Zachary John Quinto (Born June 2, 1977) is an American actor. He began acting in small roles in his native Pittsburgh as a child, and claims to have known since a very young age that acting was his calling. He is famous for having Big Ol' Eyebrows
, cutting open people's heads
, or just cutting people up
, and having pointy ears
This actor and his roles provide examples of:
- all lowercase letters: His blog postings and twitter◊ are exactly how you would expect. Someone then proceeded to ask him on Reddit about it.
: Are you afraid of capital letters? Zachary
- Corpsing: Almost broke character when Spock was interrogating Kirk and Scotty; the final scene in the film shows his expression twitching just slightly enough to be missed.
- Also applies to several scenes in Heroes where Sylar's expression can change just enough to indicate near-corpsing.
- Deadpan Snarker: Plays one of the best, as well as being one himself. Most of his answers on his Reddit AMA is snark.
- Dyeing for Your Art: In order to put on the prosthetic Spock eyebrows, he had to shave off his own. Chris Pine described it as a "forehead Brazilian wax."
- Erudite Stoner: Admitted to being a marijuana smoker on an interview with Howard Stern. He knew quite a bit about the various paraphernalia, and prefers it socially and in moderation.
- Fan Nickname: Often referred as ZQ or La Quinto. His Carpet of Virility is known as The Batsignal, and his most recognizable trait is known as the Sybrows. Characters he has played are known as Quintoplets.
- Fandom Nod: When an interviewer asked him about the the SArmy (Sylar's Army), who raise money for charities that he supports, he replied that he'd heard of them and considered it pretty damn cool.
- Intergenerational Friendship: With Leonard Nimoy after getting the role of Spock.
- The Klutz / Cloud Cuckoolander: According to several accounts from both the Heroes and Star Trek sets and on-the-street Twitter sightings.
- His Twitter sometimes will lapse into complete nonsense◊, giving off a Cloud Cuckoolander impression.
- Was nearly hit by a car because he stopped in the middle of crossing a street to take a picture of a balloon.
- Mean Character, Nice Actor: Is quite laid back and sweet in Real Life, but once he gets into character, prepare to be terrified.
- Stephen Tobolowsky talks about working on Heroes during one of his podcasts, and despite only sharing a single deleted scene, describes him as 'the sweetest guy' in admiring tones. Take note, this was a scene in which Zach's character killed Stephen's, and Zach apologized numerous times. Stephen only mentions Kristen Bell as being just as nice.
- Mr. Fanservice: As Sylar's popularity increased, the writers wrote in more thinly veiled Fanservice moments into his scenes. There's a reason he and Milo Ventimiglia, who plays Peter, have the most shirtless scenes in the show.
- Promoted Fanboy: An avowed drama geek from the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama, he was extremely pleased to be cast as Louis in a production of Angels In America as he was a fan of the material.
- Played with in that it wasn't until he was cast as the reboot Spock that he became a fan of Star Trek.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Tends to speak in an articulate manner, although tends to lapse into Buffy Speak or Sophisticated as Hell in more casual settings.
- He plays this up to its full hilt on the press tours for Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness. In order to entertain themselves and alleviate the boredom of press junkets, he and Chris Pine engaged in a game of cramming in as many vocabulary words as they can into their answers, regardless of the context.
- Straight Gay: A shining example of someone whose sexual orientation is just a minor detail.