Zachary George Roerig /rɔːrɪɡ/ (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.

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Zachary George Roerig

(1985-02-22) February 22, 1985 (age 37)
Years active2004–present

Early lifeEdit

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[1] 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.[2]


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.[3] 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.

Personal lifeEdit

Roerig has a daughter who was born in January 2011.[4] 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.[5] 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.[6]



Year Title Role Notes
2005 Flutter Kick Jason Matthews Short film
2007 Tie a Yellow Ribbon Teenage Joe
2008 Assassination of a High School President Matt Mullen
2008 Dear Me Adam
2008 Official Selection The American Soldier Short film
2014 Field of Lost Shoes Jack Stanard
2016 2BR02b Edward Wehling Short film
2017 Rings Carter
2017 The Year of Spectacular Men Mikey
2018 The Outer Wild Laird
2019 The Last Full Measure Young Ray Mott


Year Title Role Notes
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


  1. ^ "Barbizon Modeling and Acting - Zach Roerig". Barbizon Modeling. Retrieved 16 March 2017.
  2. ^ "Ohio native stars in 'Vampire Diaries' and other shows".
  3. ^ Schneider, Michael (March 25, 2009). "Somerhalder joins 'Vampire Diaries'". Variety. Retrieved May 18, 2010.
  4. ^ "'Vampire Diaries' Star: I Have a Kid! & My Baby Mama's In Jail". TMZ. July 8, 2013. Retrieved July 8, 2013.
  5. ^ Ravitz, Justin (July 8, 2013). "Zach Roerig Fighting With Convict Ex-Girlfriend Over Secret Daughter, 2". US Weekly. Retrieved July 8, 2013.
  6. ^ 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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