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

Filmography

Actor (62)

Captain Fantastic 2015 (Movie)

(Actor)

Modern Family 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Good Dinosaur 2015 (Movie)

Thunderclap (Voice)

Knights of Badassdom 2014 (Movie)

Eric (Actor)

Mind Games 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Night Train 2014 (Movie)

Pete (Actor)

Tremé 2009 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

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)

Voice

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)

Voice

A Perfect Getaway 2009 (Movie)

Cliff (Actor)

Management 2009 (Movie)

Mike (Actor)

Monk 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sunshine Cleaning 2009 (Movie)

Mac (Actor)

The Great Buck Howard 2009 (Movie)

Kenny (Actor)

Comanche Moon 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

Strange Wilderness 2008 (Movie)

Peter Gaulke (Actor)

Rescue Dawn 2007 (Movie)

Duane (Actor)

Speak 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Bandidas 2005 (Movie)

Quentin (Actor)

Chicken Little 2005 (Movie)

Runt of the Litter (Voice)

Employee of the Month 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

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)

Actor

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)

Actor

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)

Actor

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)

Actor

Picture Windows 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

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)

Actor

Reality Bites 1994 (Movie)

Sammy Gray (Actor)

Rain Without Thunder 1993 (Movie)

Jeremy Tanner (Actor)

South Beach 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

From the Earth to the Moon (TV Show)

Actor
Music (1)

Management 2009 (Movie)

"Feel Like Makin' Love" (Song Performer)

Biography

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."

Relationships

Zelda Clair

Mother
Works for the YMCA

Robyn Peterman

Wife
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

Father
Lutheran

Audrey Zahn

Daughter
Mother, Robyn Peterman

Henry Zahn

Son
Born April 3, 2000 mother, Robyn Peterman

EDUCATION

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

Milestones

2010

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

2009

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

2009

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

2008

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

2007

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

2005

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

2003

Supported Martin Lawrence in the comedy feature "National Security"

2001

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

2001

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

1999

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

1999

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

1998

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

1998

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

1997

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

1996

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

1994

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

1994

Co-starred with Ethan Hawke in "Reality Bites"

1993

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

1992

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

1991

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

1989

Trained at Harvard University sponsored American Repertory Theater

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

Bonus Trivia

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

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"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

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"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

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"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

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"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

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