Zach McGowan is an American actor and voice-over artist, best known for playing important roles in television series, such as ‘Shameless,’ ‘Black Sails,’ ‘The 100,’ and ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ As a voice-over artist, McGowan has narrated and hosted many shows, including ‘The Scream Awards.’ He has also voiced video game characters in popular games like ‘Iron Man’ and ‘Resident Evil 6.’ McGowan has been featured in many magazines, including ‘People,’ which named him ‘Sexiest Man of the Week.’ Not surprisingly, he is quite popular on social media platforms like Instagram and Twitter, where he has thousands of followers. He also has a website where he posts videos and pictures from the sets of his latest television shows and films.
Childhood & Early Life
Zach McGowan was born on May 5, 1980, in New York City, New York, to Brenda and Vincent McGowan. He was raised in New York City, along with his older brothers – Doug and Matt McGowan.
He went to ‘Ethical Culture Fieldston School’ where he served as the captain of the football and ice hockey teams. He also practiced martial arts, such as jujitsu and boxing which would eventually help him in his acting career.
McGowan always had a flair for acting. He did theater and was part of the drama and theater societies in school. After graduating from high school, he attended ‘Carleton College’ where he was a running back for his college football team.
In 2003, he took part in several Broadway productions in New York City. He then moved to Los Angeles, California in an attempt to establish a career in acting. In 2004, he was cast to play Tony in a short film titled ‘The 14th Morning.’
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Zach McGowan made his film debut in 2006 when he played Jackson in Brian Clyde-directed direct-to-video war film ‘The Hunt for Eagle One.’ In the same year, he reprised his role as Jackson in the film’s sequel ‘The Hunt for Eagle One: Crash Point’ which was directed by Henry Crum.
He made his television debut in 2007 when he appeared in a reality show titled ‘Two Dudes Catering.’ The following year, he was cast to play Kurt Greenfield in one of the episodes of ‘CBS’ network's popular TV series ‘CSI: Miami.’ In 2008, he also voiced multiple characters in the action-adventure video game ‘Iron Man’ and then voiced Cowboy Beaver in a puzzle video game titled ‘Boom Blox.’
In 2009, McGowan landed an opportunity to play a minor role in McG-directed military-science fiction film ‘Terminator Salvation.’ In the same year, he also played Terry in Valerie Weiss-directed romantic comedy film ‘Losing Control’ and then portrayed Joel in ‘Conception.’
McGowan served as a live announcer at the ‘Scream Awards’ for three consecutive years (2009, 2010, and 2011). In 2010, he narrated a TV movie documentary titled ‘Killer Aliens.’ In the same year, he was seen playing important roles in two short films, namely ‘Inanna's Dance’ and ‘The Last Supper.’
In 2011, he narrated a TV movie titled ‘Man Eating Super Snake’ for ‘Discovery Channel.’ He received his breakthrough role in 2012 when he was cast to play Jody Silverman in the long-running comedy-drama television series ‘Shameless.’ He played Silverman from 2012 to 2013, appearing in 24 episodes. In 2012, he also voiced video game characters in games, such as ‘Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier,’ ‘Anarchy Reigns,’ and ‘Resident Evil 6.’
From 2014 to 2017, McGowan was part of the main cast of historical adventure television series ‘Black Sails’ where he played a British pirate named Captain Charles Vane. Since the role was meant to be played by an English actor, McGowan faked a British accent during the auditions. Impressed with his performance, the casting directors chose him for the role, despite being aware of the fact that he was faking an English accent.
Meanwhile, he was also cast to play Roan in a science fiction drama television series titled ‘The 100.’ He played Roan from 2016 to 2017, appearing in 16 episodes. In 2017, he played the recurring role of Tennyson Duvall in a period drama television series titled ‘Damnation.’ From 2017 to 2018, he played Anton Ivanov in eight episodes of ‘ABC’ network's television series ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’
In 2018, he landed the lead role of Chuck Wepner in Ken Kushner-directed biographical film ‘The Brawler.’ The film narrates the story of former professional boxer Charles Wepner who competed against legendary boxer Muhammad Ali in a 1975 title fight.
McGowan was cast to play the lead role of Connor Gibson in the 2018 Don Michael Paul-directed action film ‘Death Race: Beyond Anarchy’ which served as a sequel to the 2008 film ‘Death Race.’ In the same year, he played Mathayus the Scorpion King in Don Michael Paul-directed direct-to-video fantasy film ‘Scorpion King: Book of Souls.’
In 2019, he became part of the main cast of a police procedural drama television series titled ‘L.A.'s Finest.’ He was also seen playing Dylan Rossi in an episode titled ‘Identity Crisis’ in the popular crime-drama TV series ‘FBI.’ In the same year, he was also cast to play Brandubh in Richard Gray-directed Scottish historical drama film ‘Robert the Bruce’ which received a nomination for ‘Audience Award’ at the 2019 ‘Edinburgh Film Festival.’
Family & Personal Life
Zach McGowan is of mixed ethnicity as his mother is of Russian Jewish origin, while his father is of Irish descent. His mother Brenda worked for ‘United Airlines’ and his father Vincent served the ‘United States Marine Corps.’ One of his brothers followed in his father’s footsteps to serve the nation as a Marine.
McGowan dated Emily Johnson whom he had met while studying at ‘Carleton College’ in Northfield, Minnesota. The couple got married in the Santa Barbara Mountains on September 27, 2008. Johnson and McGowan are blessed with two daughters.
McGowan is active on social media platforms, such as Instagram and Twitter where he has many followers. He currently lives in Los Angeles, California, along with his wife and children.