Zen Gesner

Actor
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 ... Read more »
Born: 06/22/1970 in Van Nuys, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (21)

Movie 43 2013 (Movie)

Stripper (Actor)

Hall Pass 2011 (Movie)

Passenger Cop (Actor)

Take the Money and Run 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Bachelorette: After the Final Rose 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Criminal Minds 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Fever Pitch 2005 (Movie)

Steve (Actor)

The Ringer 2005 (Movie)

David Patrick (Actor)

Knee High P.I. 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Boat Trip 2003 (Movie)

Ron (Actor)

Shallow Hal 2001 (Movie)

Ralph (Actor)

Me, Myself and Irene 2000 (Movie)

Agent Peterson (Actor)

Small Town Conspiracy 2000 (Movie)

John Haleran (Actor)

Friends 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

There's Something About Mary 1998 (Movie)

Bartender (Actor)

Kingpin 1996 (Movie)

Thomas (Actor)

Soldier Boyz 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Wish Me Luck 1995 (Movie)

(Actor)

Dumb & Dumber 1994 (Movie)

Dale's Man No 1 (Actor)

The Adventures of Sinbad (TV Show)

Actor

The Breed (TV Show)

Actor

The Hollow (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (1)

National Lampoon's Bag Boy 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

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.

Relationships

Casey Dolan

Half-Brother
born on January 7, 1954

Bobby Farrelly Screenplay

Brother-in-Law
Directed brother-in-law in films including "Dumb and Dumber" (1994), "Kingpin" (1996) and "There's Something About Mary" (1998)

Peter Farrelly Director

Brother-in-Law
Directed brother-in-law in in "Dumb and Dumber" (1994), "Kingpin" (1996) and "There's Something About Mary" (1998)

Cynthia Gesner

Wife
married July 29, 1995 in Massachusetts sister of writer-directors Peter and Bobby Farrelly

Harry Gesner

Father
born c. 1923

Finn Gesner

Son
born on July 24, 1997 in Capetown, South Africa

Rory Gesner

Son
born on October 9, 2000 in Santa Monica, California

Nan Martin

Mother
born on July 15, 1927 previously married to musician Robert Dolan

EDUCATION

Santa Monica High School

Santa Monica , California
was drum major of school band

London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA)

attended intensive summer program focusing on Shakespeare; then joined regular program

Milestones

2000

Appeared in "Me, Myself & Irene"

1998

Joined cast of ABC daytime drama "All My Children" (September)

1998

Had small role in "There's Something About Mary"

1996

Made first screen appearance playing an FBI agent in "Dumb and Dummber", director by his brother-in-law Peter Farrelly

1996

Played a surfer in Chis Isaak music video, "Somebody's Crying"

1996

Starred in syndcated series "The Adventures of Sinbad"

1975

At age five was directed by mother in a short film (date approximate)

Made Los Angeles debut opposite his mother in a radio play production of "Leocadia"

Joined South Coast Repertory Company (in California), after high school graduation

After graduation from LAMDA served as assistant to the Fight Director of the Royal Opera House, London

Bonus Trivia

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Gesner's first name is in homage to the Japanese religious sect.

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He has an advanced certificate from The Society of British Fight Directors; he also knows fire blowing

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"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

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"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

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