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ZACH BRAFF (Michael) has distinguished himself from his peers—not only as an actor, but as a writer and director. With his feature writing and directorial debut, "Garden State,” Braff reveals himself in all three capacities—acting, writing and directing. Braff plays the lead role of Andrew Largeman among a cast that includes Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, Ian Holm, and Method Man. With a budget of only $2.5 million, the film premiered at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, where it sold for $5 million in an unprecedented sale to two studios, Fox Searchlight and Miramax.

The film has also garnered numerous awards. On the writing side, Braff received a coveted WGA nomination for Best Original Screenplay. The film has also garnered him an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature as well as a nomination for Best First Screenplay. In addition, Braff was awarded Best Directorial Debut by the National Board of Review, Breakthrough Director by the Hollywood Film Festival and Most Promising Filmmaker by the Chicago Film Critics Association. With his hand-picked soundtrack including songs by Simon and Garfunkel, Coldplay, and Frou Frou, Braff has also won a Grammy for Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, TV or Other Visual Media. The album has sold over a million copies. 

As an actor, Braff was nominated for a 2005 Primetime Emmy Award and a 2005 and 2006 Golden Globe award for his portrayal of Dr. John "J.D.” Dorian in NBC's comedy "Scrubs.” His filmography includes roles in "The Broken Hearts Club,” "Getting to Know You,” and "Manhattan Murder Mystery,” in which he played Woody Allen and Diane Keaton's son. Braff's stage experience includes New York City's Public Theater productions of "Twelfth Night” and "Macbeth” with Alec Baldwin and Angela Bassett. 

Braff is currently co-writing with his brother Adam an adaptation of the children's book, "Andrew Henry's Meadow,” which he will also executive produce. He also recently voiced the title character in Disney's 3D animated film "Chicken Little.” He can also be seen in the upcoming Weinstein Company's "Fast Track.” A native of New Jersey and graduate of Northwestern University's film program, Braff studied theater acting while writing and directing his own short films.


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