With a breakthrough role on the seminal Saved By the Bell and a Dutch last name like Gosselaar, viewers might not imagine that Mark-Paul is anything but white. And while the Los Angeles-born actor’s father is indeed half Dutch-Jewish, and half German (the star is fluent in Dutch), his mother is Asian.
And, yes, he is of mixed race. The 47-year-old actor was born on March 1, 1974, in Panorama City, Los Angeles, California, to parents Paula and Hans Gosselaar. His father, Hans, is half Dutch-Jewish and half German, and his mother, Asian (Indonesian).
Mark-Paul Harry Gosselaar ( / ˈɡɒslər /; born March 1, 1974) is an American actor. He is known for his television roles as Zack Morris in Saved by the Bell, Detective John Clark Jr. in NYPD Blue, and Peter Bash in Franklin & Bash.
Moreover, his father’s name is Hans Gosselaar, a plant supervisor for Anheuser-Busch, and his mother’s name is Paula Gosselaar, a homemaker and hostess for K.L.M. He has three siblings named Mike Gosselaar, Sylvia Gosselaar, and Linda Gosselaar.
Who is Mark Paul Gosselaar?
Mark-Paul Gosselaar is an American actor. He is known for playing Zach Morris on the television series, Saved by the Bell. Mark-Paul’s father, Hans Gosselaar, is of half Dutch Jewish and half German descent. It is not clear whether Mark-Paul’s German ancestors were Jewish, too. Mark-Paul’s mother, Paula, who is originally from Bali, Indonesia, …
Mark-Paul’s patrilineal ancestry can be traced to his four times great-grandfather, Jacob Nathan Gosselaar, who was born, c. 1733, in Rotterdam, and to his own parents, Nathan Jacob Godslaars/Gosselen/Gosselaar and Betje/Blommetje Israel Machiel/Machial/Livirden.
He has two children with his former wife, model Lisa Ann Russell, and two children with Catriona. About his biracial heritage, Mark-Paul has said: I didn’t have to deal, fortunately and unfortunately, with what a lot of my bothers and sisters who are mixed had to deal with because of the way I looked….
Mark-Paul’s mother, Paula, who is originally from Bali, Indonesia, is of Dutch and Indonesian (Asian) background. Her maiden surname, van den Brink, is Dutch. Mark-Paul has mentioned that he was at one time fluent in Dutch, as a child (his three older siblings were born in The Netherlands).
Mark-Paul is a ninth cousin of Dutch actor Michiel Huisman, through their shared Dutch Jewish eight times great-grandparents, Samuel/Salomon/Shlomo Zalman Jacob Speyer, who was born in Speyer, Germany, and Abigael Bele/Bonele Jacob Genzchen Levie, who was born in Amsterdam.
Aron’s parents both came from old Dutch Jewish families, with traceable genealogy in The Netherlands going back to the 1700s. He also had more distant German Jewish, Danish Jewish, and Polish Jewish ancestry. Mark-Paul’s great-grandfather Hartog was the son of Nathan Gosselaar and Vrouwtje Hijman de Jong.
Where is Hans Gosselaar from?
Early life. Gosselaar was born in Panorama City, Los Angeles, the son of Paula (van den Brink), a homemaker and hostess for KLM, and Hans Gosselaar, a plant supervisor for Anheuser-Busch. His Dutch-born father is of German and Dutch Jewish descent.
His mother, who is of Indonesian and Dutch descent, is from Bali, the former Dutch East Indies, now Indonesia. Gosselaar speaks Dutch. His parents later separated. Gosselaar’s mother was his manager.