Zach Gilford is an American actor best known for his role as the backup quarterback Matt Saracen in the football drama television series Friday Night Lights, from 2006-2011.
He also starred as Brett Robinson, Grace's boyfriend to whom she has to lie at times to protect her secrets, in the medical crime drama television series The Mob Doctor, from 2012-2013.
Gilford was seen starring in the feature film Dare opposite Emmy Rossum, and in Fox Searchlight's Post Grad opposite Alexis Bledel, Michael Keaton and Carol Burnett.
Credits include The River Why from director Matt Leutwyler and writers Thomas A. Cohen and John Jay Osborn. Gilford plays Gus Orviston in the film adaptation of David James Duncan's novel of the same name - the first novel published by Sierra Club Books in 1983.
He can also be seen in Super opposite Ellen Page and Rainn Wilson, and Answers to Nothing with Dane Cook.
Gilford made his feature film debut starring in Larry Fessenden's The Last Winter and was nominated for a 2008 Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast.
Other credits include Grey's Anatomy, Law & Order: SVU, Off the Map and the feature film Rise: Blood Hunter opposite Lucy Liu.
Gilford graduated from Northwestern University where he starred in productions of Equus and The Laramie Project.
A Chicago native, Gilford spends his free time leading backpacking, ice climbing and diving expeditions in Alaska, New Zealand and Australia.