ZACHARY ISRAEL BRAFF
He was born on April 6, 1975, in South Orange, New Jersey, USA.
He is an actor, director, screenwriter, producer.
His father, Hal Braff, is a lawyer and professor; his mother, Anne Brodzinski, is a psychologist. According to Zachary himself, making movies has been his desire since childhood.
At the age of ten, Braff was diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder.
He graduated from high school in Maplewood, New Jersey, where he participated in the school television station. He then went on to attend and successfully graduated from Northwestern University (Illinois) with a Bachelor of Arts in film.
He began his career at the New York Public Theater, appearing in productions of Shakespeare's plays. At the same time, he starred in a cameo in Woody Allen's "Mystery Murder in Manhattan" (1993) and took part in the filming of an episode of the Disney show "The Baby-Sitters Club".
In 2001, he landed the role of Dr. John Dorian in the comedy series Clinique. For this role, he was nominated three times for a Golden Globe and an Emmy Award. He also directed several episodes.
In 2004, he wrote the screenplay and directed the movie "Garden Land." He also played one of the leading roles in this film. In 2005, this film won an Emmy Award for Best Soundtrack.
In the same year, he voiced one of the characters in the cartoon "Chicken Little" and the video game "Kingdom Hearts II".
In 2007, he signed a contract with NBC to star in the seventh season of Scrubs. His fee was $350,000 per episode, making him the highest paid television actor.
He has directed several music videos.
He also co-wrote with his brother the screenplay for the screen version of Andrew Henry's Meadow, a children's book, and directed an episode of New York, Je T'Aime.