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Ian Ziering starred in ‘Sharknado’ for health insurance coverage

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In an interview with ABC News, Ian Ziering reveals the reason he took the starring role in ‘Sharknado’ was for health insurance coverage.

A surprise hit of the 2013 summer. the Syfy movie 'Sharknado' became an instant cult-classic, an intentionally cheesy made-for-cable movie about sharks falling from the sky, and a family just trying to survive had the social media universe a buzz over its theatrics. The movie’s hero ‘Fin Shepard’ may have been played by another actor instead of Ian Ziering if it were not for Ziering’s need for health insurance.

The 49-year-old actor who played heartthrob ‘Steve Sanders” on the 90s hit ‘Beverly Hills: 90210’ had no way of knowing that this independent movie which centers around a shiver of sharks caught up in a tornado (water spout actually) which descended on the city of Los Angeles would be the movie of the summer. Ziering had questions about the movie, but wife Erin was quick to remind him why he needed to take the role.

“I was really apprehensive, but as an actor I get my insurance from the Screen Actor’s Guild by union, and you have to make so much every year to get that type 1 insurance,” he told ABC News. “Halfway through the script, I said to my wife, ‘Honey, I don’t know about this.’ She didn’t miss a beat, she said, ‘Look, you’re going to have two babies [by] this spring, you need to go to work.”

The couple’s two daughters, 2-year-old Mia and 6-month-old Penna were the main reasons for Ziering taking a chance on this small movie, a dad putting his family first.

Health insurance coverage is needed as much in this day-and-age as a steady paycheck is. A major disease or accident could bankrupt a family if they do not have adequate healthcare coverage.

Uninsured Americans receive a lot less care than the insured, and sometimes this lack of care can kill. According to a recent estimate by the Urban Institute, the lack of health insurance leads to 27,000 preventable deaths in America each year.

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