|Zach Braff Quick Info|
|Date of Birth||April 6, 1975|
Zach Braff is an American actor, director, screenwriter, and producer who is best known for playing John ‘J.D.’ Dorian in the medical comedy-drama TV series Scrubs (2001–2010) for which he was nominated at the Satellite Awards (2005), the Primetime Emmy Awards (2005), and the Golden Globe Awards (2005, 2006, 2007) in the category of ‘Best Actor’. He is also well recognized for starring in films such as The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy (2000), Garden State (2004), The Last Kiss (2006), and The Ex (2006). He had written, directed (debut), and compiled the soundtrack album for Garden State (2004) which gained a cult following and had also earned him a Grammy Award in 2005 for ‘Best Soundtrack Album’.
Zachary Israel Braff
South Orange, Essex County, New Jersey, United States
Los Angeles, California, United States
Zach had graduated, in 1993, from Columbia High School, in Maplewood, New Jersey. From the age of 10 until he was 18, he had also attended Stagedoor Manor, in Loch Sheldrake, New York, a performing arts training center for youth actors. He had then joined the Northwestern University School of Communication in Evanston, Illinois, graduating in 1997.
Actor, Director, Screenwriter, Producer
- Father – Harold Irwin ‘Hal’ Braff (Trial Attorney, Professor, Founder of New Jersey’s American Inns of Court (AIC))
- Mother – Anne Brodzinsky (née Maynard) (Clinical Psychologist)
- Siblings – Joshua Braff (Older Brother) (Author), Adam J. Braff (Older Brother) (Writer, Producer), Shoshanna Braff (Older Sister) (d. 2018)
- Others – Jessica Kirson (Step-Sister) (Stand-up Comedian, Actor), Mitt Romney (Ninth Cousin) (Politician, Businessman), Jill Braff (Sister-in-Law), Jagger Royce Braff (Nephew), Elaine Braff (Step-Mother), David Brodzinsky (Step-Father), Michelle Moder (Sister-in-Law), Lara Brodzinsky (Step-Sister), Jennifer Kirson (Step-Sister), Danielle Sweeney-Kirson (Step-Sister), Henry Braff (Nephew), Ella Braff (Niece), Lila Braff (Niece), Blaze Braff (Nephew), Bryce Gelman (Step-Nephew), Jade Gelman (Step-Niece), Tyler Gelman (Step-Nephew), Isabella Sweeney-Kirson (Step-Niece), Zoe Cali-Manko (Step-Niece), Joseph N. Braff (Paternal Grandfather), Lee Tanner (Paternal Grandmother), Howard Arthur Maynard (Maternal Grandfather), Esther Lord Hutchinson (Maternal Grandmother)
6 ft or 183 cm
78 kg or 172 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Zach has dated –
- Sarah Chalke (2001-2003)
- Bonnie Somerville (2003-2004)
- Mandy Moore (2004-2006)
- Shiri Appleby (2007-2008)
- Taylor Bagley (2009-2014)
- Florence Pugh (2019-2022) – Zach started dating actress Florence Pugh in 2019. In August 2022, it was revealed that they had broken up after dating for almost 3 years.
Race / Ethnicity
He is of Ashkenazi Jewish descent on his father’s side and English, Irish, and Scottish descent on his mother’s side.
- Slender frame
- Center-parted, wavy hair
- Affable smile
- Clean-shaven look
Zach has been featured in the TV commercials for –
- Cottonelle toilet paper (2003-08) (Voiceover)
- Dunkin’ Donuts (2007)
- PUR water filtration systems (Voiceover)
- Wendy’s (2007-2008)
In February 2022, Zach was seen in T-Mobile‘s “Super Bowl” commercial along with Donald Faison.
Zach Braff Facts
- He was diagnosed with OCD when he was 10 years old.
- In March 2005, fellow actor Donald Faison had pranked him by having an actor spray paint his new car with washable paint. Unaware of the prank, Zach pursued that teen actor and tried to punch him and accidentally hit another actor. This was captured and broadcast on the MTV hidden-camera practical joke reality TV series Punk’d.
- In November 2008, he had earned his pilot’s license by successfully flying the piston-engine, four-seat composite monoplane Cirrus SR20.
- In 2009, he had opened a restaurant known as Mermaid Oyster Bar in New York City with his high school friend and chef Laurence Edelman.
- He has a dog named Billie.
- In February 2022, Zach’s best friend, manager Chris Huvane, passed away due to an apparent suicide.
- At 14, he had his first acting job when he appeared in a pilot episode for a CBS show alongside Gwyneth Paltrow.
- Nobody was ready to pay for his script of Garden State (2004). Quicken Loans co-founder Gary Gilbert was the one who liked it and paid for it.
- Zach had auditioned 6 times for the TV series Scrubs which ran from 2001 to 2010. It got several nominations for various awards.
- Lauryn Hill was present at his bar mitzvah. Together, they used to travel from New Jersey (after school) to give auditions in New York.
- After graduating from Northwestern University, he worked as a production assistant on music videos.
- He once photobombed a couple’s wedding portrait picture in Times Square. That picture went viral.
- He learned to cook baked salmon from actress Florence Pugh who is his ex-girlfriend.
- When Lin-Manuel Miranda first rapped during the opening of Hamilton in front of then-President Barack Obama, he was present at the White House.
- For the 2013 movie Oz the Great and Powerful, he gave his voice to the character of Frank / Finley.
- He is related to Mitt Romney through a woman named Rebecca Nurse. She was executed at Salem Witch Trials.
- Zach had directed the music video Chariot by Gavin DeGraw in 2005.
- He has a habit of collecting cameras.
- Zach has done a podcast with his best friend Donald Faison called Fake Doctors, Real Friends.
- Before becoming famous as an actor, he had worked as a waiter at Le Colonial restaurant in Los Angeles.
- In 1990, he appeared in an episode of The Baby-Sitters Club for his role as David Cummings.
- He once had won a bet against Morgan Freeman while Zach was directing Going in Style in which Morgan was starring.
- In December 2020, he was living in Steven Spielberg‘s first house in L.A.
Featured Image by Zach Braff / Instagram