Zach Gilford

Actor Biography

Actor Zach Gilford is best known for his starring role as Matt Saracen on the popular NBC series Friday Night Lights. Following the series wrap after five seasons, he has gone on to star in a wide array of film and television projects.

Up next, Gilford will star opposite Joan Allen on ABC’s drama The Family, which premieres mid-season. Gilford stars as Danny Warren, the family’s black sheep oldest brother.

Gilford last starred in Universal’s The Purge: Anarchy, the follow-up to the highly successful horror film, The Purge. Previously, he starred in Twentieth Century Fox’s handheld horror film, The Devil’s Due, as the husband of a woman who is impregnated with a demon child. Additional recent film credits include Lionsgate’s The Last Stand, with Arnold Schwarzenegger; and the indie drama In Our Nature, with John Slattery, Gabrielle Union and Jena Malone, which premiered at the 2011 SXSW Film Festival. Other film credits include the indie drama Crazy Kind of Love, with Virginia Madsen and Sam Tramell, Roadside Attractions’ release Answers to Nothing, with Dane Cook; indie Dare, opposite Emmy Rossum; Super, opposite Ellen Page and Rainn Wilson and Fox Searchlight’s Post Grad, opposite Alexis Bledel, Michael Keaton and Carol Burnett.

Gilford made his feature film debut starring in Larry Fessenden’s The Last Winter and was nominated for a 2008 Gotham Award for “Best Ensemble Cast.” Other TV credits include FOX’s The Mob Doctor, Drunk History, ABC’s Off the Map, Grey’s Anatomy, Law & Order: SVU and the feature film Rise: Blood Hunter, opposite Lucy Liu.

Gilford graduated from Northwestern University where he starred in productions of Equus and The Laramie Project. A Chicago native, Gilford currently resides in Los Angeles.