Date of Birth : Apr 6th 1975
Braff began his career in stage productions of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and Macbeth at New York City’s Public Theater, and also appeared in Woody Allen’s 1993 film Manhattan Murder Mystery. Braff was briefly on the Disney program The Baby-sitters Club in an episode entitled “Dawn Saves the Trees.”
Braff has played the role of protagonist John “J.D.” Dorian on the sitcom Scrubs since the show’s debut in 2001. Braff has been nominated for three Golden Globes and an Emmy for his role as the offbeat doctor. In addition to directing several episodes of Scrubs, Braff wrote, directed, and starred in 2004’s Garden State, which was filmed in his home state of New Jersey, in various towns such as South Orange, Maplewood and Tenafly. Producers were initially reluctant to finance the film, which Braff wrote in six months. After its success, he was sent a large number of scripts that he rejected because they were the kinds of films that he “would never go see or have any interest in being in.”
In March 2007, Braff signed a one-year deal with NBC for a seventh and last season of Scrubs. He will reportedly earn $350,000 per episode, making him one of the most highly paid actors on television, alongside Two and a Half Men star Charlie Sheen. However, Braff claims that these reports “have not been very accurate.”
Braff recently starred in the romantic drama The Last Kiss, which opened on September 15, 2006. Braff, who tweaked several parts of Paul Haggis’ script for the film, noted that he could relate to his character, and wanted the script to be as “real as possible” and “really courageous” regarding its subject matter. The film’s director, Tony Goldwyn, compared Braff to a younger version of Tom Hanks, describing Braff as “incredibly accessible to an audience… a real guy, an everyman.” As with Garden State, Braff was involved with the film’s soundtrack; he served as executive producer and selected lesser known artists such as Imogen Heap, Joshua Radin, Schuyler Fisk, and Rachael Yamagata, as well as Remy Zero, Coldplay, Snow Patrol, Turin Brakes and Aimee Mann, to appear on the track. The Last Kiss grossed approximately $11 million at the North American box office, and was considered a commercial disappointment, however, worldwide box office receipts and DVD rentals added $35 million to the take, bringing in nearly twice the production cost of $20 million for the film.
In 2007, Braff starred in the film The Ex, which he has described as a “silly comedy,” and which was released on May 11, 2007 and also starred Amanda Peet, Charles Grodin and Jason Bateman. Braff said on his blog that the movie didn’t do as well as he expected. On May 19, 2007, he hosted the 31st season finale of Saturday Night Live, where in one sketch, he plays a high schooler who tries to explain to the two snobby heads of the prom committee (Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph) how Garden State is an important film to his peers.
Braff dated Bonnie Somerville around the same time he worked on Garden State. He specifically requested a song from her for the film’s soundtrack. Braff started dating pop singer and actress Mandy Moore in the summer of 2004. One of their first public sightings as a couple was when they arrived together at a fundraising event for the Democratic Party prior to the November 2004 election. In early 2006, unnamed sources told In Touch Weekly magazine that the couple were engaged. Braff called this a “total Internet rumor.” Moore’s representative denied the engagement. In response to tabloids now linking him to singer Jessica Simpson, he joked: “I wish I was leading a fraction of the life that the tabloids have me leading.”
Braff is friends with singer Lauryn Hill, who graduated from Columbia High School in 1993, the same year as Braff. Braff mentions being great childhood friends with Hill, who went to his Bar Mitzvah in 1988 (as he stated in the commentary of deleted scenes from the Garden State DVD, his Bar Mitzvah was Broadway musical-themed.) Braff is also a close friend of Scrubs co-star Donald Faison, having called Faison “one of my best friends in the world” on the special features of the Scrubs DVD. Braff has also done charitable work such as autism fund-raisers to help find a cure for the disease.