Zachary John Quinto (born June 2, 1977 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is an American actor. Getting his start in bit roles on television, his role as the villainous Sylar on NBC's Heroes was his breakthrough performance, which ultimately led to his casting as Spock in J. J. Abrams' Star Trek film series. He's also widely known for starring in two seasons of FX's American Horror Story.
Zachary is also one of Hollywood's most prominent openly gay actors, and he used to date Jonathan Groff.
- 24 (2003 — 2004) as Adam Kaufman
- Heroes (2006 — 2010) as Sylar
- Star Trek Kelvin Timeline as Spock
- Margin Call (2011) as Peter Sullivan
- American Horror Story (2011 — 2013) in various roles:
- What's Your Number? (2011) as Rick
- Girls (2015) as Ace
- The Slap (2015) as Harry Apostolou
- Hannibal (2015) as Neal Frank
- Hitman: Agent 47 (2015) as John Smith
- NOS4A2 (2019) as Charlie Manx
He provides 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.Redditor: Are you afraid of capital letters?
- Converted Fanboy: It wasn't until he was cast as the reboot Spock that he became a fan of Star Trek.
- 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. His character of Jackson in We'll Never Have Paris has a vaguely stoner vibe to him.
- 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.
- Fan Community Nickname: Zachary has a very dedicated and loving community known as Sylar's Army.
- 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.
- 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.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Tends to speak in an articulate manner, although tends to lapse into Buffy Speak or Sophisticated as Hell in more casual settings. Both Sylar and Spock are known for long lines of dialogue.
- He plays this up to its full hilt on the press tours for Star Trek (2009) 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: One of the most visible examples
- Strong Family Resemblance: As seen here, Zachary and his brother look remarkably alike, especially around their similar Big Ol' Eyebrows.
- Tall, Dark, and Handsome: He's 6'3 and quite the looker.
- Typecasting: Typically cast as mentally unbalanced or at least morally dark Jerkass characters. His roles as Sasan and Spock, and his roles in Margin Call and We'll Never Have Paris is actually him Playing Against Type.
- The typecasting goes so deep that he was listed under "killers" on the character page for Hannibal before his episode even aired. It turns out he was innocent of any crime and completely harmless. For almost three seasons, it's been said that his character attacked his psychiatrist when it's been quite the opposite way around the whole time.