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Zach Braff Biography

Birth Name:
Zachary I. Braff
Birth Place:
South Orange, New Jersey, United States
Profession
Actor, director, screenwriter

Fast Facts

  • Attended Stagedoor Manor, a summer theater camp for young people in upstate New York, and went on to star with fellow Stagedoor alum Natalie Portman in his directorial feature debut, Garden State (2004)
  • At 14, was cast opposite Gwyneth Paltrow in an unsold TV pilot produced by her father, Bruce Paltrow
  • First movie role was in Woody Allen's Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993)
  • Performed opposite Alec Baldwin, Angela Bassett and Liev Schreiber at New York's Public Theatre production of Macbeth
  • Directed music videos, including the Scrubs theme song, "Superman
  • " Provided the voice of the Cottonelle puppy in TV commercials
  • After a widespread rumor about his death hit the Internet in 2009, he posted a video on YouTube proving he was alive

Awards

  • 2007Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 2006Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 2005Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2005Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 2005Writers Guild Awards-Original Screenplay: nominated
  • 2005Independent Spirit Awards-Best First Feature: winner
  • 2005Independent Spirit Awards-Best First Screenplay: nominated
  • 2004Grammy-Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media: winner
  • 2004National Board of Review-Best Directorial Debut: winner
  • 2004Chicago Film Critics Association-Most Promising Filmmaker: winner

Relationships