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Ian Ziering

Ian Ziering
Ziering at NBCUniversal's 2014 Summer TCA Tour in July 2014
Born Ian Andrew Ziering
(1964-03-30) March 30, 1964
Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
Occupation Actor/Voice actor
Years active 1981–present
Spouse(s) Nikki Schieler Ziering (m. 1997–2002)
Erin Kristine Ludwig (m. 2010)
Children 2

Ian Andrew Ziering (; born March 30, 1964) is an American actor and voice actor best known for his role as Steve Sanders on the television series Beverly Hills, 90210, which he played from 1990 to 2000. He is also the voice of Vinnie on Biker Mice from Mars. More recently, he has played "Fin" in the Sharknado film series.


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
  • Personal life 3
  • Filmography 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early life

Ian Ziering was born on March 30, 1964 in Newark, New Jersey, the son of Muriel "Mickie" and Paul M. Ziering, an educator and saxophonist.[1][2] He grew up in West Orange, New Jersey and has two older brothers, Jeff and Barry. Ziering was raised Jewish.[3] He graduated from West Orange High School in 1982, and from William Paterson University in 1988.[4]


In 1990, Ziering was chosen as Steve Sanders on the hit series Beverly Hills, 90210. Sanders was a high school student and friend of Brandon Walsh - one of the series' central characters.

In 1998, Ziering was cast as the voice Dr. Niko "Nick" Tatopoulos in Godzilla: The Series, which was a direct follow-up to the 1998 Hollywood Godzilla re-imagining. Ziering replaced Matthew Broderick, who played Nick Tatopolous in the movie.[5]

He was a celebrity dancer on Season 4 of Dancing with the Stars.[6] His professional dance partner was Cheryl Burke, who won the competition in Season 2 with partner Drew Lachey and also Season 3 with partner Emmitt Smith. He made it to the semi-final round of Season 4, and received a perfect score (three 10s) from the judges for one of his two dances in the semi-finals, but it was not enough to reach the finals; he and Cheryl were eliminated during the results show the next day, May 15, 2007.

Ziering in September 2008

In 2006, Ziering produced, directed and starred in the short film Man vs. Monday, which won the Audience Choice Award at the 2006 Ft. Lauderdale Film Festival. Also in 2006, Ian won the Best Actor Award at the 2006 Monaco Film Festival for his portrayal of Francis in the independent film Stripped Down.

Ian has also appeared in the television series JAG, What I Like About You, The Doctors as Erich Aldrich and Guiding Light as Cameron Stewart. He also had a role in the videogame Freelancer as the protagonist, Edison Trent.

On June 18, 2007, Variety reported that Ziering had auditioned the previous week for the opportunity to succeed Bob Barker as host of The Price Is Right.[7] The job ultimately went to Drew Carey.[8] Ziering's ex-wife, Nikki, was a model on the show from 1999 to 2002.

In May, 2013, it was announced that Ziering would be performing with Chippendales as a celebrity guest star for four weeks at the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.[9]

In January/February 2015 he appeared on Celebrity Apprentice on NBC.

Personal life

Ziering is divorced from Nikki Schieler Ziering. They married in July 1997. Ian filed for divorce in February 2002, citing irreconcilable differences.[10] Nikki has said that the separation was contentious, and that she was not given any support or help moving out.[11]

On February 3, 2010, Ziering announced his engagement to Erin Kristine Ludwig.[12] The couple married at a ceremony in Newport Beach, California on May 28, 2010. They have two children.[13]


Year Title Role Notes
1981 Endless Love Sammy Butterfield
1995 The Women of Spring Break George Peck TV Movie
1995 Savate Cain Parker
1995 No Way Back Victor Serlano
1996 Subliminal Seduction Darrin Danver TV Movie
1997 Mighty Ducks the Movie: The First Face-Off Wildwing Flashblade Voice
2005 Domino Himself
2005 Six Months Later Michael Short film
2006 Man vs. Monday Dan Smith Short film
2006 Stripped Down Francis
2007 Tyrannosaurus Azteca Hernan Cortes
2008 Lava Storm John Wilson TV Movie
2009 Step Seven Richard Miller / Brother Abraham Short film
2009 The Christmas Hope Nathan Andrews TV Movie
2010 Elopement David
2011 The Legend of Awesomest Maximus Testiclees
2012 McKenna Shoots for the Stars Mr. Brooks
2012 That's My Boy TV Donny Berger
2013 Sharknado Finley "Fin" Shepherd
2013 Snake and Mongoose Keith Black Post-production
2014 Sharknado 2: The Second One Finley "Fin" Shepherd
2015 Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! Finley "Fin" Shepherd
Year Title Role Notes
1981–1982 The Doctors Erich Aldrich
1986–1988 Guiding Light Cameron Stewart
1988 ABC Afterschool Specials Randy Forrester Episode: "Terrible Things My Mother Told Me"
1990 CBS Schoolbreak Special Donnie Episode: "Flour Babies"
1990 Married... with Children The Kid Episode: "The Unnatural"
1990–2000 Beverly Hills, 90210 Steve Sanders
1991 The Legend of Prince Valiant Voice Episode: "The Beggar"
Episode: "The Black Rose"
1992 Melrose Place Steve Sanders Episode: "Pilot"
Episode: "Friends & Lovers"
Episode: "Lost & Found"
1993–1996 Biker Mice from Mars Vinnie Voice
1994 Aaahh!!! Real Monsters Gludge Episode: "Smile and Say Oblina/The Great Wave" (Voice)
1996–1997 Mighty Ducks Wildwing Flashblade Voice
1998 V.I.P. Peter Episode: "Bloody Val-entine"
1998–2000 Godzilla: The Series Dr. Nick Tatopoulos Voice
1999 The Love Boat: The Next Wave Joshua Krumb Episode: "Don't Judge a Book by It's Lover"
1999 Batman Beyond Mason Forrest Episode: "The Winning Edge" (Voice)
2000 Twice in a Lifetime Dr. Steven Weaver / Lance Kensington Episode: "Even Steven"
2001 Inside Schwartz Parker Episode: "Event Night"
2001 JAG Capt. William Shepard Episode: "Ambush"
2002 Son of the Beach Harry Johnson Episode: "Taco Lips Now: Part 1"
Episode: "Jailhouse Notch: Part 2"
Episode: "Bad News, Mr. Johnson"
2002 What I Like About You Paul Cody Episode: "Copy That"
2003 Spider-Man Harry Osborn Voice
2006–2007 Biker Mice from Mars Vinnie / Announcer / Brie Fish / Harry / Taonga Voice
2007 Side Order of Life Brian Fowler Episode: "Awakenings"
Episode: "Aliens"
Episode: "Nothing Left to Lose"
2007 Drawn Together Chase Huffington Episode: "Drawn Together Babies" (Voice)
2010 CSI: NY Thom Weir Episode: "Pot of Gold"
2011 Happily Divorced Support Group Leader Episode: "Spousal Support"
2015 The Celebrity Apprentice 7 Himself 6th Place
2015 Defiance Conrad Von Bach Episode: "Where the Apples Fell"
Video Games
Year Title Role Notes
2003 Freelancer Edison Trent Voice
2007 Biker Mice from Mars Vinnie Voice


  1. ^ "Paul M. Ziering Obituary: View Paul Ziering's Obituary by Star-Ledger". Star-Ledger. Retrieved 6 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "Monday's Dancing with the Stars: What You Didn't See". Retrieved 6 January 2015. 
  3. ^ Pfefferman, Naomi (July 31, 2003). "Ziering Dominates With Blonde Ambition". Jewish Journal.
  4. ^ "THE ULTIMATE NEW JERSEY HIGH SCHOOL YEARBOOK: T-Z AND ALSO...", The Star-Ledger, June 27, 1999. Accessed August 4, 2007.
  5. ^ "A Comprehensive History of Toho’s Original Kaiju (and Atomic Allegory) Godzilla". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 6 January 2015. 
  6. ^ "Meet the New Cast of 'Dancing With the Stars".  
  7. ^ "Is Rosie right for 'Price'?". Variety. June 18, 2007
  8. ^ Strauss, Gary; Levin, Gary (July 24, 2007). "Game show 'Price' is right for Carey". USA Today.
  9. ^ Moraski, Lauren (May 17, 2013). "'Beverly Hills 90210' star Ian Ziering: Why I'm taking my shirt off for Chippendales". CBS News.
  10. ^ "Breaking Celeb News, Entertainment News, and Celebrity Gossip". E! Online. Retrieved 6 January 2015. 
  11. ^
  12. ^ Salem News: "Erin Kristine Ludwig to wed Ian Ziering" February 14, 2010
  13. ^ Herbst, Diane (April 26, 2013). "Ian Ziering Welcomes Daughter Penna Mae". People.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Monique Coleman & Louis Van Amstel
Dancing with the Stars (US) semi-finalist
Season 4 (Spring 2007 with Cheryl Burke)
Succeeded by
Jennie Garth & Derek Hough
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