Knighton at 2016 Austin Film Festival
Zachary Andrew Knighton
October 25, 1978
Alexandria, Virginia, U.S.
(m. 2008; div. 2015)
Zachary Andrew Knighton (born October 25, 1978) is an American actor, most widely known for starring as Dave Rose on the ABC comedy series Happy Endings. Prior to that, he co-starred as Dr. Bryce Varley on ABC's science fiction series FlashForward. He also starred in the FOX sitcom Weird Loners and Orville "Rick" Wright in the CBS drama series Magnum P.I..
Life and career
Knighton was born in Alexandria, Virginia and, in 1996, graduated from Frank W. Cox High School in Virginia Beach, Virginia and the Governor's School for the Arts. Later, he attended Virginia Commonwealth University.
In 2007, he starred in the horror film remake The Hitcher, with Sophia Bush, playing the role originally performed by C. Thomas Howell. Previously, Knighton played Laz Lackerson on the short-lived television program, Life on a Stick. He starred as Gary on the series Related.
In 2009, he was cast as Bryce Varley in the science fiction series FlashForward, based on the novel by Robert J. Sawyer. Knighton had originally auditioned for the role of Demetri Noh but lost out to John Cho. The show's co-creator David S. Goyer then rewrote the role of Bryce Varley for Knighton. The show was axed after one season.
From April 2011 to May 2013, Knighton starred as Dave Rose on the ABC comedy series Happy Endings, alongside Eliza Coupe, Elisha Cuthbert, Adam Pally, Damon Wayans Jr. and Casey Wilson. Despite critical acclaim and a cult following, the show was cancelled by ABC after concluding its third season on May 3, 2013. BuddyTV ranked him #94 on its list of "TV's Sexiest Men of 2011" and #100 in "TV's Sexiest Men of 2012".
In 2018, Knighton was cast in the recurring role of Paul on the second season of the Netflix horror-comedy series Santa Clarita Diet. On March 16, 2018, Knighton was cast in the main role of Rick Wright on the CBS drama series Magnum P.I..
|2000||Cherry Falls||Mr. Rolly|
|2002||La vie nouvelle||Seymour|
|2003||The Mudge Boy||Travis|
|2004||The Prince & Me||John Morgan|
|2007||The Hitcher||Jim Halsey|
|2008||Surfer, Dude||Billo Murphy|
|2011||Satellite of Love||Blake|
|2013||The Big Ask||Dave|
|2016||Come and Find Me||Charlie|
|2018||Little Bitches||Mr. Warner|
|TBA||The Pale Door|||
|2001||Law & Order||Paul Wyler||1 Episode|
|2004||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Lukas Ian Croft||1 Episode|
|2005||Life on a Stick||Laz Lackerson||Main role, 13 episodes|
|2005||Love, Inc.||Brad||1 Episode|
|2007||Supreme Courtships||Clyde||Television movie|
|2008, 2013||It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia||Random Guy||2 Episodes|
|2009||Bones||Chet Newcomb||1 Episode|
|2009–10||FlashForward||Dr. Bryce Varley||Main role, 22 episodes|
|2011–13||Happy Endings||Dave Rose||Main role, 57 episodes|
|2012||Happy Endings: Happy Rides||Dave Rose||Web Series|
|2013||Wilfred||Bill the Mailman||1 Episode|
|2014||Parenthood||Evan Knight||Recurring role, 5 episodes|
|2015||Weird Loners||Stosh Lewandoski||Main role, 6 episodes|
|2016||Fresh Off the Boat||Doug & Jeremy||1 episode|
|2016||Elementary||Aaron Stone||1 episode|
|2018||Santa Clarita Diet||Paul||Recurring role|
|2018||LA to Vegas||Bryan||Recurring role, 6 episodes|
|2018–present||Magnum P.I.||Orville 'Rick' Wright||Main role|
|2020||Hawaii Five-0||1 episode|
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- Petski, Denise (February 16, 2018). "'Santa Clarita Diet': Joel McHale, Maggie Lawson, Gerald McRaney & Zachary Knighton To Guest Star In Season 2". Deadline. Retrieved April 1, 2018.
- Andreeva, Nellie (March 16, 2018). "'Magnum P.I.': Zachary Knighton To Play Rick In CBS Reboot Pilot". Deadline. Retrieved July 14, 2018.
- Wiseman, Andreas (May 29, 2019). "'13 Reasons Why' Star Devin Druid Leads Cast In Horror-Western 'The Pale Door', Shoot Under Way In Oklahoma". Deadline. Retrieved June 27, 2019.
- Petski, Denise (February 16, 2018). "'Santa Clarita Diet': Joel McHale, Maggie Lawson, Gerald McRaney & Zachary Knighton To Guest Star In Season 2". Deadline. Retrieved February 27, 2018.
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