Zach Woods

Zachary Woods (born September 25, 1984) is an American actor and comedian. He is best known for his run as a series regular for three seasons on the NBC sitcom The Office, playing the role of Gabe Lewis, and his role as Jared Dunn on the HBO comedy series Silicon Valley. He also recurs on the HBO series Veep and on the USA Network sitcom Playing House, as well as the HBO show Avenue 5.

Zach Woods
Zach Woods at SXSW 2016.jpg
Woods at SXSW 2016
Born (1984-09-25) September 25, 1984 (age 35)
Alma materNew York University
Years active2004–present
Home townYardley, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Early lifeEdit

Woods was born in Trenton, New Jersey.[1] He is Jewish.[2] Woods' father is a trained psychiatrist and social worker who specializes in clinical therapy, and his mother is a nurse practitioner.[2] As a child, he participated in Karate, Little League Baseball, and pyrodancing. Woods is a middle child; he has an older brother and a younger sister.[2] During 1997 and 1998, he also attended Interlochen Center for the Arts for summer camp.[3] Woods grew up in Yardley, Pennsylvania, and graduated from Pennsbury High School in 2003. He is a graduate of New York University.[4]


Woods with Bobby Moynihan in 2015

He started performing improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre at age 16 and was a part of the improvisational sketch troupe "The Stepfathers", whose members also include Bobby Moynihan and Chris Gethard.[5] He has taught improv at Columbia University, Duke University and Lincoln Center.[6] He has appeared in such films as In the Loop and The Other Guys, and appeared in the CollegeHumor skit "Adam and Eve in the Friend Zone".

Woods is also known for starring as Awkward Boy, the protagonist in the YouTube video series The Most Awkward Boy in the World.[7] In 2010, Woods appeared as a zombie in a Starburst candy commercial.[8]

Starting in 2010, he portrayed Gabe Lewis on the NBC sitcom The Office. He was promoted to series regular beginning in Season 7.[9]

From 2014-2019, Woods co-starred as Jared on HBO's Silicon Valley. He also appeared on HBO's Veep as Ed Webster.

Beginning in January 2020, Woods had a role as Matt Spencer, Head of Customer Relations for Avenue 5, a science fiction comedy television series created by Armando Iannucci that premiered on HBO in the United States.

Woods had a role in the action comedy Spy (2015), alongside Melissa McCarthy, Jason Statham, Rose Byrne, Jude Law, Allison Janney, and 50 Cent.[10] He appeared in Feig's follow-up movie Ghostbusters in 2016.



Year Title Role Notes
2004 Terrorists Drugstore Cashier
2009 Strangers Man Short film
2009 In the Loop Chad
2009 The Honkys O.G Short film
2010 Flipped Michael
2010 The Other Guys Douglas
2011 High Road Tommy
2011 Andy and Zach Zach Short film
2011 Damsels in Distress Rick DeWolfe
2012 Rich Girl Problems Duncan Short film
2013 The Heat Paramedic
2015 Spy Man in Purple Tie
2016 Other People Paul
2016 Ghostbusters Garrett
2016 Mascots Mike Murray
2017 The Lego Ninjago Movie Zane Voice
2017 Zane's Stand Up Promo Voice, short film
2017 The Post Anthony Essaye
2019 The Angry Birds Movie 2 Carl Voice
2020 Downhill Zach


Year Title Role Notes
2005 My Wife, the Ghost Geets Wilson Episode: "#1.5"
2006 Sexual Intercourse: American Style Ted Episode: "Incense and Candles"
2009 Washingtonienne Mark Episode: "Pilot"
2011 Funny or Die Presents Stuart Episode: "#2.9"
2010–13 The Office Gabe Lewis 51 episodes
Nominated – SAG Award for Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2011–12)
2011 Bored to Death Super Ray fan Episode: "Nothing I Can't Handle by Running Away"
2012–15 The League Lane 3 episodes
2013–14 Veep Ed Webster 3 episodes
2013 Arrested Development Trippler Episode: "Off the Hook"
2013–16 The Good Wife Jeff Dellinger 4 episodes
2013 Comedy Bang! Bang! The Remarkable Greg Episode: "Cobie Smulders Wears a Black & White Strapless Dress"
2014 Kroll Show Cal Culvers Episode: "Krolling Around with Nick Klown"
2014–19 Silicon Valley Donald "Jared" Dunn 53 episodes
2014–17 Playing House Zach Harper 8 episodes
2015 Drunk History Lee Duncan Episode: "Los Angeles"
2016 Animals. Brian (voice) Episode: "Pigeons."
2016 Better Things Zach Episode: "Woman Is the Something of the Something"
2017–18 Big Mouth Daniel / Sock (voice) 2 episodes
2020–present Avenue 5 Matt Spencer Main cast
2020 The Simpsons Zane Furlong Voice: Episode: "The Miseducation of Lisa Simpson"


Year Title Role Notes
2011 The Podcast Gabe Lewis 3 episodes


  1. ^ "Meet Zach Woods, the Anxious Heart of "Silicon Valley" – Los Angeles Magazine". Los Angeles Magazine. May 29, 2014. Retrieved February 26, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "Episode 597 – Zach Woods".
  3. ^ "And the nominee is ... Interlochen at the Grammys, Golden Globes and Academy Awards". Interlochen Center for the Arts. Archived from the original on January 28, 2016. Retrieved January 15, 2020.
  4. ^ Ivie, Devon (April 15, 2015). "Zach Woods and Human Comedy". Interview Magazine. Retrieved February 26, 2017.
  5. ^ "The Stepfathers". Retrieved May 20, 2013.
  6. ^ "UCB Theatre – Zach Woods".
  7. ^ "Zach Woods • UCB Comedy". Archived from the original on July 8, 2013. Retrieved May 20, 2013.
  8. ^ Tim Nudd (December 1, 2010). "Starburst "Zombie" Commercial". The 30 Freakiest Ads of 2010. Retrieved February 6, 2011.
  9. ^ "Exclusive: 'The Office' promotes 'Gabe' to series regular". Entertainment Weekly's June 16, 2010. Archived from the original on June 18, 2010. Retrieved June 16, 2010.
  10. ^ "Adrian Lester Joins 'Grey Lady'; Zach Woods Cast In 'Spy'". Deadline. May 2, 2014. Retrieved February 26, 2017.

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