Sunday, January 23, 2011

Zack Morris from the TV show Saved by the Bell played by Mark-Paul Gosselaar

Mark-Paul Harry Gosselaar was born March 1, 1974 in Panorama City, California. He is best known for playing Zack Morris in the TV show Saved by the Bell.  He also is well known for playing John Clark in NYPD Blue.


Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Zack Morris in the TV show Saved by the Bell

Gosselaar began his acting career in 1986 appearing in the TV show Highway to Heaven starring Michael Landon, Victor French and James Troesh.  That same year he would also appear in The Twilight Zone and Stingray starring Nick Mancuso, James Handy and Barbara Williams.

A couple of years later in 1988 Mark-Paul would land his first lead role in the TV movie Necessary Parties co-starring Taylor Fry, Geoff Pierson, Julie Hagerty, Stefan DeSalle, Jennifer McComb, Jason Kristofer, and Alan Arkin.



Mark-Paul Gosselaar in his younger days

It was in 1988 that Mark-Paul would land his first series role as Zack Morris in Good Morning, Miss Bliss which was a show about the adventures of a group of junior high school kids with the focus on the character Carrie Bliss played by Haley Mills. The show also starred Lark Voorhies (Lisa Turtle), Dustin Diamond (Samuel 'Screech' Powers), Heather Hopper (Nikki Coleman), Max Battimo (Mikey Gonzalez), Dennis Haskins (Mr. Richard Belding), and Joan Ryan (Ms. Tina Paladrino).  Gosselaar would play this role until the show ended in 1989 which only lasted thirteen episodes.  



The cast of Good Morning, Miss Bliss featuring Haley Mills (front center)
Mark-Paul Gosselaar then

If you are thinking that Good Morning, Miss Bliss sounds alot like
Saved by the Bell, you are right. When the show was unsuccessful, the storyline was reworked to take place in high school, Haley Mills was removed, more cast members reworked, and Zack Morris became the focus of the show which would become the hit spin-off show Saved by the Bell.  Gosselaaar would star in the show with Tiffani-Amber Thiessen (Kelly Kapowski), Mario López (A.C. Slater), Elizabeth Berkley (Jessie Myrtle), Lark Voorhies (Lisa Turtle), Dustin Diamond (Samuel 'Screech' Powers), and Dennis Haskins (Mr. Richard Belding).  Some other co-stars that occasionally appeared on the show were Ed Alonzo, Bridgette Wilson, Leah Remini, and Tori Spelling.  Mark-Paul played the role of Zack Morris for the entire run of the show until it ended in 1993.


Cast of the TV show Saved by the Bell Front: Tiffany-Amber Thiessen (Kelly Kapowski), Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Zack Morris) Middle: Dustin Diamond (Samuel "Screech" Powers), Lark Voorhies (Lisa Turtle), Elizabeth Berkley (Jessie Myrtle) Back: Mario López (A.C. Slater), Dennis Haskins (Mr. Richard Belding)
Tiffany-Amber Thiessen (Kelly Kapowski) and Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Zack Morris) of the TV show Saved by the Bell

Mario López (A.C. Slater) and  Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Zack Morris) of the TV show Saved by the Bell

During his run on Good Morning, Miss Bliss and
Saved by the Bell, Gosselaar would also appear in The Wonder Years starring Fred Savage, Danica McKellar, Josh Saviano, Dan Lauria, Jason Hervey, Alley Mills, and Olivia d'Abo (1988); Punky Brewster starring Soleil Moon Frye, George Gaynes, Cherie Johnson, Susie Garrett, and Ami Foster (1988); Charles in Charge starring Scott Baio, Willie Aames, Nicole Eggert, Josie Davis, James T. Callahan, Alexander Polinsky, and Ellen Travolta (1988); Murphy Brown starring Candice Bergen, Grant Shaud, Faith Ford, and Robert Pastorelli (1990); Saved by the Bell: Hawaiian Style (1992); Blossom starring Mayim Bialik, Jenna von Oÿ, Ted Wass, Michael Stoyanov, and Joseph Lawrence (1992); and White Wolves: A Cry in the Wild II co-starring Matt McCoy, David Moscow, Ami Dolenz, and Amy O'Neill (1993).

Mark-Paul Gosselaar then

Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Zack Morris) of the TV show Saved by the Bell



Tiffany-Amber Thiessen (Kelly Kapowski) and Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Zack Morris) of the TV movie Saved by the Bell: Hawaiian Style

After
Saved by the Bell ended in 1993, Gosselaar would immediately go on to star in the second round of the Saved by the Bell franchise, Saved by the Bell: The College Years co-starring Tiffani-Amber Thiessen (Kelly Kapowski), Mario López (A.C. Slater), Kiersten Warren (Alex Tabor), Dustin Diamond (Samuel 'Screech' Powers), Anne Tremko (Leslie Burke), Bob Golic (Michael Rogers), and Patrick Fabian (Professor Jeremiah Lasky).  The show would not be as successful as the first installment and would only last one season ending in 1994.

During Mark-Paul's run on Saved by the Bell: The College Years, he would star in the lead role of the film The St. Tammany Miracle co-starring Soleil Moon Frye (who formerly played 'Punky' Brewser), Jamie Luner, Julie McCullough, Jeffrey Meek, and Steve Allen (1994).



The cast of Saved by the Bell: The College Years

After Saved by the Bell: The College Years Gosselaar would go on to star in For the Love of Nancy with Tracey Gold, Jill Clayburgh, William Devane, Cameron Bancroft, Michael MacRae, Deanna Milligan, and Glynis Davies (1994). This would be followed that same year by Saved by the Bell: Wedding in Las Vegas in which his character Zack and on-screen girlfriend Kelly (Tiffani-Amber Thiessen) would get married. They would co-star with most of the usual crowd: Mario López (A.C. Slater), Elizabeth Berkley (Jessie Myrtle), Lark Voorhies (Lisa Turtle), Dustin Diamond (Samuel 'Screech' Powers), Liz Vassey (Carla), Bob Golic (Michael Rogers), Mark DeCarlo (Freddie Silver), Kiersten Warren (Alex Taber), John Sanderford (Mr. Morris), Melody Rogers (Mrs. Melanie Morris ) and Dennis Haskins (Mr. Richard Belding).  Mark-Paul would revive the character of Zack one more time that year guest starring in the new spin-off Saved by the Bell: The New Class which would also be a successful series running for seven years.  The show starred of course Dennis Haskins who would be Principal Richard Belding, along with his Assistant Principal Samuel 'Screech' Powers played by Dustin Diamond. They co-starred with  Samantha Esteban, Sarah Lancaster, Richard Lee Jackson, Lindsey McKeon, Ben Gould, and Natalia Cigliuti.



The 'studs' of Saved by the Bell Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Mario López

Gosselaar would go on to star in Twisted Love with Lisa Dean Ryan, Sasha Jenson, and Soleil Moon Frye (1995); Specimen co-starring Douglas O'Keeffe, Ingrid Kavelaars, David Nerman, Michelle Johnson, Andrew Jackson, and Marc Donato (1996); Brothers of the Frontier co-starring Doug Abrahams, Michael Cram and Don S. Davis (1996); She Cried No aka Freshman Fall co-starring Candace Cameron Bure, Jenna von Oÿ, Nikki Cox, Ray Baker, Brandon Douglas, Bess Armstrong, and Julie St. Claire (1996); and Sticks & Stones co-starring Justin Isfeld, Max Goldblatt, Jordan Brower, Chauncey Leopardi, Kirstie Alley, Gary Busey, and Lisa Eichhorn (1996).



Candace Cameron Bure and Mark-Paul Gosselaar in She Cried No aka Freshmen Fall

Mark-Paul would continue on appearing in Dying to Belong co-starring Hilary Swank, Sarah Chalke, Jenna von Oÿ, Jennifer Warren, Laurel Holloman, Tracy Middendorf, and Isabella Hofmann (1997); Born Into Exile co-starring Gina Philips, Talia Shire, Sarah Aldrich, Seann William Scott, and Eddie Mills (1997); Kounterfeit with Gil Bernardy, Hilary Swank, Corbin Bernsen, Rob Stewart, Andrew Hawkes, and Elizabeth Gracen (1997); and Dead Man on Campus co-starring Tom Everett Scott, Poppy Montgomery, Lochlyn Munro, Corey Page, Alyson Hannigan, Mari Morrow, and Linda Cardellini (1998).


After a four year absence from the TV series area, Gosselaar was back in it in 1998 landing the role of Dennis Sweeny on the series  Hyperion Bay co-starring Dylan Neal, Sydney Penny, Christina Moore, Bart Johnson, Cindy Pickett, and Carmen Electra.  The show would last for two years.



Mark-Paul Gosselaar and the cast of Hyperion Bay

Immediately after Hyperion Bay in 2000, Mark-Paul would land the role of Pete Komisky in the series D.C.  He co-starred with Jacinda Barrett, Kristanna Loken, Daniel Sunjata, and Gabriel Olds.  The show would only last 7 episodes.  However, Gosselaar would land the role of John Clark Jr. joining the cast of NYPD Blue in 2001 co-starring Dennis Franz, Gordon Clapp, James McDaniel, Bill Brochtrup, Sharon Lawrence, and Kim Delaney.  He would stay with the show doing 77 episodes until it ended in 2005.  


Mark-Paul Gosselaar in D.C.  2000
Mark-Paul Gosselaar in NYPD Blue
Mark-Paul Gosselaar and the cast of NYPD Blue

During his run on NYPD Blue, Gosselaar would star in The Princess & the Marine with Marisol Nichols, Keith Robinson, Sheetal Sheth, Atossa Leoni, and Navi Rawat (2001); Beer Money co-starring Mercedes McNab and Nick von Esmarch (2001); Law & Order: Special Victims Unit starring Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Richard Belzer, Tamara Tunie, and Diane Neal (2001); Alikes Lisa Robin Kelly, Leigh Anne Robertson, Alexandra Adi, Ashlee Levitch (2002); Atomic Twister co-starring Sharon Lawrence, Carl Lewis, and Corbin Bernsen (2002); and Hitched co-starring Leslie Bibb, Tara Callaghan Carr, Dagmara Dominczyk, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Thomas Mikal Ford, Kelly King, Marisa Ramirez, and Tara Reid (2005).

Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Marisol Nichols  in The Princess and the Marine 2001
Mark-Paul Gosselaar and the cast of Beer Money 2001
Sharon Lawrence and Mark-Paul Gosselaar in Atomic Twister 2002

Mark-Paul Gosselaar in Atomic Twister 2002

After his NYPD Blue days, Gosselaaar would land the role of 'Dickie' McDonald in the series Commander in Chief joining the cast of Geena Davis, Donald Sutherland, Harry Lennix, Kyle Secor, Ever Carradine, Caitlin Wachs, and Natasha Henstridge.  Mark-Paul would play the role for ten episodes until the show ended in 2006.



The cast of Commander in Chief - Kyle Secor, Ever Carradine, Harry J. Lennix, Geena Davis, and Mark-Paul Gosselaar

Gosselaar would go on to star in The House Next Door with Lara Flynn Boyle, Colin Ferguson, Noam Jenkins, Heather Hanson, Natalie Lisinska, Julie Stewart, and Charlotte Sullivan (2006); and Law Dogs co-starring Cassie Benavidez, Ramon Camacho,  Rachael Carpani, Josh Cooke, Nikki Deloach, and Chastity Dotson (2007).

In 2007 Mark-Paul would the recurring role of Jake Ferris in 3 episodes the TV series John from Cincinnati co-starring Rebecca De Mornay, Greyson Fletcher, Willie Garson, Keala Kennelly, Luke Perry, and Emily Rose.  The show only lasted one season.

In 2008 Gosselaar would land yet another series role as Jerry Kellerman in the series Raising the Bar co-starring Gloria Reuben, Currie Graham, Melissa Sagemiller, J. August Richards, Jane Kaczmarek, and Natalia Cigliuti.  The series would run for two years ending in 2009.  During his run on Raising the Bar Gosselaar would use his voice talents in Robot Chicken (2008).



Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Jerry Kellerman in Raising the Bar 2008
Mark-Paul Gosselaar in 2009

Mark-Paul Gosselaar in 2009

In 2009 he would take a leave from the television and film world and star in the off-Broadway play The Understudy


Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Julie White in the off-Broadway play The Understudy

Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Justin Kirk and Julie White curtain call for the off-Broadway play The Understudy

More recently in 2010, Mark-Paul Gosselaar would appear in Rizzoli & Isles starring Angie Harmon, Sasha Alexander, Jordan Bridges, Lee Thompson Young, and Lorraine Bracco; and Weeds starring Mary-Louise Parker, Hunter Parrish, Alexander Gould, Elizabeth Perkins, and Allie Grant.


Mark-Paul Gosselaar and wife Lisa Ann Russell in 2010 prior to their breakup



Mark-Paul Gosselaar in 2010

We will be seeing more of Mark-Paul in the up and coming series Franklin & Bash playing the role of Steven Bash.  He will co-star with Breckin Meyer (Jared Franklin), Claire Coffee (Janie Ross), and Ally Maki (Tonia).




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