Zachary used to crack me up all the time as the annoying and sarcastic Kipp Steadman. My favorite episode was the one where he finally got a chance to get back at Jeb Denton (played by Patrick Warburton) for all the years of on-the-job abuse, after Jeb lost his voice and could not do the roast. That scene was fun and it is still one of my favorites from the show, as Kipp made the crowd laugh from all his jokes about Jeb. I will leave the rest of my observations for our newly launched series, OnTheProgram, where I will bring you all the details why the show was cool. For now TheTVObserver's StarSpread presents Zachary Levi who is now the star of NBC's Chuck.
Birth Place: Lake Charles, Louisiana, USA
Height: 6' 4"
After college, Levi moved to Los Angeles, California to pursue his acting dream. Initially, he worked in stage plays including a portrayal of Jesus in an Ojai production of Godspell, his performance in which caught the attention of Hollywood agents.
He began acting in theater at the age of 6, performing lead roles in such regional productions as Grease, The Outsiders, Oliver, The Wizard of Oz and Big River.
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.
In 2007, Zach landed the role of his career as NBC tagged him as the title character in their "24-meets-The Office" series, Chuck. On the show, he plays Charles Bartowksi (Chuck), a superstore employee who downloads classified government information into his head, inevitably forcing him to become a government secret agent. Levi is single and continues to live in Los Angeles, California.
He landed the starring role in Chuck, a series that was given a 13-episode order for the NBC 2007 fall schedule and premiered on September 24, 2007, which was given a full season order a few months later
Zachary is friends with Reaper star Bret Harrison. They did a photo shoot together for USA Weekend as "Most Likely to Be Breakout Stars" in 2007
Zachary's best friend is Joel David Moore. Moore is also his business partner with the production company Coattails Entertainment.
Zachary was already offered a role in the theater production of Young Frankenstein in New York when Chuck pushed through with filming and got picked up. Roger Bart took his place instead.
Zachary who plays the title character in Chuck describes the show as "The 40 Year Old Virgin meets The Bourne Identity".
In 2007, Zachary executive produced the movie Spiral in which he had a starring role. Zachary, along with directors Joel David Moore and Adam Green, won the Gold Vision Award, one of the top three awards, in the Santa Barbara Film Festival in 2007 for the movie
Zachary has got a lot of experience of performing on stage. His starring credits include Grease, The Outsiders, Oliver, Godspell, The Wizard of Oz, Big River and Marvin's Room. It was during his performance in the community theater production of Marvin's Room that he was discovered by a veteran manager and was signed to an agency soon after.
Zachary: I get to come to work in Hollywood and get paid - let's be honest - ridiculous amounts of money to do what I love to do, to play make-believe and be embraced by strangers who think far more of you than they ought to. It's ridiculous.
Zachary: (about working with McG) Working with McG was a dream. I love that guy so much. He's so talented and I love his energy.
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