About Ian Ziering
Ian (pronounced EYE-an) was born on March 20, 1964 and raised in the New York City suburb of West Orange, NJ. The youngest of three kids, he was a natural entertainer from the start and a self-admitted class clown. By the age of 12, he was already showing up in commercials - even in his underwear for Fruit of the Loom. Next he landed on New York-area stages, most notably in the drama, "I Remember Mama" opposite actress Liv Ullman and in the role of John in a national touring production of "Peter Pan."
Ziering made his first feature film appearance in the 1981 Brooke Shields vehicle, "Endless Love," which wound up on many critics' year-end "worst" lists, but also marked the big screen debuts of James Spader and Tom Cruise. From 1986-88 the youthful-looking Ziering played an angry teen on the daytime soap "Guiding Light" and in 1990 the 26 year-old still passed as young enough to be cast as teenage Steve Sanders in "Beverly Hills 90210."
For the next ten years Ziering would guide his character - the wise-cracking son of a movie star - through high school, college frat life, and a dozen romances (including one with future Oscar-winner Hilary Swank) until he eventually became a husband, dad, and owner of a local entertainment paper. Like co-star Priestley, Ziering was also given the opportunity to write and direct several episodes of the show, which helped make his time on the long running show that much sweeter.
During his stay in America's most beloved zip code, Ziering regularly appeared in made-for-TV movies, including "The Women of Spring Break" (1995) and "Subliminal Seduction" (1996), as well as guesting on TV shows such as "Melrose Place" (Fox, 1992-99) and "Love Boat: The Next Wave" (UPN, 1988-1999). His big, enthusiastic personality also found a natural home doing voice-overs for animated series like "Godzilla: The Series" (Rox Kids, 1998-). After the demise of 90210 in 2000, Ziering grappled for career direction, making sporadic acting and voice-over contributions to shows like "Son of the Beach," (FX, 2000-01), and "Spider Man: The New Animated Series" (MTV, 2003), as well as several low-budget films.
In 2005, he embraced the chance to show another side of himself in the Ridley Scott film actioner, "Domino." For the film, he and fellow "90210"-er Brian Austin Green (David Silver) played caricatures of themselves - ie, former huge TV stars without a rudder - who hosted a reality TV show that followed every move of the film's title character, former real-life model-turned-bounty hunter, Domino Harvey. Ziering hoped the role would lead to more work in action films - a childhood dream of his - but the following year Ziering instead found action of a different kind after being cast on the highly competitive and popular series, "Dancing with the Stars" (ABC, 2005- ).
|Nancy Poznak. No longer together|
|Nikki Schieler Ziering. Playboy's Playmate of the Month for September 1997; met while filming "Beverly Hills, 90210" (Fox); married July 4, 1997; divorced Nov. 28, 2002|
|Erin Kristine Ludwig. Began dating in September 2009; announced engagement in February 2010; married May 28, 2010 in Newport Coast, CA|
|William Patterson College, Wayne , New Jersey|
|Acted in several daytime "afterschool" and "schoolbreak" specials on CBS and ABC: "Terrible Things My Mother Told Me" (1988), "Flour Babies" (1990)|
|Appeared in the nation tour of "Peter Pan"|
|As a pre-teenager, appeared on the daytime dramas "Love of Life" and "The Doctors"|
|Did modeling work in "Fruit of the Loom" underwear ads|
|Grew up in West Orange, NJ|
|Had featured role in the short-lived stage musical "I Remember Mama"|
|First major feature film role, as Sammy Butterfield, in Franco Zeffirelli's "Endless Love"|
|Appeared as Cameron Stewart for 2 1/2 years on the CBS daytime drama, "Guiding Light"|
|Played Steve Sanders on Fox TV's "Beverly Hills 90210"|
|Provided a character voice for the syndicated animated series "Biker Mice From Mars"|
|Produced and hosted the syndicated "Beach Patrol"|
|Voiced the character of Wildwing in Disney's animated "Mighty Ducks"|
|Appeared in the L.A. stage production of "What Is Art?"|
|Voiced the character Harry Osborn in the MTV "Spiderman" series|
|Played himself in the Tony Scott directed "Domino" starring Keira Knightley as Domino Harvey|
|Wrote, produced, directed and starred in the short film "Man vs. Monday"|
|Joined the fourth season of ABC's "Dancing with the Stars"|