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Zackary Arthur (born September 12, 2006) is an American child actor, best known for playing Sammy Sullivan in The 5th Wave and Zack Novak in the series Transparent. He currently has a recurring role as a young Jeff Piccirillo on the Showtime series Kidding.

Zackary Arthur
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Zackary Arthur in 2017
Born (2006-09-12) September 12, 2006 (age 12)
Years active2013–present
Notable work
Transparent, The 5th Wave


Arthur made his acting debut in 2014. He played Zack Novak in the Amazon Studios' comedy-drama series Transparent along with Jeffrey Tambor, who won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy.[1][2][3]

Arthur played one of the lead roles, Sammy Sullivan, in the film The 5th Wave, along with Chloë Grace Moretz and Nick Robinson, and directed by J Blakeson.[1][2][4] He was one of the hundreds of young actors who auditioned for the role.[2] The film was released on January 22, 2016 by Columbia Pictures.[5]

Arthur is also playing a role in the CBS' comedy pilot The Half of It.[6] Arthur also appeared in the 20th episode of Grey's Anatomy season 12, "Trigger Happy", as a small boy possibly at fault for the paralysis of his friend.

Arthur starred as Josh Ryan in the horror comedy film Mom and Dad.[7]



Year Title Role Notes
2014 Trust Me Little Nate Short film
2014 Turned Cameron Short film
2014 Surviving A Funeral Young Ben Short film
2016 The 5th Wave Sammy Sullivan
2017 Don't Come Back from the Moon Kolya Smalley
2017 Mom and Dad Josh Ryan


Year Title Role Notes
2014 Transparent Zack Novak 18 episodes
2015 Best Friends Whenever 9 Year Old Naldo Episode: "The Butterscotch Effect"
2015 Teachers David 3 episodes
2015 The Half of It Will TV movie
2016 Grey's Anatomy Peter Green Episode: "Trigger Happy"
2017 Ray Donovan Freddy Jr. Episode: "Mister Lucky"


  1. ^ a b Brett, Jennifer (January 15, 2015). "Golden Globe winners head to Atlanta for new movie". Retrieved August 12, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c Ford, Rebecca (September 15, 2014). "'The 5th Wave' Finds Its Sammy (Exclusive)". Retrieved August 12, 2015.
  3. ^ Riley, Jenelle (January 11, 2015). "Amazon, 'Transparent' Make History at Golden Globes". Retrieved August 12, 2015.
  4. ^ "'The Fifth Wave' casting call seeking stand in for Zackary Arthur". Archived from the original on 4 March 2015. Retrieved July 9, 2019.
  5. ^ "#5thWaveMovie is coming… even sooner. See it in theaters January 15, 2016". Twitter. April 30, 2015. Retrieved August 12, 2015.
  6. ^ "Zackary Arthur on Twitter about The Half of It". Retrieved August 12, 2015.
  7. ^ Brady, Tara (March 9, 2018). "Mom and Dad: Nicolas Cage takes to the crazed plot like a duck to water". The Irish Times. Retrieved March 10, 2018.

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