| Kevin Zegers - biography
(NOTE - this is a version of the article
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Dec 4, 2005 (revised May 22, 2016)
Kevin Joseph Zegers was born
Sep 19, 1984 in St. Marys, Ontario, and
grew up in Woodstock, Ontario. He has two sisters,
Katie (younger) and Krista (older). In 2002,
he graduated from a Catholic boys school. His younger sister is married and has three children: twins Chloe and Mallory, and Brady James Pepper.
He is 5' 09" tall and weighs 145 lbs.
He currently resides in Los Angeles, and is
dating actress Marisa Coughlan.
He pronounces his last name "ziggers" or
Kevin Zegers began his performing career at
an early age, appearing in numerous commercials.
He got his first film role at 7, playing the
younger version of Michael J. Fox's character
in Life With Mikey. He went on to appear in
several films, including In
the Mouth of Madness
(1994), Thicker Than Blood:
The Larry McLinden Story (1994), The
Silence of Adultery (1995),
Specimen (1996), The
Cold Heart of a Killer
(1996, aka Murder on the
Iditarod Trail), and
Rose Hill (1997). He also appeared in the Canadian
TV series Traders (1996).
Especially notable in his early work was his
guest appearance in the acclaimed science fiction
TV series The X-Files. Zegers played the young
stigmatic Kevin Kryder in the episode "Revelations" (episode
# 3.11, broadcast Dec 15, 1995).
Zegers' career sagged for about a year, then
received a major boost when he won the role
of Josh Framm in Air Bud (1997). The gentle
story about a lonely boy who befriends a basketball-playing
dog launched a film franchise that spawned
four sequels. Zegers appeared in four of the
films, and also starred in a similar genre
film MVP: Most Valuable
Primate which featured
a hockey-playing chimp.
He appeared in other family-friendly fare,
including A Call To Remember (1997)
with Joe Mantegna, Treasure Island (1998)
with Jack Palance,
Nico the Unicorn (1998) with a
young Elisha Cuthbert, and Time Share
(2000) with Nastassja Kinski.
Despite doing numerous family/animal films,
Zegers was not typecast, and got the chance
to expand to other types of roles. He made
his first horror films, Shadowbuilder (1998)
and Komodo (1999). In It
Came From The Sky (1999), the 13-year-old Zegers played a mentally
disabled child visited by an angel-like couple.
In Four Days (1999), Zegers, 14, played a nameless
boy devoted to his bank-robber father. He also
played a boy who discovers he is a clone in
the TV series So Weird (1999).
At 15, Zegers' career received another boost
when he was personally hand-picked by TV producer
Aaron Spelling to co-star in a new series Titans.
It was his first regular TV series role, and
co-starred Yasmine Bleeth, Casper Van Dien,
and Victoria Principal. The prime-time soap
opera was short-lived, but the role increased
Horror Films, Mrs Ritchie
Following Titans, Zegers appeared in a series
of horror films: Fear
of the Dark (2002), Wrong
Turn (2003), The
Hollow (2004), and the remake
of Dawn of the Dead (2004).
He co-starred with Harry Hamlin in Sex,
Lies & Obsession (2001), a Lifetime Network film about sex addiction.
In the summer of 2003, he filmed Some
Things That Stay at the same time as Dawn
of the Dead,
shuttling across Canada between sets.
Dawn of the Dead and Wrong Turn were Zegers' first widespread theatrical releases since Air Bud 2.
At 18, Zegers co-starred with Gena Rowlands
and James Caan in The
Incredible Mrs Ritchie (2003). The film won three Daytime Emmy awards:
Outstanding Children/Youth/Family Special,
Outstanding Performer (Rowlands), and Outstanding
At 19, Zegers created one of his
most memorable roles: the teen prostitute Toby
About Zegers' performance, Variety Magazine
(Feb 21, 2005) said, "Zegers, from recent
Dawn of the Dead remake, finds multiple dimensions
in pic's potentially most clichéd character..." RogerEbert.com (Jim Emerson, Sep 16, 2005) praised Zegers' "fine
support" for Huffman's character. From
the Hollywood Reporter (Sep. 16, 2005): "As
a boy who considers sex his chief talent, Zegers
(of the Air Bud films and last year's Dawn
of the Dead remake) conveys Toby's essential
sweetness and hunger for real affection, making
him much more than just a vain or damaged kid."
Co-star Felicity Huffman (TV's Desperate
Houswives) was playing her first lead
role in a feature as the boy's transgender
parent Bree. Director Duncan Tucker said he
had to overcome his initial wariness over Zegers'
good looks before casting him for the role.
Transamerica won the SIEGESSÄULE (Magazine)
Reader's Jury Award at the 19th TEDDY Awards
(Berlin Film Festival, Feb 2005). This award
did much to stimulate interest in mainstream
Hollywood circles. It also won the "Frameline
Audience Award for Best Feature" at the
2005 San Francisco LGBT International Film
Festival (June 2005). The film has appeared
in the Netherlands Transgender Film Festival
(May 2005), the Michigan GLBT Film Festival
(Oct 2005), the Ft Lauderdale Film Festival
(Oct 2005), and the AFI Festival (Nov 2005).
The film was picked up for distribution by
the Weinstein Company (founded by former Miramax
owners Bob and Harvey Weinstein). For her role
as Bree, Huffmann won Best Actress awards at
film festivals at Tribeca, San Diego, and Mill
Valley. She also received an Oscar nomination for Best Actress.
The Cannes Film Festival selected Kevin Zegers as its Chopard Award (for best emerging actors) winner for 2006. The award was presented to him on May 20, 2006 by Elton John at Cannes.
continued his TV work with guest appearances
in Smallville ("Magnetic," Nov
2003) and House ("Occam's Razor," Nov
In 2005, Zegers completed Felicity:
An American Girl Adventure, a TV film
that premiered Nov 2005. He also did two
comedy features: The
Return of Zoom, (with Tim Allen) and It's
A Boy Girl Thing, both scheduled for 2006
release. It's A Boy Girl Thing is
the first film ever produced by singer Elton
In October 2005, Zegers did a special interview
with Duncan Tucker for Out Magazine,
the first magazine to do a cover story on him.
Zegers played a sexually-abused teen in Gardens of the Night, filmed in August 2006.
Not limiting himself to any one type of genre, Zegers played a variety of types of roles in his later film projects
which included "Gardens of the Night" (2008), "Fifty Dead Men Walking" (2008), "The Perfect Age of Rock 'n' Roll" (2009),
"Frozen" (2010), and "The Mortal Instruments" (2013).
He has continued to be active in TV roles. He appeared in 10 episodes of the popular TV series "Gossip Girl." In 2012, he had a lead role in the TV miniseries
"Titanic: Blood and Steel." In 2014, he appeared in another TV miniseries, "Gracepoint," a US adaptation of a British series.
Often cast as athletes, Kevin Zegers
is in real life very active in sports, especially
basketball, ice hockey, and golf. In school,
he played on football, basketball, and lacrosse
teams. In 2002 and 2003, he played on the
Hollywood Knights celebrity basketball team,
raising money for local Los Angeles schools.
He has played on a pickup ice hockey team
in Los Angeles.
Zegers lifted weights through much of his
teen years. He worked out with Caspar van Dien during Titans and lifted regularly while filming Time Share. For Mrs Ritchie, he bulked up temporarily
from his normal body weight of 145 lbs to 160
lbs. He has bench pressed around 285 lbs.
Zegers also enjoys running, and runs up to 10 miles at a time. He ran the Los Angeles Marathon, Mar 15, 2015, raising money for The Clare Foundation and the LA/LGBT Center.
People Magazine included Kevin in its 100 Most Beautiful issue (May 8, 2006).
In August 2013, Zegers married Jaime Feld, a talent agent. The couple have twin girls (b August 2015): ZoŽ Madison and Blake Everleigh.