Zachary Brendan “Zach” McGowan, born May 5, 1980, is an American film and television actor and voice over artist. He’s known for his roles in television series Shameless as Jody, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as Anton Ivanov, Black Sails as Charles Vane and The 100 As Roan. Take a look below for 21 more interesting and fun facts about Zach McGowan.
1. He guest-starred in the television series Numbers, CSI: Miami, and Cold Case, with voice-over work for the Scream Awards, Animal Planet and the video game Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City and Iron Man.
2. McGowan was born in New York City to Brenda and Vincent McGowan.
3. His older brothers are Doug and Matt McGowan.
4. Although they lived in New York City most of their lives, the McGowans traveled extensively due to Brenda’s employment at United Airlines.
5. McGowan attended the Ethical Culture Fieldston School from kindergarten through senior year in high school, where he was the captain of the football and ice hockey teams and a member of the drama and theater societies.
6. He attended Carleton College.
7. In mid-2011, McGowan joined the cast of the Showtime dramedy Shameless, as Jody, first as a guest star and then as a series regular.
8. He said that modeling for art students helped him for the the role in Shameless now that, “nudity is just part of the job.”
9. In July 2013, McGowan joined the cast of the Universal Pictures feature film Dracula Untold, playing Shkelgim, a mysterious Romani.
10. In January 2014, McGowan joined the cast of the Starz dramatic adventure television series Black Sails, playing a fictionalized version of the real life 18th century English pirate Charles Vane.
11. The role in Black Sails called for an English actor, so McGowan, an American, affected an accent. Casting directors found out later that McGowan was faking but were impressed with his performance and chose him for the role.
12. In July 2016, McGowan joined the cast of The CW science fiction television series The 100, playing King Roan of the Ice Nation, after having previously played the role as a guest star.
13. In January 2017, he joined the cast of the ABC TV series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., playing the villain The Superior.
14. McGowan is set to play Medal of Merit and Purple Heart recipient Benehakaka “Ben” Kanahele in the upcoming movie Niihau, based on the Niihau Incident during World War II.
15. McGowan married Emily Johnson on September 27, 2008 in the Santa Barbara mountains.
16. He bet his wife at Carleton College, which is a private liberal arts school in Northfield Minnesota.
17. McGowan and Clara Paget played shipmates aboard the Ranger on Black Sails.
18. In 2006, he worked as a debutant in the movie The Hunt for Eagle One as Jackson, which gave him an initial push in his career.
19. He appeared on the reality television show Two Dudes Catering, which was a cooking show in 2007.
20. His first role on television, apart from reality shows, was on CSI: Miami as Kurt Greenfield in 2008.
21. He’s a fitness freak and once shared his exercise routine with his fans. The routine consisted of 400 pull ups, 200 push ups in two sets, 50 inverted sit ups and 13 miles of running five days a week.