Zachary Levi

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Zachary Levi
Zachary Levi Comic-Con 2012.jpg
Levi at the 2012 Comic-Con in San Diego.
BornZachary Levi Pugh
(1980-09-29) September 29, 1980 (age 33)
Lake Charles, Louisiana, U.S.
OccupationActor, singer, director
Years active2001–present
Website
TheNerdMachine.com
 
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Zachary Levi
Zachary Levi Comic-Con 2012.jpg
Levi at the 2012 Comic-Con in San Diego.
BornZachary Levi Pugh
(1980-09-29) September 29, 1980 (age 33)
Lake Charles, Louisiana, U.S.
OccupationActor, singer, director
Years active2001–present
Website
TheNerdMachine.com

Zachary Levi Pugh (/ˈzækəri ˈlv/; born September 29, 1980), known professionally as Zachary Levi, is an American actor, director, and singer. Known for his roles in the TV series Chuck, as the titular character, Less than Perfect, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, and Tangled, he also played Fandral in the Marvel film Thor: The Dark World (2013).

Early life[edit]

Levi was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, to parents Susan M. (née Hoctor) and Darrell Alton Pugh.[1] He is the middle child between two sisters, Sarah and Shekinah. He has English, German, and Welsh ancestry.[2][3] He chose his middle name, "Levi", as his stage name, because his birth surname of "Pugh" sounded like "Pew".[2] As a child, his family moved across several states, before finally heading back to their home in Ventura, California, where Levi attended Buena High School for four years.[4] He began acting in theatre at the age of six, performing lead roles in regional productions such as Grease, The Outsiders, and Oklahoma, as well as Oliver, The Wizard of Oz, and Big River at the Ojai Art Center.

Career[edit]

Acting[edit]

Levi at the 83rd Academy Awards.

Levi first appeared in the FX television movie Big Shot: Confessions of a Campus Bookie. He played Kipp Steadman on the ABC sitcom Less Than Perfect. He also portrayed a potential boyfriend of Charisma Carpenter's character, Jane, in the ABC Family television movie See Jane Date. Levi was slated to be a lead in an ABC pilot called Three for the 2004/2005 television season. It was written by Andrew Reich & Ted Cohen, and would have costarred James Van Der Beek, Jama Williamson, and Jacob Pitts, but the show was not picked up.[5] Levi financed Kendall Payne's album Grown after she was dropped by her label, Capitol Records.[6]

He landed the starring role in Chuck in 2007. Levi and his Chuck co-star, Yvonne Strahovski, were both nominated for Best Action Actor and Actress Choice TV Series for the Teen Choice Awards 2010 where they both won and presented.[7] In the summer of 2008, Levi was named one of Entertainment Weekly's Top Thirty People Under Thirty.[8] He later starred in the film Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel in the lead role as the Chipmunks' cousin Toby Seville. [9] In 2010 he is presented Kids' Choice Awards, were both a winner for Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel in Best Favorite Movie. He stars alongside Mandy Moore in the 2010 Disney-animated feature film Tangled, which is based on the popular fairy tale Rapunzel. He voices Flynn Rider, a bandit who finds refuge in Rapunzel's tower. Levi provided narration in the 2011 film Under the Boardwalk: The Monopoly Story, a documentary about the game of Monopoly.[10] Levi hosted the 2011 Spike Video Game Awards.[11]

BuddyTV ranked him #97 on its list of "TV's Sexiest Men of 2011".[12] Levi landed the male lead in the 2012 TV pilot Let It Go, which would have aired on Fox; however, it was not picked up.[13] Levi hosted the web documentaries Tomb Raider The Final Hours, going behind the scenes of the new Tomb Raider game. Levi was originally supposed to portray Fandral in Thor, but had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts with his series, Chuck.[14] He did play the role in the sequel, Thor: The Dark World (2013), after Josh Dallas, who played the character in Thor, had scheduling conflicts of his own. Levi made his Broadway debut in a production of the musical comedy First Date in August 2013.[15]

Music[edit]

In April 2010, Katharine McPhee released a preview of a music video to cinemas for her single "Terrified". Levi duets with her on the song (which was re-recorded; the original album version features Jason Reeves) and appears in the music video singing with McPhee. On May 3, 2010, the song was previewed on Entertainment Weekly's website and was made available for purchase on iTunes.[16] The full video premiered on May 7, 2010 on the music video website Vevo.[17]

He is also featured on the soundtrack of the movie Tangled singing a duet with co-star Mandy Moore called "I See the Light", as well as being featured in the song "I've Got a Dream". In honor of the Oscar nomination for Best Original Song, Levi and Moore performed "I See the Light" at the 83rd Academy Awards.[18] He has also been a guest member of Band from TV, a band made up of actors from various American TV shows.

Personal life[edit]

Levi is a sports car and motorcycle enthusiast and owns a 2009 Nissan GT-R.[19][20] He dated singer/actress Caitlin Crosby from 2008 to January 2010.[21][22]

Levi is a Christian and has been since childhood. In a 2002 interview with Relevant Magazine, he said, "My job on my set, I believe, is to first just love people and gain that trust with people where they know that I really do love them and care about their well-being, so that when they are running into problems, they will hopefully, at some point, come to me and ask me, 'What is your peace all about? What is your comfort all about? Where do you get your love? Where do you get your talents?' And I can turn to them and say without blinking, 'Jesus Christ.'"[23]

In September 2010, Levi started his own company, The Nerd Machine.[24] Levi was selected as a participant in the Celebrity All Star Game at NBA All Star Weekend 2011 at Los Angeles. He played for the team coached by Magic Johnson.[25] Levi is an avid gamer, having first played Super Mario Bros. and has come to appreciate video games for their ability to provide interactive stories.[11]

Filmography[edit]

Film
YearTitleRoleNotes
2005Reel GuerrillasEvon SchwarzShort
2006Big Momma's House 2Kevin
2007SpiralBerkeley
Ctrl ZBen PillarShort
2008WienersBen
The Tiffany ProblemZacShort
An American CarolLab Tech 1
Shades of RayRay Rehman
2009StuntmenTroy Ratowski
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The SqueakquelToby
2010Byron Phillips: FoundByron PhillipsShort
TangledFlynn Rider / Eugene FitzherbertVoice;
Nominated – Broadcast Film Critics Association Award Best Song
Nominated – World Soundtrack Academy Best Original Song Written Directly for a Film
Nominated – Teen Choice Award Choice Animated Movie: Voice
Under the Boardwalk: The MONOPOLY StoryNarratorVoice
2011No Rest For the Wicked: Moebius and Basil AdventuresMoebiusShort
2012Tangled Ever AfterFlynn Rider / Eugene FitzherbertVoice; Short
Defeat the LabelShort
2013Thor: The Dark WorldFandral
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
2001Untitled Sisqo ProjectTV movie
2002Big Shot: Confessions of a Campus BookieAdamTV movie
2002–2006Less than PerfectKipp SteadmanMain Cast; 81 episodes
2003See Jane DateGrant AsherTV movie
2004The DivisionTodd2 episodes
Curb Your EnthusiasmBellmanEpisode: "Opening Night"
2005Brody & FriendsZacEpisode: The Hollywood Lifestyle
2006Worst Week of My LifeNickEpisode: Pilot
2007–2012ChuckChuck BartowskiLead Role; 91 episodes
Also director; 3 episodes
TV Guide Award Favorite Couple Who Have (shared w/ Yvonne Strahovski) (2011)
Teen Choice Award Choice TV Actor: Action (2010)
Ewwy Awards Best Leading Actor in a Comedy Series (2009)
Nominated – Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actor: Action (2011-2012)
Nominated – Saturn Award Best Actor on Television (2010)
Nominated – Ewwy Awards Best Leading Actor in a Comedy Series (2010)
Nominated – Teen Choice Award Choice TV Breakout Star Male (2008)
Nominated – Satellite Award Best Actor in a Series, Comedy or Musical (2007)
2007Imperfect UnionClarkTV movie
2011Team UnicornYoung LoverEpisode: Alien Beach Crashers
2011 Spike Video Game AwardsHostTV special
20124 PointsHimselfEpisode: Zachary Levi
Robot ChickenVarious voicesEpisode: Poisoned by Relatives
2013Remember SundayGusTV movie
Webseries
YearTitleRoleNotes
2012Video Game High SchoolAce3 episodes
2013Tiny Commando[26][27]Tiny Commando7 episodes
Video Games
YearTitleVoice
2010Halo: ReachTrooper 4
Fallout: New VegasArcade Gannon
2013Tomb RaiderHimself[28]
Broadway
YearTitleRoleNotes
2013–2014First DateAaronLongacre Theatre

Discography[edit]

Live performances[edit]

On February 27, 2011, Levi performed "I See the Light" with Mandy Moore at the 83rd Academy Awards.[18] However, he has performed live in various programs from childhood.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Zachary Levi: Biography". TVGuide.com. Retrieved 2011-08-03.
  2. ^ a b Wyatt, Edward (September 30, 2007). "Super Nerd Is Out to Save the World". The New York Times. Retrieved August 21, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Biography for Zachary Levi". imdb. Retrieved August 19, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Anytime with Bob Kushell feat. Zach Levi". Anytime with Bob Kushell. Season 1. Episode 8. February 5, 2009.
  5. ^ Lisotta, Christopher (May 16, 2005). "SPECIAL REPORT: Upfront Navigator". Television Week 24 (20). pp. 32–37. 
  6. ^ Carlozo, Louis R. (April 4, 2006). "Grown". Christian Century 123 (7). p. 55. 
  7. ^ Stransky, Tanner (August 9, 2010). "2010 Teen Choice Awards winners announced". EW. Retrieved March 8, 2011. 
  8. ^ Markovitz, Adam; Tanner Stransky (March 3, 2008). "30 Under 30: The Actors". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved March 10, 2009. 
  9. ^ Corliss, Richard (January 11, 2010). "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel". Time. 175 (1):51.
  10. ^ Wright, Anders (March 2, 2011). "Rolling the dice". San Diego City Beat. Retrieved March 25, 2011. 
  11. ^ a b Webb, Charles (2011-12-05). "Spike VGAs Interview: Meet Your Host, Zachary Levi". MTV. Retrieved 2011-12-07. 
  12. ^ "TV's 100 Sexiest Men of 2011". BuddyTV. Retrieved January 13, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Pilot Scoop: Zach Levi to Headline Fox's Let It Go". TvLine. Retrieved February 13, 2012. 
  14. ^ "'Thor 2': Zachary Levi Eyed For Fandral, Josh Dallas Out Of Film". huffingtonpost. June 6, 2012. Retrieved October 3, 2012. 
  15. ^ Carlson, Adam (May 20, 2013). "Zachary Levi made his Broadway debut in 'First Date'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved August 19, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Terrified featuring Zachary Levi on Entertainment Weekly". Retrieved 2011-08-03.
  17. ^ "Terrified premieres on Vevo today!". Retrieved 2011-08-03.
  18. ^ a b Skerry, Kath (February 27, 2011). "Zachary Levi Sings at the Oscars (Video)". Give Me My Remote. Retrieved March 8, 2011. 
  19. ^ Carolla, Adam (July 16, 2010). "Zach Levi". CarCast. Retrieved September 12, 2010. 
  20. ^ Nygaard, Sandra (October 2007). "With a name like Levi, he's gotta know jeans". Men's Health 22 (8): 134. 
  21. ^ Semigran, Aly (June 18, 2009). "Caitlin Crosby: Can Zach Levi's singing ladyfriend boost 'Chuck' awareness?". Entertainment Weekly. 
  22. ^ Everett, Cristina (January 13, 2010). "'Chuck' star Zachary Levi and singer Caitlin Crosby split after two years together". New York Daily News. Retrieved January 15, 2010. 
  23. ^ "Q&A With Zachary Levi". Relevant Magazine. Retrieved October 13, 2009. 
  24. ^ "Zac Launches The Nerd Machine". ChuckTV.net. Retrieved September 24, 2010. 
  25. ^ Sands, Rich (February 1, 2011). "Justin Bieber, Ty Burrell and Zachary Levi Hoop It Up for NBA All-Star Celebrity Game". TV Guide. Retrieved October 3, 2012. 
  26. ^ http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2013/08/20/yahoos-fall-comedy-lineup-set-to-launch-on-september-9-2013-with-eight-original-shows-and-the-exclusive-saturday-night-live-archive-clips/198511/
  27. ^ http://www.thewrap.com/media/column-post/ed-helms-zach-levi-star-tiny-commando-yahoo-exclusive-88066
  28. ^ "Tomb Raider (The Final Hours: Surviving Together)". viddler.com. January 8, 2013. Retrieved August 19, 2013. 
  29. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/first-date-original-broadway/id699152638

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