Zachary Levi

Zachary Levi

Birth name: Zachary Levi Pugh
Born: September 29, 1980
Age: 37
Birthplace: Lake Charles, Louisiana, U.S.
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Biography

Zachary Levi Pugh (/ˈzækəri ˈliːvaɪ ˈpjuː/; born September 29, 1980) is an American actor, director, and singer. He is best known for playing Chuck Bartowski in the series Chuck. He also appeared in the films Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, Tangled, and Thor: The Dark World.

Levi starred in the lead role of Georg Nowack in the 2016 Broadway revival of She Loves Me opposite Laura Benanti. The production began previews at Studio 54 on February 19, 2016 and opened on March 17 for a limited engagement through June 12. The run was later extended through July 10, where it then closed. Levi was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance. In 2010, Levi voiced Flynn Rider in the animated film Tangled, in which he performed the duet "I See the Light" with Mandy Moore; the song won a Grammy for Best Song Written for Visual Media. He later reprised the role in the short film Tangled Ever After, and returned to voice Flynn Rider again in a Disney Channel television series based on the film in 2017.

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Early life

Levi was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, the son of Susan and Darrell Pugh. He is of Welsh ancestry. When Levi was a child, his family moved across several states before finally heading back to their home in Ventura, California, where he attended Buena High School for four years. He began acting on stage at the age of six, performing lead roles in regional productions such as Grease, The Outsiders, Oklahoma!, Oliver!, The Wizard of Oz, and Big River at the Ojai Art Center. He chose his middle name as his stage name because his agent told him that "a guy named Zach Pugh would not be going far in Hollywood".

Career

Acting

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, but the show was not picked up.

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. In the summer of 2008, Levi was named one of Entertainment Weekly's Top Thirty People Under Thirty. He later starred in the film Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel in the lead role as Dave's cousin Toby Seville. In 2010 he is presented Kids' Choice Awards, were both a winner for Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel in Best Favorite Movie. He starred 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. He provided narration in the 2011 film Under the Boardwalk: The Monopoly Story, a documentary about the game of Monopoly. Levi hosted the 2011 Spike Video Game Awards.

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

In January 2015, it was announced that Levi would be a lead member of the cast of NBC's 13-episode miniseries Heroes Reborn as Luke Collins. The show was not picked up for a second season. He also guest-starred as Abraham Lincoln in the Hulu original series Deadbeat.

In June 2015, it was confirmed that Levi and Moore would reprise their roles as Eugene and Rapunzel in the television series based on the film Tangled. The animated series, set between Tangled and Tangled Ever After, will air on Disney Channel in 2017.

On September 1, 2015, it was announced that Levi will join the cast of the upcoming Broadway revival of She Loves Me in the lead role of Georg, alongside Laura Benanti as Amalia. It opened March 17, 2016 to high critical praise, scoring 5 Stars from The Guardian and being selected as a Critics' Pick for The New York Times. Critics praised Levi's performance of Georg, noting that his portrayal is "suave and handsome at times, disarmingly nebbishy at others," and that he " sweet modesty and just a pinch of hauteur". Levi was rewarded for his performance in She Loves Me with a Tony nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical. The show closed July 10, 2016 after an extended run, which included a historic livestreamed performance on June 30, with Levi and the cast participating in the first livestreamed show in Broadway history.

Music

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. The full video premiered on May 7, 2010 on the music video website Vevo. Levi financed Kendall Payne's album Grown after she was dropped by her label, Capitol Records.

Levi is 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. He has also been a guest member of Band from TV, a band made up of actors from various American television shows.

Personal life

Levi is a sports car and motorcycle enthusiast and owns a 2009 Nissan GT-R. He is an avid gamer, having first played Super Mario Bros., and has come to appreciate video games for their ability to provide interactive stories.

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.'"

In September 2010, Levi started his own company, The Nerd Machine. He was selected as a participant in the Celebrity All Star Game at NBA All Star Weekend 2011. He played for the team coached by Magic Johnson.

On June 16, 2014, Canadian actress Missy Peregrym announced that she and Levi had married in Maui, Hawaii. They filed for divorce in April of 2015, with the separation date listed in court documents as December 3, 2014.

Filmography

Film
Year Title Role Notes
2005 Reel Guerrillas Evon Schwarz Short film
2006 Big Momma's House 2 Kevin
2007 Spiral Berkeley Also Executive Producer
2007 Ctrl Z Ben Pillar Short film
2008 Wieners Ben
2008 The Tiffany Problem Zac Short film
2008 An American Carol Lab Tech 1
2008 Shades of Ray Ray Rehman
2009 Stuntmen Troy Ratowski
2009 Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel Toby Seville
2010 Byron Phillips: Found Byron Phillips Short film
2010 Tangled Flynn Rider / Eugene Fitzherbert (voice)
2010 Under the Boardwalk: The Monopoly Story Narrator
2011 No Rest For the Wicked: Moebius and Basil Adventures Moebius Short film
2012 Tangled Ever After Flynn Rider / Eugene Fitzherbert (voice) Short film
2012 Defeat the Label Short film
2013 Thor: The Dark World Fandral
2017 Office Uprising Adam Nusbaum Post-production
2017 The Star Joseph (voice) Filming
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2001 Untitled Sisqo Project Unsold Pilot
2002 Big Shot: Confessions of a Campus Bookie Adam Television Movie
2002-06 Less than Perfect Kipp Steadman 81 episodes
2003 See Jane Date Grant Asher Television film
2004 The Division Todd 2 episodes
2004 Curb Your Enthusiasm Bellman Episode: "Opening Night"
2005 Brody & Friends Zac Episode: "The Hollywood Lifestyle"
2006 Worst Week of My Life Nick Episode: "Pilot"
2007 Imperfect Union Clark Television film
2007-12 Chuck Chuck Bartowski 91 episodes; also director of 3 episodes
2011 Team Unicorn Young Lover Episode: "Alien Beach Crashers"
2011 2011 Spike Video Game Awards Host Also Consulting Producer
2011 Vietnam in HD Voice of Karl Marlantes 6 episodes
2012 4 Points Himself Episode: "Zachary Levi"
2012 Robot Chicken Various voices Episode: "Poisoned by Relatives"
2013 Remember Sunday Gus Television film
2014-15 Hollywood Game Night Himself 2 episodes
2015 Heroes Reborn Luke Collins 13 episodes
2015 Geeks Who Drink Host 12 episodes; Also Executive Producer
2015 Telenovela James McMahon 5 episodes
2016 The $100,000 Pyramid Himself Episode: "Zachary Levi vs. Teri Polo"
2017 Tangled: Before Ever After Flynn Rider / Eugene Fitzherbert (voice) Television film
2017-present Tangled: The Series Flynn Rider / Eugene Fitzherbert (voice) Series regular
2017 Alias Grace Jeremiah Post-production
Web
Year Title Role Notes
2012 Video Game High School Ace 3 episodes
2013 Tiny Commando Tiny Commando 7 episodes
Video games
Year Title Voice
2010 Halo: Reach Trooper 4
2010 Fallout: New Vegas Arcade Gannon
2013 Tomb Raider Himself

Theatre

Year Title Role Notes
2013-14 First Date Aaron Longacre Theatre
2016 She Loves Me Georg Nowack Studio 54
2016 Sunday in the Park with George Jules New York City Center Gala Concert

Discography

  • "Terrified" (2010) - Performed by Katharine McPhee featuring Zachary Levi.
  • "I See the Light" (2010) - Performed by Zachary Levi and Mandy Moore for the film Tangled.
  • First Date (Original Broadway Cast Recording)
  • She Loves Me (2016 Broadway Cast Recording)

Live performances

On February 27, 2011, Levi performed "I See the Light" with Mandy Moore at the 83rd Academy Awards. On June 12, 2016, Levi performed the title song from "She Loves Me", as part of the medley presented on the 70th Tony Awards. However, he has performed live in various programs from childhood.

Awards and nominations

Film

Year Nominated work Award Result
2010 Tangled Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Song Nominated
2010 Tangled World Soundtrack Academy Award for Best Original Song Written Directly for a Film Nominated
2010 Tangled Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Voice Nominated

Television

Year Nominated work Award Result
2007 Chuck Satellite Award Best Actor in a Series, Comedy or Musical Nominated
2008 Chuck Teen Choice Award for Choice Male Breakout TV Star Nominated
2009 Chuck Ewwy Award for Best Leading Actor in a Comedy Series Won
2010 Chuck Saturn Award Best Actor on Television Nominated
2010 Chuck Ewwy Award for Best Leading Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
2010 Chuck Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actor: Action Won
2011 Chuck TV Guide Award for Favorite Couple Who Have Won
2011 Chuck Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actor: Action Nominated
2012 Chuck Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actor: Action Nominated
2016 Heroes Reborn People's Choice Award for Favorite Actor In A New TV Series Nominated

Theatre

Year Nominated work Award Result
2013 First Date Theatre World Award Won
2016 She Loves Me Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical Nominated
2016 She Loves Me Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical Nominated
2016 She Loves Me Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance Nominated

[ Source: Wikipedia ]