Zachary George Roerig // (born February 22, 1985) is an American actor, known for his roles as Casey Hughes on As the World Turns, Hunter Atwood on One Life to Live and Matt Donovan on The Vampire Diaries.
Zachary George Roerig
February 22, 1985
Montpelier, Ohio, US
Roerig was born in Montpelier, Ohio, to Andrea (b. 1963-2020) and Daniel Roerig (1961-2007). He has a younger sister, Emily, who was born in 1989. Roerig attended the Barbizon Modeling and Acting School in Cleveland and went on to participate in the International Modeling and Talent Association where he signed with his late talent manager. He graduated from Montpelier High School where he was both a football player and a wrestler. While he was growing up, Roerig worked for his father and grandfather at Fackler Monuments making gravestones. Shortly after graduating high school, Roerig moved to New York City to pursue his acting career.
Roerig played the role of Casey Hughes on As the World Turns from January 18, 2005 to May 2, 2007. Casey was the son of legacy couple Tom and Margo Hughes and, during his time, Casey was part of a popular couple with Alexandra Chando. After his departure, Roerig accepted a role on the soap One Life to Live, as Hunter Atwood. He departed again later that year. Roerig then made a few appearances on Friday Night Lights as Cash the cowboy. From 2009 to 2017, he portrayed Matt Donovan in The Vampire Diaries. He has made appearances on The Originals as his character, Matt Donovan, on Marvel's The Gifted as Pulse (Augustus), and on the big screen as Carter in Rings. Zach plays young Ray Mott in The Last Full Measure.
Roerig has a daughter who was born in January 2011. In June 2013, Roerig filed legal papers in Georgia, seeking full custody of his daughter after her mother, Roerig's ex-girlfriend Alana Turner, was incarcerated in a federal prison. On May 24, 2020, he was arrested for driving under the influence in Montpelier, Ohio, and was arraigned on June 4 of the same year.
|2005||Flutter Kick||Jason Matthews||Short film|
|2007||Tie a Yellow Ribbon||Teenage Joe|
|2008||Assassination of a High School President||Matt Mullen|
|2008||Official Selection||The American Soldier||Short film|
|2014||Field of Lost Shoes||Jack Stanard|
|2016||2BR02b||Edward Wehling||Short film|
|2017||The Year of Spectacular Men||Mikey|
|2018||The Outer Wild||Laird|
|2019||The Last Full Measure||Young Ray Mott|
|2004||Law & Order||Rollerblade Messenger||Episode: "All in the Family"|
|2005–2007||As the World Turns||Casey Hughes||Role held: January 18, 2005 – May 2, 2007|
|2006||Reba||Man at wedding||Episode: "Two Weddings and a Funeral"|
|2006||Split Decision||Grady Love||Television film|
|2007||Guiding Light||Alex||Season 55, episode 154|
|2007||One Life to Live||Hunter Atwood||15 episodes|
|2008||The Prince||Taft||Television film|
|2008–2009||Friday Night Lights||Cash||6 episodes|
|2009–2017||The Vampire Diaries||Matt Donovan||Main role|
|2016||The Originals||Matt Donovan||Episode: "Behind the Black Horizon"|
|2017||The Gifted||Pulse/Gus||2 episodes|
|2018||Legacies||Matt Donovan||2 episodes|
|2019||God Friended Me||Aiden||Episode: "Two Guys, a Girl and a Thai Food Place"|
|2019–2020||Dare Me||Sarge Will Mosley||Main role|
- "Barbizon Modeling and Acting - Zach Roerig". Barbizon Modeling. Retrieved 16 March 2017.
- "Ohio native stars in 'Vampire Diaries' and other shows".
- Schneider, Michael (March 25, 2009). "Somerhalder joins 'Vampire Diaries'". Variety. Retrieved May 18, 2010.
- "'Vampire Diaries' Star: I Have a Kid! & My Baby Mama's In Jail". TMZ. July 8, 2013. Retrieved July 8, 2013.
- Ravitz, Justin (July 8, 2013). "Zach Roerig Fighting With Convict Ex-Girlfriend Over Secret Daughter, 2". US Weekly. Retrieved July 8, 2013.
- Silver, Carly (May 29, 2020). "ATWT Alum Zach Roerig Arrested for DUI". Daytime Confidential. United States: Confidential Media, Inc. Retrieved May 29, 2020.
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