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Zano at the 2015 Television Critics Association’s Press Tour
March 8, 1978 |
Nutley, New Jersey, U.S.
Nick Zano (born March 8, 1978) is an American actor and producer. He is best known for having played Vince in The WB's sitcom What I Like About You. He got his big break on MTV, where he hosted that network's former infotainment program about the film industry, Movie House, and briefly worked as an MTV News correspondent before he began an acting career. His recurring roles on television include Drew Pragin on Melrose Place, Josh on Cougar Town, Pete on Happy Endings, P.J. Hillingsbrook on 90210, and Johnny on 2 Broke Girls.
Zano was born in Nutley, New Jersey. He lived in Florida as a child. While attending Wellington High School he was active in the drama and television departments. Throughout his junior and senior years, he and his classmates produced a weekly off-beat skit comedy show that aired on the school's television station. While working on the show, Zano also wrote, starred in and directed student films that made their way to the JVC Universal Film Competition, a festival in which over 800 local high schools participate.
Shortly after graduating from high school, Zano moved to Hanover, Pennsylvania and landed a job developing films and television projects for a small production company. During that time, he also was the associate producer for Living Position, a World AIDS Day television special hosted by Lou Diamond Phillips. While selling shoes in a trendy Los Angeles boutique, a customer went back to her office and told her supervisors she'd just met a man who would be a wonderful on-air personality. The woman was an employee at MTV, which led to Zano's hosting job of MTV's Movie House. In 2003, he landed the role of Vince in the The WB's sitcom What I Like About You, starring Amanda Bynes and Jennie Garth. Zano made his first appearance in the second season and remained until the fourth and final season, which ended April 24, 2006. Afterwards, he went on to host and executive produce his MTV reality show Why Can't I Be You?.
The following year, Zano appeared alongside Haylie Duff and Frankie Muniz in the independent romantic comedy My Sexiest Year. The film, which received mixed reviews, had its world premiere at the 2007 Hamptons International Film Festival. In 2008 he appeared in a supporting role opposite Drake Bell in MGM's teen comedy film College. Zano also appeared in Beverly Hills Chihuahua and Joy Ride 2: Dead Ahead later that year. In 2009, Zano co-starred in The Final Destination, the fourth installment of the Final Destination film series. He also guest starred on the ABC sitcom Cougar Town, starring Courteney Cox. In 2010, he had a recurring role on The CW's Melrose Place.
In 2011 he started a recurring role on 2 Broke Girls as Johnny, a graffiti artist who regularly flirts with Max (Dennings). In 2011 he also co-starred in the romantic comedy Scents and Sensibility as Brandon. In 2012, Zano scored a recurring role on another CW show, 90210, in which he played a billionaire who goes into business with Annie (Shenae Grimes). Beginning in December 2012, Zano began a recurring role in season three of the ABC comedy series Happy Endings as Pete, Penny's new love interest.
In February 2014, Zano signed on to play the male lead in Liz Feldman and Ellen DeGeneres' NBC comedy pilot One Big Happy. The show centers on Lizzy (played by Elisha Cuthbert), a lesbian who gets pregnant just as her straight male best friend Luke, played by Zano, meets and marries the love of his life, Prudence. The show was ordered to series on May 9, 2014 and will debut mid-season in early 2015.
|2002||Catch Me If You Can||James||Uncredited|
|2004||Fat Albert||Camera salesman|
|2005||Everything You Want||Quinn Andrews||Television film|
|2007||My Sexiest Year||Pierce|
|2008||College||Tony "Teague" Garrison|
|2008||Beverly Hills Chihuahua||Bryan|
|2008||Joy Ride 2: Dead Ahead||Bobby|
|2009||Final Destination, TheThe Final Destination||Hunt Wynorski|
|2011||Scents and Sensibility||Brandon|
|2011||10 Years||Nick Vanillo|
|2011||Desperately Seeking Santa||David Morretti||Television film|
|2003–06||What I Like About You||Vince||Main role (seasons 2–4); 54 episodes|
|2005||One Tree Hill||Himself||Episode: "Somewhere a Clock Is Ticking"|
|2007||7th Heaven||Dr. Jonathan Sanderson||3 episodes|
|2009||Cougar Town||Josh||5 episodes|
|2010||Melrose Place||Drew Pragin||5 episodes|
|2010–11||Secret Life of the American Teenager, TheThe Secret Life of the American Teenager||Dr. Miller||2 episodes|
|2011||Drop Dead Diva||Tim Klein||Episode: "Hit and Run"|
|2011–12||2 Broke Girls||Johnny||11 episodes|
|2012||90210||Preston Hillingsbrook||6 episodes|
|2012–13||Happy Endings||Pete||8 episodes|
|2014||Friends with Better Lives||Handy Randy||Episode: "Pros and Cons"|
- Thompson, Kevin D. "THE SHORT, METEORIC RISE OF NICK ZANO", The Palm Beach Post, February 22, 2004.
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