Steve Zahn

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Steve Zahn
Zahn, Steve (2008).jpg
Zahn in 2008
BornSteven James Zahn
(1967-11-13) November 13, 1967 (age 47)[1]
Marshall, Minnesota, United States
OccupationActor, Comedian
Years active1990–present
Spouse(s)Robyn Peterman (m. 1994) 2 children
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Steve Zahn
Zahn, Steve (2008).jpg
Zahn in 2008
BornSteven James Zahn
(1967-11-13) November 13, 1967 (age 47)[1]
Marshall, Minnesota, United States
OccupationActor, Comedian
Years active1990–present
Spouse(s)Robyn Peterman (m. 1994) 2 children

Steven James "Steve" Zahn (/ˈzɑːn/; born November 13, 1967) is an American actor and comedian.

Early life[edit]

Zahn was born in Marshall, Minnesota, the son of Zelda, who worked for the YMCA, and Carleton Edward Zahn, a retired Missouri Synod Lutheran pastor.[2][3][4] His father is of German and Swedish descent, and his mother is of German ancestry.[5] Zahn spent part of his childhood in Mankato, Minnesota, attending Kennedy Elementary School, and later moved to the suburbs of Minneapolis. After attending Robbinsdale Cooper High School, Gustavus Adolphus College, and the Institute for Advanced Theater 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 actor/director Ben Stiller, who cast him in his picture, Reality Bites.


Zahn with Jennifer Aniston at the premiere of the movie Management, in which they both starred, 2008.

Zahn's early roles were split between movies, touring companies of Broadway shows, and TV shows. From 1992 to 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! (1996), Nora Ephron's You've Got Mail (1998), and Steven Soderbergh's Out of Sight (1998). 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."[1]

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.

In 2014 he co-starred with Christian Slater in ABC's Mind Games.

Personal life[edit]

Zahn is married to Robyn Peterman, an actress and the daughter of entrepreneur John Peterman, who Zahn met on a touring production of Bye Bye Birdie. They have a son, Henry James Zahn, born on April 3, 2000, and a daughter, Audrey Clair Zahn, born on April 25, 2002. Zahn is also a University of Kentucky sports fan, often seen at games and events.[6]



1992Rain Without ThunderJeremy TannerGary Bennett
1994Reality BitesSammy GrayBen Stiller
1995Crimson TideWilliam BarnesTony Scott
1996Race the SunHans KooimanCharles T. Kanganis
SubUrbiaBuffRichard Linklater
That Thing You Do!Lenny HaiseTom Hanks
1998The Object of My AffectionFrank HansonNicholas Hytner
Out of SightGlenn MichaelsSteven Soderbergh
Safe MenEddieJohn Hamburg
You've Got MailGeorge PappasNora Ephron
1999Forces of NatureAlanBronwen HughesNominated — Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actor - Comedy/Romance
Freak Talks About SexFreakPaul Todisco
Happy, TexasWayne Wayne Wayne Jr., aka DavidMark IllseyIndependent 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
Stuart LittleMontyRob MinkoffVoice
2000Chain of FoolsThomas KreskPontus Löwenhielm
Patrick von Krusenstjerna
HamletRosencrantzMichael Almereyda
2001Chelsea WallsRossEthan Hawke
Dr. Dolittle 2ArchieSteve CarrVoice
Joy RideFuller ThomasJohn Dahl
Riding in Cars with BoysRay HasekPenny Marshall
Saving SilvermanWayneDennis Dugan
2002Stuart Little 2MontyRob MinkoffVoice
2003Daddy Day CareMarvinSteve Carr
National SecurityHank RaffertyDennis Dugan
Shattered GlassAdam PenenbergBilly Ray
2004Employee of the MonthJackMitch Rouse
SpeakMr. FreemanJessica Sharzer
2005Chicken LittleRunt of the LitterMark DindalVoice
SaharaAl GiordinoBreck Eisner
2006BandidasQuentin CookeJoachim Rønning
Espen Sandberg
2007Rescue DawnDuaneWerner HerzogNominated — Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male
2008The Great Buck HowardKennySean McGinly
ManagementMike FluxStephen Belber
Strange WildernessPeter GaulkeFred Wolf
Sunshine CleaningMacChristine Jeffs
Unstable Fables: 3 Pigs and a BabySandy PigHoward E. Baker
Arish Fyzee
2009Night TrainPete DobbsBrian King
A Perfect GetawayCliff AndersonDavid Twohy
2010Calvin MarshallCoach LittleGary Lundgren
Diary of a Wimpy KidFrank HeffleyThor Freudenthal
SalesmenMarvinRaul Inglis
Lego: The Adventures of Clutch Powers 2PolicemanVoice
2011Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick RulesFrank HeffleyDavid Bowers
2012Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog DaysFrank HeffleyDavid Bowers
The Knights of BadassdomEricJoe Lynch
2013Escape from Planet EarthHawkCal BrunkerVoice
Dallas Buyers ClubTuckerJean-Marc ValléeNominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture


1990All My ChildrenSpenceEpisode #5303
1993South BeachLane BaileyEpisode: "Pirates of the Caribbean"
1995FriendsDuncan"The One with Phoebe's Husband"
Mike & SpikeNick Pickles (voice)Episode: "Person to Clothes"
Picture WindowsCrookEpisode: "Armed Response"
1997Liberty! The American RevolutionAmerican Sergeant4 episodes
1998From the Earth to the MoonAstronaut Elliot SeeMiniseries
Episode: "Can We Do This?"
2008Comanche MoonAugustus "Gus" McCrae3 episodes
Phineas and FerbSwampy/ShermanVoice
Episode: "Dude, We're Gettin' the Band Back Together!"
2009MonkJack Monk, Jr.Episode: "Mr. Monk's Other Brother"
WWII in HDNolen MarbreyVoice
2010 – 2013TremeDavis McAlaryRegular, 31 episodes
2014Mind GamesClark EdwardsRegular
2014-presentModern FamilyRonnie La FontaineRecurring Role: New Neighbor



  1. ^ a b "Biography for Steve Zahn". Retrieved 2013-10-20. 
  2. ^ "CANOE - JAM! Movies - Artists - Zahn, Steve : Steve Zahn has a smart funny humour". 2001-02-26. Retrieved 2013-10-20. 
  4. ^ "Steve Zahn Biography - Yahoo Movies Canada". Retrieved 2013-10-20. 
  5. ^ Steve Zahn at the Internet Movie Database
  6. ^ Jones, Matt (2010-03-19). "Steve Zahn at UK Game Last Night". Kentucky Sports Radio. Retrieved 2013-10-20. 

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