Zach Gilford

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Zach Gilford
Born(1982-01-14) January 14, 1982 (age 32)
Evanston, Illinois, United States
Years active2003–present
Spouse(s)Kiele Sanchez (m. 2012)
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Not to be confused with Zac Guildford.
Zach Gilford
Born(1982-01-14) January 14, 1982 (age 32)
Evanston, Illinois, United States
Years active2003–present
Spouse(s)Kiele Sanchez (m. 2012)

Zach Gilford (born January 14, 1982) is an American actor best known for his role as Matt Saracen on the NBC sports drama Friday Night Lights.


Gilford graduated from Northwestern University[1] and Evanston Township High School.[citation needed] He served as a Trip Leader for Adventures Cross-Country.[2] He has led wilderness and adventure trips for teenagers to California, Hawaii, Alaska, the South Pacific, and British Columbia. Gilford worked as a staff member for YMCA Camp Echo in Fremont, Michigan.[citation needed]. In 2005, he appeared in an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

In 2006, Gilford landed a regular role in Friday Night Lights in which he played the role of Matt Saracen in the main cast from the first season to the third season. In 2009, Gilford was switched to the recurring cast in the fourth season until the show ended with the fifth season in 2011.

Gilford made his feature film debut, co-starring in The Last Winter. In 2009, he co-starred in Post Grad opposite Alexis Bledel[3] and in Dare opposite Emmy Rossum.[4]

In 2010, he joined the cast of ABC's medical drama Off The Map[5] which premiered in January 2011 but was cancelled after thirteen episodes. In 2011, he appeared in Taylor Swift's music video for "Ours", in which he played her love interest.[6]

In 2012, he was cast in another medical drama, The Mob Doctor, on Fox, opposite Jordana Spiro, however this was also cancelled after thirteen episodes. In January 2013, he appeared with Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Last Stand.[7]

He co-starred in the horror film Devil's Due, which was set in New Orleans and the Dominican Republic, and released on January 17, 2014.[8]

He co-starred in the film sequel The Purge: Anarchy, which was released on July 18, 2014.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Gilford was born in Evanston, Illinois. In the spring of 2010, Gilford began dating actress Kiele Sanchez, whom he met on the set of the television pilot for The Matadors.[10] The couple became engaged in November 2011,[11] and married on December 29, 2012.[12][13] The couple also co-starred in The Purge: Anarchy.



2003Handbook to Casual StalkingJimmyShort
2006The Last WinterMaxwell McKinderNominated - Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast
2007Rise: Blood HunterSailor
2009Post GradAdam Davies
DareJohnny Drake
2011The River WhyGus Oviston
Answers to NothingEvan
2012In Our NatureSeth
2013Crazy Kind of LoveMatthew
The Last StandJerry Bailey
2014Devil's DueZach McCall
2014The Purge: AnarchyShane


2005Law & Order: Special Victims UnitKevin Wilcox1 episode ("Contagious")
2006–2011Friday Night LightsMatt SaracenSeries regular, 62 episodes
Main cast (Seasons 1-3)
Recurring cast (Seasons 4-5)
2009Grey's AnatomyCharlie Lowell1 episode ("Here's to the Future")
2010The MatadorsAlex GallowayTV movie
2011Off The MapDr. Tommy FullerSeries regular, 13 episodes
2012-2013The Mob DoctorDr. Brett RobinsonSeries regular, 13 episodes
2014Drunk HistoryJim Abbott1 episode ("Sports Heroes")

Music Videos[edit]

2011Taylor Swift"Ours"Taylor Swift's love interest


  1. ^ "TV Tattler Interview: Zach Gilford of 'Friday Night Lights' on NBC - AOL Television". Retrieved 2013-05-23. 
  2. ^ ":: Our Leaders". Retrieved 2013-05-23. 
  3. ^ Griffin, Christine (August 21, 2009). "Post Grad Movie - Interview with Alexis Bledel and Zach Gilford". Cosmopolitan. Retrieved December 18, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Emmy Rossum, Sandra Bernhard, Zach Gilford and more at the DARE Premiere". Sundance Channel. Retrieved December 18, 2011. 
  5. ^ Ausiello, Michael (August 8, 2011). "Scoop: 'FNL' MVP Zach Gilford scores role in Shonda Rhimes' 'Off the Map'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved December 18, 2011. 
  6. ^ Warner, Kara (December 2, 2011). "Taylor Swift Cozies Up To Zach Gilford In 'Ours' Video". MTV. Retrieved December 18, 2011. 
  7. ^ "IMDB filmography". Retrieved April 4, 2013. 
  8. ^ Luoma, Sarah (March 4, 2013). "'Friday Night Lights' actor Zach Gilford joins horror 'Devil's Due'". Retrieved April 4, 2013. 
  9. ^ "IMDB filmography". Retrieved March 11, 2014. 
  10. ^ MacKenzie, Carina Adly (November 30, 2011). "Friday Night Lights' Zach Gilford engaged to Kiele Sanchez". zap2it. Retrieved December 18, 2011. 
  11. ^ Messer, Lesley (December 1, 2011). "Friday Night Lights Star Zach Gilford Engaged". People. Retrieved December 30, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Huffingtonpost : Zach Gilford Married: 'Friday Night Lights' Star Weds Kiele Sanchez". December 30, 2012. Retrieved December 31, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Friday Night Lights' Zach Gilford and Kiele Sanchez Tie the Knot!". E Online. December 29, 2012. Retrieved December 30, 2012. 

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