Zach McGowan

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Zach McGowan
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McGowan at the 2018 WonderCon
Born Zachary Brendan McGowan
(1980-05-05) May 5, 1980 (age 38)
New York City, New York
Residence Los Angeles, California
Occupation Actor
Years active 2004–present
Spouse(s) Emily Johnson (m. 2008)

Zachary Brendan McGowan (born May 5, 1980) is an American film and television actor and voice-over artist.[1] He is known for his roles in television series Shameless as Jody, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as Anton Ivanov/The Superior, Black Sails as Charles Vane, and The 100 as Roan.[2] Other highlights include parts in the films Terminator Salvation,[3] The Hunt for Eagle One,[4] and the sequel The Hunt for Eagle One: Crash Point. He guest-starred in the television series Numbers, CSI: Miami, and Cold Case,[5] with voice-over work[6] for the Scream Awards, Animal Planet and the video games Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City, and Iron Man.

Early life[edit]

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McGowan was born in New York City to Brenda and Vincent McGowan. His older brothers are Doug and Matt McGowan.[7] Although they lived in New York City most of their lives, the McGowans traveled extensively due to Brenda's employment at United Airlines. McGowan attended Ethical Culture Fieldston School from kindergarten through senior year in high school, where he was the captain of the football and ice hockey teams and a member of the drama and theater societies.[8] He then attended Carleton College.


In mid-2011, McGowan joined the cast of the Showtime dramedy Shameless, as Jody, first as a guest star (Season 2) and then as a series regular (Season 3).[9] Season two premiered January 8, 2012. He said that modeling for art students helped him for the role but now "nudity is just part of the job".[10]

In July 2013, McGowan joined the cast of the Universal Pictures feature film Dracula Untold, playing Shkelgim, a mysterious Romani.[11]

In January 2014, McGowan joined the cast of the Starz dramatic adventure TV series Black Sails, playing a fictionalized version of the real-life 18th-century English pirate Charles Vane. The role called for an English actor, so McGowan, an American, affected an accent. Casting directors found out later that McGowan was faking but were impressed with his performance and chose him for the role.[12]

In July 2016, McGowan joined the cast of The CW science fiction TV series The 100, playing King Roan of the Ice Nation, after having previously played the role as a guest star.[13]

In January 2017, McGowan joined the cast of the ABC TV series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., playing the villain The Superior.[14]

In March of 2018, McGowan joined the cast of L.A.'s Finest a TV Series based on the Bad_Boys_(franchise) alongside Jessica Alba and Gabrielle Union.[15]

Personal life[edit]

McGowan married Emily Johnson on September 27, 2008 in the Santa Barbara mountains.[16]


Year Title Role Note
2006 The Hunt for Eagle One Jackson
2007 Two Dudes Catering[17] himself TV reality show
2008 CSI: Miami Kurt Greenfield Episode: "Wrecking Crew"
Numbers Keith Jackson Episode: "High Exposure"
Good Luck Charlie Happy Horse Episode: "Butt Dialing Duncans"
2009 Scream Awards Live Announcer and narration
Terminator Salvation Soldier on Osprey
Boom Blox Cowboy Beaver Video Game
Iron Man Mark Scarlotti / Whiplash / Stark Engineer (voice) Video Game
Cold Case Corporal Clerk Episode: "Libertyville"
Losing Control Terry
Conception Joel
2011 Man Eating Super Snake[18] Voice Discovery Channel, TV Movie
Body of Proof Vincent Stone Episode 3: "Helping Hand"
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier Ghost (voice) Video Game
Scream Awards Live Announcer and narration
2012 Anarchy Reigns Nikolai Dmitri Bulygin Video Game
Cockroaches[19] Johnny Slim
Snapshot[20] Thomas Grady
Dating Rules from My Future Self[21] Jagger Episodes: "What Is Love?" and "Change YR World"
Shameless Jody Silverman Season 2 & 3
Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City Voice Video Game
2014–2016 Black Sails Charles Vane Main Cast
2014 Dracula Untold Shkelgim
2015 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Anton Season 17, Episode 6 - 10.21 "Maternal Instincts"
2016–2017 The 100[22] Roan 16 episodes
Main cast (season 4)
Recurring role (season 3)
2016 UnREAL Brock Episode: "Casualty"
2017 Lethal Weapon Cody Lewis Episode 7: Birdwatching
Damnation Tennyson Duvall Recurring
2017–2018 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Anton Ivanov / The Superior 8 episodes
Recurring (season 4)
Guest (season 5)
2018 The Brawler Chuck Wepner Post-Production
Death Race: Beyond Anarchy Connor Gibson Direct to video
Scorpion King: Book of Souls Mathayus Direct to video
TBA L.A.'s Finest Ray Sherman Main Cast
2018-present The Walking Dead


  1. ^ Zach McGowan nytimes
  2. ^ Gelman, Vlada (2011-07-06). "Exclusive: Zach McGowan Joins Shameless as New Bad Boy -- and [Spoiler Alert]?". TVLine. Retrieved 2018-09-03. 
  3. ^ "Trailer: Cockroaches - The Movie Blog". 
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ "More Sausage, Please! Shameless Promotes Zach McGowan to Series Regular". 15 February 2012. 
  6. ^ [2][dead link]
  7. ^ "Matt McGowan (@matt_mcgowan) - Twitter". 
  8. ^ Starpulse
  9. ^ 'Shameless' Promotes Zach McGowan to Series Regular, Hollywood Reporter, February 15, 2012
  10. ^ Naughty But Nice Rob (April 24, 2012). "Zach McGowan, 'Shameless' Star, On Preparing For Full-Frontal Scenes". Huffington Post. 
  11. ^ Dracula Casts A 'Shameless' Gypsy, Bloody Disgusting, July 11, 2013
  12. ^ Topel, Fred (February 21, 2014). "Exclusive Interview: Zach McGowan on 'Black Sails' and Dracula Untold". CraveOnline. 
  13. ^ 'The 100’ Promotes Zach McGowan to Series Regular for Season 4, The Wrap, July 22, 2016
  14. ^ Listing 'MARVEL'S AGENTS OF SHIELD', The Futon Critic, January 31, 2017
  15. ^ Zach McGowan Joins NBC's 'Bad Boys' Spinoff (Exclusive), March 26, 2018
  16. ^ "Zach McGowan (Wiki, Age, Married, Wife, Net Worth)". 
  17. ^ "2 Dudes Catering" – via 
  18. ^ "Man Eating Super Snake". 5 June 2011 – via 
  19. ^ "Cockroaches". 5 January 2018 – via 
  20. ^ "Snapshot". 1 June 2014 – via 
  21. ^ "Dating Rules from My Future Self" – via 
  22. ^ "CW's 'The 100' Casts 'Black Sails' Star Zach McGowan in Recurring Role (Exclusive)". 24 July 2015. 

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