‘Saved by the Bell’ Actor Mark-Paul Gosselaar

American actor Mark-Paul Gosselaar; the Saved by the Bell star who played Zack Morris

Only a few years of acting debut, American actor Mark-Paul Gosselaar earned the lead cast Zack Morris in Saved by the Bell (1989-993). The Young Artist Award-winner has since become a prominent on-screen figure with a career spanning over 3 decades.

Some of the other notable TV roles of the actor were in Hyperion Bay, NYPD Blue, Raising the Bar, and Mixed-ish (2019-21). Standing ahead from small screens, Gosselaar has also worked in movies too; a lead cast in Dead Man on Campus (1998).

Adding up, the Panorama City-born who is a one-time divorcee enjoys a blissful relationship. Currently, the father of four lives with his second wife Catriona McGinn, an advertisement executive.

Mark-Paul Gosselaar’s Parents- What’s His Ethnicity?

Famous for the on-screen character Zack Morris, the American actor Mark-Paul was born on March 1, 1974, in Panorama City, Los Angeles, California, the USA. His parents are now divorced; Hans Gosselaar worked as a plant supervisor for Anheuser-Busch, while Paula is a former air hostess-turned-homemaker.

As for nationality, Gosselaar is an American, but comes from a diverse ethnic background; German and Dutch Jewish on father’s side while Indonesian and Dutch on mother’s side.

As for a fact, he is the youngest of four children, and the only one who was not born in the Netherlands. Mark-Paul has a brother Mike, and two sisters, Linda and Sylvia.

How Old Is ‘Saved by the Bell’ Actor Gosselaar?

In 2021, Mark-Paul Gosselaar is 47 years old. The 5 feet 11 inches tall actor has brown eyes and brown hair.

Married Twice- Who Is Wife Of Mark-Paul Gosselaar? Children?

The American TV actor currently resides with his second wife Catriona McGinnan advertisement executive for Media Monitors. They met in 2011 when Gosselaar was still co-parenting his kids with his estranged wife Lisa.

By August 2011, Marke-Paul and Catriona announced their engagement, as he proposed to her with a 5-carat cushion-cut diamond ring. Then, on July 28, 2012, the couple married at the Sunstone winery in Santa Ynez, California.

Gosselaar with his second wife Catriona McGinn and children (including 2 from previous his marriage)
Gosselaar with his second wife Catriona McGinn and children (including 2 from previous his marriage); Image Source: YouTube@maximoTV

Together, the duo welcomed two children: a son Dekker Edward (b. 2013), and a daughter Lachlyn Hope (b. 2015). The family currently resides in Los Angeles but keeps the personal life update pretty low.

In fact, Mark-Paul’s Instagram (@mpgosselaar) with over 106K followers barely has 4 posts as of 2021; let alone any about his relationship or family.

Who Is Ex-Wife of MP Gosselaar? Reason For Divorce?

As Catriona remains out of the past relationship spotlight, her actor husband is not. The NYPD Blue alum was previously in a marital relationship with former model Lisa Ann Russell.

They remained married for 15 years (August 26, 1996- May 27, 2011), before they divorced citing irreconcilable differences.

While together, they welcomed 2 children: Michael Charles (b. 2004) and Ava Lorenn (b. 2006), which makes Mark-Paul Gosselaar, the father of four in total.

Career Journey Since A Toddler

An attendant of Hart High School in Santa Clarita Valley, the TV figure’s introduction to professionalism came at a young age. By the age of 5, Gosselaar started working as a model and then in commercials for Oreo cookies and Smurf.

Later, it was in his early teens, he would make his acting debut in 1986 through guest appearances in Highway to Heaven and The Twilight Zone.

Why Is He Gosselaar Famous?

The American actor’s career breakthrough came after the portrayal of Zack Morris in the TV series Saved by the Bell (1989-93). As for a fact, his character Zack is an adaptation from Good Morning, Miss Bliss (1988-89), where he worked in 13 episodes.

Nicknamed M-P, the TV star appeared in its sequel Saved by the Bell: The College Years (1993-94), starring its original casts Tiffani Thiessen, Dustin Diamond, and Mario Lopez. Moreover, the sitcom had its feature films as well; Saved by the Bell: Hawaiian Style (1992) and Saved by the Bell: Wedding in Las Vegas (1994).

Saved by the Bell actor Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Zack Morris in the TV sitcom
Saved by the Bell actor Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Zack Morris in the TV sitcom; Image Source: TV Line

The Hyperion Bay and D.C. actor then landed in a major role, Det. John Clark Jr., in NYPD Blue (2001-05). Other works as a prominent cast were in Raising the Bar (2008-09), Franklin & Bash (2011-14), Pitch (2016), The Passage (2019), and Mixed-ish (2019-21).

In addition to that, he had recurring roles in Commander in Chief (2005-06), CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2014-15), and Nobodies (2018). Not to mention his movie works in Dead Man on Campus (1998), Heist (2015), and Kid 90 (2021).

Net Worth of Mark-Paul Gosselaar- ‘Zack Morris’ From ‘Saved by the Bell’

According to Celebrity Net Worth, Gosselaar, who is currently in his late 40s, owns $9 million net worth in 2021. It’s obvious that the TV sitcom Saved by the Bell fueled his career journey and has since worked in many TV productions such as NYPD Blue, Franklin & Bash, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation & more.

While it’s still a mystery that how much actually Mark-Paul earns, but it is possible to be in the high 6-digit figure per year on average. Reportedly, his Saved by the Bell co-star Mario Lopez made $3,500 per episode in the early days, so it probably would be in the same range for Gosselaar.

With the increment in TV sitcom’s fame and viewership, their payroll indeed saw a rise.  But, none of the casts made any deals for syndications like the casts of Friends, who pocket $20 million a year, so the rerun of Saved by the Bell could possibly saw Gosselaar some revenue.

Actor Mark-Paul Gosselaar put his LA property on rent in 2017 asking $13,500-a-month
Actor Mark-Paul Gosselaar put his LA property for rent in 2017 asking $13,500-a-month; Image Source: Architectural Digest

The American actor co-owns a house in Sherman Oaks, California, spread over 5,266 square feet and features 5 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms. The duo purchased the property in July 2014 for $2.3 million, and was in the market for rent after 3 years, in 2017. As per Variety, they were asking $13,500 per month.

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