The River Why Cast

Zach Gilford as “Gus Orviston”

Zach Gilford is best known for his role as Matt Saracen from the critically acclaimed drama "Friday Night Lights."

This fall he will be seen in the Roadside Attractions release "Answers to Nothing" with Dane Cook. Also upcoming, he stars in the independent features "Family Tree" opposite John Slattery, Gabrielle Union and Jena Malone and "Long Time Gone" opposite Meg Ryan.

Gilford was most recently seen starring in the feature film "Dare" opposite Emmy Rossum, "Super" opposite Ellen Page and Rainn Wilson and in Fox Searchlight's "Post Grad," opposite Alexis Bledel, Michael Keaton and Carol Burnett.

Gilford made his feature film debut starring in Larry Fessenden's "The Last Winter" and was nominated for a 2008 Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast. Other TV credits include "Off the Map," "Grey's Anatomy," "Law & Order: SVU" and the feature film "Rise: Blood Hunter" opposite Lucy Liu.

Gilford graduated from Northwestern University where he starred in productions of "Equus" and "The Laramie Project". A Chicago native, Gilford spends his free time leading backpacking, ice climbing and diving expeditions in Alaska, New Zealand and Australia.