Ian Andrew Ziering
March 30, 1964
Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
|Education||West Orange High School|
|Alma mater||William Paterson University|
|Occupation||Actor, voice actor|
Ian Andrew Ziering (/ /; born March 30, 1964) is an American actor and voice 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. From 2013 to 2018, he starred as Fin Shepard in the Sharknado film series. In 2019, he played the DC Comics character Blue Devil on the series Swamp Thing.
Ian Ziering was born in Newark, New Jersey, the youngest of three boys for Muriel (1925-1998) and Paul M. Ziering (1921-2008), an educator, orchestra leader and saxophonist. He grew up in West Orange, New Jersey and has two older brothers, Jeff and Barry. Ziering is Jewish (his family is from Russia and Austria). He graduated from West Orange High School in 1982, and from William Paterson University in 1988.
In 1990, Ziering began his portrayal of the character Steve Sanders on the hit series Beverly Hills, 90210. Sanders was a high school student and friend of Brandon Walsh (Jason Priestly), one of the series' other central characters. He is one of only four series regulars to appear on the show for its entire duration of ten seasons until 2000.
In 1998, Ziering was cast as the voice of Dr. Niko "Nick" Tatopoulos in Godzilla: The Series, which was a direct follow-up to the 1998 Hollywood Godzilla re-imagining. Ziering replaced Matthew Broderick, who played Nick Tatopolous in the movie.
In 2006, Ziering produced, directed and starred in the short film Man vs. Monday, which won the Audience Choice Award at the 2006 Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival. Also in 2006, he won the Best Actor Award at the 2006 Monaco Film Festival for his portrayal of Francis in the independent film Stripped Down.
Ziering 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.
He was a celebrity dancer in 2007 on Season 4 of Dancing with the Stars. His professional dance partner was Cheryl Burke, who won the competition in Season 2 with partner Drew Lachey and Season 3 with partner Emmitt Smith. Ziering made it to the semi-finals, and received a perfect score (three 10s) from the judges for one of his two dances in the round. However, it was not enough to reach the finals: he and Burke were eliminated during the results show the next day on May 15, 2007. In 2016 Burke said the experience of working with Ziering made her want to "slit her wrists". She later apologized, not to Ziering, but for making a thoughtless reference to suicide. Ziering did not comment publicly on Burke's comments beyond re-tweeting a message from a former co-worker that praised him as a great person to be around.
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. The job ultimately went to Drew Carey. Ziering's ex-wife, Nikki, was a model on the show from 1999 to 2002.
In 2015, he appeared on Celebrity Apprentice on NBC.
In 2018, he competed on Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition.
In 2019, he was cast to play the superhero, Blue Devil, on the show Swamp Thing, in the DC Universe streaming service. The show ran for only one season, though it was positively received by critics and audience.
Ziering married Playboy model Nikki Schieler in July 1997. They filed for divorce in February 2002, citing irreconcilable differences. Nikki has said that the separation was contentious, and that she was not given any support or help moving out.
On February 3, 2010, Ziering announced his engagement to Erin Ludwig. The couple married at a ceremony in Newport Beach, California, on May 28, 2010. They have two daughters, Mia Loren (born April 25, 2011) and Penna Mae (born April 25, 2013). On October 31, 2019, Ziering announced that the couple had separated.
|1981||Endless Love||Sammy Butterfield||film debut|
|1995||No Way Back||Victor Serlano|
|1996||Mighty Ducks the Movie: The First Face-Off||Wildwing (voice role)||Direct-to-Video|
|2005||Six Months Later||Michael||Short film|
|2006||Man vs. Monday||Dan Smith||Short film; also Director|
|2009||Step Seven||Richard Miller/Brother Abraham||Short film|
|2010||Hopelessly Devoted||unknown role||Short film|
|2011||The Legend of Awesomest Maximus||Testiclees|
|2012||That's My Boy||TV Version Donny|
|2012||McKenna Shoots for the Stars||Mr. Brooks|
|2013||Disney's Vehicle Movies||unknown (voice role)||Short film|
|2013||Snake & Mongoose||Keith Black|
|2014||Christmas in Palm Springs||Teddy|
|2016||Killer Deal||Nick Steel||Short film; also Producer|
|2017||F the Prom||Ken Reede|
|2019||Malibu Rescue||Gavin Cross||Netflix film|
|1981–1982||The Doctors||Erich Aldrich||Television Debut|
|1987||Guiding Light||Cameron Stewart||Contract role|
|1988||ABC Afterschool Specials||Randy Forrester||Episode: "Terrible Things My Mother Told Me"|
|1990||CBS Schoolbreak Special||Donnie||Episode: "Flour Babies"|
|1990||Married...with Children||The Kid||Episode: "The Unnatural"|
|1990–2000||Beverly Hills, 90210||Steve Sanders/Ronnie Robertson||Series Regular; 292 episodes|
Producer of 8 episodes
Director of Episode: "I'm Using You 'Cause I Like You"
Writer of Episode: "Sentenced to Life" (story by)
|1992||Melrose Place||Steve Sanders||3 episodes|
|1992||The Legend of Prince Valiant||Unknown (voice role)||2 episodes|
|1992||Parker Lewis Can't Lose||Himself||Episode: "Geek Tragedy"|
|1993–1996||Biker Mice from Mars||Vinnie (voice role)||Series regular; 65 episodes|
|1994||Aaahh!!! Real Monsters||Gludge (voice role)||Episode: "Smile and Say Oblina/The Great Wave"|
|1994||Beverly Hills, 90210: A Christmas Special||Himself||Television Movie|
|1995||The Women of Spring Break||George Peck||Television Movie|
|1996||Subliminal Seduction||Darrin Danver||Television Movie|
|1996–1997||Mighty Ducks||Wildwing (voice role)||Series Regular; 24 Episodes|
|1998||V.I.P.||Peter, Tasha's ex-husband||Episode: "Bloody Val-entine"|
|1998||All-Star Party for Aaron Spelling||Himself||Television Special|
|1998||78th Annual Miss America Pageant||Himself (Judge)||Television Special|
|1998–1999||Hollywood Squares||Himself (Panelist)||Recurring Role; 10 episodes|
|1998–2001||Godzilla: The Series||Dr. Nick Tatopoulos (voice role)||Series Regular; 40 episodes|
|1999||Love Boat: The Next Wave||Joshua Krumb||Episode: "Don't Judge a Book by Its Lover"|
|1999||Batman Beyond: The Movie||Mason Forrest (voice role)||Television Movie|
|1999||Batman Beyond||Episode: "The Winning Edge"|
|2000||Twice in a Lifetime||Dr. Steven Weaver/Lance Kensington||Episode: "Even Steven"|
|2001||Inside Schwartz||Parker||Uncredited; Episode: "Event Night"|
|2001||JAG||Captain William Shepard||Episode: "Ambush"|
|2001||The Test||Himself (Panelist)||Episode: "The PDA Test"|
|2002||Son of the Beach||Harry Johnson||3 episodes|
|2002||What I Like About You||Paul Cody||Episode: "Copy That"|
|2003||Spider-Man||Harry Osborn (voice role)||Series Regular; 13 episodes|
|2006–2007||Biker Mice from Mars||Vinne/Brie Fish/Taonga (voice role)||Series Regular; 29 Episodes|
|2007||Side Order of Life||Brian Fowler||3 Episodes|
|2007||Drawn Together||Chase Huffington (voice role)||Episode: "Drawn Together Babies"|
|2007||Dancing with the Stars||Himself (Contestant)||Reality Television|
|2008||Lava Storm||John Wilson||Television Movie|
|2008||Your Mama Don't Dance||Himself (Host)||Series Regular; 8 episodes|
|2009||The Christmas Hope||Nathan Andrews||Television Movie|
|2010||CSI: NY||Thom Weir||Episode: "Pot of Gold"|
|2010||Elopement||David Drummond||Television Movie|
|2011||Happily Divorced||Robert, Support Group Leader||Episode: "Spousal Support"|
|2013||Sharknado||Fin Shepard||Television Movie|
|2013||Deadtime Stories||Mr. Tyler||Television Miniseries; Episode: "Terror in Tiny Town"|
|2013||Hell's Kitchen||Himself (Restaurant Patron)||Episode: "9 Chef's Compete"|
|2013||Shark After Dark||Himself (Guest)||Television Miniseries; Episode: "Sharkmania!"|
|2013||Oprah: Where Are They Now?||Himself (Guest)||Episode: "90210 Star Ian Ziering"|
|2014||Sharknado 2: The Second One||Fin Shepard||Television Movie|
|2014||Sproutnado: Ocean Weather Report||Weather Reporter||Television Movie|
|2014||94th Annual Miss America Pageant||Himself (Judge)||Television Special|
|2014||On Your Marc!||Himself (Guest)||Episode: "Ian Ziering"|
|2014||Sproutnado: Synchronized Swimming||Himself – Swimmer||Television Movie|
|2014||Sproutnado: So Many Numbers in the Ocean||Himself – Swimmer||Television Movie|
|2014||Sproutnado: Shark Costume Delivery||Himself – Movie Star||Television Movie|
|2014||The Wil Wheaton Project||Himself (Guest)||Episode: "Wil Master: Axis of Wheaton"|
|2014||America's Healthiest Heroes||Himself (Host)||Television Series|
|2014–2016||Celebrity Name Game||Himself (Celebrity Player)||recurring role; 5 episodes|
|2015||Defiance||Conrad Von Bach||Episode: "The Beauty of Our Weapons"|
|2015||Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!||Fin Shepard||Television Movie|
|2015||Lavalantula||Fin Shepard||Television Movie|
|2015||The Apprentice||Himself (Contestant)||series regular; 8 episodes|
|2016||The Muppets.||Himself||Episode: "A Tail of Two Piggies"|
|2016||Hashtaggers||Himself||Episode: "#Colin'sRival with Ian Ziering"|
|2016||Sharknado: The 4th Awakens||Fin Shepard||Television Movie; also Co-Executive Producer|
|2017||Sharknado 5: Global Swarming||Fin Shepard||Television Movie; also Co-Executive Producer|
|2017||Battle of the Network Stars||Himself (Contestant)||Episode: "Primetime Soaps vs. ABC Stars"|
|2018||The Thundermans||Young Thunder Man||Episode: "The Thundredth"|
|2018||Aussie Girl||Himself||Episode: "Crafty Service"|
|2018||Worst Cooks in America||Himself (Contestant)||Series Regular; 6 episodes|
|2018||Celebrity Family Feud||Himself (Contestant)||Episode: "Sherri Shepherd vs. Ian Ziering"|
|2018||The Last Sharknado: It's About Time||Fin Shepard||Television Movie; also Executive Producer|
|2019||Swamp Thing||Daniel Cassidy / Blue Devil||Recurring role|
|2019||Malibu Rescue||Gavin Cross||Recurring role|
|2019||Zombie Tidal Wave||Hunter Shaw||Television Movie/A SyFy Original film; also Writer (story by) and Producer|
|2020||The Order||Himself||Netflix Original Series; episode "Spring Outbreak, Part 2".|
|2020||The Other Two||Himself||Episode: "Chase Guest-Edits Vogue"|
|2003||Freelancer||Edison Trent (voice role)||Microsoft Game Studios|
|2007||Biker Mice from Mars||Vinnie (voice role)||PlayStation 2 & Nintendo DS|
Dancing with the Stars season 4
|Week #||Dance / Song||Judges' Score||Result|
|1||Cha-Cha-Cha / "Mony Mony"||7||7||7||No Elimination|
|2||Quickstep / "Don't Get Me Wrong"||7||8||7||Safe|
|3||Jive / "Hard Headed Woman"||8||8||8||Safe|
|4||Waltz / "He Was Beautiful"||7||9||8||Safe|
|5||Samba / "Dance Like This"||8||8||8||Safe|
|6||Paso Doble / "Waiting for Tonight"||8||8||8||Safe|
|Swing / "Rock This Town"||No scores given|
|7||Tango / "Holding Out for a Hero"||9||9||9||Safe|
|Mambo / "Gimme the Light"||9||9||9|
|8||Foxtrot / "Baby, It's Cold Outside"||8||7||7||Safe|
|Rumba / "Imagine"||8||8||9|
|Tango / "Maneater"||9||10||9||Eliminated|
|Jive / "All Shook Up"||10||10||10|
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