Zach Braff

Actor, Director
Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated sitcom star and indie actor-writer-director Zach Braff first gained fame from his small-screen breakout role as J. D. on NBC's "Scrubs" (NBC, 2001- ) before coming out of nowhere to win ... Read more »
Born: 04/05/1975 in New Jersey, USA

Filmography

Actor (37)

Inside Amy Schumer 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2004, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

The 68th Annual Tony Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Color of Time 2014 (Movie)

Albert (Actor)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2006, 2009, 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Video Games: The Movie 2014 (Movie)

(Himself)

Wish I Was Here 2014 (Movie)

Aidan (Actor)

BrandX with Russell Brand 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Conan 2011, 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Oz: The Great and Powerful 2013 (Movie)

Frank/Finley (Actor)

Punk'd 2001 - 2008, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Scrubs 2001 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Exes 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Graham Norton Show 2001 - 2008, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The High Cost of Living 2011 (Movie)

Henry (Actor)

Saturday Night Live 2007 (Tv Show)

Host

The 2007 Film Independent's Spirit Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The 61st Annual Tony Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The Ex 2007 (Movie)

Tom Reilly (Actor)

Fashion Rocks 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2005 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The Last Kiss 2006 (Movie)

Michael (Actor)

Chicken Little 2005 (Movie)

Chicken Little (Voice)

The 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Garden State 2004 (Movie)

Andrew Largeman (Actor)

The 10th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Clone High 2003 (Tv Show)

Voice

Scrubs: The Outtake Show 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Getting to Know You 2000 (Movie)

Wesley (Actor)

The Broken Hearts Club 2000 (Movie)

Benji (Actor)

My Summer As a Girl 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Manhattan Murder Mystery 1993 (Movie)

Nick Lipton (Actor)
Producer (4)

The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Video Games: The Movie 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Wish I Was Here 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Heart of Stone 2009 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Director (2)

Wish I Was Here 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Garden State 2004 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (1)

Garden State 2004 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated sitcom star and indie actor-writer-director Zach Braff first gained fame from his small-screen breakout role as J. D. on NBC's "Scrubs" (NBC, 2001- ) before coming out of nowhere to win critical acclaim for his big-screen directorial debut on "Garden State" (2004). In addition to writing, directing and acting in his own film, Braff moved on to leading roles on "The Last Kiss" (2006) and "The Ex" (2007). Adept at being both in front of and behind the camera, Braff's comedy chops and everyman quality was often likened to an "Annie Hall"-era Woody Allen or a young Tom Hanks.

Relationships

Shiri Appleby Actor

Companion
Began dating June 2007 No longer together

Hal Braff

Father
Divorced from Zach's mother and later remarried

Joshua Braff

Brother

Anne Brodzinsky

Mother
Divorced from Zach's father and later remarried

Mandy Moore Actor

Companion
Met 2004 Began dating early 2005 Incorrectly reported to be engaged, but split June 2006

Bonnie Somerville Actor

Companion
Dated in 2002 No longer together

EDUCATION

Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Training Center

Loch Sheldrake , New York

Columbia High School

Maplewood , New Jersey
Worked on the school's television station along with fellow classmate and singer/actress Lauryn Hill

Northwestern University

Evanston , Illinois 1997

Milestones

2013

Voiced Finley the Flying Monkey and played circus assistant Frank in fantasy adventure "Oz the Great and Powerful" opposite James Franco in title role

2011

Made debut as a theater writer with "All New People," performed at the Second Stage Theatre

2010

Starred in Canadian indie film "The High Cost of Living" with Isabelle Blais

2010

Played lead in "Trust" at the Second Stage Theatre in New York

2007

Co-starred with Amanda Peet and Jason Bateman in comedy "The Ex"

2006

Portrayed a man struggling with commitment in "The Last Kiss," directed by Tony Goldwyn and scripted by Paul Haggis

2004

Made feature directing and writing debut with "Garden State"; also starred with Natalie Portman and Peter Sarsgaard

2001

Played fresh-faced intern J.D. Dorian on medical comedy "Scrubs" (NBC)

2000

Appeared in independent fantasy feature "Blue Moon"

2000

Featured in mockumentary "Endsville"

2000

Co-starred as party boy Benji in gay-themed ensemble feature "The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy"

1999

Played Heather Matarazzo's protective brother in independent feature "Getting to Know You"

1998

Cast as Fleance in the Public Theater's production of "Macbeth," starring Angela Bassett and Alec Baldwin

1997

Made 20-minute student video short "Lionel on a Sunday"

1994

Played gender-bending main character in "CBS Schoolbreak Special" presentation "My Summer As a Girl"

1993

Made feature film debut playing Woody Allen and Diane Keaton's son in "Manhattan Murder Mystery"

Bonus Trivia

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"Growing up in suburban New Jersey, I always collected stories – things that happened to me, my family, and friends. Anecdotes. Stuff that borders on urban legend. I love stories from suburbia." – Braff to Vanity Fair, July 2004

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"It's a movie about how life is short, go for it now. My character says, 'I'm 26 years old and I've spent my whole life waiting for something else to start.' Now I realize that this is all there is and I'm going to try to live my life like that" – Braff talking to People magazine about his movie "Garden State," July 28, 2004

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"Well, I was kosher until I had my bar mitzvah and I parlayed officially becoming a man into telling my father that I wanted to eat cheeseburgers" – Braff to Emmy magazine, Issue 3, 2006

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In 2009, he opened the New York City restaurant Mermaid Oyster Bar with chef and high school friend Laurence Edelman.

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