Zach Galifianakis is an American actor, comedian, writer, and musician born on October 1, 1969. Galifianakis is best known for his roles in “The Hangover” films, but his acting career began in 1996. Galifianakis has over 70 movie and television appearances to his credit. He has extensive filmography and has won multiple awards, including a S.A.G. award, two Primetime Emmys, one Critics’ Choice Movie award, etc. He is talented and deserving of celebration, especially on his birthday today!
Zachary Knight Galifianakis
October 1, 1969
Zachary Knight Galifianakis, better known as Zach, is an American actor, comedian, writer, and musician whose talents and consistency have set him apart in Hollywood. He was born on October 1, 1969, in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. His mother was a community arts center owner, while his father was a heating oil vendor. Galifianakis is of Scot-Irish, English, and Greek descent. He attended Wilkes Central High School, majoring in communications at North Carolina State University.
Galifianakis made his television debut in 1996 in “Boston Common.” He played Bobby in this series for five episodes until 1997. In the same year, he played Zach in “Apt. 2F” for five episodes. The actor landed minor roles in “Heartbreakers” (2001). “Bubble Boy” (2001), “Corky Romano” (2001), and others before co-starring in “Out Cold” (2001). By 2002, Galifianakis hosted his VH1 talk show, “Late World with Zach.” From 2003 to 2005, he played Davis for 27 episodes on “Tru Calling.” Galifianakis appeared in more film and television productions before starring in his first lead role in “Visioneers” (2008). The following year he starred in “The Hangover” (2009). Galifianakis created a series called “Two Ferns With Zach Galifianakis,” which was posted on the Funny or Die Website. In this series, he conducted rigged interviews featuring bizarre non-sequiturs and inappropriate questions with countless celebrities, while seated between two potted ferns. Galifianakis won the Outstanding Short-Format-Live-Action Entertainment Program award as this show’s producer at the 66th Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards.
Galifianakis has appeared in countless television and film productions. Some of these acclaimed productions include “American Dad,” “The Muppets,” “The Simpsons,” “Big Mouth,” “Bob’s Burgers,” etc. In 2013, he reprised his role as Alan for “The Hangover Part III.” His most recent starring role was in “Ron’s Gone Wrong” (2021), where he voiced Ron. As a successful actor, writer, comedian, and musician, Galifianakis’ public life is under wraps. However, he married Quinn Lundberg in 2012, and they have two sons together.
Galifianakis makes his television debut playing Bobby in “Boston Common.”
Galifianakis hosts “Late World with Zach.”
Galifianakis stars as George in “Visioneers.”
Galifianakis wins the Best Comedic Performance award for “The Hangover.”
Galifianakis reprises his role for the final time.
Galifianakis voices the lead character in this animated film.
Why We Love Zach Galifianakis
Galifianakis’ shows and movies are always funny. His unique comedic style makes him hilarious without looking like he’s trying.
Galifianakis is hard working and has appeared in a long list of films. His work ethic is impressive.
He’s a philanthropist
Galifianakis and Sarah Silverman donated $20,000 to the Texas Abortion Fund to help women obtain abortions in states where the practice is restricted. He also befriended a homeless woman, Mimi Haist, who had been living in a laundromat for 18 years, buying her an apartment across the laundromat.
5 Surprising Facts
He taught a waltz class
Before fame, Galifianakis taught a waltz class where he met Mary J. Blige.
He missed a movie premiere for childbirth
Galifianakis skipped the premiere of “Are You Here” so he could be present during the birth of his eldest son.
He has a farm
Galifianakis owns a farm in Sparta, North Carolina.
His cousin is a cartoonist
Galifianakis’ cousin is “Washington Post’s” cartoonist, Nick Galifianakis.
He named his beard
Galifianakis named his beard Shelley.
Zach Galifianakis FAQs
Is Zach Galifianakis a twin?
No, he’s not.
Does Zach Galifianakis have a brother?
Galifianakis has an older brother Greg Galifianakis.
Has Zach Galifianakis acted in a sitcom?
Yes, Galifianakis played Stu in the series “Two and a Half Men.”
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