Zach Gilford

Actor Zach Gilford, a native of Evanston, IL and graduate of Northwestern University, where he starred in theater productions of "Equus" and "The Laramie Project," had his first starring role on the critically ... Read more »
Born: 01/14/1982 in Evanston, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Actor (21)

The Family 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

Drunk History 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Tim & Eric's Bedtime Stories 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Devil's Due 2014 (Movie)

Zach McCall (Actor)

The Purge: Anarchy 2014 (Movie)

Shane (Actor)

Crazy Kind of Love 2013 (Movie)

Matthew (Actor)

The Last Stand 2013 (Movie)

Jerry Bailey (Actor)

The Mob Doctor 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

In Our Nature 2012 (Movie)

Seth (Actor)

Answers to Nothing 2011 (Movie)

Evan (Actor)

Off the Map 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Super 2011 (Movie)

Jerry (Actor)

Friday Night Lights 2006 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dare 2009 (Movie)

Johnny Drake (Actor)

Greenlit 2009 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Grey's Anatomy 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Post Grad 2009 (Movie)

Adam Davies (Actor)

Teen Choice 2009 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The Last Winter 2007 (Movie)

Maxwell McKinder (Actor)

The River Why 2007 (Movie)

Gus Orviston (Actor)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Biography

Actor Zach Gilford, a native of Evanston, IL and graduate of Northwestern University, where he starred in theater productions of "Equus" and "The Laramie Project," had his first starring role on the critically acclaimed, but under-watched "Friday Night Lights" (NBC, 2006-07), Peter Berg's television adaptation of his 2004 film about life in a small Texas town fixated on its winning high school football team. In the television version, Gilford played backup quarterback Matt Saracen, a 16-year-old kid trying to deal with his absentee mother and his father serving in Iraq, who is thrust into the spotlight during the first game of the season when the team's starting quarterback (Scott Porter) suffers a serious injury. Gilford drew upon his own gridiron experiences when he played ball at Evanston Township High School, where he suffered from an injury that led him to discover acting. Prior to his stint on "Friday Night Lights," Gilford appeared in an episode of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (NBC, 1999- ), then had a small part in his first feature film, "The Last Winter" (2005), an indie thriller about the surviving members of an oil drilling crew struggling to traverse the Northern Alaskan landscape after the rest of the team loses their grip on reality.

Relationships

Kiele Sanchez Actor

Companion
Engaged December 2011 after dating more than a year Married Dec. 29, 2012

EDUCATION

Northwestern University

Evanston Township High School

2000

Milestones

2013

Co-starred with Arnold Schwarzenegger in action feature "The Last Stand"

2012

Played the title character's (Jordana Spiro) boyfriend on Fox series "Mob Doctor"

2011

Returned to series TV, playing a doctor on short-lived "Off the Map" (ABC)

2007

Acted opposite Robert Forster and Lucy Liu in the action drama "Rise"

2006

Landed first television starring role, as high school football player Matt Saracen on NBC drama "Friday Night Lights"

2003

Made onscreen acting debut in short film "Handbook to Casual Stalking"

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