Zach Braff

Birthday: Apr 6, 1975
Birthplace: South Orange, New Jersey
Known mostly for his role as medical intern John "J.D." Dorian on NBC's sitcom Scrubs, Zach Braff has an enthusiasm for acting that can be traced back to his childhood in South Orange, NJ, where, at eight years old, he recalls watching his attorney father participate in a local theater group. Three years later, Braff could be found cultivating his own show-business skills at Stagedoor Manor, a renowned children's acting camp. After attracting the attention of a well-connected talent scout, Braff made his would-have-been television debut opposite Gwyneth Paltrow in an unsold pilot produced by Bruce Paltrow. His contribution to CBS's after-school special My Summer as a Girl in 1994 made it to the television screen, but, by that time, he had a significantly more notable role under his belt: the teenaged son of two neurotic New Yorkers (Woody Allen and Diane Keaton) in Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993). Though moderately successful in his childhood and late teens, Braff opted to attend college at Northwestern University rather than making an immediate transition to a full-time career of pursuing roles in the wilds of Los Angeles. While at Northwestern, Braff wrote and directed several short films, among them Lionel on a Sunday, which fared successfully in the 1998 festival season. The young actor went on to co-star in Getting to Know You, an adaptation of various short stories penned by author Joyce Carol Oates, which won praise at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival. After a role as a gay party-boy drug addict in The Broken Hearts Club (2000), which won a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Film, Braff auditioned for Scrubs; despite his prior experience, the sitcom undoubtedly became his breakout role. Indeed, the Scrubs success helped Braff write, direct, and star in Garden State (2003) opposite Natalie Portman and Ian Holm. The "little Sundance film that could" of its particular year, Garden State became a major indie hit, as its look and sound resonated with the creeping-toward-maturity Gen-Y demographic to whom Braff was obviously appealing. His next role as the lead character in Disney's animated Chicken Little appealed to a younger crowd, but still banked some serious cash at the box office. Braff next appeared in the flesh in 2006's Tony Goldwyn romantic comedy The Last Kiss. The film, scripted by Crash's Paul Haggis, co-starred Casey Affleck, Tom Wilkinson, and Blythe Danner, and mined much of the same simultaneously sad and funny emotional ground explored in Garden State. It died a quick death at theaters as fans heeded the advice of critics who deemed it a more morose gloss on well-trod twentysomething angst. The actor's next film was the lighter romantic-triangle comedy The Ex.Scrubs finally ended its run in 2011, and Braff made another big screen appearance, this time in the drama The High Cost of Living. He had a supporting role in 2013's Oz the Great and Powerful before returning to the indie scene in 2014 with the Kickstarter-funded Wish I Was Here, which he directed, co-wrote (with his brother Adam) and starred in.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
47% Going in Style Director $45.1M 2017
30% In Dubious Battle Connor 2017
5% The Color of Time Albert 2014
46% Wish I Was Here Director Screenwriter Producer Aidan 2014
18% Video Games: The Movie Actor Executive Producer $23.5K 2014
93% The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz Producer $49.4K 2014
59% Oz the Great and Powerful Finley $235M 2013
53% The High Cost of Living Henry 2011
No Score Yet Crazy Hair Day... and More Back-to-School Stories Actor 2009
18% The Ex Tom Reilly $3.1M 2007
46% The Last Kiss Michael $11.6M 2006
37% Chicken Little Chicken Little $135.3M 2005
No Score Yet I'm Still Here Host 2005
86% Garden State Screenwriter Director Andrew `Large' Largeman $26.8M 2004
90% It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie Dr. John J.D. Dorian 2002
20% Blue Moon Fred 2000
64% The Broken Hearts Club Benji 2000
90% Getting to Know You Wesley 2000
No Score Yet Lionel on a Sunday Director 1997
93% Manhattan Murder Mystery Nick Lipton 1993

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
Guest
  • 2019
  • 2018
40% Alex, Inc.
2018
Executive Producer Alex Schuman Director
  • 2018
No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly
2007
Guest
  • 2018
No Score Yet Conan
2010
Guest
  • 2018
  • 2013
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
Guest
  • 2018
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2009
No Score Yet Today
2017
Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
Guest
  • 2017
  • 2014
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2003
Guest
  • 2017
  • 2009
  • 2004
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011-2018
Appearing
  • 2014
No Score Yet Brand X with Russell Brand
2012-2013
Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Exes
2011-2015
Chuck Feeney
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Graham Norton Show
2007
Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
Guest
  • 2010
84% Scrubs
2001-2010
John`J.D.' Dorian John 'J.D.' Dorian John `J.D.' Dorian John "JD" Dorian Director
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Host Performer
  • 2007
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
Guest
  • 2007
  • 2002
75% Arrested Development
2003
Phillip Litt
  • 2005
  • 2004

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