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Zach Galifianakis
ZachGalifianakisMar07.jpg
Galifianakis in March 2007
Birth name Zachary Knight Galifianakis
Born (1969-10-01) October 1, 1969 (age 44)
Wilkesboro, North Carolina
Medium Stand-up, film, television, music
Years active 1996–present
Genres Alternative comedy, observational comedy, musical comedy
Subject(s) Everyday life, self-deprecation
Spouse Quinn Lundberg
(m. 2012–present)
Parent(s) Harry Galifianakis
Mary Frances Cashion

Zachary Knight "Zach" Galifianakis[1] (/ˌɡælɨfəˈnækɨs/ GAL-i-fə-NAK-iss; born October 1, 1969)[2] is an American stand-up comedian and actor known for his film and television appearances including his own Comedy Central Presents special. He has garnered attention for his role as Alan Garner in The Hangover trilogy, directed by Todd Phillips and in the road trip comedy Due Date.

Early life[edit]

Galifianakis was born in Wilkesboro, North Carolina,[2] his father, Harry is a heating oil vendor and his mother, Mary Frances Cashion is a community arts and center owner. Harry's parents Michael "Mike" Galifianakis and Sophia Kastrinakis were immigrants from Crete, Greece,[3][4] and Galifianakis was baptized in his father's Greek Orthodox church.[5][6][7][8] He has two siblings: a younger sister, Merritt, and an older brother, Greg.[9] His cousin is Washington Post cartoonist Nick Galifianakis.[10] His uncle, a politician, is also named Nick Galifianakis.

Galifianakis attended Wilkes Central High School, and subsequently attended but did not graduate from North Carolina State University, where he was a communications major.[11]

Early career[edit]

His career began on television,he played stoner Bobby in the short-lived sitcom Boston Common and joined Saturday Night Live as a writer but lasted only two weeks.[12] Galifianakis co-starred in the film Out Cold and had small roles in Corky Romano, Below, Bubble Boy, Heartbreakers, Into the Wild, Super High Me, Little Fish Strange Pond, and Largo.

Galifianakis in Inside Joke in New York City in 2006

He had his own episode of Comedy Central Presents, which first aired in September 2001. It included a stand-up routine and a segment with a piano, and concluded with an a cappella group (The Night Owls, introduced as his "12 ex-girlfriends") singing "Eternal Flame" by The Bangles while he made jokes. In 2002, he was the host of his own VH1 talk show called Late World with Zach. It featured many of his friends and regular performers from the LA comedy and music venue Largo where he appeared frequently during this time period. One episode featured Largo regulars Jon Brion and Rhett Miller as musical guests. His next television role was as a coroner named Davis in the Fox drama Tru Calling, which lasted from 2003 to 2005.[5] He has also appeared many times on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and has made three appearances on Reno 911! as "Frisbee".

Galifianakis starred as Alan Finger on the Comedy Central show Dog Bites Man, a fake news program that caught people during candid moments thinking they were being interviewed by a real news crew. In addition, he was on an episode of the Comedy Central show The Sarah Silverman Program as Fred the Homeless Guy. He also had a recurring guest role as a doctor on the animated Adult Swim show Tom Goes to the Mayor and appeared in several episodes of Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! in a recurring role as Tairy Greene. In 2006, Galifianakis was featured in Fiona Apple's music video for the song "Not About Love" where he is seen lip-synching the lyrics to the song. A year later Kanye West employed Galifianakis and indie rock musician Will Oldham for similar purposes in the second version of the video for his song "Can't Tell Me Nothing". In June 2006 Galifianakis released the single "Come On and Get It (Up in 'Dem Guts)",[13] a comedic rap/hip-hop/dance song which features Apple's vocals.

Galifianakis was, together with Patton Oswalt, Brian Posehn, and Maria Bamford, one of the four Comedians of Comedy, a periodic packaged comedy tour in the style of The Original Kings of Comedy and the Blue Collar Comedy Tour. They chose to perform at live rock clubs as opposed to comedy clubs to try to reach a different audience. Much of the tour was taped, and has been featured in both a short-lived TV series on Comedy Central and a full length movie that has appeared at SXSW and on Showtime. On February 22, 2008, he made an appearance on the Jackassworld.com: 24 Hour Takeover. He interviewed various members of the Jackass cast. Galifianakis starred in the independent film Visioneers which played in select cities in 2008. This was Galifianakis's first starring role in a film and was given a direct-to-DVD release. That same year, Galifianakis appeared in a web video series of advertisements for Absolut vodka, along with Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, creating a parody of the Golden Girls in which one has a deep anger issue, breaking the fourth wall in exasperation and outright violence on the set.[14] He also completed the pilot Speed Freaks for Comedy Central.[15]

Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis[edit]

Galifianakis has a series of videos on the Funny or Die website titled Between Two Ferns With Zach Galifianakis where he conducts interviews with popular celebrities between two potted ferns. He has interviewed Jimmy Kimmel,[16] Michael Cera, Jon Hamm,[17] Natalie Portman,[18] Charlize Theron, Bradley Cooper (with a brief appearance by Carrot Top), Conan O'Brien and Andy Richter (with a brief appearance by Andy Dick), Ben Stiller, Steve Carell, Sean Penn, Bruce Willis, Tila Tequila, Jennifer Aniston, Will Ferrell, Samuel L Jackson with Tobey Maguire, Arcade Fire, Justin Bieber and President Barack Obama.[19] His interview style consists of typical interview questions, bizarre non sequiturs, and sometimes inappropriate sexual questions and comments.[20]

Mainstream performances: 2009–present[edit]

Galifianakis co-starred as Alan Garner in the hit comedy The Hangover and earned the MTV Movie Award for the Best Comedic Performance.[21] After the film's release, he was prominently advertised in subsequent films that featured him in supporting roles. These included G-Force, Youth in Revolt, and the Oscar-nominated film Up in the Air.

Galifianakis also played a supporting role in the HBO series Bored to Death. He hosted Saturday Night Live on March 6, 2010 during the show's 35th season, during which he shaved his beard mid-show for a sketch, and then closed the show wearing a fake beard.[22] He hosted again on March 12, 2011 and shaved his head this time, in a Mr. T-like hairstyle, which was allegedly supposed to be used for a sketch that never aired due to time constraints.[23]

In 2010, he starred in several films, including Dinner for Schmucks, It's Kind of a Funny Story,[24] and Due Date.

On October 29, 2010, while debating marijuana legalization on the show HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher, Galifianakis appeared to have smoked marijuana on live television;[25] host Bill Maher denied that it was real marijuana in an interview with Wolf Blitzer during an episode of The Situation Room. In 2011, he returned as Alan Garner in the sequel, The Hangover Part II, which was set in Thailand[26] and voiced Humpty Dumpty in DreamWorks Animation's Puss in Boots. Galifianakis starred alongside Will Ferrell in The Campaign, a political comedy directed by Jay Roach and released in 2012.[27]

It was announced in January 2014 that Galifianakis will team up with comedian Louis C.K. for an untitled comedy pilot. FX has ordered the pilot with the details kept under wraps but the project was created by Galifianakis and Louis C.K will be a co-writer.[28]

Personal life[edit]

In August 2012, Galifianakis privately married Quinn Lundberg, co-founder of the Growing Voices charity, at the UBC Farm in Vancouver, British Columbia. In September 2013, she gave birth to their first child. Galifianakis missed the premiere of his movie You Are Here to attend the birth.[29]

In January 2014, Galifianakis and "A Night of a Thousand Vaginas" co-star Sarah Silverman announced their intention to raise $20,000 to help fund the Texas Abortion Fund, part of a nation-wide network of funds set up to assist women in obtaining abortions in states whose legislatures had placed restrictions on the practice. The charity was set up within days of the passage of Texas H.B. 2, which limited abortions in the state after 20 weeks gestation, among other things.[30]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1998–2002 Stella shorts Santa Short film
1999 Flushed Pathetic guy Film debut
2001 Heartbreakers Bill
Bubble Boy Bus stop man
Corky Romano Dexter
Out Cold Luke
2002 Below Weird Wally
2005 The Comedians of Comedy Himself
2007 Into the Wild Kevin Wallis
2008 What Happens in Vegas Dave the bear
Visioneers George
2009 The Ballad of G.I. Joe Snow Job
Gigantic Homeless guy
The Hangover Alan Garner (shared with Bradley Cooper and Ed Helms)
G-Force Ben Paredes Also in the video game
Up in the Air Steve Sewa Nominated – Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
Nominated – Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble
Operation: Endgame Hermit
Little Fish, Strange Pond Bucky
Youth in Revolt Jerry
2010 Dinner for Schmucks Therman Murch Comedy Award – Best Comedy Actor in Film
It's Kind of a Funny Story Bobby
Due Date Ethan Tremblay / Ethan Chase Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance
Nominated – Teen Choice Awards for Choice Movie: Actor Comedy
2011 The Hangover Part II Alan Garner Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance
Nominated – Teen Choice Awards for Choice Movie: Actor Comedy
Nominated – Teen Choice Awards for Choice Movie: Chemistry (shared with Bradley Cooper and Ed Helms)
Puss in Boots Humpty Dumpty Voice
Nominated – Annie Award for Best Voice from an Animated Feature
The Muppets Hobo Joe
2012 Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie Jim Joe Kelly
The Campaign Marty Huggins Nominated - MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Duo (shared with Will Ferrell)
2013 The Hangover Part III Alan Garner
You Are Here Ben Baker
2014 Birdman
Muppets Most Wanted Hobo Joe
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1996–1997 Boston Common Bobby 5 episodes
1997 Apartment 2F Zach 5 episodes
2002 Late World with Zach Host Series regular
2003–2005 Tru Calling Davis Series regular
2005–2007 Reno 911! Frisbee 4 episodes
2006–2007 Zach Galifianakis Live at the Purple Onion Himself / Seth Galifianakis Writer and executive producer
2006 Dog Bites Man Alan Finger Series regular
Tom Goes to the Mayor Dr. Vickerson 2 episodes
2007 The Sarah Silverman Program Fred Blorth Episode: Humanitarian of the Year
Tim and Eric Richard Dunn Episode #1.1
2007–2010 Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! Tairy Greene 7 episodes
2009–2010 American Dad! Heavyset man / Norman / Juror Voice, 2 episodes
2009–2011 Bored to Death Ray Series regular
2010 Funny or Die Presents Cast (Just 3 Boyz) Episode #1.10
2010–2011, 2013 Saturday Night Live Himself 3 episodes
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series (2011)
2012 Triptank Jack the Janitor Voice, Unknown episodes
2012, 2014 Bob's Burgers Chet Voice, Episode: God Rest Ye Merry Gentle-Mannequins
2013 Kroll Show Various characters Episode: The Greatest Hits of It
Comedy Bang! Bang! Santa Claus Episode: Zach Galifianakis Wears a Santa Suit
2014 The Simpsons Luca$ Episode: Luca$

Other[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Official web site of Zach Galifianakis". Zachgalifianakis.com. Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  2. ^ a b "Zach Galifianakis Biography (1969–)". filmreference.com. Retrieved June 5, 2010. 
  3. ^ Wray, John (May 28, 2009). "The Making of Zach Galifianakis". The New York Times. Retrieved June 6, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Mr. Paul Lindsay Cashion, age 89, died Tuesday, August 16, 2005". Therecordofwilkes.com. Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  5. ^ a b "Brian M. Palmer – Zach Galifianakis interview". 
  6. ^ Sandlin, Christopher (December 10, 2007). "Zach Galifianakis Bringing Comedy and a Thick Beard to Dallas". EDGE Gulf Coast. Retrieved June 6, 2009. 
  7. ^ "Zach Galifianakis: Bible full of typos | That Other Paper | Austin's ONLY Paper". That Other Paper. 2007-03-08. Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  8. ^ Peters, Mike (March 22, 2007). "Comedian Galifianakis funny on, off stage". The Badger Herald. Retrieved June 6, 2009. 
  9. ^ Austin L. Ray. "Rhymes with Crouton: The Touching Story of Zach Galifianakis". Paste. 
  10. ^ Baker, Gabbi (March 15, 2011). "Literature: Nick Galifianakis' Uncomfortably True Cartoons". Washington Life Magazine. Retrieved August 5, 2012. 
  11. ^ Wray, John (May 31, 2009). "The Making of Zach Galifianakis". The New York Times. 
  12. ^ Devin Friedman. "Three of Our Most Serious Minds Confer...". GQ. 
  13. ^ "Alan Finger talks about his song, Up In Them Guts". Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  14. ^ A Vodka Movie by Zach Galifianakis, Tim and Eric from YouTube
  15. ^ Visioneers Website[dead link]
  16. ^ Zach interviews talk show host Jimmy Kimmel from Funny or Die
  17. ^ Zach interviews Jon Hamm of AMC's Mad Men from Funny or Die
  18. ^ Zach interviews Natalie Portman and her dog, Whiz from Funny or Die
  19. ^ Zach interviews Barack Obama from Funny or Die
  20. ^ Zach puts Michael Cera in the hot seat from Funny or Die
  21. ^ "The Twilight Saga: New Moon a "Surprise" Winner at MTV Movie Awards / New Eclipse Footage". DreadCentral. 
  22. ^ clip from NBC
  23. ^ Hartsell, Carol (March 15, 2011). "SNL Backstage: Zach Galifianakis Shaves Head Like Mr. T (VIDEO)". Huffington Post (USA). 
  24. ^ Sciretta, Peter (November 30, 2009). "Ryan Fleck's It's Kind of a Funny Story Begins Production". /Film. Archived from the original on June 12, 2010. Retrieved June 12, 2010. 
  25. ^ "Not one toke over the line?". CNN. November 1, 2010. 
  26. ^ Pols, Mary (May 25, 2011). "The Hangover Part II: The Wolf Pack Is Back, and This Time They've Brought a Monkey". Time Magazine. Retrieved June 9, 2011. 
  27. ^ "Zach Galifianakis Talks PUSS IN BOOTS, THE HANGOVER 3, DOG FIGHT, BORED TO DEATH". Collider. Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  28. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (January 14, 2014). "The untitled entry marks the first project under the "Louie" star's overall deal with FX Productions.". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 15, 2014. 
  29. ^ "Galifianakis skips TIFF as wife about to give birth". Toronto Sun. 8 September 2013. 
  30. ^ "Sarah Silverman, Zach Galifianakis Help Raise Money for Texas Women Seeking Abortions". 20 January 2014. 

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