Born on March 30, 1964, Ian Ziering is an American actor who is best known for playing Steve Sanders on the television series Beverly Hills, 90210.
Ian was born in Newark, New Jersey to Mickie and Paul Ziering. He grew up in West Orange, New Jersey and has two brothers, Jeff and Barry, both of whom are more than 10 years older. His father jokes: "Ian is the best mistake I ever made". Ziering graduated in the year 1982 from West Orange High School. He is Jewish.
He is divorced from Nikki Schieler Ziering. The two had wed in 1997, and Ian filed for divorce in 2002, citing irreconcilable differences .
The career of Ian is equally brilliant. In 1990, Ziering was selected 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. 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 the year 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 made appearence 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 . The job ultimately went to Drew Carey. 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 . However, he has stated to the press that he would prefer not to participate in the show.