Zach Gilford (born January 14, 1982) is an actor who plays Matt Saracen on NBC's Friday Night Lights.Gilford starred alongside the likes of Terrell Owens in the 2008 NBA Celebrity All-Star game.He graduated from Northwestern University and Evanston Township High School. An outdoor adventure enthusiast and role model for teens, Zach serves as a Trip Leader for Adventures Cross-Country during the summertime. He has led wilderness and adventure trips for teenagers to California, Hawaii, Alaska, the South Pacific, and British Columbia. During summers in the 1990s, Zach worked for YMCA Camp Echo, located in Fremont, MI and based out of the Evanston, IL YMCA.
Zach Gilford Talks THE PURGE: ANARCHY, The Blumhouse Production Method, Why He Loved Working with Director James DeMonaco, and Deleted Scenes