You may know him for his roles as Spock in the modern Star Trek movies, Sylar from Heroes, or even Adam Kaufman from 24, but I know him as a guy I saw in a Greentree Subway once. In shock, I stared (hard) at someone who I thought looked a lot like Zachary Quinto in one of my favorite sandwich shops. I commented to my significant other that he in fact, looked A LOT like him. We continued to stare, and it finally dawned on us—it WAS Zachary Quinto! I think he realized others were coming to this conclusion, too, and rushed through his order (and no, I don’t know what he ordered). As he attempted to leave, my other half commented, “Mr. Quinto!” I was astounded that he got the courage up to utter his name. I know I didn’t. The next thing I know, the three of us were scrambling for a phone (our friend, Will, was here for this experience, also), as we had asked him if we could get a picture taken with him before he left. I ran to the car, and, sadly, came up with nothing. Although we don’t have photographic evidence of this exciting event to this day, I did get to shake Quinto’s hand quietly say the words, “You’re my favorite actor…” After this, he rushed out to something much more important.
This famous actor begin taking roles on the big screen in 2000 on a TV series called The Others, then went many more guest roles , such as CSI in 2000 and Lizzie McGuire in 2002. He then went onto Charmed in 2003. As mentioned above, his biggest roles were in Star Trek and the infamous Heroes, along with his roles on American Horror Story.
More recently, he has added producer to his resume, because of his work on Breakup at a Wedding which his production company, Before the Door Pictures, produced. This is why he was here last year when I saw him at the Subway, to premiere this film at the Hollywood Theater in Dormont. He has also produced a movie called Margin Call and many others with the production company, the aforementioned Before the Door Pictures that Quinto formed with a couple of his CMU friends (where he went to college himself), Corey Moosa and Neal Dodson. They are being hailed to produce graphic novels, movies, and so on in the future. Quinto was cast in a new show, The Slap, also, which the news broke a few days ago. It is said to be about what happens after a man slaps another couple’s meandering child. Henry, the Slapper, is played by Zachary. This show also stars Mary-Louise Parker and Peter Sarsgaard.
Fun Facts about Zach:
-Was approved by Leonard Nimoy to play Spock in J.J. Abrams’ telling of the last two Star Trek movies, and ever since, the two Spocks have become good friends
-Quinto went to Central High School here in Pittsburgh
-Was born on June 2, 1977
-Is producing a new show called The Chair, where two directors compete to direct the same script
-Quinto is of Irish-Italian descent
-Won the Critic’s Choice TV Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in American Horror Story: Asylum
-His fans call themselves Sylar’s Army
-Is best friends with his Heroes co-star Milo Ventimiglia