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Ian Ziering
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Born March 30, 1964, Newark, New Jersey, United States

Ian Andrew Ziering (pronounced /ajn̩/; born March 30, 1964) is an American actor best known for playing Steve Sanders on the television series Beverly Hills, 90210, a role he played from 1990-2000.

Personal life[]

Ziering was born in Newark, New Jersey to Mickie and Paul Ziering. He pronounces his name (EYE-an), as opposed to the more traditional (EE-an).[citation needed] He grew up in West Orange, New Jersey and has two brothers, Jeff and Barry, both of whom are more than 10 years older. Ziering was raised Jewish.[1] He graduated in 1982 from West Orange High School and from William Paterson University in 1988.[2]

He is divorced from Nikki Schieler Ziering. The two had wed in July 1997, and Ian filed for divorce in February 2002, citing irreconcilable differences.[3]

On February 3, 2010, Ziering announced his engagement to nurse Erin Kristine Ludwig. The couple married at a ceremony in Newport Beach, California on May 28, 2010. On October 31, 2010, it was announced that he and his wife Erin were expecting a baby girl in April 2011.[4] On April 25, 2011, Erin gave birth to a baby girl named Mia Loren Ziering weighing at 7 Ibs, 6 oz. She was named after Ian's late mother, Mickie.


In 1990, Ziering was chosen as Steve Sanders on the hit series Beverly Hills, 90210. He was a celebrity dancer on Season 4 of ABC's American version of Dancing with the Stars.[5] His professional dance partner was Cheryl Burke, who won the competition in Season 2 with partner Drew Lachey and also Season 3 with partner Emmitt Smith. Ian made it to the semi-final round of Season 4, and received a perfect score (three 10s) from the judges for one of his two dances in the semi-finals, but it was not enough to reach the finals; he and Cheryl were eliminated during the results show the next day, May 15, 2007.

In 2006, Ian produced, directed and starred in the short film, Man vs. Monday, which won the Audience Choice Award at the 2006 Ft. Lauderdale Film Festival. Also in 2006, Ian won the Best Actor Award at the 2006 Monaco Film Festival for his portrayal of "Francis" in the independent film, Stripped Down.

Ian has also appeared in the television series JAG, What I Like About You, The Doctors as Erich Aldrich and Guiding Light as Cameron Stewart. He also had a role in the videogame Freelancer as the protagonist, Edison Trent.

On June 18, 2007, Variety reported that Ziering had auditioned the previous week for the opportunity to succeed Bob Barker as host of The Price Is Right.[6] The job ultimately went to Drew Carey.[7] Coincidentally, his ex-wife, Nikki, appeared as a Model on the show from 1999 to 2002.

Ian's official website and MySpace page feature several original "webisodes" (short videos). He may appear on the 90210 spinoff.[8] However, he has stated to the press that he would prefer not to participate in the show.



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  2. ^ "THE ULTIMATE NEW JERSEY HIGH SCHOOL YEARBOOK: T-Z AND ALSO...", The Star-Ledger, June 27, 1999. Accessed August 4, 2007.
  3. ^ E! News - Divorce Mania in TV Land
  4. ^,,20438287,00.html
  5. ^ unknown (February 20, 2007). "Meet the New Cast of 'Dancing With the Stars". Dancing with the Stars. Retrieved 2007-02-21.
  6. ^ Is Rosie right for 'Price'?
  7. ^ Game show 'Price' is right for Carey -
  8. ^ Dos Santos, Kristin (2008-05-21). "90210 Reunion: Tori Spelling to Guest in Pilot; Ian Ziering Definitely Wants In". E! Online - Watch with Kristin. Retrieved 2008-05-21.

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