Ian Ziering (pronounced “EYE-AN” and rhymes with Brian) was born on March 30, 1964, and was raised in West Orange, New Jersey, a suburb of New York City. By the mid-1970s, young Ian was landing spots in national commercials at the age of 12, which led to roles in various soap operas and stage plays, most notably Guiding Light, the Broadway production of I Remember Mama and the national touring production of Peter Pan. In 1981 he made his feature film debut in Endless Love (as Brooke Shields’ little brother) - a film that also marked the big-screen debuts of Tom Cruise and James Spader.
In 1990, Ziering landed the role that would change his life – Steve Sanders on the teen drama “Beverly Hills 90210” for the series’ entire 10-year run. The show brought worldwide fame to the cast. During this time, he appeared in various films and television shows, including Russell Crowe’s “No Way Back,” “What I Like About You” and “Melrose Place.”
Since “90210,” Ziering’s television credits include “CSI: NY,” “JAG” and Fran Drescher’s “Happily Divorced.” In addition, he has continued to be one of the most in-demand actors for various animated films and television shows, including “Spider-Man,” “Mighty Ducks,” “Batman Beyond” and “Biker Mice from Mars.” In 2005, Ziering also appeared in the Tony Scott thriller “Domino” opposite Keira Knightley. Additional film credits include “National Lampoon’s The Legend of Awesomest Maximus,” “That’s My Boy” with Adam Sandler, “An American Girl: McKenna Shoots for the Stars” with Nia Vardalos, “Snake and Mongoose” and “Christmas in Palm Springs.”
In 2013, at the age of 49, Ziering became a Las Vegas headliner when he starred as the celebrity guest host of the award-winning production of “Chippendales” at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino. To prepare for this role, he hit the gym and dropped 30 pounds, transforming himself into a fit and muscled man, thrilling the sold-out audiences. His “Chippendales” engagement brought in a new wave of fans and international acclaim, thrusting him once again into the limelight. Ziering was asked to return to the show in summer 2014 for another sold-out run at the Rio.
However, it was during his final week with the Chippendales in 2013 that Sharknado aired on Syfy and instantly became a social media and worldwide phenomenon. Sharknado became an instant cult classic and even received a theatrical release in movie theaters around the world due to its popularity with fans. Ian reprised his role as Fin for Sharknado 2: The Second One, Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!, and Sharknado: The 4th Awakens
Ziering lives with his wife and two daughters in Los Angeles. The quintessential father and family man, he was named DaddyScrubs’ “Daddy of the Year 2013,” an award which recognizes fathers who are extremely proactive in raising their children. In June 2016, Ziering and his wife launched the family blog AtHomeWithTheZierings.com, a creative resource for other families.
You can follow Ian on Twitter. @IanZiering