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Steve Zahn

Highest Rated:   100% Blaze (2018)
Lowest Rated:   0% The Ridiculous 6 (2015)
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


Highest Rated Movies



91% Lean on Pete
  • Silver
No Score Yet Blaze
  • Actor
100% Blaze
  • Actor
No Score Yet Planeta dos macacos - A guerra
  • Actor
93% War for the Planet of the Apes
  • Bad Ape
$146.9M 2017
83% Captain Fantastic
  • Dave
$5.9M 2016
77% The Good Dinosaur
  • Thunderclap
$123.1M 2015
0% The Ridiculous 6
  • Clem
62% Knights of Badassdom
  • Eric
93% Dallas Buyers Club
  • Tucker
$23.8M 2013
51% Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
  • Frank Heffley
$49.1M 2012
46% Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules
  • Frank Heffley
$52.7M 2011
56% Calvin Marshall
  • Coach Little
53% Diary of a Wimpy Kid
  • Frank Heffley
$64.1M 2010
61% A Perfect Getaway
  • Cliff
$15.6M 2009
No Score Yet Night Train
  • Peter
46% Management
  • Mike Cranshaw
$0.9M 2009
72% The Great Buck Howard
  • Kenny
$0.7M 2009
73% Sunshine Cleaning
  • Mac
$12.1M 2009
2% Strange Wilderness
  • Peter Gaulke
$6.6M 2008
No Score Yet Comanche Moon
  • Gus McCrae
91% Rescue Dawn
  • Duane
$5.4M 2007
No Score Yet Unstable Fables: 3 Pigs & a Baby
  • Sandy Pig
62% Bandidas
  • Quentin Cooke
37% Chicken Little
  • Runt of the Litter
$135.3M 2005
38% Sahara
  • Al Giordino
$68.7M 2005
No Score Yet Speak
  • Mr. Freeman
11% Employee of the Month
  • Jack
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
73% Joy Ride
  • Fuller
$21.3M 2001
26% Chelsea Walls
  • Ross
42% Dr. Dolittle 2
  • Archie
$111.5M 2001
18% Saving Silverman
  • Wayne Lefessier
$19M 2001
No Score Yet Chain of Fools
  • Kresk
57% Hamlet
  • Rosencrantz
66% Stuart Little
  • Monty
81% Happy, Texas
  • Wayne Wayne Wayne Jr.
No Score Yet Freak Talks About Sex (Blowin' Smoke)
  • Freak
45% Forces of Nature
  • Alan
69% You've Got Mail
  • George
57% Safe Men
  • Eddie
93% Out of Sight
  • Glenn Michaels
49% The Object of My Affection
  • Frank Hanson
No Score Yet Subway Stories
  • Tucker
No Score Yet SUBWAYStories: Tales from the Underground
  • Actor
64% Suburbia
  • Buff
93% That Thing You Do!
  • Lenny
22% Race the Sun
  • Hans Kooiman
87% Crimson Tide
  • William Barnes
66% Reality Bites
  • Sammy Gray
50% Rain Without Thunder
  • Jeremy Tanner


No Score Yet The Crossing
  • Jude Miller
  • 2018
66% Mad Dogs
  • Cobi
  • 2016
  • 2015
86% Modern Family
  • Ronnie
  • 2015
  • 2014
25% Mind Games
  • Clark Edwards
  • 2014
97% Treme
  • Davis McAlary
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
No Score Yet Monk
  • Jack Jr.
  • 2009
No Score Yet Comanche Moon
  • Gus McCrae
  • 2008
No Score Yet Phineas and Ferb
  • Voice
  • 2008
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
  • Guest
  • 2003
  • 2001
No Score Yet Treme
  • Davis McAlary

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