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 (65)

America Divided 2016 - 2017 (TV Show)

Himself

Baskets 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

Conan 2011, 2013, 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2003, 2016 (Tv Show)

Guest

Masterminds 2016 (Movie)

David Ghantt (Actor)

Queen Mimi 2016 (Movie)

(Himself)

Tulip Fever 2016 (Movie)

(Actor)

Bob's Burgers 2012, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Voice

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

Himself

Keeping Up With the Joneses 2015 (Movie)

Jeff Gaffney (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)

The Simpsons 2014 (Tv Show)

Voice

Tim & Eric's Bedtime Stories 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

TripTank 2014 (Tv Show)

Voice

Justin Bieber's Believe 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Saturday Night Live 2010, 2013 (Tv Show)

Host

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 Daily Show 2012 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Late Show With David Letterman 2009, 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)

The Sarah Silverman Program 2007 (Tv Show)

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

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" (2007-2010), 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

2014

Co-starred as Jake in "Birdman"

2013

Concluded role as Alan in "The Hangover Part III"

2012

Produced and co-starred in political comedy "The Campaign"

2011

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

2011

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

2010

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

2010

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

2010

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

2010

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

2009

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

2009

Co-starred in HBO comedy "Bored to Death"

2009

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

2009

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

2008

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

2007

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

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"

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

2006

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

2005

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

2005

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

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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Galifianakis and musician/actor Will Oldham shot the video for Kanye West's single "Can't Tell Me Nothing" on the comedian's North Carolina farm. Directed by Michael Blieden, the video featured the pair lip-syncing to West's track while dressed in overalls, with the rapper only appearing in a single brief shot at the very end.

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Galifianakis appeared in the video for The Lonely Island's "Spring Break Anthem," in scenes depicting a same-sex marriage between himself and group member Andy Samberg.

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Beginning in 2008, Galifianakis hosted the video podcast "Between Two Ferns," a put-on talk show in which he asks deliberately awkward questions of celebrity guests, which in March 2014 included President Barack Obama.

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