Ian Ziering (born March 30, 1964) is an American actor, most notably remembered for his role as Steve Sanders on the Fox television show, Beverly Hills, 90210 and most recently, as Finn in Sharknado.

He appeared in the fifth season of Married...with Children as an attendee watching a softball match.

Early LifeEdit

He was born in Newark, NJ to Paul and Mickie Ziering, and grew up West Orange, NJ with his older brothers. He graduated from high school in 1982.

From 1997 until 2002, he was married to former Playboy Playmate and model, Nikki Schieler. He is currently married to Erin Kristine Ludwig, with whom he has 2 daughters.

Acting CareerEdit

He began acting in 1981, appearing in various television shows and movies, such as Endless Love and The Doctors.

In 1990, he landed the role of Steve Sanders on the new Fox prime time drama, Beverly Hills, 90210, a role he held on for until its finale in 2000. He also made a crossover appearance as Steve Sanders on another Fox prime time drama, Melrose Place in 1992.

In 2007, he appeared on the 4th season of Dancing with the Star, dancing with professional dancer Cheryl Burke and made it to the semi-finals with her.

Also, in 2007, he had tried to audition to be the new host of the game show The Price is Right, after Bob Barker announced that he would retire. The role was later filled by comedian Drew Carey.

He has also appeared on other television shows and movies, such as JAG, V.I.P., What I Like About You, Domino, That's My Boy and most recently, Sharknado.

Voice ActingEdit

Outside of appearing in TV shows and movies, he has provided voicework for various animated series, mostly notably as Vinnie on Biker Mice from Mars, Nick Tatopoulos on Godzilla the Animated Series, Harry Osbourne on Spider-Man the new Animated Series and Wildwing on Mighty Ducks the Animated Series. He also voiced characters on animated series such as Batman Beyond, Drawn Together, and Ahh! Real Monsters.

Appearance on Married...With ChildrenEdit

He appeared in the season 5 episode The Unnatural as "The Kid", a young man who is in the bleachers watching the softball game that Al is in,
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Ian Ziering as "Kid", observing Al playing softball post New Market Mallers

although he is unaware of who Al was back when he was playing for the New Market Mallers. Peggy, who is also sitting in the bleachers, informs him about who Al was back when he was playing, as she tells him that he actually gave up the game after the New Market Mallers won the championships.


  • He appeared on this episode of MWC 10 days before the series premiere of Beverly Hills, 90210.
  • Although he is called "Kid" in this episode of MWC, he was actually 26 years old at the time of filming this episode, as well as when he began acting on Beverly Hills, 90210, a show in which he starts off portraying a 15 year old high schooler.

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