Zach McGowan

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Zach McGowan
McGowan at the 2018 WonderCon
Born (1980-05-05) May 5, 1980 (age 43)
Years active2004–present
Emily Johnson
(m. 2008)

Zach McGowan (born May 5, 1980) is an American film, television and voice actor.[2] He is known for his roles in television series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as Anton Ivanov / The Superior, Shameless, Black Sails, and The 100.[3] Other highlights include parts in the films Terminator Salvation,[4] The Hunt for Eagle One,[5] and the sequel The Hunt for Eagle One: Crash Point. He guest-starred in the television series Numbers, CSI: Miami, and Cold Case,[6] with voice-over work[7] 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]

McGowan was raised in New York. He 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 graduated in 2002 from Carleton College. He is a 2nd-generation Irish-American Jew.[9]


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).[10] Season two premiered January 8, 2012. He said that modeling for art students helped him for the role and now "nudity is just part of the job".[11]

In July 2013, McGowan joined the cast of the Universal Pictures feature film Dracula Untold, playing Shkelgim, a mysterious Romani.[12]

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.[13]

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.[14]

In January 2017, McGowan joined the cast of the ABC TV series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., playing villain Anton Ivanov / The Superior.[15]

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]

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


McGowan at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con International.


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
2021 Last Call Laurence "Dougal" McDougal Jr.
2022 Murder at Yellowstone City Robert Dunnigan
2022 Sanctioning Evil[20] Congressman Dakota Ambrose Feature Film


Year Title Role Notes Ref(s)
2007 Two Dudes Catering Himself TV reality show [21]
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 [22]
Body of Proof Vincent Stone Episode: "Helping Hand"
Scream Awards Announcer/Narrator
2012 Dating Rules from My Future Self Jagger 2 episodes [23]
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 Project Blue Book Duncan Booker Episode: Roswell Incident Part I & Part II
2020 MacGyver Roman 3 episodes
2022 Blood & Treasure Andrei Levchenko 2 episodes
2023 The Rookie: Feds Jason Simmons 1 episode

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, additional voices [25]
Resident Evil 6 Tall Oaks civilians


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  2. ^ "Zach McGowan". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. 2013. Archived from the original on October 8, 2013.
  3. ^ Gelman, Vlada (July 6, 2011). "Exclusive: Zach McGowan Joins Shameless as New Bad Boy -- and [Spoiler Alert]?". TVLine. Retrieved September 3, 2018.
  4. ^ "Trailer: Cockroaches". The Movie Blog. April 14, 2012.
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  6. ^ "More Sausage, Please! Shameless Promotes Zach McGowan to Series Regular". TV February 15, 2012.
  7. ^ "Actor Zach McGowan talks about time-traveling between TV roles". WPIX. January 20, 2016.
  8. ^ Frederick, Brittany (March 3, 2012). "Q&A: Get To Know 'Shameless' Star Zach McGowan". Starpulse. Archived from the original on November 2, 2015.
  9. ^ @matt_mcgowan (May 14, 2017). "@keikoinboston @joseph_lachman Why? Because @Zach_McGowan @doug_mcgowan and I are 2nd generation Irish American Jew…" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  10. ^ "'Shameless' Promotes Zach McGowan to Series Regular". The Hollywood Reporter. February 15, 2012.
  11. ^ Naughty But Nice Rob (April 24, 2012). "Zach McGowan, 'Shameless' Star, On Preparing For Full-Frontal Scenes". Huffington Post.
  12. ^ Dickson, Evan (July 11, 2013). "Dracula Casts A 'Shameless' Gypsy". Bloody Disgusting.
  13. ^ Topel, Fred (February 21, 2014). "Exclusive Interview: Zach McGowan on 'Black Sails' and Dracula Untold". CraveOnline.
  14. ^ Ge, Linda (July 22, 2016). "'The 100' Promotes Zach McGowan to Series Regular for Season 4". The Wrap.
  15. ^ "Listing: 'Marvel's Agents of Shield'". The Futon Critic. January 31, 2017.
  16. ^ Ritman, Alex (March 26, 2018). "Zach McGowan Joins NBC's 'Bad Boys' Spinoff". The Hollywood Reporter.
  17. ^ "Zach McGowan (Wiki, Age, Married, Wife, Net Worth)". Archived from the original on October 30, 2020. Retrieved March 5, 2016.
  18. ^ "Cockroaches". January 5, 2018.
  19. ^ "Snapshot". June 1, 2014.
  20. ^ Massoto, Erick (September 13, 2022). "'Sanctioning Evil' Trailer Reveals Gritty FBI Covert Ops Targeting Child Predators [Exclusive]". Collider. Retrieved October 31, 2022.
  21. ^ "2 Dudes Catering".
  22. ^ "Man Eating Super Snake". June 5, 2011.
  23. ^ "Dating Rules from My Future Self".
  24. ^ Ge, Linda (July 24, 2015). "CW's 'The 100' Casts 'Black Sails' Star Zach McGowan in Recurring Role". The Wrap.
  25. ^ "Zach McGowan (visual voices guide)". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved June 6, 2021. A green check mark indicates that a role has been confirmed using a screenshot (or collage of screenshots) of a title's list of voice actors and their respective characters found in its opening and/or closing credits and/or other reliable sources of information.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: postscript (link)

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