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About Zachary Quinto (1977 – ____)
Zachary John Quinto was born in Pittsburgh, and grew up in Green Tree, Pennsylvania. He attended Saints Simon and Jude Catholic School (defunct as of 2010). His mother, Margaret J. "Margo" (née McArdle), worked at an investment firm and later at a magistrate's office. His father, Joseph John "Joe" Quinto, a barber, died of cancer when Quinto was seven years old. Quinto and his brother, Joe, were subsequently raised by their mother. He grew up Catholic. His father was of Italian descent, while his mother is of Irish ancestry. Quinto 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.
Quinto 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, during the theatrical run of Endgame by Samuel Beckett, directed by Kristina Lloyd at the Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles playing the role of Clov, he landed a recurring role as computer expert Adam Kaufman on the Fox series 24; Quinto appeared in 23 episodes of the third season.
In 2006, Quinto played the role of Sasan: the haughty, gay 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. He worked on the series until its cancellation in 2010 after four seasons.
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, 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."
After Star Trek, he appeared in the comedy short Boutonniere (2009). It "...was a movie written and directed by my former landlady and friend. She called up and said, 'Would you do me a favor and be in my short film?'"
In 2008, Quinto joined with Corey Moosa and Neal Dodson to form Before the Door Pictures. The company has projects in film, television, new media, and the graphic novel arena. In a publishing deal with comic book publisher Archaia, they published a graphic novel called Mr. Murder is Dead, created by writer Victor Quinaz, closely followed by LUCID: A Matthew Dee Adventure written by writer/actor Michael McMillian.
Quinto also starred in several comedy shorts. He played a strangely lovable kidnapper in Hostage: A Love Story, written by the comedy duo HoltandSteele, for Before the Door and FunnyorDie. He also played a prospective dog adopter (based on Quinto's own experience) in Dog Eat Dog, written and directed by Sian Heder, which premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival in 2012.
Quinto has also kept up his theatre experience, which includes roles in a variety of productions, including classics such as Beckett's Endgame at the Los Angeles Odyssey Theatres in 2003, Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing at the Los Angeles Shakespeare Festival and Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow at the Old Globe Theatre. 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 2013, Quinto played the role of Tom Wingfield in the American Repertory Theatre's production of The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams. He was also in the Broadway reprisal of the production, in 2014.
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. Margin Call received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay, by JC Chandor. Quinto has been behind the scenes as executive producer for the next two Chandor films: All Is Lost (2013) with Robert Redford as the sole actor and A Most Violent Year (2014) with Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain.
In October 2011, Quinto began a recurring role on the FX series American Horror Story as Chad, former owner of the house. Quinto returned for the second season in one of the lead roles, as Dr. Oliver Thredson. In 2014, Zachary and his Before the Door partners produced a Chris Moore project, The Chair, a documentary series on Starz that shows the process of two directors bringing their first feature to the screen. In 2015, Quinto was a guest on the acclaimed TV series Girls and Hannibal.
Quinto went on to reprise his role of Spock in Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) and Star Trek Beyond (2016). In addition, he played John Smith in Hitman: Agent 47 in 2015, then appeared opposite James Franco in the drama I Am Michael (2015), a film that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. In 2016, he portrayed journalist Glenn Greenwald in the Edward Snowden biopic Snowden, narrated, as space scientist Pascal Lee, in the documentary film Passage To Mars, and appeared as himself in the documentary For the Love of Spock.
He has modeled for magazines including GQ and August.
Quinto publicly came out as gay in October 2011. 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, including 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 2010, Quinto was rumored to be dating actor Jonathan Groff. In September 2012, Quinto confirmed that he and Groff were in a relationship. In July 2013, it was reported that the two had broken up. Since 2013, Quinto has been in a relationship with model and artist Miles McMillan. In early 2015, the couple moved into an apartment in Manhattan they purchased together.
Zachary Quinto's movie credits include...
|2011||Margin Call||Peter Sullivan|
|2011||Girl Walks into a Bar||Nicolas "Nick"|
|2011||What's Your Number?||Rick|
|2013||Star Trek Into Darkness||Spock|
|2014||We'll Never Have Paris||Jameson|
|2015||I Am Michael||Bennett|
|2015||Hitman: Agent 47||John Smith|
|2016||Star Trek Beyond||Spock|
|2016||Passage to Mars||Pascal Lee|
Zachary Quinto's television credits include...
|2001||Touched by an Angel||Mike|
|2002||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Mitchell Sullivan|
|2002||The Agency||Jay Lambert|
|2003||Six Feet Under||Hip Student|
|2004||Joan of Arcadia||Pretentious Filmmaker God|
|2005||Blind Justice||Scott Collins|
|2006||Crossing Jordan||Leo Fulton, Jr.|
|2008||Robot Chicken||Archimedes Q. Porter / Sylar (voice)|
|2011||American Horror Story: Murder House||Chad Warwick|
|2012–2013||American Horror Story: Asylum||Oliver Thredson|
|2015||The Slap||Harry Apostolou|
Memorable Quotes by Zachary Quinto
“ 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. ”
“ 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 losing his father to cancer at 7-years-old] “ I found myself in a pattern of being attracted to people who were somehow unavailable, and what I realized was that I was protecting myself because I equated the idea of connection and love with trauma and death. ”
[about his father] “ He was really, really bad-ass and confident and sexy and intelligent and sensitive and curious. For years after he died, people would go out of their way to let me know how much he meant to them. And every time I heard it I was always so grateful to him for living that life. ”
“ I have a dualistic self. There are two sides of my personality: one is outgoing and gregarious; the other is introspective and thoughtful. I am an intellectually minded person and also very compassionate, which are qualities Spock possesses as well. ”
[on his view of the title character in 'Snowden', having impersonated another real-life participant himself] “ I went in feeling like what he did was immeasurably beneficial to society, and that belief was only reinforced by working on the film. Once I started understanding more about the information that he disseminated, it was shocking how grievously it was an invasion of many people's privacy...Look - it's complicated, but I feel like he was vilified in a way. ”
Things You May Not Know About Zachary Quinto
As of 2013, Zachary is the only person in history to appear on the cover of Entertainment Weekly two weeks in a row (issues 1017 and 1018). In issue 1020, the magazine published the fact that he is the only one to have that honor.
He is close friends with Star Trek (2009) co-stars Chris Pine and Karl Urban.
His fans call themselves "Sylar's Army" after his character in Heroes.
He became good friends with Leonard Nimoy while playing Nimoy's iconic role as Spock in the Star Trek (2009) remake.
When he was age 16, he survived a serious car accident.
Quinto and his producing partners were some of the very first people to whom writer/director J.C. Chandor showed his Margin Call script.