Zach Galifianakis biography

Zach Galifianakis

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. He was then seen in The Hangover(2009), The Hangover Part II (2011) and The Hangover Part III (2013). Next he starred in the dramedy Are You Here (2013) and the Oscar-nominated drama Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014).

The talented comedian's most recent credits include the crime comedy Masterminds (2016), the action comedy Keeping Up with the Joneses (2016), the animated action-adventure flick The LEGO Batman Movie (2017), which also features the voices of Will Arnett, Jenny Slate and Ralph Fiennes, and the period drama Tulip Fever (2017) with Alicia Vikander, Cara Delevingne and Dane DeHaan.

When not filming, Galifianakis continues to tour the country performing stand-up comedy in rock clubs, coffeehouses and universities.

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