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Zach Galligan Biography

  • Profession: Actor
  • Born: Feb 14, 1964
  • Died: Jan 1, 0001

New York native Zach Galligan didn't rise to superstardom along with some of the other prominent teen actors of the 1980s, though he has developed a more than respectable cult following in the direct-to-video genre circuit, most of which stems from his breakout role in [[Feature~V20918~Gremlins~gremlins]] (1984). Poised for success after [[Feature~V20918~Gremlins~gremlins]]' surprise popularity, Galligan began appearing in a slew of television features, including the highly rated suicide drama [[Feature~V129326~Surviving~surviving]] (1985), opposite fellow newcomer [[Performer~P60327~Molly Ringwald~mollyringwald]], and PBS' [[Feature~V128312~The Prodigious Mr. William Hicks~theprodigiousmrwilliamhicks]] (1987), which featured Galligan in the title role as a turn-of-the-century prep-school troublemaker. Galligan returned for [[Feature~V128469~The Return of Hickey~thereturnofhickey]] and [[Feature~V126211~Hickey and Company~hickeyandcompany]], and received critical nods for both performances. In 1990, the young actor reprised his role as Billy Peltzer for [[Feature~V20919~Gremlins 2: The New Batch~gremlins2:thenewbatch]], which, unlike the vast majority of horror film sequels, was received relatively well by genre fans and open-minded critics. Unfortunately, Galligan never quite gained back his momentum after the release of [[Feature~V20919~Gremlins 2~gremlins2:thenewbatch]], and he spent the '90s trying his luck in genres ranging from slapstick comedies to erotic dramas; despite small roles alongside more established actors, Galligan was never quite able to come into his own. Nevertheless, Galligan's television performances (including supporting roles on [[Feature~V263074~Star Trek: Voyager~startrek:voyager[tvseries]]], Melrose Place, [[Feature~V291577~Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman~drquinnmedicinewoman[tvseries]]], and 2003's feature-length sci-fi drama [[Feature~V292184~Momentum~momentum]]) have received a much warmer reception, and he is known among casting agents for his solid work. ~ Tracie Cooper, Rovi