Produced in Panorama City, California, on March 1, 1974, actor Mark-Paul Gosselaar is famous for playing the lead character of Zack Morris on the success adolescent Saturday morning show Saved by the Bell. More lately, he is become known for characters on the television series NYPD Blue, Commander in Chief and Franklin and Bash.
The youngest of four kids, Gosselaar started modeling when he was only 5 years old. He became successful in the modeling community and shortly started auditioning for acting roles. In 1987, Gosselaar got a guest spot on the favorite show Highway to Heaven.
Disney canceled Good Morning, Miss Bliss after 13 episodes, but NBC, seeing guarantee in the teen series, reformatted it somewhat by recasting and restructuring, along with the merchandise was Saved by the Bell. The show immediately took off.
Not only was Saved by the Bell a success, it became a cultural phenomenon. The show ran four seasons (1989-1993) on Saturday mornings and led to some primetime spinoff, Saved by the Bell: The College Years (1993-1994), along with several TV movies revolving round the series.
Following The School Years finished, Gosselaar discovered himself pigeonholed, bound to his Zack Morris character, and fighting to get work. In this time, he appeared in lots of made-for-TV movies.
In 1998, Gosselaar tried to go back to the limelight having a lead part in the school dark comedy Dead Man on Campus. While critics deemed the movie a flop, it indicated, for the very first time, people ‘s growing acceptance of Gosselaar as a serious performer, and he later and slowly started to get more serious parts.
From 2001 to 2005, Gosselaar played Detective John Clark to the most popular police drama NYPD Blue. In 2005, he appeared as Richard “Dickie” McDonald to the show Commander in Chief.
In 2010, Gosselaar made his off Broadway debut in the Roundabout Theater Company’s The Understudy, costarring with Justin Kirk and Julie White.
Coming from meager beginnings, Gosselaar’s successful acting career proved striving to his private life in the mid-’90s. After trying to obtain financial control over his career, Gosselaar severed ties together with his parents in 1996.
Russell had a little component on the show, but got the focus of its own leading man. The couple had two children together, son Michael Charles (produced in 2004) and daughter Ava Lorenn (produced in 2006) before divorcing in 2010, after 14 years of union.
In July 2012, a 38-year old Gosselaar tied the knot with marketing executive Catriona McGinn. Shortly after their marriage, the couple announced they were expecting their very first child together—Gosselar’s third—in September 2013.
Outside of his performing career, Gosselaar is an accomplished cyclist. He also has a love for car racing and ice hockey.