Zach Galifianakis

Actor, Comedian, Writer
An edgy, unpredictable comedian with a flair for deranged characters and weird observational humor, Zach Galifianakis poked and prodded audiences with his unique combination of cuddle and menace in films, television and ... Read more »
Born: 10/01/1969 in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, USA

Filmography

Actor (54)

Baskets 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

Bob's Burgers 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Voice

Comedy Bang! Bang! 2012 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Himself

Masterminds 2015 (Movie)

David Ghantt (Actor)

Tulip Fever 2015 (Movie)

(Actor)

Are You Here 2014 (Movie)

Ben Baker (Actor)

Birdman 2014 (Movie)

Jake (Actor)

Comedy Warriors 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Frenemy 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Muppets Most Wanted 2014 (Movie)

Hobo Joe (Actor)

Justin Bieber's Believe 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Bitter Buddha 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Hangover Part III 2013 (Movie)

Alan (Actor)

Between Two Ferns: A Fairy Tale of New York 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Host

Bored to Death 2009 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Boston Common 1996 - 1997, 2009 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dog Bites Man 1996 - 1997, 2005 - 2006, 2009 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Late World With Zach 1996 - 1997, 2001 - 2002, 2005 - 2006, 2009 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Mansome 2012 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The 84th Annual Academy Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Campaign 2012 (Movie)

Marty Huggins (Actor)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2012 (Tv Show)

Guest

Funny or Die Presents... 2009 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Puss In Boots 2011 (Movie)

Humpty Alexander Dumpty (Voice)

Real Time with Bill Maher 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 2011 Billboard Music Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

The Hangover Part II 2011 (Movie)

Alan (Actor)

The Muppets 2011 (Movie)

Hobo Joe (Actor)

Dinner for Schmucks 2010 (Movie)

Therman (Actor)

Due Date 2010 (Movie)

Ethan Tremblay (Actor)

It's Kind of a Funny Story 2010 (Movie)

Bobby (Actor)

Operation: Endgame 2010 (Movie)

Hermit (Actor)

Youth in Revolt 2010 (Movie)

Jerry (Actor)

G-Force 2009 (Movie)

Ben (Actor)

Gigantic 2009 (Movie)

Homeless Guy (Actor)

Making Bored to Death 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The Hangover 2009 (Movie)

Alan (Actor)

Up in the Air 2009 (Movie)

Steve (Actor)

Visioneers 2008 (Movie)

George (Actor)

What Happens in Vegas 2008 (Movie)

Dave the Bear (Actor)

Into the Wild 2007 (Movie)

Kevin (Actor)

Comedians of Comedy 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Comedy Central's Last Laugh '04 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The Comedians of Comedy 2005 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Tru Calling 2003 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2003 (Tv Show)

Host

Below 2002 (Movie)

Weird Wally (Actor)

Corky Romano 2001 (Movie)

Dexter (Actor)

Heartbreakers 2001 (Movie)

Bill (Actor)

Out Cold 2001 (Movie)

Luke (Actor)

The Bubble Boy 2001 (Movie)

Bus Stop Man (Actor)

Apt. 2F 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (3)

Brody Stevens: Enjoy It 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Craigslist Joe 2012 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Campaign 2012 (Movie)

(Producer)
Music (1)

The Hangover 2009 (Movie)

("Three Best Friends") (Song)

Biography

An edgy, unpredictable comedian with a flair for deranged characters and weird observational humor, Zach Galifianakis poked and prodded audiences with his unique combination of cuddle and menace in films, television and on stage. A college dropout who abandoned academia to focus on comedy, Galifianakis built a reputation as a sharp improvisational comic capable of squeezing painful laughter out of the most awkward situations. Though his knack for off-kilter characters landed him roles in a myriad of forgettable television series, he became known for small, but memorable roles in quirky indie films like "Being John Malkovich" (1999) and "What Happens in Vegas" (2008). His bizarre cameos in cult hits like "Reno 911" (Comedy Central, 2003-09) and "Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job" (2007- ), as well as his mock talk show, "Between Two Ferns With Zach Galifianakis" on the Funny or Die website, earned him a loyal fanbase among college-age hipsters and stoners. But with his starring turn in the unexpected summer smash, "The Hangover" (2009), the wild and wooly comedian finally entered the mainstream. He went on to appear in other high-profile comedies like "Due Date" (2010), "Dinner for Schmucks" (2010) and the hugely successful sequel "The Hangover Part II" (2011), all of which quickly made him one of Hollywood's resident go-to comedy stars.

Relationships

Mary Frances

Mother
Ran a community center for the arts

Harry Galifianakis

Father

Nick Galifianakis

Uncle
Former U.S. Congressman (North Carolina) from 1967-1973

Nicholas Galifianakis

Cousin

Merritt Galifianakis

Sister

Greg Galifianakis

Brother

Quinn Lundberg

Wife
Co-founder of the charity Growing Voices Engaged June 2012 Married Aug. 11, 2012 in Vancouver, Canada

EDUCATION

North Carolina State University

Raleigh , North Carolina
Did not graduate

North Carolina State University

Raleigh , North Carolina
Did not graduate

Milestones

2011

Reprised role as Alan in Todd Phillips' "The Hangover Part II"

2011

Voiced the animated character Humpty Dumpty in the "Shrek" spin-off "Puss in Boots"

2010

Co-starred with Paul Rudd and Steve Carell in the comedy "Dinner for Schmucks"

2010

Co-starred in "It's Kind of a Funny Story" with Keir Gilchrist and Emma Roberts

2010

Once again directed by Todd Phillips in the comedy "Due Date"

2010

Co-starred with Michael Cera and Jean Smart in the film adaptation of C.D. Payne's "Youth in Revolt"

2009

Featured opposite, George Clooney, in Jason Reitman's "Up in the Air"

2009

Appeared in the live-action Disney movie "G-Force"

2009

Played one of the three leads in Todd Phillips' "The Hangover"

2008

Had a small role, opposite Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher, in the comedy "What Happens in Vegas"

2008

Perfomed in the "Funny or Die" tour with fellow comedians Demetri Martin, Nick Swardson, Andrea Savage and Will Ferrell

2007

Appeared in the live-action Adult Swim show, "Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!" as Tairy Greene

2007

Released a DVD of his stand-up, "Live at the Purple Onion"

2007

Played Fred the Homeless Guy on an episode of the Comedy Central show, "The Sarah Silverman Program"

2006

Played Alan Finger on the Comedy Central show, "Dog Bites Man"

2006

Had a recurring role on the animated Adult Swim show, "Tom Goes to the Mayor"

2006

Released the single, "Come Over and Get It (Up in 'Dem Guts)," a comedic rap song that features Fiona Apple's vocals

2005

Performed on the tour, "Comedians of Comedy," with Brian Posehn, Patton Oswalt, and Maria Bamford; documented for Comedy Central

2005

Appeared several times on "Reno 911!" (Comedy Central) as Frisbee

2003

Cast as Davis in the FOX drama, "Tru Calling"

2002

Hosted the VH1 talk show, "Late World with Zach"

2001

Performed in an episode of "Comedy Central Presents"

1999

Made film debut in "The King and Me" as a pizza boy

1997

Appeared in the MTV sketch comedy, "Apt. 2F"

1996

Made TV debut in the recurring role of a stoner named Bobby for the NBC sitcom, "Boston Common"

Bonus Trivia

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Galifianakis was the nephew of former U.S. Congressman Nick Galifianakis (North Carolina, 1967-73), who ran for the U.S. Senate against the ultra-conservative Jesse Helms in 1972.

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When Sean Penn called the actor to offer him a role in 2007's "Into the Wild," Galifianakis told him he had an appointment at Arby's and to "send my Jews the script." Source: Rolling Stone, June 23, 2011

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