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Also Known As: Zachary Braff, Zachary Israel Braff Died:
Born: April 6, 1975 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New Jersey, USA Profession: actor, director

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Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated sitcom star and indie actor-writer-director Zach Braff first gained fame from his small-screen breakout role as J.D. on NBC's "Scrubs" (NBC, 2001- ) before coming out of nowhere to win critical acclaim for his big-screen directorial debut on "Garden State" (2004). In addition to writing, directing and acting in his own film, Braff moved on to leading roles on "The Last Kiss" (2006) and "The Ex" (2007). Adept at being both in front of and behind the camera, Braff's comedy chops and everyman quality was often likened to an "Annie Hall"-era Woody Allen or a young Tom Hanks.

Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated sitcom star and indie actor-writer-director Zach Braff first gained fame from his small-screen breakout role as J.D. on NBC's "Scrubs" (NBC, 2001- ) before coming out of nowhere to win critical acclaim for his big-screen directorial debut on "Garden State" (2004). In addition to writing, directing and acting in his own film, Braff moved on to leading roles on "The Last Kiss" (2006) and "The Ex" (2007). Adept at being both in front of and behind the camera, Braff's comedy chops and everyman quality was often likened to an "Annie Hall"-era Woody Allen or a young Tom Hanks.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Garden State (2004) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Wish I Was Here (2014)
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 Ex, The (2007)
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 Chicken Little (2005) Voice Chicken Little
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 Last Kiss, The (2005)
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 Garden State (2004) Andrew Largeman
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 It's a Very Muppet Christmas Movie (2002) Dr. John Michael Dorian
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 Broken Hearts Club, The (2000) Benji
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1993:
Made feature film debut playing Woody Allen and Diane Keaton's son in "Manhattan Murder Mystery"
1994:
Played gender-bending main character in "CBS Schoolbreak Special" presentation "My Summer As a Girl"
1997:
Made 20-minute student video short "Lionel on a Sunday"
1998:
Cast as Fleance in the Public Theater's production of "Macbeth," starring Angela Bassett and Alec Baldwin
1999:
Played Heather Matarazzo's protective brother in independent feature "Getting to Know You"
2000:
Appeared in independent fantasy feature "Blue Moon"
2000:
Co-starred as party boy Benji in gay-themed ensemble feature "The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy"
2000:
Featured in mockumentary "Endsville"
2001:
Played fresh-faced intern J.D. Dorian on medical comedy "Scrubs" (NBC)
2004:
Made feature directing and writing debut with "Garden State"; also starred with Natalie Portman and Peter Sarsgaard
2006:
Portrayed a man struggling with commitment in "The Last Kiss," directed by Tony Goldwyn and scripted by Paul Haggis
2007:
Co-starred with Amanda Peet and Jason Bateman in comedy "The Ex"
2010:
Starred in Canadian indie film "The High Cost of Living" with Isabelle Blais
2010:
Played lead in "Trust" at the Second Stage Theatre in New York
2011:
Made debut as a theater writer with "All New People," performed at the Second Stage Theatre
2013:
Voiced Finley the Flying Monkey and played circus assistant Frank in fantasy adventure "Oz the Great and Powerful" opposite James Franco in title role
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Education

Columbia High School: Maplewood , New Jersey -
Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Training Center: Loch Sheldrake , New York -
Northwestern University: Evanston , Illinois - 1997

Notes

"Growing up in suburban New Jersey, I always collected stories -- things that happened to me, my family, and friends. Anecdotes. Stuff that borders on urban legend. I love stories from suburbia."---Braff to Vanity Fair July 2004

"It's a movie about how life is short, go for it now. My character says, 'I'm 26 years old and I've spent my whole life waiting for something else to start.' Now I realize that this is all there is and I'm going to try to live my life like that"---Braff talking to People.com about his movie "Garden State", July 28, 2004.

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companion:
Bonnie Somerville. Actor. Dating as of summer 2002.
companion:
Bonnie Somerville. Had four; survived him.

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