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Zach Braff

Lowest Rated:   5% The Color of Time (2014)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
46% Going in Style
  • Director
$45.1M 2017
32% In Dubious Battle
  • Connor
2017
5% The Color of Time
  • Albert
2014
45% 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
19% The Ex
  • Tom Reilly
$3.1M 2007
45% The Last Kiss
  • Michael
$11.6M 2006
36% 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
63% 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

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
  • 2017
  • 2014
  • 2013
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
  • Appearing
  • 2014
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2009
No Score Yet Brand X with Russell Brand
2012-2013
  • Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Exes
2011-2015
  • Chuck Feeney
  • 2012
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
  • 2010
No Score Yet 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
  • Performer
  • Host
  • 2007
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2007
  • 2002
No Score Yet Arrested Development
2003-2013
  • Phillip Litt
  • 2005
  • 2004
No Score Yet Alex, Inc.
2017
  • Alex Schuman
  • Director
  • Executive Producer

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