nurse Erin Kristine Ludwig of East Liverpool, Ohio.[10] The couple married at a ceremony in Newport Beach, California on May 28, 2010. On October 31, 2010, it was announced that he and his wife Erin were expecting a baby girl in April 2011.[11] On April 25, 2011, Erin gave birth to a baby girl named Mia Loren Ziering weighing 7 lbs, 6 oz. She was named after Ian's late mother, Mickie. On April 25, 2013, Ziering announced the birth of his second daughter, Penna Mae Ziering weighing 6 lbs, 9 oz. Penna shares the same birthday as her older sister, Mia.[12]


1981Endless LoveSammy Butterfield
1995The Women of Spring BreakGeorge PeckTV Movie
1995SavateCain Parker
1995No Way BackVictor Serlano
1996Subliminal SeductionDarrin DanverTV Movie
1997Mighty Ducks the Movie: The First Face-OffWildwingVoice
2005Six Months LaterMichaelShort film
2006Man vs. MondayDan SmithShort film
2006Stripped DownFrancis
2007Tyrannosaurus AztecaHernan Cortes
2008Lava StormJohn WilsonTV Movie
2009Step SevenRichard Miller / Brother AbrahamShort film
2009The Christmas HopeNathan AndrewsTV Movie
2011The Legend of Awesomest MaximusTesticlees
2012McKenna Shoots for the StarsMr. Brooks
2012That's My BoyTV Donny Berger
2013Snake and MongooseKeith BlackPost-production
1981-1982The DoctorsErich Aldrich
1986-1988Guiding LightCameron Stewart
1988ABC Afterschool SpecialsRandy ForresterEpisode: "Terrible Things My Mother Told Me"
1990CBS Schoolbreak SpecialDonnieEpisode: "Flour Babies"
1990Married... with ChildrenThe KidEpisode: "The Unnatural"
1990-2000Beverly Hills, 90210Steve Sanders
1991The Legend of Prince ValiantVoiceEpisode: "The Beggar"
Episode: "The Black Rose"
1992Melrose PlaceSteve SandersEpisode: "Pilot"
Episode: "Friends & Lovers"
Episode: "Lost & Found"
1993-1996Biker Mice from MarsVinnieVoice
1994Aaahh!!! Real MonstersGludgeEpisode: "Smile and Say Oblina/The Great Wave" (Voice)
1996-1997Mighty DucksWildwingVoice
1998V.I.P.PeterEpisode: "Bloody Val-entine"
1998-2000Godzilla: The SeriesNick TatopoulosVoice
1999The Love Boat: The Next WaveJoshua KrumbEpisode: "Don't Judge a Book by It's Lover"
1999Batman BeyondMason ForrestEpisode: "The Winning Edge" (Voice)
2000Twice in a LifetimeDr. Steven Weaver / Lance KensingtonEpisode: "Even Steven"
2001Inside SchwartzParkerEpisode: "Event Night"
2001JAGCapt. William ShepardEpisode: "Ambush"
2002Son of the BeachHarry JohnsonEpisode: "Taco Lips Now: Part 1"
Episode: "Jailhouse Notch: Part 2"
Episode: "Bad News, Mr. Johnson"
2002What I Like About YouPaul CodyEpisode: "Copy That"
2003Spider-ManHarry OsbornVoice
2006-2007Biker Mice from MarsVinnie / Announcer / Brie Fish / Harry / TaongaVoice
2007Side Order of LifeBrian FowlerEpisode: "Awakenings"
Episode: "Aliens"
Episode: "Nothing Left to Lose"
2007Drawn TogetherChase HuffingtonEpisode: "Drawn Together Babies" (Voice)
2010CSI: NYThom WeirEpisode: "Pot of Gold"
2011Happily DivorcedSupport Group LeaderEpisode: "Spousal Support"
Video Games
2003FreelancerEdison TrentVoice
2007Biker Mice from MarsVinnieVoice


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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Monique Coleman & Louis Van Amstel
Dancing with the Stars (US) semi-finalist
Season 4 (Spring 2007 with Cheryl Burke)
Succeeded by
Jennie Garth & Derek Hough