Zachary Levi Pugh, known professionally as Zachary Levi, is an American actor, director and singer and is well known for his roles as the lead in the television series "Chuck" and as Fandral in Thor: The Dark World.
Levi was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, the son of Susan M. (née Hoctor) and Darrell Alton Pugh. He is the middle child between two sisters, Sarah and Shekinah. He has English, German, and Welsh ancestry. When Levi was a child, his family moved across several states before finally heading back to their home in Ventura, California, where he attended Buena High School for four years. He began acting on stage at the age of six, performing lead roles in regional productions such as Grease, The Outsiders, Oklahoma!, Oliver!, The Wizard of Oz, and Big River at the Ojai Art Center. He chose his middle name as his stage name because his agent told him that "a guy named Zach Pugh would not be going far in Hollywood".
Originally Zachary Levi was supposed to portray Fandral in Thor but later dropped out due to scheduling conflicts with his series, "Chuck" but later played the role in Thor: The Dark World after actor Joshua Dallas had scheduling conflicts of his own with his series "Once Upon A Time."