Steven James "Steve" Zahn (born November 13, 1967) is an American comedian and film and stage actor.
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Steve Zahn, July 2008

Early life

Zahn was born in Marshall, Minnesota, the son of Zelda, who worked for the YMCA, and Carleton E. Zahn, a retired Missouri Synod Lutheran pastor. Zahn spent part of his childhood in Mankato, Minnesota, attending Kennedy Elementary School. After attending Robbinsdale Cooper High School, Gustavus Adolphus College, and the Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at American Repertory Theater at Harvard University, his first professional acting role was in Biloxi Blues, a Minnesota production at the Old Log Theater; but his first big break came in 1994, when he was noticed by Ben Stiller, who cast him in his picture, Reality Bites.


EnlargeZahn with Jennifer Aniston at the premiere of the movie Management, in which they both starred, September 7, 2008Zahn's early roles were split between movies, touring companies of Broadway shows, and TV shows. In 1992-1993, he toured as Hugo with the Barry Weissler production of Bye Bye Birdie with Tommy Tune, Ann Reinking, and Marc Kudisch. He played Phoebe Buffay's husband Duncan in a 1995 episode of Friends. Zahn appeared in several films in the mid-1990s, including Tom Hanks' That Thing You Do! These films garnered him enough respect that he was offered the starring role in the critically acclaimed indie film Happy, Texas (1999). Some of Zahn's most popular movies have been his later ones, including National Security (2003), Daddy Day Care (2003) and Sahara (2005). Zahn received his strongest critical acclaim for his performance in Riding in Cars with Boys, in which he co-starred with Drew Barrymore as her dim-witted, drug addicted husband. Roger Ebert, Richard Roeper and the BBC stated that the performance was deserving of an Oscar nomination. He also voiced Runt of the Litter in Chicken Little. He also gave dramatic performances in Rescue Dawn and the television mini-series Comanche Moon.

Typically typecast into comic relief sidekick roles, Zahn was asked if he minded, his reply was that it was a "pleasure" and a "privilege", saying, "... to be typecast and make money and make people happy and people dig what you do, what a great thing, man."

Zahn also plays the character of Davis McAlary in HBO's Treme. Davis is a New Orleans native, and local music lover, as well as one of Treme's biggest partiers, and advocates. Zahn also recorded a song for the show, and is featured on the show's soundtrack. The track, "Shame, Shame, Shame", criticizes George W. Bush and the American government's response to the disastrous aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in the city of New Orleans.
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Zahn with Jennifer Aniston at the premiere of the movie Management, in which they both starred, September 7, 2008

Personal lifeEdit

Zahn is an avid fly fisherman, and he owns a farm in Georgetown, Kentucky. Zahn is married to Robyn Peterman, an actress and the daughter of John Peterman, whom Zahn met on a touring production of Bye Bye Birdie. The two have a son, Henry James, born April 3, 2000 in New York, and a daughter, Audrey Clair, born April 25, 2002. In 2004, the family moved from New Jersey to a small horse farm in Georgetown, Kentucky, near Lexington, Kentucky, his wife's hometown. Zahn is also a faithful University of Kentucky sports fan, often seen at games and events.



Year Title Role Director Notes
1992 Rain Without Thunder Jeremy Tanner Gary Bennett
1994 Reality Bites Sammy Gray Ben Stiller
1995 Crimson Tide William Barnes Tony Scott
1996 Race the Sun Hans Kooiman Charles T. Kanganis
1996 SubUrbia Buff Richard Linklater
1996 That Thing You Do! Lenny Haise Tom Hanks
1998 The Object of My Affection Frank Hanson Nicholas Hytner
1998 Out of Sight Glenn Michaels Steven Soderbergh
1998 Safe Men Eddie John Hamburg
1998 You've Got Mail George Pappas Nora Ephron
1999 Forces of Nature Alan Bronwen Hughes Nominated — Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actor - Comedy/Romance
1999 Freak Talks About Sex Freak Paul Todisco
1999 Happy, Texas Wayne Wayne Wayne Jr., aka David Mark Illsey Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male

Special Dramatic Jury Prize for Best Comedic Performance Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical

1999 Stuart Little Monty the Mouth Rob Minkoff voice
2000 Chain of Fools Thomas Kresk Pontus Löwenhielm

Patrick von Krusenstjerna

2000 Hamlet Rosencrantz Michael Almereyda
2001 Chelsea Walls Ross Ethan Hawke
2001 Dr. Dolittle 2 Archie Steve Carr voice
2001 Joy Ride Fuller Thomas John Dahl
2001 Riding in Cars with Boys Ray Hasek Penny Marshall
2001 Saving Silverman Wayne Dennis Dugan
2002 Stuart Little 2 Monty the Mouth Rob Minkoff voice
2003 Daddy Day Care Marvin Steve Carr
2003 National Security Hank Rafferty Dennis Dugan
2003 Shattered Glass Adam Penenberg Billy Ray
2004 Employee of the Month Jack Mitch Rouse
2004 Speak Mr. Freeman Jessica Sharzer
2005 Chicken Little Runt of the Litter Mark Dindal voice
2005 Sahara Al Giordino Breck Eisner
2006 Bandidas Quentin Cooke Joachim Ronning

Espen Sandberg

2007 Rescue Dawn Duane Werner Herzog Nominated — Chlotrudis Award for Best Supporting ActorNominated — Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male
2008 The Great Buck Howard Kenny Sean McGinly
2008 Management Mike Flux Stephen Belber
2008 Strange Wilderness Peter Gaulke Fred Wolf
2008 Sunshine Cleaning Mac Christine Jeffs
2008 Unstable Fables: 3 Pigs and a Baby Sandy Pig Howard E. Baker

Arish Fyzee



2009 Night Train Pete Dobbs Brian King
2009 A Perfect Getaway Cliff Anderson David Twohy
2010 Calvin Marshall Coach Little Gary Lundgren
2010 Diary of a Wimpy Kid Frank Heffley Thor Freudenthal
2010 The Knights of Badassdom Joe Lynch pre-production
2010 Salesmen Marvin Raul Inglis
2010 Lego: The Adventures of Clutch Powers 2 Policeman voice
2011 Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules Frank Heffley David Bowers
2012 Diary of a Wimpy 3: Dog Days Frank Heffley David Bowers

[[[Steve Zahn|edit]]] TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1990 All My Children Spence Episode #5303


1993 South Beach Lane Bailey Episode: "Pirates of the Caribbean"
1995 Friends Duncan "The One with Phoebe's Husband"
1995 Mike & Spike Nick Pickles (voice) Episode: "Person to Clothes"
1995 Picture Windows Crook Episode: "Armed Response"
1997 Liberty! The American Revolution American Sergeant 4 episodes
1998 From the Earth to the Moon Astronaut Elliot See Miniseries

Episode: "Can We Do This?"

2008 Comanche Moon Augustus "Gus" McCrae 3 episodes
2008 Phineas and Ferb Swampy Voice

Episode: "Dude, We're Gettin' the Band Back Together!"

2009 Monk Jack Monk, Jr. Episode: "Mr. Monk's Other Brother"
2009 WWII in HD Nolen Marbrey Voice
2010–2011 Treme Davis McAlary Regular, 21 episodes

[[[Steve Zahn|edit]]] MiscellaneousEdit