Mark-Paul Gosselaar is an American actor who is known for his television roles most notably his role on the hit teen series, Saved by the Bell as Zack Morris. His other credits include NYPD Blues and Franklin and Bash. Gosselaar has been in the entertainment world from the age of 5 and has practically grown up on our screens. We discuss his life and career thus far.
Mark-Paul Gosselaar Bio, Age
Mark-Paul Gosselaar was born on the 1st of March 1924 as Mark-Paul Harry Gosselaar in Panorama City, Los Angeles, California, to the family of Hans and Paula Gosselaar. Following his parent’s divorce, Mark would come to spend his teenage years in Santa Clarita in Southern California where he attended Hart High School. He is the youngest of four children.
His career started in the modeling industry before transitioning to acting. In 1986, he landed a guest spot on the popular series, Highway to Heaven.
Gosselaar played the role of Zack Morris in the hit comedy series, Saved by the Bell and that role was one that brought him to wider recognition. The role gained critical acclaim and ultimately became his breakthrough role. Gosselaar’s role in the series was so successful that the producers of the show sought to make a spin-off solely based on his character. Disney made the sitcom – Good Morning, Miss Bliss based on his character, however, the show was only short-lived.
Mark-Paul Gosselaar would go on to reprise the role of Zack Morris in two spin-offs by NBC. They were Saved by the Bell: The College Years, and Saved by the Bell: The New Class. Mark also reprised the role in two TV movies.
In addition to the Saved By The Bell spin-offs, Mark-Paul in his free time took up other TV gigs including an appearance in Murphy Brown. Mark acted alongside the likes of Denis Haskins, Hayley Mills, Lark Voorhies, Mario Lopez, and Dustin Diamond. In 2014, he reunited with some of his castmates in a Saved by the Bell sketch with Late Night host Jimmy Fallon.
After the show ended, Mark-Paul made his feature film debut in White Wolves: A Cry in the Wild II, a sequel to the 1990 film, A Cry in the Wild.
He quickly built his filmography appearing more in TV series and TV movies. His next big role on the small screen after Saved By the Bell was as Dennis Sweeny in Hyperion Bay. His other notable TV series include; Raising the Bar, Franklin & Bash, Truth Be Told, and Pitch.
Outside Gosselaar’s acting career, he is a sports car enthusiast, race car driver, track Cyclist, dirt biker, and pilot. In 2005, he completed the Far West Championship for track cycling and won the Category 4/5 Sprint Championship event at the Encino Velodrome.
Family – Mom, Wife
There are not many details about Gosselaar’s mother Paula (van den Brink). However, she is known to be of Indonesian and Dutch descent. She is originally from Bali, Indonesia. She worked as an airline hostess and homemaker for KLM, a flag carrier airline of the Netherlands that is part of the Air-France KLM Group. She played a huge role in the early stages of Mark-Paul’s entertainment career serving as his manager.
Mark-Paul Gosselaar got married to former model and actress, Lisa Ann Russell on the 26th of August 1996. Their union lasted for about a decade and a half before they decided to call it quits in early June 2010. A few weeks after the announcement of their separation hit the airwaves, Gosselaar filed for divorce which was finalized in May 2011. Their union was blessed with two children named Michael Charles Gosselaar and Ava Loren Gosselaar.
He then moved on to Catriona McGinn, an advertising executive. They were engaged in August 2011 and married in July 2012. They have at least two kids including Dekker Gosselaar and Lachlyn Gosselaar.
Is Mark-Paul Gosselaar Gay?
Mark-Paul Gosselaar is a very straight man and as far as we know and always has been. During his days as a teen star on Saved by the Bell, he dated a handful of his female co-stars including Lark Voorhies, Tiffani Thiessen, and Elizabeth Berkley. His two-time marriage to women further proves how very straight Gosselaar’s sexual orientation is.
The actor stands at a height of 6 feet 1 inch (about 1.83 m). His height measurement is the same as that of his Saved By the Bell co-star Dustin Diamond. He is taller than his other co-star Mario Lopez who stands at just 1.78 m tall