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Zachary Quinto to Receive an Oscar Wilde Award

January 25, 2017.   Zachary Quinto will join Glen Hansard, Caitriona Balfe, and Martin Short as honoree at the Oscar Wilde Awards on February 23rd event.  The US-Ireland Alliance’s annual event is held at J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot in Santa Monica.   Abrams will emcee.

US-Ireland Alliance founder Trina Vargo said, “we’re delighted to honor Zachary.  He is an Irish American, on his mother’s side, and he lived and worked in Galway for a time during his college years.” 

Quinto was born and raised in Pittsburgh, where he began performing as a teenager. What started as a hobby quickly evolved into a vocation, and he attended Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama and received a BFA in Acting.  After graduation, he moved to Los Angeles and began to build a career in television with guest starring roles on numerous series, including CSI and Six Feet Under.  He appeared as Adam Kaufman on the third season of 24, and in the only season of the critically acclaimed series So NoTORIous

In 2007 he was cast as the psychopathic superpowered serial killer Sylar on the hit NBC series Heroes; and in the same year was cast as Spock in the J.J. Abrams directed reboot of the STAR TREK franchise.  Subsequently he has reprised his role of Spock in both sequels to that film: 2013’s STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS and 2016’s STAR TREK BEYOND.  He played Chad Warwick on the first season of American Horror Story and won a Critic’s Choice Award and Emmy Award nomination for his portrayal of Dr. Oliver Thredson on American Horror Story: Asylum

In 2008, he began his production company Before the Door Pictures and produced and starred in MARGIN CALL alongside Kevin Spacey, Stanley Tucci, and Jeremy Irons.  His company has gone on to produce such films as ALL IS LOST, BANSHEE CHAPTER, BREAKUP AT A WEDDING, A MOST VIOLENT YEAR and the upcoming film AARDVARGK in which Quinto also stars alongside Jenny Slate and Jon Hamm.  That film will premiere at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival. 

Quinto appeared as Louis Ironson in the 2010 Signature Theater revival of Tony Kushner’s Angels In America, for which he won a Theater World Award and a Drama Desk Award nomination.  He made his Broadway debut to universal praise in John Tiffany’s 2013 Tony Award winning production of the Glass Menagerie.  He was most recently seen as journalist Glenn Greenwald in Oliver Stone’s film Snowden.    

Lexus, Zetta Jet, and Resurgent Film Group are among the sponsors of the casual Oscars Week party that is honoring the creative Irish for the twelfth year.