|Born||Zachary Michael Gilford
January 14, 1982
Evanston, Illinois, United States
|Spouse(s)||Kiele Sanchez (m. 2012)|
Gilford graduated from Northwestern University and Evanston Township High School. He served as a Trip Leader for Adventures Cross-Country. 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. 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.
In 2010, he joined the cast of ABC's medical drama Off The Map 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.
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.
Gilford was born in Evanston, Illinois, the son of Anne and Steve Gilford. He is of half Swedish and half Russian Jewish descent. In the spring of 2010, Gilford began dating actress Kiele Sanchez, whom he met on the set of the television pilot for The Matadors. The couple became engaged in November 2011, and married on December 29, 2012. The couple also co-starred in The Purge: Anarchy.
|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|
|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|
|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 Future Days")|
|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")|
|2016||The Family||Peter Warren|
|2011||Taylor Swift||"Ours"||Taylor Swift's love interest|
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