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Mark-Paul Gosselaar
Gosselaar at GalaxyCon Richmond in 2023
Mark-Paul Harry Gosselaar

(1974-03-01) March 1, 1974 (age 50)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
EducationWilliam S. Hart High School
Occupation(s)Actor, model
Years active1986–present
  • Lisa Ann Russell
    (m. 1996; div. 2011)
  • Catriona McGinn
    (m. 2012)

Mark-Paul Harry Gosselaar (/ˈɡɒslər/;[1] born March 1, 1974) is an American actor. He is best known for playing Zack Morris in the NBC series Saved by the Bell. In 1991, he won a Young Artist Award for Best Young Actor Starring in an Off-Primetime Series.

He also played Paul Johnson in the ABC sitcom series Mixed-ish, Detective John Clark Jr. in NYPD Blue, and Peter Bash in the TNT legal series Franklin & Bash. He was also the lead in the 1998 film Dead Man on Campus. He later starred in the Fox TV series Pitch (2016) and The Passage (2019). He reprised the role of Zack Morris in a recurring capacity for the Peacock sequel series Saved by the Bell (2020) and stars in the NBC procedural drama Found (2023).

Early life[edit]

Gosselaar was born in Panorama City, Los Angeles, the son of Paula (née van den Brink), a homemaker and hostess for KLM, and Hans Gosselaar, a plant supervisor for Anheuser-Busch.[2][3] He is the youngest of his parents' four children, and was the only one not born in the Netherlands.[3][4]

His Dutch-born father is of German and Dutch Jewish descent.[5] Gosselaar's Jewish paternal great-grandparents, Hartog and Hester Gosselaar, were murdered at the Sobibor extermination camp during the Holocaust.[6][7] His Indonesian mother, who was born in Bali, Indonesia, was a flight attendant for KLM Royal Dutch Airlines.[8]

Gosselaar has described himself as "half-Asian,” and mentioned collecting things from Indonesia.[9][10][11][12][13]

Gosselaar speaks Dutch,[3][4] and was fluent for a time, at home.[9] His parents later separated.[2]

Gosselaar's mother was his manager.[11] He began modeling at the age of five,[2] and as a child, he also appeared in commercials for Oreo cookies and Smurf merchandise, later winning guest spots on television series.[14] He spent his teenage years in the Santa Clarita Valley in Southern California, where he attended Hart High School.

Gosselaar has said that his natural hair color is brown, but he was "blondish" as a kid.[15][16] His hair was dyed blond throughout his run on Saved by the Bell.[17]


Gosselaar first came to public notice as the star of the hit television comedy series Saved by the Bell, which aired on NBC from 1989 to 1993. His character, Zack Morris, was adapted from the short-lived Disney Channel 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 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, he 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, he 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, he played Detective John Clark on ABC's NYPD Blue. After the series ended, he joined the cast of ABC's Commander in Chief, which lasted only one season. He 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, then it was canceled in November 2009 after two seasons.[18]

Gosselaar (pictured) in 2008 at the Malibu Triathlon

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.[19] On February 4, 2015, Gosselaar reunited with Mario Lopez, Elizabeth Berkley, Dennis Haskins and Tiffani Thiessen on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, where they appeared in a Saved by the Bell sketch with Fallon.[20][21][22]

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.[23]

Gosselaar began filming the TNT series Franklin & Bash on March 28, 2010. The series premiered on June 1, 2011. On November 11, 2014, it was announced that the series was canceled, after four seasons.[24] The FOX series Pitch cast Gosselaar in the main role of Mike Lawson, star catcher and team captain, in February 2016, and premiered on September 22, 2016. On May 1, 2017, it was announced that the series was canceled, after one season.[25] He appeared in two episodes of Tiffani Thiessen's cooking show, Dinner at Tiffani's.

In 2019, Gosselaar began playing the lead role of Paul Jackson (Rainbow's father) in ABC comedy series Mixed-ish (spin-off and prequel series of Black-ish). He took over the role from Anders Holm, who played the character in the pilot episode.[26] Gosselaar also reprised his role as Zack Morris in the 2020 sequel series Saved by the Bell.[27]

Personal life[edit]

In a July 2009 interview with People, Gosselaar revealed that while Saved by the Bell was in production, he dated, at different times, his three female co-stars: Lark Voorhies, Tiffani Thiessen,[28] and Elizabeth Berkley.[29] He remains friends with his Saved by the Bell cast mates.[9]

In 1996, Gosselaar married former model Lisa Ann Russell.[2] Together, they have two children: a son (b. 2004), and daughter (b. 2006).[30] After 14 years of marriage, Gosselaar and Russell announced their separation in early June 2010.[31] Gosselaar filed for divorce June 18, 2010,[32] and it became final in May 2011.[33]

Gosselaar was engaged to advertising executive Catriona McGinn in August 2011.[33] They married July 28, 2012, at the Sunstone winery in Santa Ynez, California.[34] They have a son (b. 2013),[35] and a daughter (b. 2015).[36]

Gosselaar is a sports car enthusiast, race car driver, track cyclist, dirt biker, and pilot.[37] 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.[38] He is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu purple belt under Rigan Machado.

Gosselaar resides in Los Angeles. He sold his Sherman Oaks home in February 2022.[39]



Year Title Role
1993 White Wolves: A Cry in the Wild II Scott James
1994 The St. Tammany Miracle Carl
1995 Twisted Love D.J.
1996 Specimen Mike Hillary
Freshman Fall Scott
Sticks & Stones Dale
Kounterfeit Paco / Danny
1998 Dead Man on Campus Cooper Frederickson
2011 Hide Alex Wilson
2011 12 Dates of Christmas Miles Dufine
2015 Heist Marconi
2016 Precious Cargo Jack
2021 Kid 90 Himself
2023 The Portrait Brookes


Year Title Role Notes
1986 Highway to Heaven Rolf Baldt Episode: "The Torch"
Stingray Eric Murray Episode: "Below the Line"
The Twilight Zone Tim Conrad Episode: "What Are Friends For?"
1988 Necessary Parties Chris Mills Movie
The Wonder Years Brad Gaines Episode: "Dance with Me"
Punky Brewster Walker Wimbley Episode: "One Plus Tutor Is Three"
Charles in Charge Philip Episode: "Runaround Charles"
1988–89 Good Morning, Miss Bliss Zack Morris Lead role (13 episodes)
1989–93 Saved by the Bell Lead role (86 episodes)
1990 Murphy Brown Wes Episode: "I Want My FYI"
1992 Saved by the Bell: Hawaiian Style Zack Morris Movie
Blossom Kevin Episode: "Losing Your... Religion"
1993–94 Saved by the Bell: The College Years Zack Morris Lead role (19 episodes)
1994 For the Love of Nancy Tommy Walsh Movie
Saved by the Bell: Wedding in Las Vegas Zack Morris Movie
Saved by the Bell: The New Class Episode: "Goodbye Bayside"
1996 Brothers of the Frontier Hiram Holcomb Movie
She Cried No Scott Baker Movie; also known as Freshman Fall
1997 Dying to Belong Steven Tyler Movie
Born Into Exile Chris Movie
1998–99 Hyperion Bay Dennis Sweeny Main role (17 episodes)
2000 D.C. Pete Komisky Main role (7 episodes)
2001 The Princess and the Marine Jason Johnson Movie
Beer Money Tim Maroon Movie
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Wesley Jansen / Peter Ivanhoe Episode: "Sacrifice"
2001–05 NYPD Blue Det. John Clark Jr. Main role (87 episodes)
2002 Alikes Chris Movie
Atomic Twister Deputy Jake Hannah Movie
Hitched Michael Unsold pilot
2005 Over There John Moffet 2 episodes
2005–06 Commander in Chief Richard 'Dickie' McDonald Recurring role (10 episodes)
2006 The House Next Door Kim Movie
2007 Law Dogs Evan Marlowe Unsold pilot
John from Cincinnati Jake Ferris 3 episodes
2008 Robot Chicken Zack Morris / Employee (voice) Episode: "Boo Cocky"
2008–09 Raising the Bar Jerry Kellerman Main role (25 episodes)
2010 Rizzoli & Isles Garrett Fairfield Episode: "Money For Nothing"
Weeds Jack Episode: "Gentle Puppies"
2011–14 Franklin & Bash Peter Bash Lead role (40 episodes), also directed episode: "Honor Thy Mother"
2011 12 Dates of Christmas Miles Dufine Movie
2012 Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 Himself Episode: "A Reunion"
2013 Men at Work Tim Episode: "Weekend at PJ's" (uncredited)[40]
Happy Endings Chase Episodes: "The Ex Factor", "Un-sabotagable"
2014 Flipping Out Himself Episode: "Due Date"
2014–15 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Jared Briscoe / Paul Winthrop Recurring roles (4 episodes)
2015 Truth Be Told Mitch Main role (10 episodes)
2016 Pitch Mike Lawson Main role (10 episodes)
Dinner at Tiffani's Himself Episode: "Christmas at Tiffani's"
Celebrity Name Game Himself
Family Guy Zack Morris (voice) Episode: "Chris Has Got a Date, Date, Date, Date, Date"
2018 Nobodies Mark-Paul Gosselaar Recurring role (12 episodes)
2019 The Passage Brad Wolgast Main role (10 episodes)
2019–21 Mixed-ish Paul Johnson Main role (23 episodes)
2020–21 Saved by the Bell Zack Morris Recurring role, also producer (10 episodes)
2022 Barry Himself Episode: "ben mendelsohn"
2023 Will Trent Paul Campano 4 episodes
Found Sir Main cast

Awards and nominations[edit]

Young Artist Award


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