Zach Gilford

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Not to be confused with Zac Guildford.
Zach Gilford
Born (1982-01-14) January 14, 1982 (age 33)
Evanston, Illinois, United States
Occupation Actor
Years active 2003–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.



Year Film Role Notes
2003 Handbook to Casual Stalking Jimmy Short
2006 The Last Winter Maxwell McKinder Nominated - Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast
2007 Rise: Blood Hunter Sailor
2009 Post Grad Adam Davies
Dare Johnny Drake
2010 Super Jerry
2011 The River Why Gus Oviston
Answers to Nothing Evan
2012 In Our Nature Seth
2013 Crazy Kind of Love Matthew
The Last Stand Jerry Bailey
2014 Devil's Due Zach McCall
2014 The Purge: Anarchy Shane


Year Show Role Notes
2005 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Kevin Wilcox 1 episode ("Contagious")
2006–2011 Friday Night Lights Matt Saracen Series regular, 62 episodes
Main cast (Seasons 1-3)
Recurring cast (Seasons 4-5)
2009 Grey's Anatomy Charlie Lowell 1 episode ("Here's to the Future")
2010 The Matadors Alex Galloway TV movie
2011 Off The Map Dr. Tommy Fuller Series regular, 13 episodes
2012-2013 The Mob Doctor Dr. Brett Robinson Series regular, 13 episodes
2014 Drunk History Jim Abbott 1 episode ("Sports Heroes")
2015 Flesh and Blood Peter Warren

Music Videos[edit]

Year Artist Song Role
2011 Taylor 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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