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Overview (3)

Born in New York City, New York, USA
Birth NameZachary Brendan McGowan
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Zach McGowan was born and raised in New York City, where he started acting at an early age in school productions. His passion for the stage followed him through his high school and college years and landed him on the New York City stage in 2003 where he honed his craft in numerous off Broadway productions. In 2005 Zach moved to Los Angeles to work in film and Television. Zach's film work includes "Terminator Salvation" directed by McG "The Hunt For Eagle One" (Sony Screen Gems) directed by Brian Clyde, "Crash Point" (Sony Screen Gems) directed by Henry Crum, and "Seal Team Six" directed by Mark Andrews. On Television Zach Guest-starred in the premiere episode of the 5th season of "Numb3rs", and in season 7 episode 6 of "CSI Miami." Zach's short film work includes leading roles in "The 14th Morning" (LA International Short Film Festival, New Haven Film Festival, and The Method Festival), and "Sadiq" (official 2006 MTVU Student Film Maker Award Nominee, and winner "Best Short" at the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival) by Sean Mullin. Zach can also be heard in numerous advertisements, video games, and animation projects doing Voice Over work. Zach lives in Los Angeles and is a member of both SAG and AFTRA.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Zach McGowan

Spouse (1)

Emily Johnson (27 September 2008 - present)

Trivia (3)

Zach was born and raised on the upper west side of Manhattan.
Attended Carleton College, a private liberal arts school in Northfield Minnesota, where he met his wife.
He is of Irish (father) and Russian Jewish (mother) descent.

Personal Quotes (12)

Acting is equal parts talent and perseverance.
Every time you do a big sword fight surrounded by a couple of hundred extras, it's a fun day at work.
I pack on mass quickly when I lift.
'Cold Case' was fun. It was a fun experience. That was right when I was cutting my teeth as a TV actor. It was a great learning experience to work on really fast-paced television shows that are very high quality. It was a place where I learned that I had to keep up and I could keep up.
As you do on any cable series, if they introduce you as the villain, then you better start working towards making him a really good guy, or if they introduce you as a really good guy, then you better start working towards being the villain. Your character has to go somewhere, or else they become very uninteresting.
When I moved to Los Angeles, I was cooking with two guys who became celebrity chefs, if you will. I became their sous chef for awhile. We'd go to all the big names in Hollywood.
When you play a character, there are choices you have to make about the past, the present, the future, etc. You have to make those choices on your own a lot.
My father and his brothers and sisters were childhood Irish jig champions in the Bronx. At our family celebrations, they all get out and do the jig. And of course, the younger generation, me and my cousins and my brothers, we have our own Americanized renditions of the Irish jig, which is a bit more like 'Lord of the Dance.'
In reality, I've always been an actor - since I was a kid. I did theater growing up in New York. I was always in the plays in school. I was either going to be an actor or an athlete or a soldier. Those were kind of the three paths that I always kind of embarked on.
Fight scenes are hard, no matter what you do. You're trying to make it look like you're hurting someone without hurting them. It doesn't matter how big and strong the guy is that you're fighting or how small and feeble someone is that you're fighting. You don't want to hurt them. You're working with them.
I think with every part you do, you become a better actor. I've learned from my experiences on that.
My father is a Marine. My brother is a Marine. I almost became a Marine. I'm no stranger to fight training. I used to do jujitsu and boxing as a kid. I was a running back in football for my high school and my college. I played ice hockey as well as did theater. So, there's always been a physical nature to me.

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