Zach McGowan

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Zach McGowan
Zach McGowan by Gage Skidmore.jpg
McGowan at the 2018 WonderCon
Born (1981-05-05) May 5, 1981 (age 39)
Years active2004–present
Emily Johnson
(m. 2008)

Zachary Brendan McGowan (born May 5, 1981) 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]

McGowan was briefly part of a "whitewashing" controversy when he was cast as Hawaiian soldier Benehakaka "Ben" Kanahele in the film Enemy Within (originally known as Niihau), based on the Niihau incident during World War II. When the casting was announced in May 2017, some criticized it, since Kanahele was native Hawaiian.[15] The part was eventually recast with Joe Naufahu, and the film was released in 2019.

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.[16]

Personal life[edit]

McGowan married Emily Johnson on September 27, 2008, in the Santa Barbara mountains.[17]



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[18] Johnny Slim
Snapshot[19] 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
2019 Robert the Bruce Brandubh Post-production
2020 Crabs in a Bucket Dougal Post-production


Year Title Role Notes Ref(s)
2007 Two Dudes Catering Himself TV reality show [20]
2008 CSI: Miami Kurt Greenfield Episode: "Wrecking Crew"
Numbers Keith Jackson Episode: "High Exposure"
2009 Scream Awards Announcer/Narrator
Cold Case Corporal Clerk Episode: "Libertyville"
2010 Good Luck Charlie Happy Horse Episode: "Butt Dialing Duncans"
2011 Man Eating Super Snake Voice TV Movie [21]
Body of Proof Vincent Stone Episode: "Helping Hand"
Scream Awards Announcer/Narrator
2012 Dating Rules from My Future Self Jagger 2 episodes [22]
2012–2013 Shameless Jody Silverman 24 episodes
Recurring role (Season 2)
Main role (Season 3)
2014–2016 Black Sails Charles Vane 28 episodes
Main Cast (Seasons 1-3)
2015 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Anton Episode: "Maternal Instincts"
The 100 Roan 17 episodes
Recurring role (Season 3)
Main cast (Season 4)
Guest star (Season 7)
2016 UnREAL Brock Episode: "Casualty"
2017 Lethal Weapon Cody Lewis Episode: Birdwatching
2017–2018 Damnation Tennyson Duvall 2 episodes
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D Anton Ivanov / The Superior 8 episodes
Recurring role (Season 4)
Guest star (Season 5)
2018 The Walking Dead Justin 3 episodes
Recurring role (Season 9)
2019 L.A.'s Finest Ray Sherman 2 episodes
2020 MacGyver Roman 2 episodes

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. ^ Nyren, Erin (May 9, 2017). "'Whitewashing' Accusations Fly as Zach McGowan Cast as Hawaiian WWII Hero". Variety.
  16. ^ Zach McGowan Joins NBC's 'Bad Boys' Spinoff (Exclusive), March 26, 2018
  17. ^ "Zach McGowan (Wiki, Age, Married, Wife, Net Worth)".
  18. ^ "Cockroaches". 5 January 2018 – via
  19. ^ "Snapshot". 1 June 2014 – via
  20. ^ "2 Dudes Catering" – via
  21. ^ "Man Eating Super Snake". 5 June 2011 – via
  22. ^ "Dating Rules from My Future Self" – via
  23. ^ "CW's 'The 100' Casts 'Black Sails' Star Zach McGowan in Recurring Role (Exclusive)". 24 July 2015.

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