Quinto at the 2019 WonderCon
Zachary John Quinto
June 2, 1977
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Education||Carnegie Mellon University (BFA)|
Zachary John Quinto (//; born June 2, 1977) is an American actor and film producer. He is known for his roles as Sylar, the primary antagonist from the science fiction drama series Heroes (2006–2010), Spock in the film Star Trek (2009) and its sequels Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) and Star Trek Beyond (2016), Charlie Manx in the AMC series NOS4A2, as well as his Emmy nominated performance in American Horror Story: Asylum. His other film roles include Margin Call, What's Your Number?, Hitman: Agent 47, Snowden, and Hotel Artemis. He also appeared in smaller roles on television series such as So NoTORIous, The Slap, and 24, and on stage in Angels in America, The Glass Menagerie, and Smokefall.
Quinto was born in Pittsburgh, and grew up in the suburb of Green Tree, Pennsylvania. He attended Saints Simon and Jude Catholic School (closed 2010). His mother, Margaret J. "Margo" (née McArdle), worked at an investment firm and later at a magistrate's office. His father, Joseph John "Joe" Quinto, a barber, died of cancer when Quinto was seven years old. Quinto and his brother, Joe, were subsequently raised by their mother. He grew up Catholic. His father was of Italian descent, while his mother is of Irish ancestry. Quinto graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1995, where he participated in its musicals and won the Gene Kelly Award for Best Supporting Actor, and then attended Carnegie Mellon University's School of Drama, from which he graduated in 1999.
Quinto first appeared on television in the short-lived television series The Others, and appeared as a guest star on shows including CSI, Touched by an Angel, Charmed, Six Feet Under, Lizzie McGuire, and L.A. Dragnet. In 2003, during the theatrical run of Endgame by Samuel Beckett, directed by Kristina Lloyd at the Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles playing the role of Clov, he landed a recurring role as computer expert Adam Kaufman on the Fox series 24; Quinto appeared in 23 episodes of the third season.
In 2006, Quinto played the role of Sasan: the haughty, bisexual Iranian-American best friend of Tori Spelling on her VH1 series So NoTORIous. Later that year, he joined the cast of Heroes as Gabriel Gray, better known as the serial killer Sylar. He worked on the series until its cancellation in 2010 after four seasons.
His casting as a young Spock in the J.J. Abrams-directed reboot of the Star Trek film franchise was officially announced at the 2007 Comic-Con. Speaking alongside Leonard Nimoy at a press conference to promote the first new Star Trek film, Quinto revealed that Nimoy had been given casting approval over who would play the role of the young Spock. "For me Leonard's involvement was only liberating, frankly," says Quinto. "I knew that he had approval over the actor that would play young Spock, so when I got the role I knew from the beginning it was with his blessing."
In a September 2008 interview, Abrams said of Quinto's performance as Spock: "Zachary brought a gravity and an incredible sense of humor, which is a wonderful combination because Spock's character is deceivingly complicated. The revelation for me watching the movie, when I finally got to watch the whole thing after working on sequences, was that he is extraordinary. He was doing things I didn't even realize while we were shooting – these amazing things to track his story." Quinto also made references to Star Trek's historical record for diversity and inclusiveness in its casting and storylines.
After Star Trek, he appeared in the comedy short Boutonniere (2009). It "...was a movie written and directed by my former landlady and friend, [actress Coley Sohn]. She called up and said, 'Would you do me a favor and be in my short film?'"
In 2008, Quinto joined with Corey Moosa and Neal Dodson to form Before the Door Pictures. The company produced projects in film, television, new media, and published two graphic novels in a deal with comic book publisher Archaia Entertainment: they published a graphic novel called Mr. Murder is Dead, created by writer Victor Quinaz, closely followed by LUCID: A Matthew Dee Adventure written by writer/actor Michael McMillian.
Quinto also starred in several comedy shorts. He played a strangely lovable kidnapper in "Hostage: A Love Story", written by the comedy duo HoltandSteele, for Before the Door Pictures and www.FunnyOrDie.com. He also played a prospective dog adopter (based on Quinto's own experience) in "Dog Eat Dog", written and directed by Sian Heder, and premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival in 2012.
Quinto has also kept up his theatre experience, which includes roles in a variety of productions, including classics such as Samuel Beckett's Endgame at the Los Angeles Odyssey Theatres in 2003, Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing at the Los Angeles Shakespeare Festival and Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow at the Old Globe Theatre. From October 2010 to February 2011, Quinto played the lead role of Louis Ironson in an Off-Broadway revival of Tony Kushner's Angels in America at the Signature Theatre, New York City. For this role, Quinto received the Theatreworld Outstanding Debut Performance award.
In 2013, Quinto played the role of Tom Wingfield in the American Repertory Theatre's production of The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams. He was also in the Broadway reprisal of the production, in 2014. In February 2016, Zachary appeared in the New York premiere of MCC Theater's Smokefall.
In 2010, Quinto's company Before the Door Pictures produced Margin Call, an independent film about the financial crisis of 2007–08. Quinto played the role of Peter Sullivan in the film, in a cast that included Jeremy Irons, Kevin Spacey, Stanley Tucci, Penn Badgley and Demi Moore. Margin Call premiered in January 2011 at the Sundance Film Festival. Margin Call received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay, by J. C. Chandor. Quinto was an executive producer for Chandor's next film All Is Lost (2013) with Robert Redford as the sole actor.
In October 2011, Quinto began a recurring role on the FX series American Horror Story as Chad, former owner of the house. Quinto returned for the second season in one of the lead roles, as Dr. Oliver Thredson. In 2014, Quinto and his Before the Door partners produced a Chris Moore project, The Chair, a documentary series on Starz that shows the process of two directors bringing their first feature to the screen. In 2015, Quinto was a guest on the acclaimed TV series Girls and Hannibal.
Movie-wise, Quinto reprised his role of Spock in Star Trek Into Darkness in 2013 and in Star Trek Beyond, released in 2016. In addition, he played John Smith in Hitman: Agent 47 in 2015. At the other end of the spectrum from the action-oriented Agent 47, Quinto appeared opposite James Franco in the drama I Am Michael (2015), a film that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. In 2016, he portrayed journalist Glenn Greenwald in the Edward Snowden biopic Snowden, narrated, as space scientist Pascal Lee, in the documentary film Passage to Mars, and appeared as himself in the documentary film For the Love of Spock. In 2018, he starred in the Broadway play The Boys in the Band.
Quinto publicly came out as gay in October 2011. He explained that, after the suicide of gay teenager Jamey Rodemeyer, he realized "that living a gay life without publicly acknowledging it is simply not enough to make any significant contribution to the immense work that lies ahead on the road to complete equality." Prior to his coming out, Quinto had long been an active supporter of gay rights and organizations, including the Trevor Project. In 2009, he appeared in the one-night production Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays, a benefit stage reading in response to the passing of Proposition 8, as well as in the play The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later, about the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard. In 2010, Quinto contributed a video to the It Gets Better Project, an Internet-based campaign that aims to prevent suicide among LGBTQAI+ youth. In 2012 Quinto campaigned on behalf of Barack Obama, including appearing in the video Obama Pride: LGBT Americans For Obama.
Quinto began dating model and musician Miles McMillan in the summer of 2013. In early 2015, the couple moved into a NoHo, Manhattan apartment they purchased together. In November 2015 Vogue magazine called them "a power couple whose domain extends across the film, fashion, and art scene." The two ended their relationship in early 2019.
In 2017, Quinto criticized the timing of actor Kevin Spacey's decision to come out as part of his response to allegations of sexual advances towards then-14-year-old actor Anthony Rapp. He called the manner of Spacey's announcement "deeply sad and troubling," feeling he had not stood up "as a point of pride – in the light of all his many awards and accomplishments – thus inspiring tens of thousands of struggling LGBTQ kids around the world," but instead as "a calculated manipulation to deflect attention from the very serious accusation that he attempted to molest one."
|2011||Margin Call||Peter Sullivan||Also producer|
|2011||Girl Walks into a Bar||Nicolas "Nick"|
|2011||What's Your Number?||Rick|
|2013||Star Trek Into Darkness||Spock|
|2014||We'll Never Have Paris||Jameson|
|2015||I Am Michael||Bennett|
|2015||Hitman: Agent 47||John Smith|
|2016||Star Trek Beyond||Spock|
|2016||Passage to Mars||Pascal Lee||Voice|
|2017||Aardvark||Josh Norman||Also producer|
|2017||Who We Are Now||Peter|
|2019||High Flying Bird||David Starr|
|2020||Superman: Man of Tomorrow||Lex Luthor||Voice|
|2020||The Boys in the Band||Harold|
|2000||The Others||Tony||Episode: "Unnamed"|
|2001||Touched by an Angel||Mike||Episode: "When Sunny Gets Blue"|
|2002||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Mitchell Sullivan||Episode: "Anatomy of a Lye"|
|2002||Off Centre||Smudge||Episode: "Diddler on the Roof"|
|2002||Lizzie McGuire||Director||Episode: "Party Over Here"|
|2002||Haunted||Paul Kingsley||Episode: "Grievous Angels"|
|2002||The Agency||Jay Lambert||Episode: "Air Lex"|
|2003||Six Feet Under||Hip Student||Episode: "The Eye Inside"|
|2003||Charmed||Warlock||Episode: "Cat House"|
|2003||Miracles||Messenger||Episode: "Battle at Shadow Ridge"|
|2003–2004||24||Adam Kaufman||23 episodes|
|2004||Dragnet||Howard Simms||Episode: "Frame of Mind"|
|2004||Hawaii||Loomis||Episode: "No Man Is an Island"|
|2004||Joan of Arcadia||Pretentious Filmmaker God||Episode: "P.O.V."|
|2005||Blind Justice||Scott Collins||Episode: "In Your Face"|
|2006||Crossing Jordan||Leo Fulton, Jr.||Episode: "Code of Ethics"|
|2006||Twins||Jason||Episode: "When I Move, You Move"|
|2006||So Notorious||Sasan||10 episodes|
|2008||Robot Chicken||Archimedes Q. Porter / Sylar (voice)||Episode: "Bionic Cow"|
|2011||American Horror Story: Murder House||Chad Warwick||4 episodes|
|2012–2013||American Horror Story: Asylum||Oliver Thredson||12 episodes|
|2014||The Chair||Himself||10 episodes|
|2015||The Slap||Harry Apostolou||7 episodes|
|2015||Hannibal||Neal Frank||2 episodes|
|2016||Lip Sync Battle||Himself||Episode: "Zoe Saldana vs. Zachary Quinto"|
|2018||In Search of...||10 episodes|
|2019||Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt||Eli Rubin||2 episodes|
|2019||Big Mouth||Aiden (voice)||4 episodes|
|2019–2020||NOS4A2||Charlie Manx||20 episodes|
|2019||NOVA||Narrator||Episode: "The Planets: Saturn"|
|2020||Little America||Teacher||Episode: "The Silence"|
|2021||Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?||Himself||Episode: "In The Hot Seat: Amanda Peet, Zachary Quinto & Karemo Brown"|
|2010||Angels in America||Louis Ironson||Signature Theatre Company|
|2013||The Glass Menagerie||Tom Wingfield||American Repertory Theater|
|2016||Smokefall||Footnote / Fetus Two / Samuel||MCC Theater|
|2018||The Boys in The Band||Harold||Booth Theatre|
|2000||Code Blue||Monty Rodriguez|
|2006||24: The Game||Adam Kaufman|
|2010||Star Trek Online||Khitomer Emergency Medical Hologram|
Awards and nominations
|1994||Gene Kelly Award for Best Supporting Actor||The Pirates of Penzance||Won|
|1995||Gene Kelly Award for Best Lead Actor||1776||Nominated|
|2007||TV Land Award for Future Classic Award||Heroes||Won|
|Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Villain||Nominated|
|2008||Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Villain||Nominated|
|2009||Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Villain||Nominated|
|Teen Choice Award for Best Rumble (shared with Chris Pine)||Star Trek||Nominated|
|Critics' Choice Award for Best Cast||Nominated|
|Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cast||Won|
|Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association for Best Ensemble||Nominated|
|2010||People's Choice Award for Favorite Breakout Movie Actor||Nominated|
|SFX Award for Best Actor||Heroes, Star Trek||Won|
|2011||Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play||Angels in America||Nominated|
|Theatre World Award||Won|
|Tina Award for Best Actor (Play)||Won|
|Tina Award for Best Ensemble (Play)||Won|
|Tina Award for Best Stage Duo (shared with Christian Borle)||Won|
|Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Ensemble Performance||Margin Call||Nominated|
|Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Ensemble Acting||Nominated|
|2012||Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble||Nominated|
|AACTA International Award for Best Film (as producer)||Nominated|
|Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature (as producer)||Won|
|Robert Altman Award||Won|
|Saturn Award for Best Guest Starring Role on Television||American Horror Story||Nominated|
|2013||Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Movie/Miniseries||American Horror Story: Asylum||Won|
|Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie||Nominated|
|PAAFTJ Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie||N/A|
|PAAFTJ Television Award for Best Cast in a Miniseries or TV Movie||N/A|
|People's Choice Award Favorite Movie Duo (shared with Chris Pine)||Star Trek Into Darkness||Nominated|
|Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Ensemble||The Glass Menagerie||Won|
|2014||Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance||Nominated|
|Broadway.com Audience Choice Award for Favorite Leading Actor in a Play||Nominated|
|BroadwayWorld.com Award for Best Leading Actor in a Play||Nominated|
|2017||Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Film||Star Trek Beyond||Nominated|
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