Zachary “John” Quinto, or ZQ to his friends and family, is an American actor and film producer. He was born in Pennsylvania to Irish-American office worker Margaret J McArdle and Italian-American barber Joseph John Quinto. Quinto took to acting like a moth to an open flame, and in 1995, at the tender age of 18, won the Pittsburgh Gene Kelly Award for Best Supporting Actor for giving an outstanding performance as the Major General in Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Pirates of Penzance”. Quinto’s first break on television came when he bagged the role of computer expert Adam Kaufman in the iconic Fox TV series 24, when it was running in its third season. Quinto then went on to play the role of Sylar in the hit series Heroes which first aired on 2006, till its cancellation in 2010. Quinto’s performance as Sylar in Heroes inspired his fans to call themselves Sylar’s Army. As he fondly recalls, “The interesting thing about my character Sylar is that my strengths as an actor seemed to go completely against the shape of a character in the shadows.
I stepped into this character and then realized how much there was to play with.” When director J.J. Abrams decided to make a reboot of the popular
franchise, he asked the iconic Leonard Nimoy, who brought the role of Spock to life in the earliers instalments, to preside over the selection for young Spock. And for Quinto, who eventually bagged the role, “Leonard’s involvement was only liberating, frankly.” Quinto went on the play young Spock in “Star Trek” and “Star Trek: Into Darkness”, and is slated to appear for the third time in “Star Trek: Beyond”, which will be released in 2016. Besides this franchise, Quinto has played the role of John Smith in the 2015 “Hitman: Agent 47”. He is also portraying the role of Glenn Greenwald in the biopic of Edward
, named “Snowden”, which is due to be released in May 2016. Quinto declared that he was gay on October 2011, and has been in a relationship with model and artist Miles McMillan since 2013.