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Zak Bagans
Zachary Alexander Bagans

(1977-04-05) April 5, 1977 (age 41)
ResidenceLas Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
OccupationParanormal investigator, television personality, author

Zachary Alexander Bagans (born April 5, 1977) is an American paranormal investigator, actor, television personality, and author. He is the principal host of the Travel Channel series, Ghost Adventures.

Early life

Bagans was born on April 5, 1977, in Washington, D.C.[1] He graduated Glenbard West High School in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, in 1995.[2][3] Bagans attended the Motion Picture Institute in Michigan.[4] Following graduation from MPI, he moved to Las Vegas, aspiring to film documentaries. After arriving in Las Vegas, he found work as a wedding disc jockey.[5] According to Bagans, he was initially skeptical, but his passion for investigating the paranormal was the result of what he describes as "a face-to-face encounter with the spirit of a suicidal woman" in his former apartment building in Trenton, Michigan.

Ghost Adventures

In 2004, Bagans teamed up with Nick Groff and Aaron Goodwin to produce a documentary-style film called Ghost Adventures. Nearly four years after the first season and the first episode aired in the U.S., where the crew stayed the night in the allegedly haunted Bobby Mackey's Music World and Bagans claimed to receive several mysterious scratch marks to his back, the series concluded its 14th season in May 2017.

Bagans has been criticized by some paranormal enthusiasts for the aggressive and confrontational methods he uses during investigations. In a June 2009 interview with Paranormal Underground magazine, he responded, "I don't want the public perceiving us as the taunting, provocative ghost hunters. We do that only to the bad spirits who we know are attacking the living."[6]

Other work

In 2011, Bagans hosted Paranormal Challenge, a concurrent spin-off program also on the Travel Channel, which also starred radio talk show host and paranormal personality Dave Schrader. In 2011, Zak Bagans narrated and hosted a Travel Channel special called "Ultimate Travel: Legends of the Park," a show about America's National Parks and how they are haunted.[7]

Bagans co-wrote a book with author Kelly Crigger titled Dark World: Into the Shadows with the Lead Investigator of the Ghost Adventures Crew (Victory Belt, 2011). On September 23, 2011, the book debuted on The New York Times Best Seller list at No. 18.[8]

In 2012, Bagans appeared in two music collaborations with Lords of Acid on the song "Paranormal Energy" and on an album titled Necrofusion with Praga Khan.[9] Bagans produced Paranormal Paparazzi, a reality show that premiered on September 28, 2012, but starred entertainment pundit Aaron Sagers.[10] In March 2014, Bagans announced a spin-off series titled Ghost Adventures: Aftershocks, which premiered in April 2014. It focuses on the life changes of people affected at haunted places before and after the Ghost Adventures crew's visit to some locations.

On April 2, 2016, Bagans premiered his new show on the Travel Channel, Deadly Possessions featuring his museum located in Las Vegas, Nevada.[11]


Year Title Role Notes
2004 Ghost Adventures Himself Documentary
2018 Demon House Himself Documentary
Year Title Role Notes
2008–present Ghost Adventures Himself
2011 Paranormal Challenge Himself
2012 Paranormal Paparazzi Himself
2012 Nightline Himself
2014–present Ghost Adventures: Extra Pulses Himself
2014–2015 Ghost Adventures: Aftershocks Himself
2015 The Late Late Show with James Corden Himself
2015 Today Himself
2016–present Deadly Possessions Himself


  1. ^ Bagans, Zak. "About Zak Bagans - Host of Paranormal Challenge and Ghost Adventures Crew | Zak Bagans - Official Site". Archived from the original on November 8, 2015. Retrieved November 20, 2015.
  2. ^ "Bagans on". Archived from the original on October 27, 2014. Retrieved July 7, 2014.
  3. ^ "Excalibur Nightclub" Season 7 Episode September 2–21, 2012 Travel Channel
  4. ^ "Ghost Adventurers Zak Bagans Salutes MPI for Igniting His Career". Motion Picture Institute. June 2012. Archived from the original on August 26, 2012. Retrieved September 1, 2012.
  5. ^ Bagans, Zak. "Zak Bagans Official Website". Retrieved April 3, 2012.[dead link]
  6. ^ Mannen, Scott. "Fear No Evil". Archived from the original on July 24, 2011. Retrieved February 2, 2013.
  7. ^ Bagans, Zak. "Zak Bagans Official Website". Archived from the original on July 2, 2017. Retrieved September 1, 2012.
  8. ^ Schuessler, Jennifer. "Print & E-Books". The New York Times. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved March 3, 2017.
  9. ^ "host of "Ghost Adventures" and "Paranormal Challenge" on the Travel Channel. Author of Dark World". Zak Bagans. Archived from the original on February 5, 2013. Retrieved December 24, 2012.
  10. ^ "Zak Bagans (@Zak_Bagans) on Twitter". Archived from the original on November 2, 2017. Retrieved December 24, 2012.
  11. ^ "Deadly Possessions on Travel Channel". Archived from the original on April 14, 2016. Retrieved April 16, 2016.

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