Date of Birth: October 1, 1969
Zach Galifianakis moved to New York City after failing his last college course by one point at
North Carolina State University. He got his start performing his brand of humor in the back of a hamburger
joint in Times Square, graduating to stand-up in clubs and coffeehouses in the city. While working as a
busboy, he got his first acting job with a recurring role on the NBC sitcom Boston Common.
Among his film credits are the comedy What Happens in Vegas (2008) starring Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher, Sean Penn's critically-acclaimed Into the Wild (2007) and a starring role in the hugely successful comedy The Hangover (2009). He appeared as a similar character in Due Date (2010), where he played opposite Robert Downey Jr., before reprising his Hangover role in a 2011 sequel, and again in the third installment of the films in 2013. He also starred opposite Will Ferrell in Jay Roach's The Campaign (2012), a comedy about an oridnary man who runs for office.
His television work includes series regular roles on Tru Calling and the HBO comedy Bored to Death and appearances on such shows as Reno 911! and The Sarah Silverman Program. He also hosted his own critically-acclaimed VH-1 talk show Late World with Zach and wrote for/starred in Comedy Central's Dog Bites Man. In 2008, he was the writer and co-creator of the Comedy Central pilot Speed Freaks.
When not filming, Galifianakis continues to tour the country performing stand-up comedy in rock clubs,
coffeehouses and universities.