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Steven James "Steve" Zahn (pronounced /ˈzɑːn/; born November 13, 1967) is an American comedian and actor of both film and stage.

Early life

Zahn was born in Marshall, Minnesota, the son of Zelda, who worked for the YMCA, and Carlton Zahn, a retired Lutheran pastor.[1][2] He is of German descent. Zahn spent part of his childhood in Mankato, Minnesota, attending Kennedy Elementary School. After attending Robbinsdale Cooper High School, Gustavus Adolphus College and the Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at American Repertory Theater at Harvard University, his first professional acting role was in Biloxi Blues, a Minnesota production at the Old Log Theater; but his first big break came in 1994, when he was noticed by Ben Stiller, who cast him in his picture, Reality Bites.

Career

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Zahn's early roles were split between movies, touring companies of Broadway shows, and TV shows. In 1992-1993, he toured as Hugo with the Barry Weissler production of Bye Bye Birdie with Tommy Tune, Ann Reinking, and Marc Kudisch. He played Phoebe Buffay's husband Duncan in a 1995 episode of Friends. Zahn appeared in several films in the mid-1990s, including Tom Hanks' That Thing You Do! These films garnered him enough respect that he was offered the starring role in the critically acclaimed indie film Happy, Texas (1999). Some of Zahn's most popular movies have been his most recent ones, including National Security (2003), Daddy Day Care (2003) and Sahara (2005). Zahn received his strongest critical acclaim for his performance in Riding in Cars with Boys, in which he co-starred with Drew Barrymore as her dim-witted, drug addicted husband. Roger Ebert, Richard Roeper and the BBC stated that the performance was deserving of an Oscar nomination. He also voiced Runt of the Litter in Chicken Little. He recently gave dramatic performances in Rescue Dawn and the television mini-series Comanche Moon.

Typically typecast into comic relief sidekick roles, Zahn was asked if he minded, his reply was that it was a "pleasure" and a "privilege", saying, "... to be typecast and make money and make people happy and people dig what you do, what a great thing, man."[3]

Personal life

Zahn is an avid fly fisherman, and he owns a farm in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky. Zahn is married to Robyn Peterman, an actress and the daughter of John Peterman, whom Zahn met on a touring production of Bye Bye Birdie. The two have a son, Henry Zahn (born 3 April 2000 in New York), and a daughter, Audrey Robyn. In 2004, the family moved from New Jersey to a small horse farm in Georgetown, Kentucky, near Lexington, Kentucky, his wife's hometown.

He is very close friends with Tom Everett Scott, his costar in That Thing You Do, and was the best man at Scott's wedding. He is a practicing Lutheran. [4]

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Director Notes
1992 Rain Without Thunder Jeremy Tanner Gary Bennett
1994 Reality Bites Sammy Gray Ben Stiller
1995 Crimson Tide William Barnes Tony Scott
1996 Race the Sun Hans Kooiman Charles T. Kanganis
SubUrbia Buff Richard Linklater
That Thing You Do! Lenny Haise Tom Hanks
1998 The Object of My Affection Frank Hanson Nicholas Hytner
Out of Sight Glenn Michaels Steven Soderbergh
Safe Men Eddie John Hamburg
You've Got Mail George Pappas Nora Ephron
1999 Forces of Nature Alan Bronwen Hughes Nominated — Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actor - Comedy/Romance
Freak Talks About Sex Freak Paul Todisco
Happy, Texas Wayne Wayne Wayne Jr., aka David Mark Illsey Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male
Special Dramatic Jury Prize for Best Comedic Performance
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical
Stuart Little Monty the Mouth Rob Minkoff voice
2000 Chain of Fools Thomas Kresk Pontus Löwenhielm
Patrick von Krusenstjerna
Hamlet Rosencrantz Michael Almereyda
2001 Chelsea Walls Ross Ethan Hawke
Dr. Dolittle 2 Archie Steve Carr voice
Joy Ride Fuller Thomas John Dahl
Riding in Cars with Boys Ray Hasek Penny Marshall
Saving Silverman Wayne Dennis Dugan
2002 Stuart Little 2 Monty the Mouth Rob Minkoff voice
2003 Daddy Day Care Marvin Steve Carr
National Security Hank Rafferty Dennis Dugan
Shattered Glass Adam Penenberg Billy Ray
2004 Employee of the Month Jack Mitch Rouse
Speak Mr. Freeman Jessica Sharzer
2005 Chicken Little Runt of the Litter Mark Dindal voice
Sahara Al Giordino Breck Eisner
2006 Bandidas Quentin Cooke Joachim Ronning
Espen Sandberg
2007 Rescue Dawn Duane Werner Herzog Nominated — Chlotrudis Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male
2008 The Great Buck Howard Kenny Sean McGinly
Management Mike Flux Stephen Belber
Strange Wilderness Peter Gaulke Fred Wolf
Sunshine Cleaning Mac Christine Jeffs
Unstable Fables: 3 Pigs and a Baby Sandy Pig Howard E. Baker
Arish Fyzee
voice
direct-to-DVD
2009 Night Train Pete Dobbs Brian King
A Perfect Getaway Cliff Anderson David Twohy
2010 Calvin Marshall Coach Little Gary Lundgren
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Frank Heffley Thor Freudenthal
The Knights of Badassdom Joe Lynch pre-production
Salesmen Marvin Raul Inglis
2011 Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules Frank Heffley David Bowers pre-production

TV

Year Program Role Notes
1990 All My Children Spence Episode #5303
uncredited
1993 South Beach Lane Bailey Episode "Pirates of the Caribbean
1995 Friends Duncan "The One with Phoebe's Husband"
Mike & Spike Nick Pickles (voice) Episode:"Person To Clothes"
Picture Windows Crook Episode "Armed Response"
1997 Liberty! The American Revolution American Sergeant 4 episodes
1998 From the Earth to the Moon Astronaut Elliot See TV miniseries
episode "Can We Do This?"
2008 Comanche Moon Augustus "Gus" McCrae 3 episodes
Phineas and Ferb Swampy Voice
episode "Dude, We're Gettin' the Band Back Together!"
2009 Monk Jack Monk, Jr. Episode "Mr. Monk's Other Brother"
WWII in HD Nolen Marbrey Voice of
2010 Treme Davis McAlary Regular, 10 episodes

Miscellaneous

References

  1. Steve Zahn has a smart funny humour - Artists - Zahn, Steve(2001/02/26) By LIZ BRAUN, CANOE - JAM! Movies
  2. Hewitt, Chris (1997-03-12). "FROM ROCKER TO SLACKER, THE VARIOUS ROLES OF MINNESOTA NATIVE STEVE ZAHN ARE SIGNS OF A RAPIDLY BUDDING TALENT". St. Paul Pioneer Press. Retrieved 2007-12-10. 
  3. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001872/bio
  4. http://hope-elca.com/famous/

External links

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