Graduated from Columbia University. His mother, Carol Galligan is a Psychologist and Psychoanalyst in New York. His late father, Arthur Galligan, was a founding partner in Dickstein Shapiro Morin & Oshinsky, in Washington. Married Ling H. Ingerick on September 25, 2005 at the Yale Club in New York. Ling is half Chinese and also of Swedish, ... Wikipedia
Actor, acting teacher, and screenwriter living in New York City.
Auditioned for parts in both "Taps" and "Tempest," but didn't get hired for either film.
He's the second of four children.
Ironically, he and his character Eric Rhodes from Cupid (1997) had February 14 (Valentine's Day) as their birthday.
Parents divorced when Zach was 3 years old. Father is a lawyer.
Zachary W. Galligan Quotes
Every time I think about Waxwork I think about shooting the ending because it was just total chaos. It was good fun and it was kinda silly. I think we shot the ending, closer towards the end of the filming so it was very fitting. I would say that was super fun.
[on Waxwork] I am still surprised by the amount of fans I've come across in life, but in some ways it's more popular now than it was back in the day. So that I find kinda surprising, some of the things that I thought would handicap it. Like the cheesiness of the 80's ended up being sorta a good thing.
[on recasting Deborah Foreman in Waxwork II] Well you know it was strange, it was completely expected because Tony dated Deborah Foreman, had a relationship and dated her for like two years. Then the relationship fell apart about six months to a year before they decided to do Waxwork II. So I knew he wasn't going to work with her again because things between them weren't going well. So I knew they had to find a new actress. I was very surprised with the person that he chose because she's so totally and completely opposite 180 degrees different than Deborah. In terms of looks and style and everything. There wasn't even the tiniest attempt to have any kind of continuity from one to the next. So that was a little strange. Also she had no acting experience of any kind so she was very nervous the first couple of days, then eventually she calmed down. I acutely thought she did kinda a nice sweet job in the movie. They cut around some of her awkward moments and she's fine.
[on Waxwork III] It wasn't that I had a problem with a Waxwork III per say, I felt I should kinda stop doing horror movies in general. I feel I was starting to get pigeonholed. And you know what it's like when your young, you feel like "I wanna establish myself as a serious actor!" which I am, and I feel I did do. I just didn't want to keep going back to doing special effects stuff. I wanted to do a few movies where I'm sitting on a couch talking to people about things and relationships.
[on Waxwork II: Lost In Time] I'm also particularly proud of all of the stunts I did. I did all of the stunts. If you notice, my character takes a beating in 'Waxwork II.' He gets the shit beat out of him!
(On Gremlins 2) There are two reasons why the second movie didn't do as well as the first movie. The first primary reason is the scheduling. It should have come out in May. Instead, they got cocky, they got amazing test scores, and they tried to get it out opposite Dick Tracy. And we got slaughtered because we could not compete with the Warren Beatty/Madonna thing. If he hadn't been dating Madonna, I think we would have probably won. In the 1990s, she was like a supernova we just couldn't get past.But the other reason that I think is a problem with Gremlins 2 is that I don't think the humans and the Gremlins interact enough. You have a human section, and then you have an all-Gremlin section, and then you have human, then Gremlin. So there are sections of Gremlins 2 where after four or five minutes you're, like, I'm in a Muppet movie. And I think that's a problem. I think if you look at the first Gremlins, the Gremlins and the humans interaction is never lost, they're seamlessly woven together at all times, with maybe a slight exception being the bar scene.
(On landing Gremlins) Well the thing that's so weird about Gremlins was that people would think that there was some massive competition for the role. And maybe there was behind the scenes, but as far as I experienced it, I went in and met the casting director Susan Arnold. We had a chat for ten minutes, came back the next day, met the producer Mike Finnell, he apologized and said Joe Dante was sick and couldn't make it, but he really liked my reading. So he wanted to see my reading and then he asked me afterwords if I would come in a couple of days later and screen test. And I said sure. So I came back in and there was Phoebe Cates, and we got paired together. And they put us both on tape and we did it once. And they said thank you very much and left it. I went off for Spring Break, and I was gone a day and a half when I got a call saying you've got to come right back because you've got the part. It was one of the easiest parts I've ever gotten. It just doesn't make any sense.
"There are a lot of tough things to do with the business, I'm completely numb now to rejection. I get rejected for 98 out of 100 things I try for." - On landing acting roles.