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Also Known As: Died:
Born: November 13, 1967 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Marshall, Minnesota, USA Profession: actor, singer, laborer

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Actor Steve Zahn's roots were on the dramatic stage, which might have seemed surprising considering his big screen comedy career playing inept sidekicks in films like "Out of Sight" (1998), "Happy, Texas" (1999), and "Riding in Cars with Boys" (2001). But the appeal of Zahn's comic relief was the realism and vulnerability he lent his oddball misfits, and as he aged into new territory with Werner Herzog's "Rescue Dawn" (2007) and the epic Western "Comanche Moon" (CBS, 2007), it became clear that his light touch belied an actor with a much wider range than "stoner bud."

Actor Steve Zahn's roots were on the dramatic stage, which might have seemed surprising considering his big screen comedy career playing inept sidekicks in films like "Out of Sight" (1998), "Happy, Texas" (1999), and "Riding in Cars with Boys" (2001). But the appeal of Zahn's comic relief was the realism and vulnerability he lent his oddball misfits, and as he aged into new territory with Werner Herzog's "Rescue Dawn" (2007) and the epic Western "Comanche Moon" (CBS, 2007), it became clear that his light touch belied an actor with a much wider range than "stoner bud."

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 Lean on Pete (2017)
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 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (2012) Frank Haffley
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 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules (2011) Frank Haffley
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 Calvin Marshall (2010)
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 Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010) Frank Haffley
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 Night Train (2009)
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Made stage debut in a Minnesota production of "Biloxi Blues"
1989:
Trained at Harvard University sponsored American Repertory Theater
1991:
Starred as Hugo Peabody in Tommy Tune's touring company of "Bye, Bye Birdie"; met future wife Robyn Peterman who was also featured in the cast
1992:
Made film debut with a role in the futuristic political drama "Rain Without Thunder"
1993:
Had featured role in the Off-Broadway play "Sophistry" starring Ethan Hawke
1994:
Co-starred with Ethan Hawke in "Reality Bites"
1994:
Created role of Buff in the Lincoln Center staging of Eric Bogosian's play "subUrbia"
1996:
Breakthrough screen role as the girl-crazy, guitar player Lenny in Tom Hanks' "That Thing You Do!"
1997:
Recreated stage role of Buff in Richard Linklater's film version of "subUrbia"; second film with Ribisi
1998:
Starred (with Sam Rockwell) as half of a terrible singing duo mistaken for safe crackers in the indie "Safe Men"
1998:
Featured as the perpetually stoned, sunglass-wearing thief Glenn in Steven Soderbergh's "Out of Sight"
1999:
Won widespread praise for his portrayal of an escaped convict who poses as a gay man in "Happy, Texas"
1999:
Played Ben Affleck's best friend in "Forces of Nature"
2001:
Received raves reviews as the dim-witted, drug addicted husband of Drew Barrymore in "Riding in Cars with Boys"
2001:
Co-starred with Paul Walker and Leelee Sobieski in "Joy Ride"
2003:
Supported Martin Lawrence in the comedy feature "National Security"
2005:
Cast opposite Matthew McConaughey and Penélope Cruz in the action feature "Sahara"
2007:
Played a POW in Werner Herzog's "Rescue Dawn"; earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor
2008:
Co-starred with Rachel Griffiths and Val Kilmer in Larry McMurtry's Lonesome Dove prequel "Comanche Moon"
2009:
Played the male lead role, opposite Jennifer Aniston, in the comedy, "Management"
2009:
Co-starred in the horror film "A Perfect Getaway"
2010:
Cast in first role as a series regular in the HBO drama series "Treme"
2014:
Landed a recurring role on the ABC sitcom "Modern Family"
2015:
Voiced the role of Thunderclap in the Pixar film "The Good Dinosaur"
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Education

Robbinsdale Cooper High School: New Hope , Minnesota -
Gustavus Adolphus College: St. Peter , Minnesota -
Harvard University: Cambridge , Massachusetts - 1989 - 1991

Notes

Zahn, Ethan Hawke and Jonathan Marc Sherman were the founding members of the now defunct New York theater company Malaparte.

"Too many actors concentrate on getting big roles as opposed to doing good films. I'm just as attracted to a two-scene part if it's in a good movie ... I really believe that if you want to be the sort of actor who is recognized at the grocery store, it's easy. You just have to put a lot of time into it and go to a lot of fucking parties."---Zahn quoted in NEON, December 1998.

"Steve is inventive and smart, and has no attitude. He fills out all those empty moments, yet doesn't upstage anybody."---Eric Bogosian, author of "subUrbia" in PREMIERE, February 1997.

"... I don't go after stuff because it's different. If I read something, and I really like it, then that's the main draw for me. It's hard enough just acting, so I don't concentrate on taking my career on a certain path. As long as I keep acting, then that will happen by itself."---Zahn quoted to Venice magazine, April 2005.

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wife:
Robyn Peterman. Actor. Born c. 1966; met while appearing in tour of "Bye, Bye Birdie"; daughter of founder of J Peterman clothing.

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son:
Henry James Zahn. Born on April 3, 2000.

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