The dashing, darkly handsome Zen Gesner brought swashbuckling into the 1990s starring in the title role in the syndicated series "The Adventures of Sinbad" (1996-98). Although a native of Southern Cal...
Joined cast of ABC daytime drama "All My Children" (September)
After graduation from LAMDA served as assistant to the Fight Director of the Royal Opera House, London
Played a surfer in Chis Isaak music video, "Somebody's Crying"
Made Los Angeles debut opposite his mother in a radio play production of "Leocadia"
Starred in syndcated series "The Adventures of Sinbad"
Made first screen appearance playing an FBI agent in "Dumb and Dummber", director by his brother-in-law Peter Farrelly
At age five was directed by mother in a short film (date approximate)
Joined South Coast Repertory Company (in California), after high school graduation
Appeared in "Me, Myself & Irene"
Had small role in "There's Something About Mary"
The dashing, darkly handsome Zen Gesner brought swashbuckling into the 1990s starring in the title role in the syndicated series "The Adventures of Sinbad" (1996-98). Although a native of Southern California, the athletic actor was well trained to be the adventurer of lore, having excelled in fencing and stage fighting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. The son of actress Nan Martin, Gesner began acting professionally after attending Santa Monica High School, joining the South Coast Repertory Theatre in Orange County, CA. After attending LAMDA and serving as assistant to the fight director for the Royal Opera House in London, Gesner returned to the USA. He made his feature film debut playing the small--but noticed--role of an FBI agent in "Dumb and Dumber" (1996), directed by his brother-in-law Peter Farrelly. Gesner, who surfed extensively in his youth, also played a surfer in the Chris Isaak music video "Somebody's Crying" and reteamed with his in-law for a featured role in "Kingpin" (1996), opposite Woody Harrelson and Randy Quaid.
Directed brother-in-law in in "Dumb and Dumber" (1994), "Kingpin" (1996) and "There's Something About Mary" (1998)
married July 29, 1995 in Massachusetts; sister of writer-directors Peter and Bobby Farrelly
born c. 1923
born on July 24, 1997 in Capetown, South Africa
born on October 9, 2000 in Santa Monica, California
born on July 15, 1927; previously married to musician Robert Dolan
Santa Monica High School
London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA)
Gesner's first name is in homage to the Japanese religious sect.
He has an advanced certificate from The Society of British Fight Directors; he also knows fire blowing
"Sword-fighting has always been a passion of mine. I've always liked the old swashbuckling films, like Errol Flynn and Burt Lancaster and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. movies. And I grew up going to Renaissance faires when I was really young. My dad used to take me along, and I used to shoot bow and arrow and watch the knights jousting. I just loved that stuff. I love that period in history." --Zen Gesner to TV GUIDE ON-LINE, April 2, 1997
"Oh, God, I'd love to do Hamlet. That play has it all, really. It has sword-fighting, it has ghosts, it has, you know, magic, poison, treachery, villainy of the highest degree. It's got it all. Yeah, I'd love to do Hamlet. But I'd love to do any of those plays. It's a touch choice." --Zen Gesner to TV GUIDE ON-LINE, April 2, 1997