Ian Ziering Biography

Reality Television Star, Actor (1964–)
Ian Ziering is an actor known for his role on the teen soap opera 'Beverly Hills, 90210' as well as appearing on TV's 'Dancing with the Stars' and 'Sharknado.'

Who Is Ian Ziering?

Ian Ziering appeared in his first national TV commercial when he was 12 years old, soon after making appearances on soap operas. In 1990, Ziering landed the role that would change his life: that of Steve Sanders on the teen drama Beverly Hills, 90210. The show brought instant fame to the cast, and Ziering was suddenly a heartthrob. In 1997, Ziering married Playboy Playmate Nikki Schieler, but the pair divorced five years later. Once 90210 came to an end in 2000, Ziering made appearances on other shows and did voice-over work for animated series. In 2008, Ziering signed on to the fourth season of TV’s Dancing with the Stars, eventually making it to the semifinal round.

Early Life

Ian Ziering was born on March 20, 1964, and raised in West Orange, New Jersey, a suburb of New York City. By the mid-1970s, Ziering was landing spots in commercials and stage plays, most notably in the dramatic play I Remember Mama and in a national touring production of Peter Pan. The first film in which Ziering appeared was 1981’s Endless Love (he played Brooke Shields's little brother), which also marked the big-screen debuts of Tom Cruise and James Spader.

Acting Career and Reality TV

The late 1980s found Ziering on the daytime soap opera Guiding Light, but his star would rise in 1990, when he landed the role of Steve Sanders on the teen drama Beverly Hills, 90210. Ziering was 26 years old when the show began, but he played the initially teenage Sanders for 10 years, along the way gaining heightened fame and attaining the status of heartthrob.

While riding the wave of 90210, Ziering also kept busy on the side, appearing in the Russell Crowe movie No Way Back and doing voice-over work on such TV shows as Biker Mice from Mars, Mighty Ducks and Batman Beyond. Beverly Hills 90210 and Ziering’s Steve Sanders kept on chugging until 2000, when the plug was finally pulled on the show.

Post 90210, Ziering began popping up in bit parts on random TV shows, including Son of the Beach, JAG, What I Like About You and Inside Schwartz. He also continued on with his voice-over work, lending his talents to the animated series Spider-Man (Harry Osborn). In 2005, in a real change of pace, Ziering appeared in the Tony Scott thriller Domino, playing a version of himself. The year 2007 also marked another departure for the actor: He returned to prime-time TV as a contestant on ABC's hit dance-competition show Dancing with the Stars. He was paired with Cheryl Burke, and the duo remained on the show for several weeks, eventually making it to the semifinals.

After occasional screen appearances, in 2013 Ziering continued to strut his stuff as a guest dancer for Las Vegas' Chippendales revue. In July of that year, he also starred in the Syfy channel's Sharknado, a TV movie and social media hit about a wave of sharks who come ashore post-storm, terrorizing a community. Due to popularity, there were Ziering starred in five other Sharknado movies: Sharknado 2: The Second One, Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!, Sharknado: The 4th Awakens, Sharknado 5: Global Swarming, and The Last Sharknado: It's About Time.

Personal Life

At the height of 90210’s success, Ziering met Nikki Schieler, who was an extra on the show. The couple married in 1997, the same year that Schieler was named Playboy magazine’s "Playmate of the Month" (September 1997). The couple divorced in 2002.

In May 2010, Ziering married Erin Ludwig, a nurse, with the couple having two daughters.

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