Mark-Paul Gosselaar

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Mark-Paul Gosselaar
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Gosselaar in 2013
BornMark-Paul Harry Gosselaar
(1974-03-01) March 1, 1974 (age 40)
Panorama City, California, U.S.
EducationHart High School
Years active1986–present

Lisa Ann Russell (m. 1996–2011)

Catriona McGinn (m. 2012)
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Mark-Paul Gosselaar
Mark-Paul Gosselaar head shot.jpeg
Gosselaar in 2013
BornMark-Paul Harry Gosselaar
(1974-03-01) March 1, 1974 (age 40)
Panorama City, California, U.S.
EducationHart High School
Years active1986–present

Lisa Ann Russell (m. 1996–2011)

Catriona McGinn (m. 2012)

Mark-Paul Harry Gosselaar (born March 1, 1974) is an American actor. He is best known for his roles as Zack Morris in NBC's Saved by the Bell, 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 series Franklin & Bash.

Early life[edit]

Gosselaar was born in Panorama City, California, the son of Pauline (van den Brink), a homemaker and hostess for KLM, and Hans Gosselaar, a plant supervisor for Anheuser-Busch.[1][2] His father, who is from the Netherlands, is of Dutch Jewish and German descent.[3] Gosselaar's paternal great-grandparents, Hertog and Hester Gosselaar, were killed at the Sobibor extermination camp during the Holocaust.[4][5] His mother, who is of Dutch-Indonesian descent, is from Bali in Indonesia.[6][7][8] At one point, Gosselaar was fluent in Dutch (his older siblings were born in the Netherlands).[2][9] Gosselaar's parents later separated.[1]

Gosselaar's mother worked as his manager.[8] He began modeling at the age of 5.[1] As a child, he appeared in commercials for Oreo cookies and Smurf merchandise, and later won guest spots on television series.[10] He spent his teenage years in the Santa Clarita Valley in Southern California, where he attended Hart High School.[11]


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 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 to 2005, Gosselaar played Detective John Clark on ABC's NYPD Blue. After the series ended, he joined the cast of ABC's Commander in Chief, starring Geena Davis; however, that series lasted only one season. Gosselaar also 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 cancelled in November 2009.

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]

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.[13]

On March 28, 2010, Gosselaar began filming the TNT series Franklin & Bash. The series premiered on June 1, 2011,[14] and has been renewed for a fourth season.

Personal life[edit]

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.[15] He remains friends with his Saved by the Bell cast mates.[6]

In 1996, Gosselaar married former model Lisa Ann Russell.[1] Together they have two children: son Michael Charles (born in 2004), named after Mark-Paul's elder brother; and daughter Ava Lorenn (born in 2006).[16] After 14 years of marriage, Gosselaar and Russell announced their separation in early June 2010.[17] Gosselaar filed for divorce on June 18, 2010,[18] and it became final in May 2011.[19] Russell has since remarried, to Survivor host Jeff Probst.[20]

Gosselaar became engaged to advertising executive Catriona McGinn in August 2011.[19] They married on July 28, 2012 at the Sunstone winery in Santa Ynez, California.[21] They have one son, Dekker Edward (born in September 2013).[22]

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.[23]


1993White Wolves: A Cry in the Wild IIScott
1994St. Tammany Miracle, TheThe St. Tammany MiracleCarl
1995Twisted LoveD.J.
1996SpecimenMike Hillary
1996Sticks & StonesDale
1998Dead Man on CampusCooper Frederickson
2001Beer MoneyTim
2002Atomic TwisterJake Hannah
1986Highway to HeavenRolf BaldtEpisode: "The Torch"
1986StingrayEric MurrayEpisode: "Below the Line"
1986Twilight Zone, TheThe Twilight ZoneTim ConradEpisode: "What Are Friends For?"
1988Necessary PartiesChris MillsMovie
1988Wonder Years, TheThe Wonder YearsBrad GainesEpisode: "Dance with Me"
1988Punky BrewsterWalker WimbleyEpisode: "One Plus Tutor Is Three"
1988Charles in ChargePhilipEpisode: "Runaround Charles"
1988–89Good Morning, Miss BlissZack MorrisLead role
1989–93Saved by the BellZack MorrisLead role
1990Murphy BrownWesEpisode: "I Want My FYI"
1992Saved by the Bell: Hawaiian StyleZack MorrisMovie
1992BlossomKevinEpisode: "Losing Your... Religion"
1993–94Saved by the Bell: The College YearsZack MorrisLead Role
1994For the Love of NancyTommy WalshMovie
1994Saved by the Bell: Wedding in Las VegasZack MorrisMovie
1994Saved by the Bell: The New ClassZack MorrisEpisode: "Goodbye Bayside"
1996Brothers of the FrontierHiram HolcombMovie
1996She Cried NoScott BakerMovie; also known as Freshman Fall
1997Dying to BelongSteven TylerMovie
1997Born Into ExileChrisMovie
1998–99Hyperion BayDennis SweenyLead role
2000D.C.Pete KomiskyLead role
2001Princess and the Marine, TheThe Princess and the MarineJason JohnsonMovie
2001Beer MoneyTim MaroonMovie
2001Law & Order: Special Victims UnitWesley Jansen/Peter IvanhoeEpisode: "Sacrifice"
2001–05NYPD BlueDet. John Clark, Jr.76 episodes; lead role
2002Atomic TwisterDep. Jake HannahMovie
2002HitchedMichaelUnsold pilot
2005Over ThereJohn MoffetTwo episodes
2005–06Commander in ChiefRichard 'Dickie' McDonald10 episodes, recurring character
2006House Next Door, TheThe House Next DoorKimMovie
2007Law DogsEvan MarloweUnsold pilot
2007John from CincinnatiJake Ferris3 episodes
2008Robot ChickenZack Morris / EmployeeVoice role; episode: "Boo Cocky"
2008–09Raising the BarJerry KellermanLead role
2010Rizzoli & IslesGarrett FairfieldEpisode: "Money For Nothing"
2010WeedsJackEpisode: "Gentle Puppies"
Franklin & BashPeter BashLead role
201112 Dates of ChristmasMilesMovie
2012Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23HimselfEpisode: "A Reunion"
2013Men at WorkTimEpisode: "Weekend at PJ's"; uncredited
2013Happy EndingsChaseEpisodes: "The Ex Factor", "Un-sabotagable"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Young Artist Award


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