Ian Ziering

Active - 1964 - Present  |   Born - Mar 30, 1964 in Newark, New Jersey, United States  |   Genres - Drama, Comedy, Action

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Known to most as Steve Sanders on Beverly Hills 90210, Ian Ziering actually got his start onscreen almost ten years earlier, playing Brooke Shields' brother in the romantic teen drama Endless Love in 1981 when he was just 17. While it was the young actor's first big break in Hollywood, Ziering was already an accomplished actor, having performed in the national touring production of Peter Pan earlier that same year. Ziering's young life didn't revolve around only show business, however -- he graduated from William Patterson University in 1987.

Despite taking time out for his education, Ziering continued to rack up credits on his resumé throughout the '80s, including a two-year stint on the soap opera Guiding Light from 1986 to 1988. Then, in 1990, Ziering scored the part of Steve on a new nighttime soap called Beverly Hills 90210, and his fame skyrocketed. Not only did he suddenly find that he'd become an extremely successful actor, he also became a teen heartthrob to girls everywhere -- despite the fact that even though his character was 16, Ziering himself was ten years older, though he was hardly the oldest of the cast. He would stay with the extremely successful show for ten years, occasionally acting in side projects like 1995's action thriller No Way Back, starring Russell Crowe.

In 2005, Ziering appeared in Tony Scott's high-octane thriller Domino, and in 2006, he directed and starred in a comedy short called Man vs. Monday. Then, in 2007, the newly minted filmmaker sashayed his way back into prime time, appearing on the hit show Dancing with the Stars. Ziering and his partner, Cheryl Burke, proved very popular with audiences, who voted to keep the couple on the show for multiple weeks.

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Factsheet

  • Appeared in his first national commercial at age 12.
  • Made his Broadway debut in the 1981 musical I Remember Mama.
  • Cowrote the story for the 1995 Beverly Hills, 90210 episode "Sentenced to Life," which included an Emmy-nominated guest appearance by Milton Berle (the only Emmy nod the show received in its 10 seasons).  
  • Met former wife and 1997 Playboy Playmate Nikki Schieler when she appeared as an extra on Beverly Hills, 90210 in 1995.
  • In 2004, began part-time employment as a control specialist in California's judicial system.
  • Played himself in the 2005 action movie Domino.
  • Competed in Season 4 of Dancing With the Stars, making it to the semifinals with partner Cheryl Burke.
  • Auditioned in 2007 to succeed Bob Barker as the host of The Price Is Right, but the job ultimately went to Drew Carey.
  • Has lent his voice to animated series such as Biker Mice From Mars, The Mighty Ducks and Godzilla.