Steve Zahn

Highest Rated: 95% Blaze (2018)
Lowest Rated: 0% The Ridiculous 6 (2015)
Birthday: Nov 13, 1967
Birthplace: Marshall, Minnesota, USA
Making an art out of portraying dysfunctional losers and likable freaks, Steve Zahn worked for years before getting his due as one of the most engaging and unconventionally gifted actors in Hollywood. Hailing from Marshall, MN, where he was born in 1968, Zahn was first introduced to improvisational acting in high school. Following a year at Gustavus-Adolphus College, he was accepted at the prestigious American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, MA, where he trained for two years. After completing his tenure there, Zahn settled in Hoboken, NJ, and tried to support himself with acting in New York, working a variety of odd jobs on the side. He found work in various theater productions, including a 13-month road tour of Bye, Bye Birdie, which provided both steady employment and an introduction to his wife, who was a dancer in the musical.Zahn's break came when he was cast in Sophistry, a play that also starred Ethan Hawke. His performance was seen by Ben Stiller, who offered him a role in his upcoming film, Reality Bites. Zahn took the part of Sammy, Winona Ryder's amiable, slightly conflicted gay friend. The film, which was released in 1994, was actually Zahn's second feature, the first being the 1993 drama Rain Without Thunder. Reality Bites met with relative success and helped to jump-start not only Zahn's career, but those of Ben Stiller and Janeane Garofalo, as well. Zahn proceeded to take a significant role in Eric Bogosian's play SubUrbia and his work in the production led to his casting in the 1995 submarine thriller Crimson Tide, starring Denzel Washington. The following year, he won a leading role in Tom Hanks' That Thing You Do! and subsequently re-created his SubUrbia role for the play's film adaptation, which also featured Giovanni Ribisi and Parker Posey. In 1998, Hollywood began to take notice of the actor, as he was featured in four different films. Three of them, You've Got Mail, Out of Sight, and The Object of My Affection, proved to be box-office successes; the other one, Safe Men, was released into general obscurity. The following year, Zahn made an appearance in the romantic comedy Forces of Nature, co-starring Ben Affleck and Sandra Bullock, and had a leading role in Happy, Texas, which was released at Sundance. For his performance as a con artist forced to play gay, Zahn won a special acting award at the festival, a much-deserved token of appreciation for an actor as underrated as he is original.In the years that followed, Zahn elevated his portrayal of lovable losers to a virtual art form. Though he would head up an impressive cast in the 2000 feature Chain of Fools, the film would be inexplicably relegated to cinematic limbo and audiences would next catch an unexpected glimpse of the rising star in director Michael Almereyda's Hamlet (2000). If the following year's Saving Silverman found Zahn back to his usual antics, abysmal reviews and poor audience reaction quickly sunk the romantic comedy and audiences would catch their next glimpse of him in John Dahl's edge-of-your-seat thriller Joy Ride (also 2001). His portrayal of Drew Barrymore's character's well-intending but hopeless husband in the 2001 comedy drama Riding in Cars with Boys showed a dramatic side many audiences had yet to experience from Zahn, and after a brief break from the screen Zahn returned in 2003 with a pair of high profile comedies. After joining comedian/actor Martin Lawrence as one half of a pair of hapless security guards in the 2003 comedy National Security, Zahn attempted to bring up baby opposite actor/comedian Eddie Murphy in the family friendly comedy Daddy Day Care. A series of supporting performances in Shattered Glass, Speak and Employee of the Month (all 2004) were quick to follow, ensuring that audiences who couldn't get their fill of Zahn's unique and endearing quirkiness wouldn't be left out in the lurch for long.Behind the camera, Zahn has provided vocal work for such family films as Stuart Little (as well as its 2002 sequ

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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Tall Girl Richie Kreyman 2019
95% Blaze Actor 2018
91% Lean on Pete Silver 2018
No Score Yet Planeta dos macacos - A guerra Actor 2017
93% War for the Planet of the Apes Bad Ape $146.9M 2017
No Score Yet Neat: The Story of Bourbon Actor 2017
82% Captain Fantastic Dave $5.9M 2016
76% The Good Dinosaur Thunderclap $123.1M 2015
0% The Ridiculous 6 Clem 2015
67% Knights of Badassdom Eric 2014
93% Dallas Buyers Club Tucker $23.8M 2013
52% Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days Frank Heffley $49.1M 2012
47% Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules Frank Heffley $52.7M 2011
60% Calvin Marshall Coach Little 2010
52% Diary of a Wimpy Kid Frank Heffley $64.1M 2010
63% A Perfect Getaway Cliff $15.6M 2009
No Score Yet Night Train Peter 2009
47% Management Mike Cranshaw $0.9M 2009
72% The Great Buck Howard Kenny $0.7M 2009
74% Sunshine Cleaning Mac $12.1M 2009
2% Strange Wilderness Peter Gaulke $6.6M 2008
No Score Yet Comanche Moon Gus McCrae 2008
90% Rescue Dawn Duane $5.4M 2007
No Score Yet Unstable Fables: 3 Pigs & a Baby Sandy Pig 2007
62% Bandidas Quentin Cooke 2006
37% Chicken Little Runt of the Litter $135.3M 2005
38% Sahara Al Giordino $68.7M 2005
No Score Yet Speak Mr. Freeman 2004
11% Employee of the Month Jack 2004
91% Shattered Glass Adam Penenberg $2.2M 2003
27% Daddy Day Care Marvin $103.7M 2003
11% National Security Hank Rafferty $35.8M 2003
81% Stuart Little 2 Monty the Mouth $64.8M 2002
49% Riding in Cars With Boys Raymond Haseck $29.7M 2001
74% Joy Ride Fuller $21.3M 2001
26% Chelsea Walls Ross 2001
42% Dr. Dolittle 2 Archie $111.5M 2001
18% Saving Silverman Wayne Lefessier $19M 2001
No Score Yet Chain of Fools Kresk 2000
57% Hamlet Rosencrantz 2000
67% Stuart Little Monty 1999
81% Happy, Texas Wayne Wayne Wayne Jr. 1999
No Score Yet Freak Talks About Sex (Blowin' Smoke) Freak 1999
45% Forces of Nature Alan 1999
68% You've Got Mail George 1998
57% Safe Men Eddie 1998
93% Out of Sight Glenn Michaels 1998
54% The Object of My Affection Frank Hanson 1998
No Score Yet Subway Stories Tucker 1997
No Score Yet SUBWAYStories: Tales from the Underground Actor 1997
64% Suburbia Buff 1997
93% That Thing You Do! Lenny 1996
22% Race the Sun Hans Kooiman 1996
88% Crimson Tide William Barnes 1995
66% Reality Bites Sammy Gray 1993
50% Rain Without Thunder Jeremy Tanner 1992

TV

CREDIT
69% Valley of the Boom
2018
  • 2019
60% The Crossing
2018
Jude Miller
  • 2018
67% Mad Dogs
2015-2016
Cobi
  • 2016
  • 2015
86% Modern Family
2009
Ronnie
  • 2015
  • 2014
28% Mind Games
2014
Clark Edwards
  • 2014
96% Treme
2010-2013
Davis McAlary
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
90% Monk
2002-2009
Jack Jr.
  • 2009
No Score Yet Phineas and Ferb
2007-2015
Voice
  • 2009
  • 2008
No Score Yet Comanche Moon
2008
Gus McCrae
  • 2008
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
Guest
  • 2003
  • 2001
No Score Yet From the Earth to the Moon
1998
Elliott See
No Score Yet Treme
Davis McAlary

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