Zachary Levi

Zachary Levi

Highest Rated: 100% Psych: The Movie (2017)

Lowest Rated: 5% Big Momma's House 2 (2006)

Birthday: Sep 29, 1980

Birthplace: Lake Charles, Louisiana, USA

Thanks to playing a computer geek-turned-unwitting government agent on the surprise hit series, "Chuck" (NBC, 2007-12), actor Zachary Levi emerged from relative obscurity to become a rapidly rising star. His portrayal of über-nerd Chuck Bartowski won over both audiences and critics with his over-anxious charm and techno-geek knowledge - some of which mirrored Levi's offscreen persona. Before hitting the big time with "Chuck," Levi landed a role in the made-for-television romantic comedy "See Jane Date" (ABC Family, 2003) and was a regular on the sitcom "Less Than Perfect" (ABC, 2002-06). After a significant supporting role in the comedy sequel, "Big Momma's House 2" (2006), Levi landed his role on "Chuck" and was propelled to stardom, earning accolades from various national critics and adoration from fans who followed the show in an almost cult-like fashion. Because of this sudden popularity, Levi began landing roles more frequently on screens both large and small, becoming in the process an unlikely leading man. Born on Sept. 29, 1980 in Lake Charles, LA, the future actor - who named Tom Hanks as the person he wanted to model his career after - moved around several times with his family while growing up until they finally settled in Ventura, CA. When he was six years old, Levi started acting in school and local community theater productions. After graduating from Buena High School, Levi starred in regional productions of "Grease," "The Outsiders," "Oliver," "The Wizard of Oz," and "Big River." With a struggling actor's salary, Levi took odd jobs to pay the bills, including work as a busboy, as an employee at Blockbuster and at a car wash. "It was character-building," he later said. Levi spent the early 2000s appearing in a couple of made-for-TV movies, including a supporting roles in "Big Shot: Confessions of a Campus Bookie" (FX, 2002), which he followed by appearing in the romantic comedy "See Jane Date" (ABC Family, 2003), playing one of Charisma Carpenter's potential boyfriends. Appearances in various shows followed, with an hilarious turn as a bellman in a 2004 episode of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" (HBO, 2000- ) and a short recurring role in the crime drama "The Division" (Lifetime, 2001-04). After spending several years landing minor acting jobs here and there, Levi finally made strides with his career in 2006 when got a "perfect" role, so to speak. For four seasons, Levi made audiences laugh playing Kipp Steadman, a sarcastic, scheming and highly metrosexual magazine staffer who taunts Sara Rue in the brilliant comedy "Less Than Perfect" (ABC, 2002-06). That same year, Levi appeared on the big screen, playing Martin Lawrence's clumsy FBI partner in "Big Momma's House 2." After "Less than Perfect" was cancelled, Levi starred in a handful of indie films in 2007, including "Imperfect Union," "Ctrl Z," and the thriller "Spiral," which he also executive-produced. The success of "Lost" (ABC, 2004-2010) and "Heroes" (NBC, 2006-2010) paved the way for a crop of shows that blended genres of action, comedy, drama and mystery. One such series was the Josh Schwartz-created "Chuck," about an unsuspecting geek who accidentally downloads a database of international secrets into his brain. Levi, who enjoyed playing video games and had a charming average-Joe personality like his television alter ego, believed his show was so successful because of its mixture of procedural and serial. Levi also related to his character's awkwardness around women. "Chuck" established Levi as a small screen hero for the MySpace generation, and also helped the actor transition into more feature film projects. In 2008, Levi starred in "Shades of Ray," a romantic comedy about a Pakistani-American man about to get married when his long lost father shows up at his doorstep. That same year, he co-starred with "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ) actor Keenan Thompson in the road trip comedy "Wieners," then starred alongside Brandon Routh in the testosterone-fueled "Stuntmen." The Disney hit "Tangled" (2010) was a higher-profile use of Levi's vocal talents, which he also put to use on the animated series "Rapunzel's Tangled Adventure" (Disney 2017- ) and several short films. After "Chuck" wound down in 2012, Levi appeared in the small role of Fandrol" in the Marvel films "Thor: The Dark World" (2013) and "Thor: Ragnarok" (2017) and co-starred opposite Eva Longoria on the short-lived sitcom "Telenovela" (NBC 2015). After co-starring in the Canadian miniseries "Alias Grace" (CBC/Netflix 2017) and the series "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" (Amazon 2017- ), Levi had his biggest breakout yet in the title role of the superhero comedy "Shazam!" (2019), a major box office and critical success.

Highest rated movies

Psych: The Movie Shazam! The Mauritanian Thor: The Dark World
Spiral
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel
Big Momma's House 2

Photos

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Shazam! Fury of the Gods Shazam (Character) - 2023
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Unbreakable Boy Unknown (Character) - 2022
No Score Yet No Score Yet American Underdog Kurt Warner (Character) - 2021
75% 84% The Mauritanian Neil Buckland (Character) $832.4K 2021
90% 82% Shazam! Shazam (Character) $140.4M 2019
100% No Score Yet United We Fan Self - 2018
No Score Yet 75% Office Uprising Adam Nusbaum (Character) - 2018
100% 89% Psych: The Movie Thin White Duke (Character) - 2017
43% 70% The Star Joseph (Voice) $40.4M 2017
No Score Yet 71% Tangled Before Ever After Eugene (Voice) - 2017
No Score Yet 93% APEX: The Story of the Hypercar Narrator - 2016
No Score Yet 56% Remember Sunday Gus (Character) - 2013
66% 75% Thor: The Dark World Fandral (Character) $206.4M 2013
No Score Yet 79% Tangled Ever After Flynn Rider (Voice) - 2012
85% 54% Under the Boardwalk: The Monopoly Story Narrator - 2010
89% 87% Tangled Flynn Rider (Voice) $200.8M 2010
20% 49% Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel Toby (Character) - 2009
No Score Yet 97% Stuntmen Troy Ratowski (Character) - 2009
No Score Yet 77% Shades of Ray Ray Rehman (Character) - 2008
No Score Yet 29% Wieners Ben (Character) - 2008
55% 59% Spiral Berkeley (Character),
Executive Producer
- 2007
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Tiffany Problem Zac (Character) - 2007
5% 58% Big Momma's House 2 Kevin (Character) $70.2M 2006
No Score Yet 51% See Jane Date Grant Asher (Character) - 2003

TV

Credit
No Score Yet 85% Tangled: The Series Eugene (Voice) 2017-2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Entertainment Studios.TV Guest 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Access Hollywood Live Guest 2015 2017 2019
No Score Yet 8% The View Guest 2019
No Score Yet 43% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2019
No Score Yet 33% The Late Late Show With James Corden Guest 2015 2018-2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Live with Kelly and Ryan Guest 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet etalk Guest 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Good Morning America Guest 2019
No Score Yet 0% The Talk Guest 2013 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today 3rd Hour Guest 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet 2018 New York Comic Con Guest 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tangled the Series: Inside the Journal Unknown (Character) 2018
99% 88% Alias Grace Unknown (Character) 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Great Performances Unknown (Character) 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet SYFY Live From Comic-Con Host 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet ET Canada Guest 2017
No Score Yet 87% Conan Guest 2010 2015 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sesame Street Unknown (Guest Star) 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet The $100,000 Pyramid Guest 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hollywood Today Live Guest 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today Guest 2008-2010 2013 2015-2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show Guest 2013 2016
No Score Yet 39% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2016
64% 60% Telenovela James McMahon (Guest Star) 2015-2016
42% 57% Heroes Reborn Luke (Character) 2015-2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Geeks Who Drink Executive Producer,
Host
2015
No Score Yet 0% The Ellen DeGeneres Show Guest 2015
No Score Yet 100% Hollywood Game Night Guest 2014-2015
No Score Yet 91% Robot Chicken Ryu / Ken Masters / Tyg Tiger / Segway (Guest Voice),
Unknown (Voice)
2012 2014
No Score Yet 100% The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson Guest 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Soup Guest 2014
No Score Yet 66% The Chew Guest 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Larry King Now Guest 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen Guest 2013
90% 91% Chuck Chuck Bartowski (Character),
Director
2007-2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet Vietnam in HD Unknown (Voice) 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lopez Tonight Guest 2010-2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rachael Ray Guest 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Guest 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Bonnie Hunt Show Guest 2008 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien Guest 2010
No Score Yet 0% Less Than Perfect Kipp Steadman (Character) 2002-2006 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet Free Radio Unknown (Guest Star) 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet Late Night With Conan O'Brien Guest 2007-2008