Braff wrote the film, starred in it, and compiled the soundtrack album.He won numerous awards for his directing work, and also won the Grammy Award for Best Soundtrack Album in 2005.For the show's ninth season, Braff was a cast member for six episodes and also served as one of the executive producers. Braff wrote, directed, produced, and starred in 2004's Garden State, which was filmed in his home state of New Jersey.
The role was Braff's first major role in a television show.
on the television series Scrubs (2001–2010), for which he was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series in 2005.
The film made over million at the box office and was praised by critics, leading it to gain a cult following.
but dropped out of both roles to work on Open Hearts, which he adapted from a Danish film and will direct.
He has also co-written a film version of Andrew Henry's Meadow, a children's book, with his brother, and was scheduled to direct one of the segments for the film New York, I Love You.
In mid-2010, Braff took a lead role in Trust, at the Second Stage Theatre, a contemporary Off-Broadway theater company.