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Zach Braff

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Zachary Israel Braff (born April 6, 1975) is an American television and film actor, director, screenwriter, and producer. During the early 2000s, he became known for his role as J.D. on the NBC sitcom Scrubs. Braff has also starred in several films as well as wrote and directed 2004’s Garden State.

Braff was born in South Orange, New Jersey to a Jewish family on April 6th 1975. His parents, Hal Braff, a well known trial attorney, and Anne Brodzinsky, a clinical psychologist, divorced and re-married others during Braff’s childhood. One of his siblings, Joshua Braff, is an author. At the age of 10 Braff was diagnosed with Obsessive-compulsive disorder, and admits to having been unhappy within the public school system. Braff has wanted to be a filmmaker since his early childhood, and has described it as his “life dream”. He graduated from Columbia High School in Maplewood, New Jersey, where he worked in the school’s television station. Braff graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Arts in film where he was a member of the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity.

Braff began his career in stage productions of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and Macbeth at New York City’s Public Theater, and also appeared in Woody Allen’s 1993 film Manhattan Murder Mystery. Zach Braff was briefly on the “The Baby-sitters Club” show in an episode entitled “Dawn Saves the Trees”.

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