Name: Zachary John Quinto
Date of Birth: June 02, 1977
Place of Birth: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Height: 6′ 4″ (1.93 m)
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Zachary Quinto was born on June 2, 1977 in the Pittsburgh, PA borough of Green Tree. Unfortunately, his father John, a Pittsburgh hairdresser, died of cancer when Zachary was only 7. He thankfully he was able to funnel any grief into his newfound love for theater from early on, first as a young theatergoer, and soon after as an actor-in-training. By the age of 11, he was appearing in productions with the regional music theater company, Pittsburgh City Light Opera. While still in high school he received his first artistic honor – a Gene Kelly Award for his role in “Pirates of Penzance.” Quinto quickly made the decision to pursue acting as a career, so after graduating from Central Catholic High School in 1995, enrolled in Carnegie Mellon University’s music theater program. He graduated in 1999. Never one to forget his roots, this born stage actor would remain active in theater during his rise on television, appearing in plays in New York and L.A., including three seasons with the Ojai Playwright’s Conference.
Quinto moved west in 2000, beginning the long journey toward making a name for himself in Hollywood. The trim, 6’4” actor with sparkling eyes fared well at auditions, appearing as a wide variety of characters on shows like “CSI” (CBS, 2000- ), where he was an implausibly attractive chop shop mechanic; “Six Feet Under” (HBO 2001-05) where he played an art school classmate of Claire’s; and “Joan of Arcadia” (CBS, 2003-05), where he guested as God. In 2004, Quinto landed his first recurring role as techie Adam Kaufman on the award-winning action series, “24” (FX, 2001- ). It was a peripheral character who only appeared during the show’s third season, but the experience of working as part of a cast in a highly-produced weekly drama would be invaluable for Quinto, whose big break was less than a year away.
After a few minor roles on the short-lived sitcom “Twins” (The WB, 2005-06) and gritty drama “Blind Justice” (ABC, 2005-06), Quinto was back in regular rotation on “So NoTORIous,” playing Tori Spelling’s flamboyant Persian-American sidekick on the VH1 sitcom. With Quinto’s contribution, the well-reviewed show was nominated for a 2007 GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) Media Award. However, the program suffered in the ratings, being cancelled after its first short season.
That same year, versatile Quinto blew away producers at an audition for “Heroes,” earning a recurring role as the show’s complicated villain Gabriel “Sylar” Gray. In the sci-fi drama, which followed an ensemble cast of characters with incredible abilities who save the earth and all of mankind, Quinto’s brain-eating serial killer Sylar was initially shown only as a shadowy figure in a baseball cap and trench coat – a part played by a stuntman. In the show’s eleventh episode, the mysterious figure was fully revealed, and the up-and-coming actor quickly became the most popular “quiet psycho” in prime time – most particularly for his deft ability to alternate between raging killer and pensive introvert. Sylar proved to be central to the themes of the show, and Quinto was officially added to the show’s cast when it was renewed for the following season.
Even bigger news than making castmember on one of the hottest shows on the air – being selected to portray one of the most iconic characters in the history of television – pop culture, even: that of a younger version of Mr. Spock, in J.J. Abrams much-anticipated big screen reinvention of the “Star Trek” film franchise. Not only was the casting of Quinto met with almost universal acceptance by even the most critical of fanboys, more importantly, Leonard Nimoy gave the casting his own personal stamp of approval. For Quinto – who grew up without a father around – he seemed not only to have landed a career-making role beyond even the “Heroes” universe, but a kind of father figure in Nimoy, who took the young actor under his wing. As expected, the film was a smash summer hit, upon its release in May 2009. Much of the critical kudos were directed in Quinto’s direction, due in part to his riveting performance of the stoic, yet emotionally vulnerable Vulcan.
Zach has joined friends Corey Moosa and Neal Dodson to form Before the Door Pictures, a company to work 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 a 100-page graphic novel called Mr. Murder is Dead, created by writer Victor Quinaz.
In 2010, Quinto’s company Before the Door Pictures produced “Margin Call“, an independent film about the financial crisis. Quinto played the role of Peter Sullivan in the film, in a cast that included Jeremy Irons, Kevin Spacey, Stanley Tucci, Penn Badgley and Demi Moore. Margin Call premiered in January 2011 at the Sundance Film Festival and was generally met with positive critical reviews, ending with an Academy Award nomination as Best Original Screenplay.
As being a born stage actor, Quinto never stop doing theater productions. From October 2010 to February 2011, Quinto played the lead role of Louis Ironson in an Off-Broadway revival of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America at the Signature Theatre, New York City. For this role, Quinto received the Theatreworld Outstanding Debut Performance award. In October, Zach signed to a recurring role on acclaimed FX series, “American Horror Story“. After a huge success he returned for a second season in a lead role, Dr. Oliver Thredson, having great reviews as his performance as another serial killer.
On his personal life, Zach always was very private. But in October 2011 he publicly came out as gay. He explained that, after the suicide of bisexual teenager Jamey Rodemeyer, he realized “that living a gay life without publicly acknowledging it is simply not enough to make any significant contribution to the immense work that lies ahead on the road to complete equality.” Prior to his coming out, Quinto had long been an active supporter of gay rights and organizations like the Trevor Project. In 2009, he appeared in the one-night production Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays, a benefit stage reading in response to the passing of Proposition 8, as well as in the play The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later, about the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard. In 2010, Quinto contributed a video to the It Gets Better Project, an Internet-based campaign that aims to prevent suicide among LGBT youth. In 2012 Quinto campaigned on behalf of Barack Obama, including appearing in the video Obama Pride: LGBT Americans For Obama.
The second Star Trek movie, named Star Trek Into Darkness will be released in 2013, and despite some media rumors about being the last Zach movie as Dr. Spock, we don’t know what the future reserves to him. A few projects are booked, and he will be back on Stage in February to The Glass Menagerie. With a lot of correct choices on his career, we just keep waiting for the next role.
- Zachary supported Barack Obama’s 2008 and 2012 presidential campaign
- Zachary knows how to play the banjo
- Zachary has his very own Heroes character Sylar made by trading card company Topps along with his fellow cast members
- One of Zachary’s favorite authors as a child was Maurice Sendak
- Zachary will be having his own Heroes action figure of Sylar made by Mezco Toyz
- Zachary was chosen as one of People Magazine’s Sexiest Men Alive for 2007
- Quinto was thirty years old when he started filming the Star Trek movie as the role of young Spock. But he really isn’t that young, Leonard Nimoy was 35 when he originated the role
- Zachary is half-Italian and half-Irish
- In July 2007, it was announced that Zachary will play the role of Mr Spock in a new Star Trek movie
- His Heroes co-star, Masi Oka, let it slip in an interview with The Daily 10 that the left-handed Zachary is unable to do the famous Vulcan hand symbol with his right hand
- Zachary Quinto has a Irish Wolfound Terrier mix named Noah who is four years old
- He also has a black cat with a white chest named Harold, who is six years old
- Zachary and his current “Heroes” Castmate Leonard Roberts have both appeared on “24”
- Zachary was involved in a serious car accident when he was 16
- When Zachary auditioned for the role of Sylar, only one of the scenes he auditioned with made it into the show
- The producers were elusive about who the character of Sylar was and he didn’t know much about the character when he got the role
- Zachary started acting at the age of 11
- Zachary featured in the sitcom So noTORIous. He appeared in all 9 episodes of its only season
- Zachary worked on the television show Heroes. Rena Sofer, who plays the wife of Nathan Petrelli is also on the show
- Zachary and Rena have worked together before on the set of Blind Justice. Also both have appeared on “24” but in separate seasons
- Zach has a photographer brother, Joe Quinto
- Zachary is dating Glee star Jonathan Groff
- Zachary’s parents raised him as a Catholic
- Zachary has recently been cast as the villain, Sylar in Heroes. This is the second show that Zachary has worked on that was created by Tim Kring
- Zachary’s television debut was in 2000 on the short-lived show, The Others. He only featured in the Pilot
- Zachary attended the Carnegie Mellon University
- Zachary won the Gene Kelly Award in High School for his role as the General in Pirates of Penzance
- Zachary graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1995
- Zachary lent his voice to the game Code Blue, as the character Monty Rodriguez
- Zachary lent his voice to 24: The Game, as his 24 character, Adam Kaufman
- Zachary has brown eyes and dark hair
- Zachary is 6′ 4″ (193 cm)
- (Zachary on his new movie Star Trek and Obama) “This is a franchise that offers hope for unity, and so does Barack Obama. When this movie comes out, and Obama is President, hopefully there will be some parallels.”
- “I don’t immerse myself in the Internet chatter because it opens you up to a whole source of danger.”
- “The interesting thing about my character ‘Sylar’ is that my strengths as an actor seemed to go completely against the shape of a character in the shadows. I stepped into this character and then realized how much there was to play with.”
- “There’s a group that calls itself the Sarmy-or Sylar’s Army- and it’s dedicated to the support of my character, and they don’t like it when he’s disparaged. Their slogan is “Every villain needs a legion of evil supporters.” But what’s funny is they do great charity work. It’s never bad to have an army.”
- “What scares me? Oh, now that’s a big question. I don’t know what scares me- cockroaches, nuclear apocalypse. Fear is an interesting thing. It has a place in all of our lives. I try to be as fearless as possible. I don’t always succeed, but I like to think I try.”
- (on which story he likes the most on Heroes) “I think I tend to be drawn to, a lot of the stories have really strong family elements. I’m really drawn to that element of it. I think that’s one of the biggest hooks of the show for me, is like, what do these powers do to the relationships in everybody’s lives? I really feel like the dynamic in the Bennett family is really compelling and really complicated.”
- “When Horn Rimmed Glasses gets me in captivity, he’s kind of merciless in trying to get at the root of what I’m doing and why I’m doing what I’m doing. You really see Sylar’s anger, the darkness that comes out. I don’t like being in captivity, and I don’t like being overpowered.”
- (On how his Heroes character Sylar absorbs other Hero’s talents) “They haven’t told me. The impression I was operating under was he actually ingested them, but I don’t know. It’s the question I’m most often asked.”