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Zachary Levi

Levi at the 2009 San Diego Comic-Con International
Born Zachary Levi Pugh
September 29, 1980 (1980-09-29) (age 29)
Lake Charles, Louisiana, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 2002–present
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Zachary Levi Pugh (born September 29, 1980) is an American television actor known for roles of Kipp Steadman in Less Than Perfect and Chuck Bartowski in Chuck.

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Early life

Levi was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, the middle child between his two sisters. As a child, he and his parents moved all over the country before making their final move to their new home in Ventura, California.[1] He began acting in theater at the age of 6, performing lead roles in such regional productions as Grease, The Outsiders, Oliver, The Wizard of Oz and Big River.

He is of Welsh and some Native American descent.

Career

Levi had a supporting role in the FX television movie Big Shot: Confessions of a Campus Bookie. He played Kipp Steadman on the ABC sitcom Less Than Perfect. He also portrayed a potential boyfriend of Charisma Carpenter's character, Jane, in the ABC Family television movie See Jane Date. Levi was slated to be a lead in an ABC pilot called Three for the 2004/2005 television season. It was written by Andrew Reich & Ted Cohen, and would have costarred James Van Der Beek, Jama Williamson, and Jacob Pitts, but the show was not picked up.[2]

Levi financed Kendall Payne's album Grown after she was dropped by her label, Capitol Records.[3]

Levi at the ET Post-Emmys Party, Walt Disney Concert Hall, September 21, 2008

He landed the starring role in Chuck, a series that was given a full season order (later reduced from 22 to 13 episodes due to the 2007 Writers' Strike) for the NBC 2007 fall schedule and premiered on September 24, 2007, which was given a full season order a few months later. The role earned Levi a Ewwy Award for Best Actor in a Comedy Series in 2009.

In the summer of 2008, Levi was named one of Entertainment Weekly's Top Thirty People Under Thirty.[4]

He plays Toby Seville in the film Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel[5]

Personal life

Levi is a motorcycle enthusiast.[6]

Levi is a committed Christian. During an interview with Relevant Magazine he said, "My job on my set, I believe, is to first just love people and gain that trust with people where they know that I really do love them and care about their well-being, so that when they are running into problems, they will hopefully, at some point, come to me and ask me, 'What is your peace all about? What is your comfort all about? Where do you get your love? Where do you get your talents?' And I can turn to them and say without blinking, 'Jesus Christ'".[7]

He dated Caitlin Crosby from 2008 to January 2010.[8][9]

Filmography

Year Movies/Television Shows Role/s Notes
2002 Big Shot: Confessions of a Campus Bookie Adam
2002-2006 Less Than Perfect Kipp Steadman (TV series)
2003 See Jane Date Grant Asher (TV Series)
The Division Todd in "The Box" (episode #4.16) and "Hail, Hail, the Gang's All Here" (episode #4.19) (TV Series)
2004 Curb Your Enthusiasm Bellman in "Opening Night" (episode #4.10)
2005 Reel Guerrillas Evon Schwarz
2006 Big Momma's House 2 Kevin
2007 Spiral Berkeley
Ctrl Z Ben Pillar
2007-present Chuck Chuck Bartowski (TV series)
2008 Wieners Ben
The Tiffany Problem Zac
An American Carol Lab Tech #1
Shades of Ray Ray Rehman
2009 Stuntmen Troy Ratowski
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel Toby Seville
2010 Rapunzel Prince Flynn (Voice)

References

  1. ^ "Anytime with Bob Kushell feat. Zach Levi". Anytime with Bob Kushell. 2009-02-05. No. 8, season 1.
  2. ^ Lisotta, Christopher (May 16, 2005). "SPECIAL REPORT: Upfront Navigator". Television Week 24 (20): pp. 32–37.  
  3. ^ Carlozo, Louis R. (April 4, 2006). "Grown". Christian Century 123 (7): p. 55.  
  4. ^ Markovitz, Adam; Tanner Stransky (March 3, 2008). "30 Under 30: The Actors". Entertainment Weekly. http://www.ew.com/ew/gallery/0,,20166944_20166999_20180615_21,00.html. Retrieved March 10, 2009.  
  5. ^ Corliss, Richard (January 11, 2010), "ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: THE SQUEAKQUEL". Time. 175 (1):51
  6. ^ Nygaard, Sandra (October 2007). "With a name like Levi, he's gotta know jeans". Men's Health 22 (8): 134.  
  7. ^ "Q&A With Zachary Levi". Relevant Magazine. http://www.relevantmagazine.com/culture/film/features/2830-qaa-with-zachary-levi. Retrieved October 13, 2009.  
  8. ^ Semigran, Aly (June 18, 2009). "Caitlin Crosby: Can Zach Levi's singing ladyfriend boost 'Chuck' awareness?". Entertainment Weekly. http://music-mix.ew.com/2009/06/18/caitlin-crosby-zach-levis-singing-ladyfriend-releasing-debut-album-on-tuesday/.  
  9. ^ Everett, Cristina (January 13, 2010). "'Chuck' star Zachary Levi and singer Caitlin Crosby split after two years together". New York Daily News. http://www.nydailynews.com/gossip/2010/01/13/2010-01-13_chuck_star_zachary_levi_and_singer_caitlin_crosby_split_after_two_years_together.html. Retrieved January 15, 2010.  

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