Early life and career
Zachary Vinson Woodlee was born April 27, 1977 in Mesquite, Texas. He has three brothers Matt, Beau, and Slade who all took dance. He graduated from Poteet High School in Mesquite. Woodlee was voted 'Most Popular Guy' and was nicknamed Mr.Poteet. He later went on to attended University of North Texas. Zach Woodlee spent his early life in his mother’s dance studio in Mesquite.
It was no surprise that Woodlee pursued a career in acting. He starred in his first commercial, for Pop Rocks, when he was 12 years old. From there, he worked with the Kim Dawson studio in Dallas and won the UIL state competition for his role of Davey in a school play. He can be seen appearing in Old Navy television ads. Some of his other commercial appearances include ads for Exxon, Sony and Abracat.com.
After graduating from Poteet High School in 1995, his parents encouraged him to attend college. He started looking into geriatrics, but his heart belonged to the stage. After a short stay, he decided to go to Los Angeles and try his luck there. “My heart just broke,” said his mother, Vicki Woodlee. “We didn’t want him to go.” Although he had no friends or connections in L.A., Woodlee auditioned for the Performing Arts Academy and he won a full scholarship. During his one year of study at the academy, Woodlee was bound by contract not to audition for any outside parts. Unlike agents in Dallas, agents in Los Angeles are specialized. Woodlee’s agents have kept him working extensively. He traveled and performed with Madonna, LeAnn Rimes and Mandy Moore. He appeared in the music video for “Pinch Me” by the Barenaked Ladies and "Boom Boom" by performer Chayanne.
Zach has been employed as the choreographer for Glee since the Pilot episode. Since then he has choreographed every dance routine for every episode alongside Brooke Lipton, who has also helped produce numbers within his work in The Glee Project.
- How I Met Your Mother 100th Episode
- Eli Stone
- 2008 MTV Movie Awards
- 27 Dresses
- Step Up
- Bedtime Stories
- Eat Pray Love
- Life as We Know It
- Real Steel