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  • Faith: Christian
  • Career: Actor
  • Birthday:  September 29, 1980

Zachary Levi is an actor and singer. He starred as Chuck Bartowski in the series "Chuck" and in "Shazam!" and the 2023 sequel as the title character as part of the DC Extended Universe. Levi voiced Flynn Rider in the animated movie "Tangled," where he performed "I See the Light" with Mandy Moore. The song won a Grammy for Best Song Written for Visual Media. He reprised the voice role in the short film "Tangled Ever After" and in 2017 for "Rapunzel's Tangled Adventure."

He appeared in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films "Thor: The Dark World" and "Thor: Ragnarok" as Fandral. Levi starred as George Nowack in the Broadway revival of "She Loves Me" opposite Laura Benanti, which earned him a Tony Award nomination. In 2022, Levi published a self-help book/memoir called Radical Love: Learning to Accept Yourself and Others.

Levi was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana. As a child, his family moved across several states before returning home to Ventura, California, where he attended Buena High School. He started acting on stage when he was six, performing lead roles in regional productions like "Grease,” "The Outsiders,” "Oklahoma!,” "Oliver!,” "The Wizard of Oz," and "Big River. Levi first appeared in the FX TV movie "Big Shot: Confessions of a Campus Bookie." He played Kipp Steadman on the ABC sitcom "Less than Perfect."

He also played a potential boyfriend of Charisma Carpenter's character Jane in the television movie "See Jane Date." Levi was slated to be a lead in an ABC pilot called "Three," but the show wasn't picked up. In 2007, he landed the starring role in "Chuck." He and his "Chuck" co-star Yvonne Strahovski were nominated for Best Action Actor and Actress Choice TV Series for the Teen Choice Awards, where they both won and presented. In 2008, Levi was named one of Entertainment Weekly's Top 30 People Under Thirty. He later starred in the film "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel" in the lead role as Dave's cousin Toby Seville.

What religion is Zachary Levi?

Levi is an outspoken Christian. While battling anxiety and depression, the actor said learning to love himself came from seeing himself as God sees him: Fearfully and wonderfully made, inherently valuable despite many accolades and achievements. According to Levi, understanding his identity in Christ, along with therapy and support, was life-changing.

He said, "When I was in the darkness, it was the first time in my life five years ago when I felt perhaps there is no God. In that moment, I didn't believe in a God because if there was a God, I don't know why I would be going through the darkness that I was going through where I felt there was no God." However, Levi was able to come out on the other side.

In a 2021 interview with The Christian Post, Levi said playing Kurt Warner in "American Underdog" helped bolster his faith, saying, "I think [my faith] was just bolstered. It was bolstering to know that these people have maintained who they are, maintained their identity, maintained integrity. Their faith has even changed and evolved and grown as it's supposed to do, as they've matured and gotten older and or understood more things."

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