Steve Zahn

Actor, Singer, Laborer
Actor Steve Zahn's roots were on the dramatic stage, which might have seemed surprising considering his big screen comedy career playing inept sidekicks in films like "Out of Sight" (1998), "Happy, Texas" (1999), and ... Read more »
Born: 11/12/1967 in Marshall, Minnesota, USA


Actor (62)

Captain Fantastic 2015 (Movie)


Modern Family 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)


The Good Dinosaur 2015 (Movie)

Thunderclap (Voice)

Knights of Badassdom 2014 (Movie)

Eric (Actor)

Mind Games 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)


Night Train 2014 (Movie)

Pete (Actor)

Tremé 2009 - 2014 (TV Show)


Dallas Buyers Club 2013 (Movie)

Tucker (Actor)

Escape From Planet Earth 2013 (Movie)

Hawk (Voice)

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days 2012 (Movie)

Frank Heffley (Actor)

Phineas and Ferb 2008, 2012 (Tv Show)


Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules 2011 (Movie)

Frank Heffley (Actor)

Calvin Marshall 2010 (Movie)

Coach Doug Little (Actor)

Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2010 (Movie)

Frank Heffley (Actor)

WW II HD 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)


A Perfect Getaway 2009 (Movie)

Cliff (Actor)

Management 2009 (Movie)

Mike (Actor)

Monk 2009 (Tv Show)


Sunshine Cleaning 2009 (Movie)

Mac (Actor)

The Great Buck Howard 2009 (Movie)

Kenny (Actor)

Comanche Moon 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)


Reel Comedy: Strange Wilderness 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)


Strange Wilderness 2008 (Movie)

Peter Gaulke (Actor)

Rescue Dawn 2007 (Movie)

Duane (Actor)

Speak 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)


Bandidas 2005 (Movie)

Quentin (Actor)

Chicken Little 2005 (Movie)

Runt of the Litter (Voice)

Employee of the Month 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)


Sahara 2005 (Movie)

Al Giordino (Actor)

Daddy Day Care 2003 (Movie)

Marvin (Actor)

National Security 2003 (Movie)

Hank Rafferty (Actor)

Shattered Glass 2003 (Movie)

Adam L Penenberg (Actor)

Chelsea Walls 2002 (Movie)

Ross (Actor)

Stuart Little 2 2002 (Movie)

of Monty (Voice)

Dr. Dolittle 2 2001 (Movie)

of Archie (Voice)

Joy Ride 2001 (Movie)

Fuller Thomas (Actor)

Reel Comedy: Saving Silverman 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)


Riding in Cars With Boys 2001 (Movie)

Ray Hasek (Actor)

Saving Silverman 2001 (Movie)

Wayne (Actor)

Chain of Fools 2000 (Movie)

Kresk (Actor)

Freak Talks About Sex 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)


Hamlet 2000 (Movie)

Rosencrantz (Actor)

Forces of Nature 1999 (Movie)

Alan (Actor)

Happy, Texas 1999 (Movie)

Wayne Wayne Wayne Jr (Actor)

Stuart Little 1999 (Movie)

of Monty (Voice)

Liberty! The American Revolution 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)


Out of Sight 1998 (Movie)

Glenn Michaels (Actor)

Safe Men 1998 (Movie)

Eddie (Actor)

The Object of My Affection 1998 (Movie)

Frank Hanson (Actor)

You've Got Mail 1998 (Movie)

George Pappas (Actor)

Suburbia 1997 (Movie)

Buff (Actor)

Subway Stories: Tales From the Underground 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)


Picture Windows 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)


Race the Sun 1996 (Movie)

Hans Kooiman (Actor)

That Thing You Do! 1996 (Movie)

Lenny (Actor)

Crimson Tide 1995 (Movie)

William Barnes (Actor)

Friends 1995 (Tv Show)


Reality Bites 1994 (Movie)

Sammy Gray (Actor)

Rain Without Thunder 1993 (Movie)

Jeremy Tanner (Actor)

South Beach 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)


From the Earth to the Moon (TV Show)

Music (1)

Management 2009 (Movie)

"Feel Like Makin' Love" (Song Performer)


Actor Steve Zahn's roots were on the dramatic stage, which might have seemed surprising considering his big screen comedy career playing inept sidekicks in films like "Out of Sight" (1998), "Happy, Texas" (1999), and "Riding in Cars with Boys" (2001). But the appeal of Zahn's comic relief was the realism and vulnerability he lent his oddball misfits, and as he aged into new territory with Werner Herzog's "Rescue Dawn" (2007) and the epic Western "Comanche Moon" (CBS, 2007), it became clear that his light touch belied an actor with a much wider range than "stoner bud."


Zelda Clair

Works for the YMCA

Robyn Peterman

Daughter of John Peterman, the founder of The J. Peterman Company, a catalog and retail co. that was parodied in the 1990s on Seinfeld (NBC) met on a touring production of "Bye Bye Birdie"

Carleton Zahn


Audrey Zahn

Mother, Robyn Peterman

Henry Zahn

Born April 3, 2000 mother, Robyn Peterman


Robbinsdale Cooper High School

New Hope , Minnesota

Harvard University

Cambridge , Massachusetts 1989 - 1991
Attended Harvard University's American Repertory Theater

Gustavus Adolphus College

St. Peter , Minnesota
Dropped out after one year



Cast in first role as a series regular in the HBO drama series "Treme"


Played the male lead role, opposite Jennifer Aniston, in the comedy, "Management"


Co-starred in the horror film "A Perfect Getaway"


Co-starred with Rachel Griffiths and Val Kilmer in Larry McMurtry's Lonesome Dove prequel "Comanche Moon"


Played a POW in Werner Herzog's "Rescue Dawn"; earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor


Cast opposite Matthew McConaughey and Penélope Cruz in the action feature "Sahara"


Supported Martin Lawrence in the comedy feature "National Security"


Received raves reviews as the dim-witted, drug addicted husband of Drew Barrymore in "Riding in Cars with Boys"


Co-starred with Paul Walker and Leelee Sobieski in "Joy Ride"


Played Ben Affleck's best friend in "Forces of Nature"


Won widespread praise for his portrayal of an escaped convict who poses as a gay man in "Happy, Texas"


Starred (with Sam Rockwell) as half of a terrible singing duo mistaken for safe crackers in the indie "Safe Men"


Featured as the perpetually stoned, sunglass-wearing thief Glenn in Steven Soderbergh's "Out of Sight"


Recreated stage role of Buff in Richard Linklater's film version of "subUrbia"; second film with Ribisi


Breakthrough screen role as the girl-crazy, guitar player Lenny in Tom Hanks' "That Thing You Do!"


Created role of Buff in the Lincoln Center staging of Eric Bogosian's play "subUrbia"


Co-starred with Ethan Hawke in "Reality Bites"


Had featured role in the Off-Broadway play "Sophistry" starring Ethan Hawke


Made film debut with a role in the futuristic political drama "Rain Without Thunder"


Starred as Hugo Peabody in Tommy Tune's touring company of "Bye, Bye Birdie"; met future wife Robyn Peterman who was also featured in the cast


Trained at Harvard University sponsored American Repertory Theater

Made stage debut in a Minnesota production of "Biloxi Blues"

Bonus Trivia


Zahn, Ethan Hawke and Jonathan Marc Sherman were the founding members of the now defunct New York theater company Malaparte.


"Too many actors concentrate on getting big roles as opposed to doing good films. I'm just as attracted to a two-scene part if it's in a good movie. I really believe that if you want to be the sort of actor who is recognized at the grocery store, it's easy. You just have to put a lot of time into it and go to a lot of fucking parties." - Zahn quoted in NEON, December 1998


"Steve is inventive and smart, and has no attitude. He fills out all those empty moments, yet doesn't upstage anybody." - Eric Bogosian, author of "subUrbia" in Premiere, February 1997


"I don't go after stuff because it's different. If I read something, and I really like it, then that's the main draw for me. It's hard enough just acting, so I don't concentrate on taking my career on a certain path. As long as I keep acting, then that will happen by itself." - Zahn to Venice magazine, April 2005


"If I had any goal, it was just longevity. You can't be the stoned college-kid sidekick for more than eight years. Unless you're Ralph Macchio — then maybe you can go for 20." - Zahn to EW, June 2007