• Name: Zach Galifianakis
  • Date of Birth: October 01, 1969
  • Place of Birth: Wilkesboro, North Carolina, USA
Mini-bio: October 1, 1969, North Carolina native Zach Galifianakis emerged as one of the more distinct comedic performers to grace the stage during the mid- to late 2000s. A short, slightly stocky presence with... read more a thick outgrowth of beard that quickly became a personal trademark, Galifianakis used his behind-the-mike stints to riff on everything from veganism to multiple personality disorder, while constantly displaying a lightning-flash wit and marked inventiveness. He debuted with feature roles during the early 2000s, in films including Heartbreakers (2001) and Bubble Boy (2001). He also briefly emceed his own short-lived talk show, Late World with Zach (2002), on the VH1 network.By 2003, Galifianakis secured a regular role (as a morgue worker, Davis) on the Fox supernatural drama series Tru Calling (2003-2005). Thereafter, the performer spent many years placing his strongest emphasis on standup and on filmed standup specials, such as the 2005 Zach Galifianakis: Live at the Purple Onion and the 2007 Comedians of Comedy: Live at the Troubador, but continued to tackle occasional feature work from time to time. Among other screen accomplishments, Galifianakis ushered in a rare dramatic turn in Sean Penn's biographical drama Into the Wild (2007) and then played a socially maladroit friend of Ashton Kutcher in the sex farce What Happens in Vegas (2008).It wasn't until his role as a well-meaning but socially lacking participant in a bachelor party horribly gone wrong, however, that the actor would find true mainstream recognition. Alongside Bradley Cooper and Ed Helms, Galifianackas starred in The Hangover, 2009's wildly successfull buddy film (the actor reprised the role for 2011's The Hangover Part 2). He would go on to co-star with Robert Downey Jr. in Due Date (2010), which followed the mismatched couple on a wacky road trip to L.A., and take on supporting roles in Dinner for Schmucks, Youth in Revolt, and Up in the Air. He lent his voice to the 2011 animated film Puss in Boots, and co-stars with Will Ferrell in the political comedy Campaign (2012). ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi
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  • * In 2008, Zach appeared in a series of web commercials for Absolut vodka, with their skits paying homage to the '80s show The Golden Girls.
    * Galifianakis prefers mixing up the work that he does such as doing some stand-up comedy and making sm... read moreall films that he himself wrote.
    * If he could produce his own music festival, Zach would want the following artists to perform: fellow North Carolinians The Annuals, Run DMC, Rufus Wainwright, and Will Oldham.
    * He used to have a pet cat named Mr. Stevenson after the British singer-songwriter Cat Stevens.
    * Into the Wild director Sean Penn got interested in casting Zach for the film after seeing him in Out Cold, a snowboarding movie Zach was in which Penn's son kept watching over and over.
    * He owns a 60-acre farm in North Carolina which he dreams of converting into a writers' retreat. He spends some time there when he's not working in Los Angeles, California.
    * His uncle Nick Galifianakis is a former member of the U.S. Congress and represented North Carolina from 1967-1973. He also went up against Jesse Helms for the Senate seat in 1972.
    * In 2006, Zach released a single called "Come Over and Get It (Up in 'Dem Guts)", a comedic rap/hip-hop/dance song. * Galifianakis, who was a series regular as Davis on Tru Calling, said that he hated being on the show.
    * Zach is of Greek descent and belongs to the Greek Orthodox faith.
    * Zach made a short film with fellow comedian Brian Posehn.
    * Zach is 5' 8" (1.73 m) tall. He has often been seen in his shows and movies with a full beard, which he named Shelly. [edi
    * He is friends with comedian Patton Oswalt. Oswalt was the one who invited him to join The Comedians of Comedy tour, which helped Zach to be more recognized by the public.
    * He can play the piano. Zach incorporates his musical talents in his stand-up comedy gigs.
    * In February 2008, Zach joined Will Ferrell's Funny or Die college tour. He also once performed on a tour called the Comedians of Comedy.
    * Zack is an admirer of famous political theorist Noam Chomsky. He also likes music artist Morrissey. [edit]
    * Apart from appearing in the Fiona Apple music video for "Not About Love", he shot a music video with him singing an Anita Baker song. He was also in Kanye West's "Can't Tell Me Nothing" video.
    * His favorite movie is Garfield while one of Zach's favorite shows is All in the Family.

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