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Mark-Paul Gos­se­laar’s come a long way since play­ing fresh-faced high school charmer Zack in com­edy se­ries Saved By The Bell (1989-1993). He is bearded and broody these days as base­ball team cap­tain and catcher Mike Law­son in sport drama Pitch (2016-cur­rent). “I got the break­down – a woman makes it in ma­jor league base­ball – and I thought, ‘Eh, this is too gim­micky.’ But then I read the script and I think I of­fered them my first­born to get the job, I loved it that much!” he says.

1 And he’s been ded­i­cated to his 1

butch role since day 1. The 42-yearold put on 10kg in mus­cle work­ing out in the gym and train­ing with pro base­ball teams un­til 9pm five days a week.

2 Not that rough sports are new to

him. “I used to race mo­tocross and that was a dirty se­cret that I couldn’t tell the pro­duc­ers of Saved By The Bell… for in­surance pur­poses. I was rac­ing as an am­a­teur for about 10 years,” he says.

3 This isn’t the first time that Mark’s

gone all out to get into char­ac­ter. For Saved By The Bell, he dyed his hair blond. “My mother is from In­done­sia, so my hair is nat­u­rally black. They wanted Zack to be blond… so yeah, I dyed my hair for all of those years,” he says.

4 Mark mar­ried tal­ent co-or­di­na­tor

Lisa Ann Rus­sell in Hawaii in 1996 af­ter meet­ing on set. They have son Michael Charles (12) and daugh­ter Ava Lorenn (10) but di­vorced in 2011. Lisa mar­ried Jeff Probst (the host of re­al­ity show Sur­vivor, 2000-cur­rent) the fol­low­ing year.

5 Mark got hitched that year too

– he has son Dekker Ed­ward (3) and daugh­ter Lach­lyn Hope (1) with his sec­ond wife Ca­tri­ona McGinn.

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