Zach McGowan

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McGowan at the 2018 WonderCon
Zachary Brendan McGowan

(1980-05-05) May 5, 1980 (age 39)
ResidenceLos Angeles, California
Years active2004–present
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]

Zach McGowan

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 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 Notes
2006 The Hunt for Eagle One Jackson Direct-to-DVD
2009 Terminator Salvation Soldier on Osprey
Losing Control Terry
Conception Joel
2012 Cockroaches[17] Johnny Slim
Snapshot[18] Thomas Grady
2014 Dracula Untold Shkelgim
2018 The Brawler Chuck Wepner
Death Race: Beyond Anarchy Connor Gibson Direct-to-DVD
The Scorpion King: Book of Souls Mathayus
TBA Robert the Bruce Brandubh Post-production
2020 Crabs in a Bucket Dougal Post-production


Title Year Role Network Notes Ref(s)
Two Dudes Catering[19] 2007 Himself TV reality show
CSI: Miami 2008 Kurt Greenfield CBS Episode: "Wrecking Crew"
Numbers 2008 Keith Jackson CBS Episode: "High Exposure"
Scream Awards 2009 Announcer
Cold Case 2009 Corporal Clerk CBS Episode: "Libertyville"
Good Luck Charlie 2010 Happy Horse Disney Channel Episode: "Butt Dialing Duncans"
Man Eating Super Snake 2011 Voice Discovery Channel TV Movie [20]
Body of Proof 2011 Vincent Stone Episode: "Helping Hand"
Scream Awards 2011 Announcer
Dating Rules from My Future Self 2012 Jagger Episodes: "What Is Love?" and "Change YR World" [21]
Shameless 2012 Jody Silverman Showtime Season 2 & 3
Black Sails 2014–2017 Charles Vane Starz Main Cast
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2015 Anton NBC Episode: "Maternal Instincts"
The 100 2016–2017 Roan CW 16 episodes
Main cast (season 4)
Recurring role (season 3)
UnREAL 2016 Brock Episode: "Casualty"
Lethal Weapon 2017 Cody Lewis Episode 7: Birdwatching
Damnation Tennyson Duvall Recurring
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D 2017–2018 Anton Ivanov / The Superior ABC Recurring (Season 4)
Guest (Season 5)
8 episodes
The Walking Dead 2018 Justin AMC 3 episodes (Season 9)
L.A.'s Finest 2019 Ray Sherman Main Cast

Video games[edit]

Year Title Voice role Ref.
2008 Boom Blox Cowboy Beaver
Iron Man Mark Scarlotti / Whiplash / Stark Engineer
2012 Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier Ghost
Anarchy Reigns Nikolai Dmitri Bulygin
Resident Evil 6 Tall Oaks civilians


  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. ^ "Cockroaches". 5 January 2018 – via
  18. ^ "Snapshot". 1 June 2014 – via
  19. ^ "2 Dudes Catering" – via
  20. ^ "Man Eating Super Snake". 5 June 2011 – 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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