STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS
ZACHARY QUINTO (Spock) 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, 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, gay Iranian-American best friend of Tori Spelling on her VH1 series "So NoTORIOUS." Later that year, he joined the cast of Tim Kring's "Heroes" as Gabriel Gray, better known as the serial killer Sylar, for 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 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, and said that he hoped the looming election of Barack Obama would build that dynamic towards the film's May 2009 release date.
Following "Star Trek," he appeared in the comedy short "Boutonniere." 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?'"
Quinto has joined with Corey Moosa and Neal Dodson to form Before the Door Pictures. The company is working on projects in film, television, new media, and the graphic novel arena. It announced a three-book publishing deal with comic book publisher Archaia at the 2009 San Diego Comic-Con. The first project from the partnership is expected to be a 100-page graphic novel called Mr. Murder is Dead, created by writer Victor Quinaz. It will be followed by the comic book series LUCID: A Matthew Dee Adventure written by writer/actor Michael McMillian.
Quinto's theatre experience includes roles in a variety of productions, including "Much Ado About Nothing" at the Los Angeles Shakespeare Festival and Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow at the Old Globe Theatre. Quinto played the lead role of Louis Ironson in an Off-Broadway revival of Tony Kushner's "Angels in America" at the Signature Theatre. For this role, Quinto received the Theatreworld Outstanding Debut Performance award.
In 2010, Quinto's company Before the Door Pictures produced "Margin Call," an independent film about the financial crisis. Quinto played the role of Peter Sullivan in the film, in a cast that included Jeremy Irons, Kevin Spacey, Stanley Tucci, Penn Bagdgley and Deni Moore. "Margin Call" premiered in January 2011 at the Sundance Film Festival. In October 2011, Quinto began his 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.
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