He's been in movies, TV, on stage, and online as a huge activist for the LGBTQAI+ youth. He even contributed a video to the It Gets Better Project. The campaign is an Internet-based non-profit aimed to help young members of the LGBTQAI+ community dealing with thoughts of suicide. So, no wonder why we're waving the rainbow flag for our Pride Month pick of the day, Zachary Quinto.
How You Know Him
You may recognize Quinto from his brief spurt in the American Horror Story franchise. He made appearances in the first two seasons of the series. His portrayal of Dr. Oliver Thredson in "American Horror Story: Asylum" earned him a Primetime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie. Before that he played the power-hungry serial killer antagonist in the superhero drama TV series "Heroes."
He's more commonly known for his role in the resurgence of the Star Trek franchise where he plays the iconic Starfleet officer Spock. Quinto landed the role for the 2009 film "Star Trek," and then reprised his role in two other sequels. His role in "Star Trek" and his role in "Heroes" earned him the SFX Award for Best Actor for both movies and television in 2010.
And finally, if you're a fan of theatre then you may know him from his performance as Louis Ironson in the play "Angels in America." He won the Tina Award for Best Actor for his role in this production.
His Life So Far
Zachary Quinto was born in Pittsburgh, PA. He attended Saints Simon and Jude Catholic School. Growing up Catholic, he graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1995. It was in high school where he started participating in musicals. This is when he was awarded the Gene Kelly Award for Best Supporting Actor. He went on to enroll in Carnegie Mellon University's School of Drama and graduated in 1999.
His career began with a few guest star appearances in shows like "CSI," "Six Feet Under," "Lizzie McGuire," etc. Then during a stage performance of the play "Endgame" in Los Angeles in 2003, he booked another gig. It was the recurring role of Adam Kaufman on the Emmy-winning television series "24." Quinto entered the series in the third season, appearing in 23 episodes.
But it's fair to say that Quinto really caught his big break when a big announcement happened at 2007 Comic-Con. The announcement was that he was being cast as a young Spock in the 2009 reboot film "Star Trek." From there, he got roles in various other films including "Margin Call," "Snowden," "Who We Are Now," and "Hotel Artemis."
The Movie to See
Since it's likely that you already have seen Quinto's most popular film "Star Trek," we're going to recommend you see his recent film, "The Boys in the Band." We think this is his best film to highlight for a couple of reasons. For one, the cast is exclusively comprised of openly gay actors. It includes Jim Parsons, Matt Bomer, Andrew Rannells, Charlie Carver, Robin de Jesús, Brian Hutchison, Michael Benjamin Washington, and Tuc Watkins.
Another reason is that this film is based on a 1968 play of the same name. And the play was revived by this same cast on Broadway in 2018. The boys in this band have already played together before. Following their success on Broadway, their play was adapted into this film. This film follows a group of homosexual men celebrating a friend's birthday. After a thunderstorm mixed with a few too many drinks, the group began playing a game. This game leads the end member of the group to call their crush and confess their love.
Also, this film is a Netflix original. For all these reasons, we choose this flick as today's Pride Month movie you need to see for Zachary Quinto.
What's Up Next
Quinto is currently working as a voice actor on the adult animated series on Prime Video titled "Invincible." But what we're looking forward to the most is Quinto's reprisal of his character Spock in the new film "Star Trek 4," which is set to be hitting theaters sometime in 2023.
Jesse is a writer and content manager for Noovie. When he's not working, he's on the beach playing volleyball.