Zachary Quinto: 5 Things to Know

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"Star Trek's" Spock and the "Heroes" villain came out as gay over the weekend.

Zachary Quinto revealed he is gay over the weekend. Here are a few things to know about the Star Trek actor.

1. He was inspired to come out when teenager Jamey Rodemeyer committed suicide after years of being bullied over his sexuality. He blogged: “In light of Jamey's death, it became clear to me in an instant that living a gay life without publicly acknowledging it is simply not enough to make any significant contribution to the immense work that lies ahead on the road to complete equality…. I believe in the power of intention to change the landscape of our society, and it is my intention to live an authentic life of compassion and integrity and action," he continues. "Jamey Rodemeyer's life changed mine. And while his death only makes me wish that I had done this sooner, I am eternally grateful to him for being the catalyst for change within me. Now I can only hope to serve as the same catalyst for even one other person in this world."

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2. He played a gay man who abandons his AIDS-stricken boyfriend in the off-broadway revival of Angels in America for five months last year. He calls the role, "the most challenging thing I’ve ever done as an actor and the most rewarding… “At the same time,” he adds, “as a gay man, it made me feel like there’s still so much work to be done, and there’s still so many things that need to be looked at and addressed.”

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3. He's currently in theaters playing the love interest of Anna Faris in What's Your Number? He'll also appear in American Horror Story on FX. His new movie, Margin Call, which he co-produced and stars opposite Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany and Jeremy Irons, opens October 21.

4. He rose to fame in short-lived TV series The Others. But he's also had roles on Six Feet Under, Lizzie McGuire, CSI, Touched by an Angel and 24, on which he played computer expert Adam Kaufman.  He went on to play the serial killer Sylar in Heroes. He played Spock on Star Trek in 2007.

5. He was born in Pittsburgh and grew up in Green Tree, Penn. He graduated from the Central Catholic High School in 1995, where he acted and won the ene Kelly Award for Best Supporting Actor. He graduated from the Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama in 1999.

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