Zachary Israel Braff is an American actor, director, screenwriter and producer. He is best known for his role as J. D. on the television series Scrubs. Braff was diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder at age ten.
About Zach Braff in brief
Zachary Israel Braff is an American actor, director, screenwriter and producer. He is best known for his role as J. D. on the television series Scrubs. Braff was diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder at age ten. He was born in South Orange, New Jersey and grew up there and in neighboring Maplewood. He attended the Northwestern University School of Communication, where he became a brother of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, and graduated in the class of 1997. His father was born into a Jewish family, and Braff’s mother, originally a Protestant, converted to Judaism before marrying his father. His stepsister, Jessica Kirson, is a New York-based stand-up comedian. He has one brother, Adam Braff, who is a writer and producer; his other brother, Joshua, is an author. He appeared in the 1990s series The Baby-sitters Club, in an episode titled “Dawn Saves the Trees” Braff appeared in Woody Allen’s 1993 film Manhattan Murder Mystery. In 1998, Braff had a part in a George C. Wolfe production of Macbeth for New York City’s Public Theater. He wrote, directed, starred in, and compiled the soundtrack album for Garden State, which he also wrote and starred in. In 2013, he said that he was not a huge organized religion guy, and that Judaism doesn’t necessarily work for him, although he identifies as Jewish.
He also played the lead role in a musical adaptation of Woody Allen’s Bullets Over Broadway in 2014. He starred in The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy, The Last Kiss, The Ex and In Dubious Battle. He served as one of the executive producers for six episodes of the show’s ninth season and also served as a cast member for six of the episodes. In 2001, he was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series in 2005 and for three Golden Globe Awards from 2005 to 2007. In 2005, he won the Grammy Award for Best Soundtrack Album in 2005 for his work on Bojack Horseman. He won numerous awards for his directing work and also won the Oscar for Best Original Song for The Great and Powerful. In 2004, he directed his second film, Wish I Was Here, which he partially funded with a Kickstarter campaign. The film made over USD 35 million at the box office and was praised by critics, leading it to gain a cult following. In 2011, he appeared on stage in All New People, which he wrote and stars in. It premiered in NYC in 2011 before playing in London’s West End. He directed several episodes of Scrubs, including its one-hundredth, “My Way Home”