Zachary grew up in Pittsburgh, PA. He began performing and studying there as a child, but what started as a hobby quickly evolved into a vocation and he eventually headed to Carnegie Mellon School of Drama and received a BFA in 1999. Some of his memorable theatre experiences include: Side Man, Gross Indecency (City Theatre Company), Much Ado About Nothing, A Lonely Impulse of Delight (Vineyard Playhouse), The Bear (Tintreach Company – Galway, Ireland), Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow (Old Globe), Much Ado About Nothing (LA Shakespeare Festival), Pro Bono Publico, A Map of Doubt and Rescue, Laying On of Hands, Lonesome Hollow (Ojai Playwright’s Conference). Upon graduation from CMU, Quinto surprised even himself by foregoing a career in New York and moving to Los Angeles almost immediately.
Work began trickling in, and before long he had a resume of guest starring roles on such shows as: Touched By an Angel, CSI, Off Centre, Haunted, The Agency, Six Feet Under, Joan of Arcadia, and Crossing Jordan, to name a few. In 2004, he spent an entire season in the CTU, as computer analyst Adam Kaufman on FOX’s highly rated drama 24. His character went home at the end of the day, and apparently never came back to work. He spent a short time as Tori Spelling’s flamboyant best friend on the critically acclaimed but underrated half hour series so noTORIous, but Quinto is best known to date for his role as Sylar, the super powered psychopathic serial killer for four seasons on the international NBC hit series Heroes.
In May 2009, Quinto appeared as Spock in the acclaimed feature film reboot of the Star Trek franchise, directed by J.J. Abrams. Following that film, Quinto produced and starred in J.C. Chandor’s Margin Call opposite Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons, Penn Badgley, Simon Baker, Mary McDonnell, Demi Moore, and Stanley Tucci. The film premiered at Sundance, played the Berlinale, and New Directors/New Films, received outstanding reviews, won several year-end awards, and went on to gross more than $15 million around the globe. Zachary also returned to the stage in 2010, winning several awards for his performance as Louis Aronson in the Off-Broadway revival of Tony Kuskner’s epic play cycle, Angels In America: Millenium Approaches and Perestroika, directed by Michael Grief. In 2011, he appeared on Ryan Murphy’s Golden Globe-winning series American Horror Story opposite Jessica Lange and Connie Britton. He will next be seen reprising his role as ‘Spock’ in the third installment of the STAR TREK franchise. In September 2016, Quinto will appear in Oliver Stone’s film “Snowden” alongside Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Shailene Woodley.
In 2008, Zachary founded Before The Door Pictures with producing partners Neal Dodson and Corey Moosa to further their creative endeavors. They have various projects in all states of development in new media (websites and a dozen short films to date), television (several television pilots sold to networks), graphic novels (two acclaimed graphic novels released through their publishing partnership with Archaia), and film (including Margin Call, two features in post-production, and about a dozen other features in various states of development/production).
He lives in Los Angeles, but travels to New York as frequently as possible.