Nick Zano

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Nick Zano
Nick Zano 2015 TCA (cropped).jpg
Zano at the 2015 Television Critics Association’s Press Tour
Born (1978-03-08) March 8, 1978 (age 43)
Years active2002–present
Partner(s)Leah Renee Cudmore (2016-)

Nick Zano (born March 8, 1978) is an American actor. Zano is known for having played Vince in The WB's sitcom What I Like About You. He hosted MTV'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, Pete on Happy Endings, P.J. Hillingsbrook on 90210, and Johnny on 2 Broke Girls. He also starred as a lead on the NBC sitcom One Big Happy and as Arthur in the TV series Minority Report. He stars as Dr. Nathaniel "Nate" Heywood / Steel on The CW series Legends of Tomorrow.[1]

Early life[edit]

Zano was born in Nutley, New Jersey.[2] 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.[3]


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.[4] 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 News' Movie House.[5] In 2003, he landed the role of Vince in The WB's sitcom What I Like About You, starring Amanda Bynes and Jennie Garth.[6] 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?.[7]

Zano at the Tribeca Film Festival premiere of Earth Made of Glass in April 2010

The following year, Zano appeared alongside Haylie Duff and Frankie Muniz in the independent romantic comedy My Sexiest Year.[8] 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.[9] Zano also appeared in Beverly Hills Chihuahua and Joy Ride 2: Dead Ahead later that year.[10][11] In 2009, Zano co-starred in The Final Destination, the fourth installment of the Final Destination film series.[12] He also guest starred on the ABC sitcom Cougar Town, starring Courteney Cox.[13] In 2010, he had a recurring role on The CW's Melrose Place.[14]

In 2011 he started a recurring role on 2 Broke Girls as Johnny, a graffiti artist who regularly flirts with Max (Kat Dennings).[15] In 2011 he also co-starred in the romantic comedy Scents and Sensibility as Brandon.[16] In 2012, Zano scored a recurring role on another CW series, 90210, in which he played a billionaire who goes into business with Annie (Shenae Grimes).[17] On November 27, 2011, Zano starred as David Morretti in the ABC family Christmas themed movie Desperately Seeking Santa opposite Laura Vandervoort.[18] Beginning in December 2012, Zano began a recurring role in season three of the ABC sitcom Happy Endings as Pete, Penny's new love interest.[19]

In 2013, Zano appeared on Mom as Anna Faris' (main character's) boyfriend for two episodes.

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 (the father of the child), played by Zano, meets and marries the love of his life, Prudence.[20] The show was ordered to series on May 9, 2014, and debuted mid-season in early 2015. In 2015, Zano starred as Arthur, described as having a hard shell, borne of years of difficult experience in the outside world that Dash avoided, in the Fox show Minority Report, based on the 2002 Steven Spielberg film of the same name.[21]

In 2016, Zano was cast as Dr. Nate Heywood/Citizen Steel, a historian whose grandfather was the hero known as Commander Steel, a member of the Justice Society of America on The CW show Legends of Tomorrow.[22]

Personal life[edit]

Zano is in a relationship with actress Leah Renee Cudmore. In July 2016, she gave birth to their son.[23][24] Their second child, a daughter, was born in 2018.[25]



Year Title Role Notes
2002 Catch Me If You Can James Uncredited
2004 Fat Albert Camera salesman
2007 My Sexiest Year Pierce
2008 College Teague
Beverly Hills Chihuahua Bryan
Joy Ride 2: Dead Ahead Bobby Lawrence Direct to video
2009 The Final Destination Hunt Wynorski
2011 Scents and Sensibility Brandon Hurst
10 Years Nick Vanillo
2013 Lost Luck James


Year Title Role Notes
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"
Everything You Want Quinn Andrews Television film
2007 7th Heaven Dr. Jonathan Sanderson Episodes: “Tit for Tat”, “Small Miracles”, “Nothing Says Lovin’ Like Something From the Oven”
2009 Cougar Town Josh Recurring role (season 1); 5 episodes
2010 Melrose Place Drew Pragin
2010–11 The Secret Life of the American Teenager Dr. Miller Episodes: “Sweet and Sour”, “...or Not to Be”
2011 Drop Dead Diva Tim Klein Episode: "Hit and Run"
Desperately Seeking Santa David Morretti Television film
2011–12 2 Broke Girls Johnny Recurring role (season 1), Guest (season 2); 11 episodes
2012 90210 Preston Hillingsbrook Recurring role (season 4); 6 episodes
2012–13 Happy Endings Pete Recurring role (season 3); 8 episodes
2014 Mom David Episodes: “Nietzsche and a Beer Run”, “Jail Jail and Japanese Porn”
Friends with Better Lives Handy Randy Episode: "Pros and Cons"
2015 One Big Happy Luke Main role
Minority Report Arthur
2016–present Legends of Tomorrow Nate Heywood / Steel Main role (season 2–present)
2016 Arrow Episode: "Invasion!"


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  2. ^ Thompson, Kevin D. "THE SHORT, METEORIC RISE OF NICK ZANO", The Palm Beach Post, February 22, 2004.
  3. ^ "Nick Zano Biography - Rotten Tomatoes". Retrieved August 26, 2016.
  4. ^ "Nick Zano biography and filmography | Nick Zano movies". Retrieved August 26, 2016.
  5. ^ "Nick Zano". Retrieved August 26, 2016.
  6. ^ "What I Like About You". Retrieved August 26, 2016.
  7. ^ "Nick Zano". Retrieved August 26, 2016.
  8. ^ "My Sexiest Year: Haylie Duff, Amber Valletta, Dan Levy, Nick Zano, Rachel Specter, Ali Costello, Major Mike Russell, Harvey Keitel, Ryan Cabrera, Daphna Kastner, Frankie Muniz, Karolina Kurkova, Noah Matthews, Christopher McDonald, Howard Himelstein: LOVEFiLM By Post". Retrieved August 26, 2016.
  9. ^ "College (2008) Cast and Crew - Cast Photos and Info - Fandango". Fandango. Retrieved August 26, 2016.
  10. ^ "Joy Ride 2: Dead Ahead -". October 6, 2008. Retrieved August 26, 2016.
  11. ^ Beverly Hills Chihuahua, retrieved August 26, 2016
  12. ^ Mintzer, Jordan (August 26, 2009). "Review: 'The Final Destination'". Retrieved August 26, 2016.
  13. ^ "'Cougar Town' News: Lisa Kudrow Visits While Nick Zano May Move Out To 'Melrose Place'". Retrieved August 26, 2016.
  14. ^ "Exclusive: 'Cougar Town' hottie Nick Zano relocating to 'Melrose Place'?". Retrieved August 26, 2016.
  15. ^ "'Cougar Town' hunk Nick Zano to recur on '2 Broke Girls'". Retrieved August 26, 2016.
  16. ^ "Scents and Sensibility | Dove Family Friendly Movie Reviews". Retrieved August 26, 2016.
  17. ^ Richenthal, Matt (February 23, 2012). "90210 First Look: Welcome, Nick Zano!". TV Fanatic. Retrieved August 26, 2016.
  18. ^ "Breaking News - ABC Family to Premiere Original Movie "Desperately Seeking Santa," Sunday, November 27 |". Retrieved August 26, 2016.
  19. ^ Dave Nemetz (December 1, 2012). "'Happy Endings' exclusive first look: Nick Zano tells us about playing Penny's new love interest". Yahoo. Retrieved August 1, 2016.
  20. ^ Lesley Goldberg (February 10, 2014). "Nick Zano to Co-Star in NBC's Lesbian Comedy". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 1, 2016.
  21. ^ Prudom, Laura (June 30, 2015). "Nick Zano Joins Fox's 'Minority Report'". Retrieved August 26, 2016.
  22. ^ "Nick Zano boards 'Legends of Tomorrow' as series regular". Retrieved August 26, 2016.
  23. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: Nick Zano and Girlfriend Leah Renee Expecting First Baby!". Entertainment Tonight. June 10, 2016. Retrieved August 1, 2016.
  24. ^ "Nick Zano and Leah Renee Welcome a Baby Boy". Entertainment Tonight. August 1, 2016. Retrieved October 30, 2019.
  25. ^ "'Legends of Tomorrow' Star Nick Zano Shares Heartfelt Reason Why He Isn't in "Wet Hot American Bummer"". November 12, 2018. Retrieved November 30, 2018.

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