Birthday: March 1, 1974
Birth Place: Panorama City, California
Mark-Paul was the fourth child born to Paula and Hans
Gosselaar, who emigrated to the United States in 1966.
Mark-Paul's two older sisters and older brother were all
born in The Netherlands, and he speaks fluent Dutch.
He began modeling at about the age of 4 and soon became
interested in acting as well. He appeared in several TV
commercials and also guest-starred on several TV
shows such as Highway to Heaven, The Twilight Zone
, and The Wonder Years, before landing the starring
role of Chris Mills in the PBS Wonderworks movie,
Necessary Parties, which also starred Alan Arkin.
Soon after that he was cast in the role of Zack Morris on
the Disney TV Show, Good Morning Miss Bliss, which
starred Hayley Mills. After being cast in that role,
Mark-Paul has said that he stopped attending his regular
school and was tutored on the set or at home from that
Good Morning Miss Bliss was canceled after
thirteen episodes, but was reworked and retitled Saved
by the Bell and brought to NBC as its first live-action
Saturday morning show. Mark-Paul's character, Zack Morris,
was kept on as the star of the show. Mark-Paul played the
role of Zack Morris on Saved by the Bell for four
more years, and then for one more season in Saved by
the Bell: The College Years, which was a prime time
show. Mark-Paul also hosted a Saturday morning game show
called Brains and Brawn and filmed a few TV movies
and independent films at about this time, such as White
Wolves: A Cry in the Wild II, For the Love of Nancy
with Jill Clayburgh and William Devane, and The St.
Tammany Miracle. Mark-Paul has continued to appear in
films--mostly TV movies and independent films, such as
Sticks & Stones with Kirstie Alley and Gary Busey,
Dying to Belong with Hillary Swank, and Born into
Mark-Paul met his future wife, Lisa Ann Russell, on the
set of Saved by the Bell: The College Years in 1993.
The couple married on August 26, 1996, in Maui, Hawaii.
In 1998 he starred in the feature film, Dead Man on
Campus, and shortly after that was cast in a starring
role in the WB network drama, Hyperion Bay. That
show was canceled after one season, though he was almost
immediately cast in another WB drama, D.C.
Unfortunately D.C. was only shown a few times in the
spring of 2000 before it, too, was canceled.
Since then, Mark-Paul has starred in three other TV movies,
The Princess & the Marine, Beer Money, and
Atomic Twister. He's also filmed another movie that
has not yet aired: Alikes.
He is currently starring in the NBC police drama, NYPD Blue,
which just started it's 10th season. He's playing Detective
John Clark, Jr., the partner of Andy Sipowicz.
Mark-Paul currently lives with his wife, Lisa, outside
of Los Angeles, California, along with their two
dogs. He enjoys participating in sports like golf & hockey,
and spending time
on the lake on his boat. In the recent past he has competed
as a professional race
car driver in the Barber Dodge Pro Series and has also competed
motocross events. He is a
spokesperson for the United States Soccer Association and
D.A.R.E. He also recently earned his pilot's license.
He's a busy guy!