Jun. 2nd, 1977
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
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Zachary John Quinto (born June 2, 1977) is an American actor primarily known for playing Sylar on Heroes and Spock in the 2009 film Star Trek.
Graduated from Central Catholic High School - Class of 1995. Attended Carnegie Mellon University. Won Gene Kelly Award in High School for his part as General in Pirates of Penzance.
Quinto, who is of half-Italian and half-Irish descent, was born in Pittsburgh and grew up in Green Tree, Pennsylvania, with his mother Margo and his brother Joe. His father, John, who was a barber, died of cancer when Quinto was 7 years old. He graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1995, where he participated in their musicals and won the Gene Kelly Award for Best Supporting Actor, and then attended Carnegie Mellon University's School of Drama, from which he graduated in 1999.
His first appeared on television in the short-lived television series The Others, and appeared as a guest star on shows including CSI, Touched by an Angel, Charmed, Six Feet Under, Lizzie McGuire, and L.A. Dragnet. In 2003, he landed a recurring role on the Fox series 24, as computer expert Adam Kaufman. Quinto appeared in 23 episodes of the third season of 24.
In 2006, Quinto played the role of Sasan, the haughty, bisexual Iranian-American best friend of 'Tori Spelling' on her VH1 series So NoTORIous. Later that year, he joined the cast of Heroes as Gabriel Gray, better known as the serial killer Sylar.
Quinto during the Jules Verne Adventures Film Festival in Paris, 2007. His casting as a young Spock in the J. J. Abrams-directed reboot of the Star Trek film franchise was officially announced at the 2007 Comic-Con. Speaking alongside Leonard Nimoy at a press conference to promote the new Star Trek film, Quinto revealed that Nimoy had been given casting approval over who would play the role of the young Spock. "For me Leonard's involvement was only liberating, frankly", says Quinto. "I knew that he had approval over the actor that would play young Spock, so when I got the role I knew from the beginning it was with his blessing".
In a September 2008 interview, Star Trek director J. J. Abrams said of Quinto's performance as Spock: "Zachary brought a gravity and an incredible sense of humor, which is a wonderful combination because Spock's character is deceivingly complicated. The revelation for me watching the movie, when I finally got to watch the whole thing after working on sequences, was that he is extraordinary. He was doing things I didn't even realize while we were shooting - these amazing things to track his story".
Following Star Trek, he appeared in the comedy short Boutonniere (2009). It "...was a movie written and directed by my former landlady and friend actress 'Coley Sohn'. She called up and said, "Would you do me a favor and be in my short film?"
Quinto has joined with Corey Moosa and Neal Dodson to form Before the Door Pictures. The company is working on projects in film, television, new media, and the graphic novel arena. It announced a three-book publishing deal with comic book publisher Archaia at the 2009 San Diego Comic-Con. The first project from the partnership is expected to be a 100-page graphic novel called Mr. Murder is Dead, created by writer Victor Quinaz. It will be followed by the comic book series LUCID: A Matthew Dee Adventure written by writer/actor Michael McMillian.
Quinto's theatre experience includes roles in a variety of productions, including Much Ado About Nothing at the Los Angeles Shakespeare Festival) and Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow at the Old Globe. Baseline Studio Systems announced in January 2010 that 'Steven Spielberg' may direct a biopic about George Gershwin, which is scheduled for release in 2012; 32-year-old American actor Zachary Quinto has been confirmed for the lead role. Opening October 29, 2010, Quinto plays the lead role of Louis Ironson in an Off-Broadway revival of Tony Kushner's Angels in America at the Signature Theater, New York, NY. He has modeled for magazines including GQ.
Quinto is set to reprise his role as Mr. Spock for the next J.J. Abrams installment of Star Trek due out sometime in 2012.
- Zachary is the only person in history to appear on the cover of Entertainment Weekly two weeks in a row (issues 1017 & 1018). In issue 1020, the magazine published the fact that he is the only one to have that honor.
- Graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 1999.
- His father is of Italian descent and his mother is of Irish descent.