4/6/1975 (44 years old) South Orange, New Jersey, United States
An adorably goofy actor, Braff was interested in entertainment from an early age, attending a performing arts summer camp and studying film at Northwestern University. He initially concentrated on theater and film work, landing a role in a stage production of Macbeth starring Alec Baldwin, and a handful of small movie parts in the 1990s. In 2001, he shot to stardom as a lovable but naive doctor on the zany hospital-set sitcom Scrubs. By the time Scrubs reached its ninth season, Braff starred in only a handful of episodes and took on a greater behind-the-scenes role, serving as one of the show's executive producers. Throughout the series' run he also directed several episodes, and made his big-screen directorial debut in 2004 with Garden State, a favorite of fans and critics, in which he starred, and which he also wrote. Off-screen, the native Jersey boy had a two-year relationship with Mandy Moore that ended in 2006; he was also involved with another actress, Shiri Appleby. He also had to deal with tabloid rumors that he was a womanizing party boy, claims he disputed during a 2006 appearance on the Late Show With David Letterman. In October 2009, a rumor about Braff's death was widely circulated on the Internet. Braff then posted a video on YouTube in which he blasted the originator of the rumor and proved that the story of his death was indeed greatly exaggerated.
Attended Stagedoor Manor, a summer theater camp for young people in upstate New York, and went on to star with fellow Stagedoor alum Natalie Portman in his directorial feature debut, Garden State (2004).
At 14, was cast opposite Gwyneth Paltrow in an unsold TV pilot produced by her father, Bruce Paltrow.
First movie role was in Woody Allen's Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993).
Performed opposite Alec Baldwin, Angela Bassett and Liev Schreiber at New York's Public Theatre production of Macbeth.