Zach Braff stars as Dr John "JD" Dorian in TV2's hit comedy
Zach Braff 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. He plays the lead role in a cast which includes Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, Ian Holm and Method Man. With a budget of only $2.5 million, "Garden State" 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 garnered numerous awards, and Braff received a coveted WGA nomination for Best Original Screenplay. He also earned an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature, a nomination for Best First Screenplay, was awarded Best Directorial Debut by the National Board of Review, named 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.
Braff is currently set to direct the Paramount feature "Swingles." The film centers on a bachelor who is dumped by his wingman and teams up with a sharp-tongued woman (played by Cameron Diaz) he can't stand in order to meet singles. Braff will have a supporting role in the film.
As an actor, Braff was nominated for a 2005 Primetime Emmy Award and a 2005, 2006 and 2007 Golden Globe Award for his portrayal of Dr. John "J.D." Dorian in ABC's comedy "Scrubs." His filmography includes roles in "The Broken Hearts Club," "Getting to Know You" and "Manhattan Murder Mystery," in which he plays Woody Allen and Diane Keaton's son, and he can be heard as the voice of the title character in Disney's animated film, "Chicken Little." His stage experience includes New York City's Public Theater productions of "Twelfth Night" and "Macbeth," with Alec Baldwin and Angela Bassett. He also starred in Dreamworks' "The Last Kiss" and The Weinstein Company's "The Ex."
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.
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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