Zach Gilford graduated with a theater degree from Northwestern University. He made his film debut in the 2003 short Handbook to Casual Stalking, and later starred in the films The Last Winter (where he appeared alongside FNL co-star Connie Britton), Dare, and Post Grad, alongside Alexis Bledel.
Gilford is best known for his portrayal of quarterback Matt Saracen in the NBC series Friday Night Lights. Critics have, in particular, praised his performance in the fourth season episode "The Son", where his character grappled with the death of his absentee father. He stayed as a regular until the end of the fourth season, although he returned for several episodes in the fifth and final season.
Gilford joined the cast of the ABC medical series, Off The Map. After the show's cancellation, he moved on to star on the FOX series The Mob Doctor as Dr. Brett Robinson. Unfortunately, the series was canceled after only one season. In 2013, he focused on the big screen as he landed roles in The Last Stand, Crazy Kind of Love, Devil's Due, and The Purge: Anarchy. At present, he is part of the cast of The Family.
2015 The Family (TV Series)
2014 Drunk History (TV Series)
2014 The Purge: Anarchy
2014 Devil's Due
2013 Crazy Kind of Love
2013 The Last Stand
2012-2013 The Mob Doctor (TV Series)
2012 In Our Nature
2011/II Long Time Gone
2011 Answers to Nothing
2011 Off the Map (TV Series)
2006-2011 Friday Night Lights (TV Series)
2010 Matadors (TV Movie)
2010 The River Why
2009 Post Grad
2009 Grey's Anatomy (TV Series)
2007 Rise: Blood Hunter
2006 The Last Winter
2005 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series)
2003 Handbook to Casual Stalking (Short)