Selma Blair's Ex
Multi faceted Ahmet Zappa is known as the son of the late musician Frank Zappa and the former husband of actress Selma Blair, whom he married from 2004 to 2006. As an actor, Zappa has appeared in the films such as “Pump Up the Volume” (1990), “Jack Frost” (1998), “Ready to Rumble” (2000, also performed Britney Spears' song “...Baby, One More Time” for the film's soundtrack), “TV: The Movie” (2006) as well as in the TV series “Growing Pains,” “Roseanne,” “MADtv” and “Grown Ups.” He has hosted several TV shows and published a novel, “The Monstrous Memoirs of a Mighty McFearless,” in 1996. Zappa departed acting for a time during the early to the mid-1990s to pursue a music career. Along with his older brother, Dweezil Zappa, he has released several albums, including “Shampoohorn” (1994) and “Music for Pets” (1996).
Ahmet Zappa was named after Ahmet Ertegün, one of two brothers who established and headed Atlantic Records and played a significant role in his father's early career.
Childhood and Family:
Born Ahmet Emuukha Rodan Zappa on May 15, 1974, in Los Angeles, California, Ahmet Zappa is the third of four children of musician Frank Zappa (born in in 1940, died in 1993) and businesswoman Adelaide Gail Sloatman. His father was of Sicilian, Greek-Arab and French lineage and his mother was of French, Irish, Danish and Portuguese descent. Ahmet's older brother, Dweezil Zappa (born on September 5, 1969), is a musician and actor, and his sisters, Moon Unit Zappa (born on September 28, 1967) and Diva Zappa (born on July 30, 1979), are actresses.
Engaged in October 2003, Ahmet and his actress-fiance, Selma Blair (born on June 23, 1972), exchanged wedding vows on January 24, 2004 at the mansion of Carrie Fisher in Beverly Hills, California. In June 2006, Selma filed for divorce at the Los Angeles Superior Court, mentioning irreconcilable differences. The divorce was finalized on November 27, 2006. The couple's spokesperson stated, “Selma and Ahmet have decided to divorce but love each other very much and will continue to be close friends.”
TV: The Movie
The product of a showbiz family, Ahmet Zappa made his first television appearance at age 13 in an episode of “Growing Pains” called “A Star is Born” (1987), playing Barry. The following year, he appeared in the ABC family telepic “14 Going on 30” (1988), directed by Paul Schneider and starring Daphne Ashbrook and Gabriel Olds, and in the TV variety series “2 Hip 4 TV,”
aimed at children, before returning to the ABC sitcom for the 1989 episode “Carol's Papers,” where he played a different character, Louis.
In 1990, Zappa broke into the cinematic industry with a small part as Jamie in Allan Moyle's comedy/drama, “Pump Up the Volume,” which starred Christian Slater. However, he left acting for the next five years to begin a career in music.
In 1991, Zappa contributed to his brother's album, “Confessions.” Three years later, the two released the rock album “Shampoohorn” (1994) under the group name “Z.” The album “Music for Pets” followed in 1996, with the younger Zappa singing lead vocal. Zappa later earned a credit for his attempt in the hard rock album “Automatic” (2000), by his brother.
Zappa resumed his acting career by having a bit part as card guard #2 in the made-for-television film “Project: ALF” (1996), starring Miguel Ferrer, William O'Leary, Jensen Daggett and Scott Michael Campbell. The same year, he also appeared as waiter in an episode of “Roseanne,” which marked his second appearance in the show. Zappa first appeared in the ABC hit sitcom in 1994 in the episode “Busted,” playing Roy-Al.
The actor next landed guest spots in the Cartoon Network series “The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest” (1997) and the Fox comedy series “MADtv” (1998). He acted together with his siblings, Dweezil and Moon Unit, in the film “Anarchy TV” (1998), directed by Jonathan Blank, costarred with Eva Mendes, Alexis Arquette, Greg Vaughan and David Carradine, among others, in the direct to video horror/thriller film “Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror” (1998), adapted from the short story “Children of the Corn” by Stephen King, and acted in Sunmin Park's film, “Too Pure” (1998). Still in 1998, he was cast as snowplow driver in the Michael Keaton drama vehicle “Jack Frost,” helmed by Troy Miller.
1999 found Zappa hosting the TV series “webRIOT” and “Happy Hour” and providing his voice for the teenage superhero animated film “Gen 13,” which starred the voice of Alicia Witt as Caitlin Fairchild, Elizabeth Daily as Freefall / Roxy Spaulding and John de Lancie as Colonel John 'Jack' Lynch. In addition, he made a guest appearance in the short lived comedy series “Grown Ups.” Zappa had a small role as a cashier in the comedy film “Ready to Rumble” (2000), directed by Brian Robins and starring David Arquette, Oliver Platt, Scott Caan,Rose McGowan, Martin Landau and Chris Owen, played evil villain 2 in the short film “Powder: Up Here” (2004) and was cast in the National Lampoon comedy film “TV: The Movie” (2006), opposite Lee Majors, Jason Mewes, Sam Maccarone, Steve-O, Chris Pontius, Preston Lacy, Judd Nelson, Jason Acuña and Jacob Vargas. In “Ready to Rumble,” Zappa also preformed the cover of Britney Spears' song “...Baby, One More Time” for the soundtrack.
Meanwhile, as a TV host, Zappa worked in “Robotica” (2001), “Based On” (2004) and “But Can They Sing” (2005).
Apart from music and acting, Zappa is a novelist. He released his first novel, “The Monstrous Memoirs of a Mighty McFearless,” in July 2006.
Zappa is scheduled to make his debut as producer with the upcoming film “Fraggle Rock: The Movie” (2011), based on the popular 1980s television series “Fraggle Rock.” Cory Edwards will be directing the project.