Known For: Saved by the Bell, Mixed-ish, NYPD Blue, Franklin & Bash, The Passage
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Mark-Paul Gosselaar was born March 1, 1974 in Panorama City, California. His father, Hans Gosselaar, who is from the Netherlands, is of German and Dutch Jewish descent, and was a plant supervisor at Anheuser-Busch. His mother, Paula (van den Brink), is of Dutch-Indonesian background; she worked as an airline hostess. He has an older brother, Mike, and two older sisters, Linda and Sylvia.
In 1989, after a career with small movies and commercials, Gosselaar started in the teen hit Saved by the Bell as Zack Morris (1989), co-starring Tiffani Thiessen who played his girlfriend, Kelly Kapowski, throughout the show's run. The characters eventually married each other after the show and its spin-off, Saved by the Bell: The College Years (1993), ended production.
He starred as Richard ‘Dickie’ McDonald with Geena Davis in Commander in Chief (2005) for executive producer Steven Bochco, with whom he also worked with when he starred as detective John Clark in Bochco's critically-acclaimed drama NYPD Blue (1993). Gosselaar's other television credits include TV movies Atomic Twister (2002), The Princess & the Marine (2001), For the Love of Nancy (1994), Saved by the Bell: Wedding in Las Vegas (1994), She Cried No (1996), Dying to Belong (1997) and Born Into Exile (1997).
On the big screen, Gosselaar appeared in Dead Man on Campus (1998), as well as the independent films Beer Money (2001) and Sticks and Stones (1996). In 2019, Mark-Paul began starring on the show Mixed-ish (2019). He returned in a supporting role for the revival Saved by the Bell (2020), with Mitchell Hoog as his son.