Zach Braff’s career began with his success as an actor, but he has since found equal recognition for his distinctive writing, producing and directing of successful feature films, television series and stage productions. Read More
One of the New Jersey native’s most notable characters is that of Dr. John “J.D.” Dorian on the beloved television series “Scrubs.” During the half-hour comedy’s nine-year run (175 episodes), Braff earned a Primetime Emmy and three consecutive Golden Globe nominations (2005-07) for his starring role. “Scrubs” also received numerous Emmy nominations for Best Comedy Series and Best Comedy Writing.
In addition to directing seven episodes of “Scrubs” (including the show’s landmark 100th episode), Braff made his feature film debut behind the camera as the director and writer of his original comedy-drama “Garden State,” in which he also starred. Braff shot the coming-of-age film in his home state for a budget $2.5 million, resulting in a $5 million unprecedented sale to two studios, Fox Searchlight and Miramax, during its premiere at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival.
With a cast including Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard and Ian Holm, “Garden State” grossed over $35 million at the box office, won praise from film critics and received more than three-dozen award nominations. Braff won an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature and was nominated for Best First Screenplay. He also earned a Writers Guild nomination for Best Original Screenplay and picked up a Best Director honor from the National Board of Review (plus a second “special recognition” prize). The movie’s breakthrough soundtrack sold more than 1,000,000 copies and earned Braff a Grammy Award for Best Compilation Soundtrack Album. Other “Garden State” honors for Braff include Breakthrough Director from the Hollywood Film Festival, a Most Promising Filmmaker Award from the Chicago Film Critics Association and a Grand Prize Jury nomination at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival.
Braff made history in spring 2013 when he funded his second feature film, “Wish I Was Here,” via an online crowd-funding campaign on Kickstarter. The project surpassed its $2 million goal in four days and ultimately collected a total of $3.1 million from 46,520 individual “Backers.” Braff’s high-profile Kickstarter success made headlines and helped launch crowd sourcing as a viable model for financing films.
Co-written with his brother, Adam, “Wish I Was Here” began production immediately following the Kickstarter campaign and was shot on location in Los Angeles. The film stars Kate Hudson, Mandy Patinkin and Josh Gad and centers on Braff’s character, Aidan Bloom. Aidan, a struggling actor, father and husband, is forced to take ownership of his life after his father (Patinkin) reveals he has terminal cancer and can no longer afford to pay the private school tuition for Aidan’s two children while he undergoes an experimental treatment. Unwilling to enroll his kids in public school, Aidan reluctantly agrees to home-school them, beginning a personal quest for enlightenment. The chaos surrounding his father’s illness forces Aidan to confront his childhood issues and reconcile his frayed relationships with his burned-out wife (Hudson) and deadbeat brother (Gad), all while finding his own approach to educating his kids and becoming a better father. The film was released theatrically in June 2014.
Braff directed a remake of the hit 1979 Martin Brest caper comedy “Going in Style” for Warner Brothers Studios which will open April 7, 2017. Academy Award winners Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and Alan Arkin will reprise the roles originally played by George Burns, Lee Strasberg, Art Carney. Braff’s version of the film will center on three retired men who lose their pensions when the company they’ve worked for their entire lives is sold to a foreign corporation. Desperate for money to survive, they set out to try to rob the very bank that’s withholding their money.
Braff is currently shooting the indie film “Percy” starring opposite Christina Ricci and Christopher Walken. The film follows a small-town farmer named Percy Schmeiser who challenges a major conglomerate when the companies genetically modified canola is discovered in the farmers crop. Braff plays the attorney Jackson Weaver, a small-town attorney who takes his case to the Canadian Supreme Court.
Braff returned to TV in 2018; directing, producing and starring in the ABC/ Sony pilot “Alex, Inc.” with “Scrubs” writer/producer Matt Tarses, based on Alex Blumberg’s popular podcast.
In March 2014, Braff made his Broadway debut as lead character David Shayne in “Bullets Over Broadway,” written by Woody Allen, directed by Susan Stroman and performed at the St James Theatre. The musical stage production is based on the screenplay of Allen’s 1994 comedic film. Set in 1920s New York, Braff played a struggling playwright so desperate to get his latest drama produced that he casts a rich mobster’s talentless girlfriend in exchange for financing.
Braff’s theater career has developed significantly over the last years. In 2012, he made his West End debut starring in his own original play, “All New People.” The play was previously staged at Second Stage Theatre in New York in 2011, where Braff previously starred in Paul Weitz’s original drama, “Trust,” in 2010. Other theater credits include the 1998 Joe Papp Public Theatre staging of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” and Papp’s 2002 New York Shakespeare Festival production (at Central Park’s Delacorte Theatre) of “Twelfth Night.”
Prior to earning his film degree from Northwestern University, Braff made his big-screen acting debut in Woody Allen’s 1993 comedy, “Manhattan Murder Mystery,” as Allen and Diane Keaton’s son. Following college, he worked briefly at the renowned Public Theatre in New York before relocating to Los Angeles. Braff’s additional film acting credits include Greg Berlanti’s poignant comedy, “The Broken Hearts Club,” Tony Goldwyn’s romantic comedy, “The Last Kiss,” drama “The High Cost of Living,” romantic comedy “The Ex,” starring opposite Amanda Peet and Jason Bateman, drama “Getting to Know You,” adapted from works by Joyce Carol Oates, and he voiced the title character of Disney’s 2005 animated hit, “Chicken Little.” Braff also appeared alongside James Franco in the 2013 Walt Disney Pictures fantasy adventure “Oz: The Great and Powerful,” directed by Sam Raimi.
In 2008, Braff earned his pilot’s license. He currently lives in New York and Los Angeles.
Sarah Chalke is best known for her role as ‘Dr. Elliot Reid’ on the Emmy Award winning ABC series, “Scrubs.” The single-camera series was hailed as ground-breaking, as it deftly combined black humor and surreal interludes without diminishing the seriousness of life in a hospital. Read More
Chalke garnered accolade buzz in 2010 for her role in “Maneater,” a four-hour Lifetime Original miniseries based on Gigi Levangie Grazer’s New York Times #1 best-selling book “The Starter Wife.” The successful miniseries was the networks highest rated program of the year.
A native of Ottawa, Canada, Chalke was raised in Vancouver and began appearing in local musical theatre productions when she was eight. A few years later, she became an environmental reporter for the Canadian series “Kid Zone.” Her big break came in 1993 when she was cast as daughter ‘Becky Conner’ on the series “Roseanne.”
In 2005, Chalke starred in the Williamstown Theatre Festival production of “Create Fate,” and completed a successful run in the Off-Broadway production of “Modern Orthodox,” a romantic comedy about love, dating and unlikely friendships under the direction of James Lapine at New York’s Underwood Theater. In 2006, she starred as Lifetime Television executive and breast cancer survivor ‘Geralyn Lucas’ in Lifetime’s Outstanding Made for Television Movie Emmy nominee, “Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy”. In 2007, she starred opposite Ryan Reynolds and Stuart Townsend in the Warner Independent thriller “Chaos Theory.”
In her free time, Chalke enjoys cooking with friends, hiking, snowboarding, and skiing (she is an instructor). She also speaks French and German fluently and volunteers at a hospice for terminally ill children.
Bill Lawrence is an award-winning television writer, producer and director and is currently in production on his executive-produced ABC series “Whiskey Cavalier” starring Scott Foley and Lauren Cohan.Read More
Lawrence most recently served as executive producer on CW series “Life Sentence” starring Lucy Hale. Prior to that, Bill worked as showrunner and executive producer for “Undateable” on NBC. He previously created and executive-produced “Scrubs” and co-created “Cougar Town,” “Ground Floor,” “Spin City,” “Clone High” and online sensation “Nobody’s Watching.” “Scrubs,” which was twice nominated for an Emmy Award, was also named a Future Classic by the TV Land cable network, and was the winner of both a Humanitas Award and an Imagen Award.
Prior to “Scrubs,” Lawrence was a staff writer on the hit series “Friends” and later teamed with Gary David Goldberg (“Family Ties”) to co-create “Spin City.”
Lawrence currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife, actress Christa Miller (“The Drew Carey Show,” “Scrubs”); their daughter, Charlotte; and sons, William and Henry.
Christa is best known for her starring series regular roles in Cougar Town, Scrubs, and The Dew Carey Show. On the film side, Christa currently co-stars opposite Gabrielle Union, Billy Burke and Richard Cabral in Breaking In. Prior to that she starred opposite Gary Cole in Hot Air.
Best known for his role as “Dr. Christopher Turk” on nine seasons of the Emmy-nominated comedy series Scrubs for executive producer Bill Lawrence and co-star Zach Braff, Donald recently wrapped Game Over, Man! for Point Grey and Scott Rudin in addition to a recurring role on Ray Donovan. He will next be seen on the Netflix feature Little Evil opposite Adam Scott, Evangeline Lilly and Chris D’Elia, and previously starred in TV Land’s hit comedy series The Exes for five seasons opposite Kristen Johnston and Wayne Knight.Read More
Donald can currently be seen alongside Patrick Dempsey, Alan Alda, Lisa Edelstein & Noah Wyle in a national campaign for CIGNA Health urging Americans to get their annual check-ups, hosts the new GSN game show Winsanity and was the official spokesman for the PEPSI Camp Halftime campaign at the 2016 Super Bowl. Faison also lends his voice in the new Fox animation pilot Bot Cop and continues to voice roles on the Cartoon Network’s animated series Robot Chicken and titan Maximum. His feature credits include Kick-Ass 2 opposite Aaron Johnson, Chloe Moretz and Jim Carrey for Universal, ThePerfect Match with Paula Patton for Lionsgate, Wish I Was Here with Zach Braff for Focus, Skyline for Relativity / Universal, Next Day Air opposite Mike Epps and Mos Def for Summit, Remember the Titans opposite Denzel Washington and the role of ‘Murray’ in Amy Heckerling’s cult classic Clueless. Faison previously hosted the TBS reality show Last Laugh, produced by Ashton Kutcher, as well as the Spike series The Playbook, the ultimate guide for guys. A New York City native, Faison began his acting career as an enthusiastic five-year-old attending the Children’s School of Intuitive and God-Conscious Art, and went on to study theatre at the Professional Children’s School.
Judy Reyes is a Dominican-American actress born in the Bronx. Best known for her role as “Carla” in the iconic television show Scrubs and the role of “Zoila” on Lifetime’s hit show Devious Maids. Judy currently stars as “Quiet Ann” on the hit TNT series, Claws. Recurring roles include: “Dina” on the CW’s Jane the Virgin, “Ramona” on Netflix’s One Day at a Time, “Deb” on the TBS series Search Party, and “Eva” on HBO’s Succession. She has also appeared in such films as Gun Hill Road and the recent feature The Circle. Reyes has worked extensively in television, theater and film for the last 20 years and remains a founding member of NYC’s Labyrinth Theater Company. Judy can also be seen in the upcoming Bravo series, Dirty John.
Reyes is thrilled to be expanding her role in Hollywood by executive-producing an animated video series entitled LaGolda. Sponsored by UnitedHealthcare’s “Do Good. Live Well.” initiative, LaGolda tells the story of an eight-year-old Latina orphan who uses soccer to bring awareness to a variety of social and environmental issues with the goal of engaging kids to take action and give back to their communities. Inspired by the animation, Reyes and its creator, George Valencia, started the Sound of Gol Foundation, whose mission is to build strong leaders for tomorrow through the game of soccer.
Ken Jenkins (Dr. Kelso) costarred in HBO’s All the Way alongside Bryan Cranston, appeared this season on the hit Netflix series A Series of Unfortunate Events for director Barry Sonnenfeld, guest starred on ABC’s critically acclaimed Black-ish, and recurred on the long-running comedy Cougar Townplaying Courteney Cox’s irascible father. Jenkins co-founded the Actors Theatre of Louisville, and has been associated with many award-winning productions as an actor, director or playwright. One of his favorite roles was “The Duke,” which he played opposite his son, Daniel Jenkins, in the multi-award winning 1985 Broadway musical “Big River.” Jenkins starred in iconic television series including Homefront and Wiseguy, appeared in two ofStephen King’s TV miniseries, The Stand and Clockstoppers, and in notable features including Executive Decision, The Abyss, Air America, Last Man Standing, Fled, Gone in 60 Seconds, I Am Sam, The Sum of All Fears, Matewan, Courage Under Fire, Gus Van Sant’s remake of Psycho, and Christopher Guest’s For Your Consideration.
After finishing up his 9th season on ABC's THE MIDDLE Neil Flynn will his extend his streak of 17 years as a series regular on network television by portraying the role of 'Fred' in NBC's ABBY's. Neil's career has included an almost 400 episode run on television, starting with SCRUBS in 2001 as the menacing janitor. On the film side, Neil can be seen in MEAN GIRLS, HOOT, and INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL. An acclaimed improviser, he is one of the founders of the improv group BEER, SHARK, MICE.
John C. McGinley
John C. McGinley’s path to stardom is a story that reads like a classic Hollywood script. While an understudy in New York in the Circle-In-The-Square production of John Patrick Shanley’s “Danny and the Deep Blue Sea,” he was spotted by director Oliver Stone and soon after was cast in “Platoon,” the first of a long list of collaborations between Stone and McGinley which includes “Wall Street,” “Talk Radio,” “Born on the Fourth of July,” “Nixon,” and “Any Given Sunday.”Read More
John C.’s hit new half-hour comedy-horror series, “Stan Against Evil,” on which he also serves as a producer, was just renewed by IFC for a second season. He has received much critical acclaim for his starring performance as disgruntled former police sheriff ‘Stanley Miller,’ a sour, aging bulldog who has recently lost his position as head honcho due to an angry outburst at his wife’s funeral. When the new sheriff opens his eyes to the plague of angry demons haunting their small New Hampshire town, ‘Stan’ begrudgingly joins an alliance with her to fight them off.
His deep commitment to independent films has driven him to star in and complete production on two upcoming motion pictures for which he excitedly anticipates release: Paul Shoulberg’s “The Good Catholic” and Richard Dresser’s “Rounding Third.”
John C. is an audience favorite for his hilarious portrayal of ‘Dr. Perry Cox’ in the Emmy-nominated medical comedy series, “Scrubs,” which ran for nine seasons. More recently, he starred for two seasons in TBS’s workplace comedy series “Ground Floor,” which reunited him with creator Bill Lawrence (“Scrubs”). He also made a memorable arc on season 6 of USA Networks’ hit drama series “Burn Notice.”
John C.’s impressive career in film spans a diverse range of characters in over seventy films to date, including such features as the recent “Get A Job,” “Alex Cross,” “Wild Hogs,” “Identity,” “The Animal,” “The Rock,” “Nothing to Lose,” “Set It Off,” “Seven,” “Office Space,” “Mother,” “Wagons East,” “Surviving the Game,” “On Deadly Ground,” “Point Break,” “Highlander II,” “A Midnight Clear” and “Fat Man and Little Boy.” He also previously starred opposite Ice Cube in Sony/Revolution Studios’ feature, “Are We Done Yet?,” the sequel to the hit comedy “Are We There Yet?” He recently received critical acclaim for his role as Brooklyn Dodgers’ radio broadcaster ‘Red Barber’ in Warner Bros.’ “42,” the life story of Jackie Robinson and his history-making signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers.
As a testament to his passion for the independent film community, John C. has appeared in director Eriq La Salle’s “Crazy As Hell” and director Scott Silver’s “Johns.” He also worked on “Truth or Consequences, N.M.,” Kiefer Sutherland’s feature directorial debut and on “Colin Fitz,” a film John C. co-produced which premiered in competition at the Sundance Film Festival. He starred in director D.B. Sweeney’s independent feature, “Two Tickets to Paradise,” which received raves on the festival circuit. For his performance in the later film, John C. was awarded Method Fest’s Festival Director’s Award, which is awarded for special recognition/excellence in film.
John C. is a partner at McGinley Entertainment Inc., an independent film production company with several projects currently in development. John C. first worked both sides of the camera, serving double duty as actor and producer for the romantic comedy “Watch It!” (with Peter Gallagher and Lili Taylor).
He received stunning reviews for his starring role in Dean Koontz’s gripping and highly rated suspense drama, “Intensity,” a four-hour original film for FOX-TV. He executive-produced and starred opposite John Cusack in HBO Pictures’ western, “The Jack Bull,” directed by John Badham; and he appeared in HBO NYC’s “The Pentagon Wars.”
In addition to film and television, John C.’s background is heavily rooted in theater. He received stellar reviews for his starring performance as ‘Dave Moss’ in the Broadway revival of David Mamet’s acclaimed Pulitzer Prize-winning drama “Glengarry Glen Ross.” According to Newsday, “John C. McGinley is especially dazzling as the hothead who plans the office crime.” The play also starred Al Pacino and Bobby Cannavale and ran through January 20, 2013.
He was previously featured on Broadway in “Requiem for a Heavyweight” and off-Broadway in “The Ballad of Soapy Smith” and the original cast production of Eric Bogosian’s “Talk Radio,” both at the renowned Joseph Papp Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival. He often cites Papp as the most instrumental force behind his career.
In May 2005, John C. was invited and honored to deliver the keynote address at the commencement ceremony for the University of California San Francisco’s (UCSF) School of Medicine, one of the top medical schools in the nation.
As the father of Max, his nineteen-year-old son with Down syndrome, John C. is committed to building awareness and acceptance of people with Down syndrome. He currently serves as an Ambassador for Special Olympics and is a board member of the Global Down Syndrome Foundation. John C. is also one of the original creators, in conjunction with Special Olympics, of the groundbreaking “Spread the Word to End the Word” national campaign to eradicate the “R” word (retard). He has blogged repeatedly on the Huffington Post, advocating acceptance and awareness of people with special needs as well as the importance of eliminating the “R” word.
He has recently appeared in high profile commercial campaigns for Speed Stick (as Coach Speedman), Halls Cough Drops (as Tough Love/menthol-lyptus and Soft Love/honey-lemon) and Carhartt (as the voice of founder Hamilton Carhartt).
John C. resides in Los Angeles and enjoys stand-up paddle surfing, weight lifting and golf. He married Nichole Kessler on April 7, 2007 at the couple’s home in Malibu and they now have two young daughters Billie Grace and Kate Aleena, in addition to big brother Max.