Zak Bagans

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Zachary Alexander Bagans
Born Zachary Alexander Bagans
(1977-04-05) 5 April 1977 (age 37)
Washington, D.C., United States
Occupation Executive producer, director, writer
Known for Ghost Adventures
Website
www.zakbagans.com/official/

Zach Bagans (born April 5, 1977) is an American executive producer, director, writer, and lead investigator/co-founder of the Travel Channel show Ghost Adventures. He is also the co-author of Dark World: Into the Shadows with the Lead Investigator of the Ghost Adventures Crew.

Early life

Zachary Alexander Bagans was born on April 5, 1977 in Washington, D.C. and states he grew up in Las Vegas.[1] He graduated Glenbard West High School in Glen Ellyn, Illinois in 1995.[2][3] Bagans attended the Motion Picture Institute in Michigan.[4] Following graduation from MPI, he moved to Las Vegas, aspiring to film documentaries. After arriving in Las Vegas, he found work as a wedding disc jockey.[5] A former skeptic, Bagans says that his passion for investigating the paranormal resulted from what he describes as "a face-to-face encounter with the spirit of a suicidal woman", in his former apartment building in Trenton, Michigan.

Ghost Adventures

In 2004, Bagans teamed up with Nick Groff and Aaron Goodwin to produce a documentary-style film called Ghost Adventures. Nearly four years later the first season aired in the U.S, in the first episode the crew stayed the night in the allegedly haunted Bobby Mackey's Music World, where Bagans claimed to receive several mysterious scratch marks to his back. The series is now in it's ninth season.

Bagans has been criticized by some paranormal enthusiasts for the aggressive and confrontational methods he uses during investigations. In a June 2009 interview with Paranormal Underground magazine, he responded, "I don't want the public perceiving us as the taunting, provocative ghost hunters. We do that only to the bad spirits who we know are attacking the living."[6]

Other work

In 2011, Bagans hosted Paranormal Challenge, a concurrent spin-off program also on the Travel Channel, which also starred radio personality Dave Schrader. In 2011, Zak Bagans narrated and hosted a Travel Channel special called "Ultimate Travel: Legends of the Park," a show about America's National Parks and how they are haunted.[7]

Bagans co-wrote a book with author Kelly Crigger titled Dark World: Into the Shadows with the Lead Investigator of the Ghost Adventures Crew (Victory Belt, 2011). On September 23, the book debuted on the New York Times Best Seller list at number 18.[8]

In 2012, Bagans appeared in two music collaborations with Lords of Acid on the song "Paranormal Energy" and on an album called "Necrofusion" with Praga Khan.[9] Bagans produced Paranormal Paparazzi, a reality show that premiered on September 28 but starred entertainment pundit Aaron Sagers.[10] In March 2014, Bagans announced a spin off series titled Ghost Adventures Aftershocks, which premiered in April 2014. It focuses on the life changes of people affected at haunted places before and after the Ghost Adventures Crew's visit to some locations.

References

  1. ^ Bagans, Zak. ["http://black/ "Zak Bagans Official Website"]. Retrieved 2012-09-01. 
  2. ^ Bagans on classfinders.com
  3. ^ "Excalibur Nightclub" Season 7 Episode 2–21 September 2012 Travel Channel
  4. ^ "Ghost Adventurers Zak Bagans Salutes MPI for Igniting His Career". Motion Picture Institute. June 2012. Retrieved 2012-09-01. 
  5. ^ Bagans, Zak. "Zak Bagans Official Website". Retrieved 3 April 2012. 
  6. ^ Mannen, Scott. "Fear No Evil". 
  7. ^ Bagans, Zak. ["http://zakbagans.com/ "Zak Bagans Official Website"]. Retrieved 2012-09-01. 
  8. ^ Schuessler, Jennifer. "Print & E-Books". The New York Times. 
  9. ^ "host of "Ghost Adventures" and "Paranormal Challenge" on the Travel Channel. Author of Dark World". Zak Bagans. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  10. ^ "Zak Bagans (@Zak_Bagans) on Twitter". Twitter.com. Retrieved 2012-12-24.