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Zachary Quinto

Quinto at the 2009 premiere of Love the Beast
Born Zachary John Quinto
June 2, 1977 (1977-06-02) (age 32)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Occupation Actor
Years active 2000—present
Official website

Zachary John Quinto (born June 2, 1977) is an American actor known for playing Sylar on Heroes and Spock in the 2009 film Star Trek.


Early life

Quinto, who is of half-Italian and half-Irish descent,[1] was born in Pittsburgh and grew up in Green Tree, Pennsylvania, with his mother Margo and his brother Joe.[2] His father, John, who was a barber, died of cancer when Quinto was 7 years old.[3] He graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1995 and then attended Carnegie Mellon University's School of Drama, from which he graduated in 1999.[4]


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, he landed a recurring role on the Fox series 24, as computer expert Adam Kaufman. Quinto appeared in 23 episodes of the third season episodes of 24.

Quinto during the Jules Verne Adventures Film Festival in Paris, 2007.

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 NBC's Heroes as Gabriel Gray, better known as the serial killer Sylar.[5]

Quinto at the Heroes Season Three Premiere Party in September 2008.

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.[6][7][8] 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,"[9] 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."[10]

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?'"[11]

Quinto has joined with Corey Moosa and Neal Dodson to form Before the Door Pictures.[12] 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.[13]

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.[14] He has modeled for magazines including GQ.[15][16]

Film and television

Gay rights activism

Quinto is an active supporter of gay rights, acting in a one-night production of "Standing on Ceremony" at the El Portal Theatre[17] (in support of gay marriage), appearing at the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center’s annual gala and acting in a production of The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later.[18]


Quinto was the reader of the audiobook version of the 2009 novelization of Star Trek.


  1. ^ Rob Owen (2006-04-02). "The Insiders: 4/2/06". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 
  2. ^ "Zachary Quinto Biography". Retrieved 2009-12-18. 
  3. ^ Zachary Quinto
  4. ^ Carnegie Mellon University Alumni: 1999
  5. ^ "Sylar coming back next season on 'Heroes'". Access Hollywood on MSNBC. 2007-07-13. Retrieved 2007-07-10. 
  6. ^ Owen, Rob (2007-07-24). "Pittsburgh native to play Spock in new Star Trek". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.  (dead link)
  7. ^ Pascale, Anthony (2007-07-23). "Quinto as Spock deal almost done". 
  8. ^ Weeks, Adam (2007-07-25). "Zachary Quinto Is Spock".  (dead link)
  9. ^ "Leonard Nimoy and Zachary Quinto: The Two Faces of Spock". 03 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-04. 
  10. ^ "J.J. Abrams on TV's Fringe". September 5, 2008. Retrieved 2009-01-08. 
  11. ^ Lovece, Frank. "Zachary Quinto is 'Spock' in new 'Star Trek'",, May 6, 2009. Extended online version of print article, p. B4
  12. ^ Owen,Rob . "A Stars Trek'",, April, 2009.
  13. ^ [1], Before The Door Pictures official website, July 2009.
  14. ^ Bio. "Zachary Quinto Official Website - Bio". Retrieved 2009-12-18. 
  15. ^ "GQ TV". Retrieved 2009-12-18. 
  16. ^ "Zachary Quinto". Retrieved 2009-12-18. 
  17. ^ Wells, Duane (10 September 2009). "Wed Alert". The Advocate. Retrieved 2009-12-18. 
  18. ^ "Zachary Quinto Comes Out as an Activist". The Advocate. 19 October 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-18. 

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