Zach Gilford

Zach Gilford

Highest Rated: 76% The Last Winter (2006)

Lowest Rated: 8% Post Grad (2009)

Birthday: Jan 14, 1982

Birthplace: Evanston, Illinois, USA

Actor Zach Gilford, a native of Evanston, IL and graduate of Northwestern University, where he starred in theater productions of "Equus" and "The Laramie Project," had his first starring role on the critically acclaimed, but under-watched "Friday Night Lights" (NBC, 2006-07), Peter Berg's television adaptation of his 2004 film about life in a small Texas town fixated on its winning high school football team. In the television version, Gilford played backup quarterback Matt Saracen, a 16-year-old kid trying to deal with his absentee mother and his father serving in Iraq, who is thrust into the spotlight during the first game of the season when the team's starting quarterback (Scott Porter) suffers a serious injury. Gilford drew upon his own gridiron experiences when he played ball at Evanston Township High School, where he suffered from an injury that led him to discover acting. Prior to his stint on "Friday Night Lights," Gilford appeared in an episode of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (NBC, 1999- ), then had a small part in his first feature film, "The Last Winter" (2005), an indie thriller about the surviving members of an oil drilling crew struggling to traverse the Northern Alaskan landscape after the rest of the team loses their grip on reality.

Highest rated movies

The Last Winter
The Last Stand
The Purge: Anarchy
In Our Nature
Devil's Due
Answers to Nothing
Post Grad




No Score Yet No Score Yet The Disappearance of Cari Farver Dave Kroupa (Character) - 2022
No Score Yet No Score Yet Boy Genius Gordon (Character) - 2019
57% 56% The Purge: Anarchy Shane (Character) $71.5M 2014
18% 21% Devil's Due Zach McCall (Character) $15.8M 2014
61% 53% The Last Stand Jerry Bailey (Character) $12.0M 2013
No Score Yet 44% Crazy Kind of Love Matthew (Character) - 2012
47% 36% In Our Nature Seth (Character) - 2012
9% 36% Answers to Nothing Evan (Character) $22.0K 2011
No Score Yet 35% The River Why Gus (Character) - 2010
61% 42% Dare Johnny Drake (Character) - 2009
8% 27% Post Grad Adam (Character) $6.4M 2009
76% 34% The Last Winter Maxwell (Character) $32.9K 2006


86% 77% Midnight Mass Riley Flynn (Character) 2021
86% 75% Good Girls Gregg (Guest Star) 2018-2021
No Score Yet 64% L.A.'s Finest Ben Walker (Character) 2019-2020
78% 89% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit James Miller (Guest Star) 2005 2019
No Score Yet 86% This Close Danny (Character) 2018-2019
61% 88% The Family Danny (Character) 2016
No Score Yet 81% Drunk History Unknown (Guest Star) 2014-2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen Guest 2014
21% 43% The Mob Doctor Dr. Brett Robinson (Character) 2012-2013
18% 66% Off the Map Tommy Fuller (Character) 2011
97% 93% Friday Night Lights Matt Saracen (Character),
Unknown (Guest Star)
84% 75% Grey's Anatomy Unknown (Guest Star) 2009