Zach Braff
American actor, director, producer, screenwriter
Zach Braff
Zachary I. "Zach" Braff is an American actor, screenwriter, producer, comedian, and director. Braff first became known in 2001 for his role as Dr. John Dorian on the television series Scrubs, for which he was nominated for an Emmy Award and three Golden Globe Awards. In 2004, Braff made his directorial debut with Garden State. Braff returned to his home state New Jersey to shoot the film, which was produced for $2.5 million.
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Zach Braff, Fans Call On Alec Baldwin To Be Trump At Correspondents Dinner
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Hey 'SNL,' Zach Braff Really Wants To Play Stephen Miller
Huffington Post - 13 days
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Bill Nye’s New Netflix Show May Save The World
Huffington Post - 17 days
In a world full of “alternative facts,” it’s nice to have a guy like Bill Nye back. Netflix just released a trailer for “Bill Nye Saves the World,” and it looks a lot like “Bill Nye the Science Guy” for adults — in the best possible way. The 13-episode show, which will debut on April 21 (the day before Earth Day), will attempt to debunk anti-science claims and myths championed by politicians, religious leaders and titans of industry that range from global warming to sex and alternative medicine. Nye will also be doing a fair share of fist bumping with the show’s correspondents, including model Karlie Kloss, comedian Nazeem Hussain and Emily Calandrelli, who studied at MIT and knows a whole lot about space. Also expect to see guest appearances from Tim Gunn, Zach Braff, Rachel Bloom and a whole lot of other famous folks. Check out the full trailer above. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our term ...
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Sia Offers To Match $100,000 In ACLU Donations As Celebrity Funds Pour In
Huffington Post - 28 days
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The Wild And Sometimes Frightening World Of ‘Punk’d’
Huffington Post - about 1 month
Serena Williams almost started to cry as she drove the Ford SUV through traffic at speeds approaching 100 miles per hour. Her voice shook as she spoke. It was easy to understand why. In front of Williams, an Escalade with two abducted children inside of it ― one of them a baby ― was racing along palm tree-lined Ventura Boulevard in Los Angeles at dangerous speeds. Next to Williams was the baby’s mother, who was also the other child’s aunt. “I’m almost crying for your baby,” Williams said to the woman. Overwhelmed by the weight of the situation, the tennis star took one hand off the wheel and held it over her heart. Just minutes before, Williams had been waiting in the Ford SUV for her friend to use the bathroom. She was parked in a strip mall lot, where she had met the woman now seated next to her during the chase. As Serena witnessed in the parking lot, the woman’s teenage nephew had locked himself and her baby in a neighboring Escalade because the supposed aunt wouldn’t bu ...
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25 More Celebrities (And Counting) Who Totally Nailed It With Their Halloween Costumes This Year
Huffington Post - 4 months
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Zach Braff to star in pilot about a podcast startup
CNN - 6 months
ABC is bringing a popular podcast to the small screen for a potential comedy series starring actor Zach Braff.
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Zach Braff Had Morgan Freeman Record His Voicemail Greeting
Huffington Post - 12 months
Talking to Donald Faison on the phone is a delightful experience. He jokes, he sings and he even tells you personal stories about his friends.  The Huffington Post got the chance to chat with Faison, known for his memorable roles in "Clueless,""Remember The Titans" and "Scrubs," for his new role as a candyman. Faison is playing a doctor in real life for Snickers, diagnosing people's hunger with the new Snickers Crisper. Faison ended up revealing that his former co-star and best friend for life, Zach Braff, had one of the most recognizable voices in the entire world record his voicemail greeting.  "My buddy has Morgan Freeman as his freakin' answering machine," Faison said. "I called him and he was like, 'Yo, call me back real quick.' I called him back and it was like [Freeman voice] 'You have reached Zach Braff's voicemail." Listen below to hear Faison's impression of Braff's answering machine:  UH, Zach -- can we have your number? For research, of course.  ...
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All The Christmas TV Episodes On Netflix Worth Watching
Huffington Post - about 1 year
With precious few days of the holiday season left, what better time to lay in bed with your laptop and not do things? Play a few of these Christmas-centric TV episodes from some favorite shows and you'll feel like you're getting ready for the big event, even if you still need to think up a gift for your significant other and the store was already out of cute wrapping paper. The holiday season is about kindness -- namely, to yourself. "Friends": "The One With The Holiday Armadillo" (Season 7, Episode 10) Ross (David Schwimmer) is entertaining his son Ben (Cole Sprouse) for the holidays, and finds he must settle for something else when he can't find a Santa suit still available to rent at the last minute. Also: "The One With The Monkey" (Season 1, Episode 10), "The One With Phoebe's Dad" (Season 2, Episode 9), "The One Where Rachel Quits" (Season 3, Episode 10), "The One With The Girl From Poughkeepsie" (Season 4, Episode 10), "The One With The Inappropriate Sister" (Season ...
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'Star Wars' Premieres In Hollywood To Massive Crowds
Huffington Post - about 1 year
LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Star Wars" is back, and audiences at the world premiere of "The Force Awakens" excitedly greeted the mix of familiar characters and new faces waging war in a cinematic galaxy far, far away. Audiences at Hollywood's TCL Chinese Theater began cheering Monday from the moments the film's first words appeared onscreen and reacted excitedly to seeing the return of Han Solo and Chewbacca after a 32-year hiatus from the big screen. After the showing, audiences spilled out into a giant tent erected on Hollywood Boulevard where they snapped photos with Stormtroopers and lined up to build their own droid toys. Many seemed to approve of the vision director J.J. Abrams delivered for the first new "Star Wars" film in a decade. "I loved it. I thought J.J. did an amazing job," actor Zach Braff said after the premiere. "My favorite part was just seeing the camaraderie between the veteran and the new cast members." "The Force Awakens" mixes familiar characters such as H ...
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The Bottom Line: ‘Upright Beasts’ By Lincoln Michel
Huffington Post - over 1 year
In a small Colorado mining town -- a blip on the map -- everything is quiet. There's not much to do, except grab drinks at a local bar, where football games are aired all night. So the narrator of Lincoln Michel's short story, "Some Notes on My Brother’s Brief Travels," drives around aimlessly, contemplates his failing relationship, and ... watches a man in a yellow chicken suit dance on the side of the road? It's not the sort of precious, quippy scene that'd be at home in a John Green novel or a movie starring Zach Braff. When couched in Michel’s honest, dialectical language, these events feel like the bizarre stories you’d share with a friend over drinks. “The strangest thing just happened to me,” his narrators tell the reader casually, granting their anecdotes an air of wonder and intimacy. If Michel's stories, which have been recently published in his debut collection, Upright Beasts, are unified by anything, it's this element of the everyday absurd. His characters aren't ...
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‘Scandal’ star crosses over to NBC’s ‘Undateable’ live show
Houston Chronicle - almost 2 years
“What You Missed”: There were a lot of celeb cameos during the live episode of “Undateable”. Zach Braff, Ed Sheeran and Dr. Drew were just a few of the surprise guests, but the biggest surprise was Scott Foley from ABC’s “Scandal”!
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'Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes' Tops Box Office For Second-Straight Week
Huffington Post - over 2 years
NEW YORK (AP) — The summer box office continued to lack mojo, as the R-rated "Sex Tape" failed to turn on moviegoers over a weekend where "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" maintained its rule. 20th Century Fox's science fiction sequel outmuscled a trio of new films to top the North American box office for the second-straight week with $36 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. The acclaimed sequel to 2011's reboot of the chimp franchise has now made $139 million domestically in two weeks. Its closest completion over the weekend was the home-invasion horror thriller "The Purge: Anarchy," written and directed by James DeMoncaco. Universal's low-budget sequel to last year's surprise hit, "The Purge," opened with $28.4 million, down from the $34.1 million the original scared up on opening weekend. Nikki Rocco, head of distribution for Universal, though, noted the stronger competition this time around and the overall "depressed" business at movie theaters. Weekend revenue was do ...
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In New Film, Zach Braff Asks: How Long Can You Pursue Your Dreams?
NPR - over 2 years
Wish I Was Here follows a struggling actor and father of two whose breadwinning wife is starting to rethink her role. It's the first feature film Braff has directed since 2004's Garden State. » E-Mail This
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Zach Braff
    THIRTIES
  • 2014
    Age 38
    On April 10, 2014, Braff opened on Broadway in the musical Bullets Over Broadway The Musical, an adaptation of Woody Allen's 1994 film, directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman.
    More Details Hide Details Braff's is expected to direct Open Hearts, a remake of the 2002 Danish film Elsker dig for evigt (Love You Forever). The film is about a woman who has an affair with her paralyzed husband's doctor, whose wife caused the accident that put her husband in a wheelchair. It was first revealed that Braff was directing Open Hearts in 2006, at the same time that Braff's film The Last Kiss was being released. In 2009, Braff was working on the script for Swingles, a film based on a spec script by Duncan Birmingham; he will direct and star in alongside Cameron Diaz. In 2009, Braff opened up the restaurant Mermaid Oyster Bar in New York City with chef and high school friend Laurence Edelman.
    Braff was the executive producer of the documentary Video Games: The Movie. He was also one of the Executive Producers of The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz, released in 2014.
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    He directed and starred in the film, which was released in 2014.
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  • 2013
    Age 37
    Proprietors of the Rio Theater in Monte Rio, California credited Braff with making the donation that put their Kickstarter campaign to buy a digital projector over its $60,000 goal in May 2013.
    More Details Hide Details Braff's father is Harold I. Braff, a New Jersey attorney who was one of the originators of the state's American Inns of Court (AIC) and an elected trustee of the National Inns of Court Foundation. He has been widely recognized for furthering standards of excellence in the practice of law. Together with Braff's stepmother, marriage and family therapist Elaine Braff, he also teaches marriage and relationship education classes. His brother Joshua Braff is an author, and his stepsister, Jessica Kirson, is a New York-based comedian.
    On April 24, 2013, Braff started a Kickstarter campaign to finance the film Wish I Was Here, based on a script he wrote with his brother Adam Braff.
    More Details Hide Details The goal of $2,000,000 was reached in three days.
  • 2012
    Age 36
    In 2012, Braff moved the play on tour to the UK, playing in Manchester at the Manchester Opera House between February 8–11, Glasgow at the King's Theatre between February 14–18, and finally in London for 10 weeks at the Duke of York's Theatre from February 22.
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  • 2011
    Age 35
    In early 2011, Braff announced that he had written a play to be performed at the Second Stage Theatre in mid-2011.
    More Details Hide Details The play, All New People, is set on Long Beach Island and centers on Charlie, a 35-year-old from Braff's home state New Jersey. The play was directed by Peter DuBois, who directed Braff in Trust the previous year. When announcing the play on Facebook, Braff wrote that 'one of my dreams comes true'.
  • 2010
    Age 34
    In mid-2010, Braff took a lead role in Trust, at the Second Stage Theatre, a contemporary Off-Broadway theater company.
    More Details Hide Details The play ran from July 23 to September 12, extending its scheduled run by one week. Braff wrote on Facebook that he was "Having so much fun doing Trust". The play co-starred Sutton Foster, Ari Graynor and Bobby Cannavale, was written by Paul Weitz and directed by Peter DuBois. Braff played Henry, a wealthy married man who "looks to find something real in the most unlikely of places".
    Braff starred in the Canadian indie film The High Cost of Living with Quebec actress Isabelle Blais in 2010.
    More Details Hide Details Directed by Deborah Chow, the film was shot in Montreal and principal photography wrapped on March 9, 2010. Braff stated he enjoyed filming in the country in which The Last Kiss was also shot. The film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and was also shown at the Tribeca Film Festival. Braff returned to the Public Theater in 2002, in a part in Twelfth Night, staged in Central Park.
  • 2009
    Age 33
    He was in a relationship with model Taylor Bagley from 2009 to 2014.
    More Details Hide Details In November 2008, Braff earned his pilot's license flying a Cirrus SR20. In Episode 4.3 of the MTV show Punk'd, which aired on March 20, 2005, Braff was filmed yelling at a 12-year-old actor. He unwittingly appeared on the show at the behest of his Scrubs co-star Donald Faison, who pranked Braff by having the 12-year-old spray-paint Braff's new Porsche with fake paint. Braff pursued and caught the 12-year-old actor and punched him in the stomach; this was edited out of the episode. Braff, a Democrat, endorsed the re-election campaign of President Barack Obama.
  • 2007
    Age 31
    In 2007, Braff starred in the film The Ex (2007), which he has described as a "silly comedy".
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  • 2006
    Age 30
    Braff starred in the romantic drama The Last Kiss, which opened on September 15, 2006.
    More Details Hide Details Braff tweaked several parts of Paul Haggis' script for the film, as he wanted the script to be as "real as possible" and "really courageous" regarding its subject matter. As with Garden State, Braff was involved with the film's soundtrack, serving as executive producer. The film's director, Tony Goldwyn, compared Braff to a younger version of Tim Allen, describing Braff as "incredibly accessible to an audience... a real guy, an everyman."
  • TWENTIES
  • 2005
    Age 29
    In 2005, Braff was featured on Punk'd when he was tricked into chasing a supposed vandal who appeared to be spray-painting his brand new Porsche.
    More Details Hide Details Braff was in talks to star in the film Fletch Won and had signed on to play the role eventually played by Dane Cook in Mr. Brooks, but dropped out of both roles to work on Open Hearts, which he adapted from a Danish film and will direct. He has also co-written a film version of Andrew Henry's Meadow, a children's book, with his brother, and was scheduled to direct one of the segments for the film New York, I Love You. In July 2009, he signed on as an executive producer for the documentary Heart of Stone to "help spread the word about it".
    At the 2005 Grammy Awards, his "mixtape" won a Grammy for Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media for the Garden State soundtrack.
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    He won numerous awards for his directing work, and also won the Grammy Award for Best Soundtrack Album in 2005.
    More Details Hide Details Braff directed his second film, Wish I Was Here (2014), which he partially funded with a Kickstarter campaign. Braff has also appeared on stage; All New People, which he wrote and starred in, premiered in New York City in 2011 before playing in London's West End, and he played the lead role in a musical adaptation of Woody Allen's Bullets Over Broadway in 2014. Braff was born in South Orange, New Jersey. His father, Harold Irwin "Hal" Braff, is a trial attorney and sociology professor, and his mother, Anne Brodzinsky (born Anne Hutchinson Maynard), worked as a clinical psychologist. His parents divorced and remarried others during Braff's childhood. One of his siblings, Joshua, is an author. Braff's father was born into a Jewish family, and Braff's mother, originally a Protestant, converted to Judaism before marrying his father. Braff has said that he had a "very strong Conservative/Orthodox upbringing" (he had his bar mitzvah at Oheb Shalom Congregation). In 2005, he stated that he was "not a huge organized religion guy," and in 2013, he said that "the religion doesn’t necessarily work for me," although he identifies as Jewish. Through his mother's New England ancestors, Braff is a ninth cousin of politician Mitt Romney.
  • 2004
    Age 28
    Braff directed several episodes of Scrubs. Braff wrote, directed, produced, and starred in 2004's Garden State, which was filmed in his home state of New Jersey.
    More Details Hide Details Producers were initially reluctant to finance the film, which Braff wrote in six months.
    In 2004, Braff made his directorial debut with Garden State.
    More Details Hide Details He returned to his home state New Jersey to shoot the film, which was produced for $2.5 million. The film made over $35 million at the box office and was praised by critics, leading it to gain a cult following. Braff wrote the film, starred in it, and compiled the soundtrack record.
  • 2001
    Age 25
    Braff played John "J.D." Dorian on the medical comedy TV series Scrubs which debuted in 2001.
    More Details Hide Details The role was Braff's first major role in a television show. Braff was nominated for three Golden Globes and an Emmy for his work on the show. Braff directed several episodes of Scrubs, including its one-hundredth, "My Way Home". For the show's ninth season, Braff was a cast member for six episodes and also served as one of the executive producers.
  • 1998
    Age 22
    In 1998, Braff had a part in a George C. Wolfe production of Macbeth for New York City's Public Theater.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1993
    Age 17
    He appeared in Woody Allen's 1993 film Manhattan Murder Mystery.
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  • 1989
    Age 13
    One of Braff's earliest roles was in High, a proposed 1989 CBS television series with a cast that also included Gwyneth Paltrow and Craig Ferguson; the television pilot never made it on air.
    More Details Hide Details Braff appeared in the 1990s seriesThe Baby-sitters Club, in an episode titled "Dawn Saves the Trees".
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1975
    Born
    Born on April 6, 1975.
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