The middle child between two sisters, Zachary Levi was born as ZacharyLevi Pugh on September 29, 1980 in Lake Charles, Louisiana, to Susan (Hoctor)and Darrell Alton Pugh. He uses his middle name as his stage surname becausehis birth name, "Pugh", which is of Welsh origin, sounds too muchlike "Pew." His other ancestry includes Irish, English, French,German, Scottish, and Swiss. He grew up all over the country before his familyput down roots in Ventura County, California. At the early age of six, Zacharybegan acting, singing and dancing in school and local theater productions.
After graduating from Buena High School heheaded to Los Angeles to pursue his dream of acting. Zachary began acting intheater, performing roles in such regional productions like Grease, TheOutsiders, Oliver, The Wizard of Oz, and Big River. It was his portrayal ofJesus in Ojai's Godspell that brought him to the attention of Hollywood.
He had a supporting role in the televisionmovie Big Shot: Confessionsof a Campus Bookie (2002) with David Krumholtz, Tory Kittles, Jennifer Morrison, and Nicholas Turturro. He then beganacting as Kipp Steadman in the TV series Less Than Perfect (2002)with Sara Rue, Andrea Parker, Eric Roberts, Andy Dick, and Sherri Shepherd.
He was seen in the television movie See Jane Date (2003) on theWB with Charisma Carpenter, Holly Marie Combs, Linda Dano, and Rachelle Lefevre. In his spare time,Zachary enjoys skateboarding, snowboarding, skydiving, and participating invarious other sports. After living in Los Angeles for the better part of adecade, he recently moved to Austin, Texas.
In 2019 he starred in the action-comedyfilm Shazam! (2019), playingthe title superhero; a magic-created older version of teenager Billy Batsonplayed by Asher Angel. The film and hiscomic-heroic performance received positive notices.
ZacharyLevi will be at Comic Con Portugal on December 10th to meet all his fans! Withautograph sessions, photographs and a Q&A panel, everyone will be able todiscover the secrets of the fun hero.