Zachary Adam Gordon (born February 15, 1998) is an American film and television actor. Beginning his professional acting career at the age of eight, Gordon is a three time Young Artist Award Best Leading Young Actor nominee, best known for playing Greg Heffley in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid films, which are based on Jeff Kinney's #1 New York Times best seller, Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

Personal life

Gordon was born in Oak Park, California, to Linda and Kenneth Gordon.[1] He has two brothers, Joshua and Kyle, and was raised in Southern California.[2][3][4] Zach attends a public high school in Oak Park[1][5] and is Jewish.[6]


Gordon's resume includes multiple television appearances, on shows such as All of Us and How I Met Your Mother.[7] He has also appeared in the 2008 opening of Desperate Housewives, plus 2 other episodes, and in two episodes of 24, which aired in January 2009. He also appeared in three episodes (2014) as a guest star on Tim Allen's sitcom, where he played Tim's daughter's boyfriend.

His film credits (2007–2008) include Sex and Death 101, Lower Learning, the Garry Marshall film Georgia Rule (for which he won the "Young Artist Award" for his portrayal of Ethan), The Brothers Bloom, as Young Bloom, and alongside Nicolas Cage in National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007) and many others. Gordon has been credited with numerous voice-over roles including "Brad Spolyt" in The Chubbchubbs Save Xmas, "Ricky Garcia" in Project Gilroy, "San San" in Nick Jr.'s Ni Hao, Kai-Lan and The Mighty B! He is a series regular as the voice of Gil, one of the lead roles in the Nickelodeon series, Bubble Guppies. Gordon has voice cameo acted as Baby Melman in the animated film, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, Kotaro in Afro Sumurai: Resurrection, and Young Tony Stark in The Super Hero Squad Show. In 2010, he played Greg Heffley in the film Diary of a Wimpy Kid. In 2011 he appeared as Papi Jr. in Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2 and as Paws in Disney's The Search for Santa Paws.

In June 2010, 20th Century Fox announced a sequel to Diary of a Wimpy Kid; Gordon returned as Greg Heffley and the film, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules, was released on March 25, 2011. It was the #1 Box office movie in the U.S. for the following 2 weeks.[8]

In 2011 Gordon did voice acting as Charlie Brown, Linus and Franklin on the comedy show Robot Chicken, and in 2012, he reprised the role of Greg Heffley again in Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days.

In 2013, Gordon was chosen to host a Mini-Series for Nintendo, called Skylander's Boomcast on YouTube channel SkylandersGame, reviewing and talking about the very successful video game series Skylanders.[9]

Additional films for 2013 included The Incredible Burt Wonderstone and a role as "Pete Kidder" in Walden Media's and Hallmark Channel's Pete's Christmas with veteran actor Bruce Dern playing his cantankerous grandfather.


Year Film Role Notes
2006, 2009 How I Met Your Mother Stacy's Son, Tyler Stinson (Grant)[10] 2 episodes
2006–07 All of Us Richie
2007 Because I Said So Little Arthur
Sex and Death 101 Barbeque Brat
Georgia Rule Ethan[10]
The Chubbchubbs Save Xmas Brad Spoylt
National Treasure: Book of Secrets Lincoln Conspiracy Kid[10]
2007, 2011 Robot Chicken Charlie Brown, Linus 2 episodes; voice
2008 David's Solution Little David TV
Desperate Housewives Little Robin Hood 1 episode
The Mighty B! Gwen's Brother #4[11] 1 episode; voice
Handy Manny Little Lopart
MADtv The Joker 1 episode
Lower Learning Frankie Fowler[11]
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa Baby Melman[11] Voice Cameo
Four Christmases Kid #6 in Jump-Jump
Special Agent Oso Tyler Voice
2008, 2010 Batman: The Brave and the Bold Young Bruce Wayne, Young Aqualad 3 episodes; voice
2008–09 Ni Hao, Kai-lan San San 15 episodes
2009 The Brothers Bloom Young Bloom
24 8 Year-Old Boy 2 episodes
Afro Samurai: Resurrection Kotaro Voice
Santa Buddies Puppy Paws Voice; main role
2010 Diary of a Wimpy Kid[11] Greg Heffley Voice; main role
The Search for Santa Paws Puppy Paws[10] Voice; main role
2011 Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2 Papi Junior[10]
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules Greg Heffley[12] Lead role
Childrens Hospital Cody/Mike 1 episode
Family Guy Homeless Little Boy 1 episode
2011–12 Bubble Guppies Gil Voice; main role
2012 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days Greg Heffley Lead role
R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour Seth/Seti[13]
2013 The Incredible Burt Wonderstone Will
Pete's Christmas Pete Kidder
Uncle Grandpa Belly Kid 1 episode; voice
2014 Last Man Standing Andrew 3 episodes
The Boxcar Children Henry Voice only
2015 Huevos: Little Rooster's Egg-cellent Adventure Rolo Voice
2016 Norm of the North Norm Cub Voice
Dead of Summer Jason "Blotter" Cohen Recurring Role

Awards and nominations

Award Year Category Result Work
Young Artist Award 2008 Best Performance in a Feature Film – Supporting Young Actor (Comedy or Musical) Won Georgia Rule
Sierra Award 2010 Youth in Film Nominated Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Young Artist Award 2011 Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actor Nominated
Best Performance in a Feature Film – Young Ensemble Cast Won
Young Artist Award 2012 Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actor Nominated Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
Young Artist Award 2013 Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actor Nominated Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
Best Performance in a Feature Film – Young Ensemble Cast Won


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  4. ^ Lara, Monica (December 9, 2012) Chabad hosts Hanukkah celebration in Oak Park » Ventura County Star.
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  8. ^ Kit, Borys (June 23, 2010). "David Bowers to direct 'Wimpy' sequel". The Hollywood Reporter. e5 Global Media. Archived from the original on June 27, 2010. Retrieved August 28, 2010. 
  9. ^ Martin, John Llewellyn (October 4, 2013). "Skylander: Swap Force Video: The Boomcast Premieres". Screen Crush. Retrieved January 14, 2014. 
  10. ^ a b c d e "Zachary Gordon: Credits". TVguide. Retrieved February 23, 2012. 
  11. ^ a b c d "Zachary Gordon New York Times Film Credits". The New York Times. Retrieved February 23, 2012. 
  12. ^ Hale, Mike (March 24, 2011). "The Sequel to 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid'". The New York Times. Retrieved February 23, 2012. 
  13. ^ ""Wimpy Kid" Zachary Gordon wants his "Mummy" in a new episode of "The Haunting Hour"". Retrieved February 23, 2012.