Ian (pronounced EYE-an) was born in Newark, New Jersey to Mickie and Paul Ziering. He grew up in West Orange, New Jersey and has two brothers, Jeff and Barry, both of whom are more than 10 years older. His father jokes: "Ian is the best mistake I ever made." Ziering graduated in 1982 from West Orange High School.
Ian's mother died , and he has talked openly about how close he was to his mother.
Ian was a celebrity dancer on Season 4 of ABC's American version of Dancing with the Stars. His professional dance partner was Cheryl Burke, who won the competition in Season 2 with partner Drew Lachey and also Season 3 with partner Emmitt Smith. Ian made it to the semi-final round of Season 4, and received a perfect score (three 10s) from the judges for one of his two dances in the semi-finals, but it was not enough to reach the finals; he and Cheryl were eliminated during the results show the next day, May 15, 2007.
In 2006, Ian produced, directed and starred in the short film, Man vs. Monday, which won the Audience Choice Award at the 2006 Ft. Lauderdale Film Festival. Also in 2006, Ian won the Best Actor Award at the 2006 Monaco Film Festival for his portrayal of "Francis" in the independent film, Stripped Down.
Ian has also appeared in the television series JAG, What I Like About You, The Doctors as Erich Aldrich and Guiding Light as Cameron Stewart. He also had a role in the videogame Freelancer as the protagonist, Edison Trent.
He is divorced from Nikki Schieler Ziering. The two had wed in 1997, and Ian filed for divorce in 2002, citing irreconcilable differences.
Ian's official website and MySpace page feature several original "webisodes" (short videos). He may appear on the 90210 spinoff.However, he has stated to the press that he would prefer not to participate in the show.
|Week #||Dance/Song||Judges' score||Result|
|1||Cha-cha-cha/ "Mony Mony"||7||7||7||Safe|
|2||Quickstep/ "Don't Get Me Wrong"||7||8||7||Safe|
|3||Jive/ "Hard Headed Woman"||8||8||8||Safe|
|4||Viennese Waltz/ "He Was Beautiful"||7||9||8||Safe|
|5||Samba/ "Dance Like This"||8||8||8||Safe|
|6||Paso Doble/ "Waiting for Tonight"||8||8||8||Safe|
|7||Tango/ "Holding Out for a Hero"|
Mambo/ "Gimme the Light"
|8||Foxtrot/ "Baby, It's Cold Outside"|
Jive/ "All Shook Up"