Actor Zachary Quinto began his career with guest roles in such popular TV series as “Touched by an Angel,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “Six Feet Under” and “Charmed” before gaining success as Adam Kaufman in the third season of Fox's action series “24” (2003-2004). The blue eyed, dark haired thespian moved on to the regular cast of the VH1 short lived sitcom “So NoTORIous” (2006) before receiving his villainous role of serial killer Sylar in the NBC acclaimed series “Heroes” (2006-present), which brought him more public recognition. He has received three consecutive Teen Choice nominations (2007-2009) and a TV Land Award for his acting job in the series. Quinto attained additional victory on the big screen thanks to his portrayal of the younger version of the Vulcan scientist, Mr. Spock, in the highly successful “Star Trek” (2009), the eleventh film in the star “Star Trek” franchise. He also served as the reader of the audio book version of a 2009 novelization of “Star Trek.”
Also a producer, the co-founder of the production company Before the Door Pictures has lent his talents to the short films “Buddy 'n' Andy from Zachary Quinto” (2008) and “Bordeaux” (2008).
Quinto was named one of People Magazine's “Sexiest Men Alive” in 2007. The following year, in October, he graced the cover of Entertainment Weekly two weeks in a row. It made him the first celebrity to receive the honor.
Pirates of Penzance
Childhood and Family:
Zachary John Quinto was born on June 2, 1977, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His father, Joe Quinto, died of cancer when Zachary was 7. After the loss, he and his brother, Joe, were raised by their mother, Margo, in Green Tree, Pennsylvania. Shortly thereafter, he discovered acting and joined the regional music theater company Pittsburgh City Light Opera when he was 11 years old, where he won a Gene Kelly Award for his role of the General in “Pirates of Penzance.” Encouraged by the victory, he decided to chase a career in acting. After graduating from Central Catholic High School in 1995, he majored in drama at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and earned his degree in 1999.
Zachary (nicknamed Zach) plays the banjo. He has an Irish Wolfhound Terrier mix named Noah and a cat named Harold.
After graduating from college, Zachary Quinto moved to Los Angeles to become a professional actor. The former member of the Pittsburgh City Light Opera soon made his television debut in a 2000 episode of the short lived NBC series “The Others” called “Unnamed.” He was next seen as Mike in a 2001 episode of CBS' “Touched by an Angel” and in a string of guest roles in such TV shows as “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “Off Centre,” “Lizzie McGuire,” “Haunted,” “The Agency” (all 2002), “Six Feet Under” and “Charmed” (2003). He also worked with Jonathan Taylor Thomas in the unsold TV series pilot “An American Town” (2001).
Quinto's luck started to change when he began his recurring role on season three of the Fox drama series “24” in October 2003. Cast as computer expert Adam Kaufman, he stayed with the show until 2004. He continued landing one episodic roles in TV series such as “Miracles” (2003), “Dragnet” (2004), “Hawaii” (2004), “Joan of Arcadia” (2004), “Blind Justice” (2005), “Crossing Jordan” (2006) and “Twins” (2006) before winning a regular role on VH1's “So NoTORIous” (2006), a sitcom loosely based on Tori Spelling's life. Playing Sasan, the flamboyant Persian-American friend of Spelling, his contribution to the series proved to be significant when the show, which debuted on April 2, 2006, nabbed a 2007 GLAAD nomination for Outstanding Comedy Series. Despite strong support from critics, it received poor ratings and was axed after one season.
Several months later, Quinto received his big breakthrough when he won the role of the complicated villain Gabriel “Sylar” Gray on the NBC hit science fiction series “Heroes” (2006-present), which was created by Tim Kring. The role has earned the actor three Teen Choice nominations for Choice TV: Villain and the TV Land's Future Classic Award, an honor he shared with costars Masi Oka, Leonard Roberts, Noah Gray-Cabey, Santiago Cabrera and Jack Coleman as well as the show's executive producers. Zachary stated, “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.”
Quinto's success was further established when he was chosen to play one of the most iconic characters in the history of television, Mr. Spock, in the highly awaited film reinvention of “Star Trek.” Directed by J.J. Abrams and scripted by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, “Star Trek” hit theaters on May 8, 2009, to praise and was a smash summer hit. It rose to the top 10 highest grossing film of the year list and has become the most successful film in the “Star Trek” franchise. Quinto earned a Teen Choice nomination in the category of Choice Movie: Rumble, which he shared with costars Chris Pine. Other costars included Eric Bana, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Simon Pegg, Bruce Greenwood and Leonard Nimoy.
“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.” Director J.J. Abrams (on Zachary Quinto)
Just before he starred in “Star Trek,” Quinto played Michael Paul David in the 10 minute comedy film “Boutonniere,” by Coley Sohn, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 16, 2009, and won the Best Comedy Award at the 2009 L.A. Shorts Fest.
While enjoying success as an actor, Quinto founded a production company called Before the Door Pictures with Corey Moosa and Neal Dodson. Through the company, Quinto executive produced the short comedy “Buddy 'n' Andy from Zachary Quinto” (2008), which also starred Brian Jarvis and Jim Freeman and was directed by Shaun Peterson. It was shown at several festivals, including the Who Do You Are Festival, the French Comedy Festival, the Gen Art Film Festival, and Fantastic Fest. He also produced and wrote the short film “Bordeaux,” which debuted at France's Who Do You Are Festival on December 31, 2008. The project was directed by filmmaker and photographer Dave Schwep.
“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.” Zachary Quinto
TV Land: Future Classic Award, “Heroes,” 2007
Gene Kelly Award