Zachary Quinto is now best known for playing Spock in the “Star Trek” reboot movies, but the actor spent plenty of time on television before moving over to big screen blockbusters. In honor of his 37th birthday on Monday (June 2), let’s take a look back at that journey.
Quinto started out doing one-off guest spots on everything from “Lizzie McGuire” or “Touched By An Angel” to “CSI” or “Six Feet Under.” He landed his first recurring role on “24,” where he played CTU analyst Adam Kaufman for 23 episodes from 2003-2004.
A couple of guest spots later — on “Joan of Arcadia,” “Crossing Jordan” and more — Quinto scored the role as Tori Spelling’s Iranian-American gay BFF on 2006’s “So NoTORIous.”
Later that year, he landed his breakout role as the evil Sylar on NBC’s “Heroes” (which, coincidentally, is getting a miniseries reboot this year).
After “Star Trek” launched his movie career, Quinto returned to TV for two seasons of Ryan Murphy’s spooky anthology series, “American Horror Story.”