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Zach Galifianakis Poster

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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 1 October 1969Wilkesboro, North Carolina, USA
Birth NameZacharius Knight Galifianakis
Height 5' 7" (1.7 m)

Mini Bio (2)

Originally from western North Carolina, Zach moved to New York City after failing his last college class by one point. Zach got his start performing his brand of humor in the back of a hamburger joint in Times Square. He now tours the country, performing in coffee shops and universities. When not performing stand-up, Zach spends time at his home in the mountains of his native North Carolina, where he hopes to open a writer's retreat on a completely self-sustained farm.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: killer ninjas

After more than a decade performing stand-up comedy and making both television and film appearances, Zach Galifianakis broke through to wider recognition with his co-starring role as "Alan Garner", in the comedy mega-hit, The Hangover (2009). Later that year, he played a large role in the CGI-heavy kids movie, G-Force (2009), and then appeared in memorable supporting parts in the films, Up in the Air (2009) (as a laid-off employee), Youth in Revolt (2009) (as a loutish stepfather), and Dinner for Schmucks (2010), as one of the title characters. More recently, he co-starred with Keir Gilchrist in the teen dramedy, It's Kind of a Funny Story (2010), with Robert Downey Jr. in the road trip comedy, Due Date (2010), and alongside Will Ferrell in the political spoof, The Campaign (2012). He also voiced "Humpty Dumpty" in the animated film, Puss in Boots (2011), and reprised his character in both The Hangover Part II (2011) and the upcoming, The Hangover Part III (2013).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: iaiyrdmkl

Spouse (1)

Quinn Lundberg (11 August 2012 - present)

Trade Mark (3)

Thick bushy beard
Awkward humor
Often plays strange, socially awkward characters.

Trivia (5)

He is of Greek descent on his father's side. His mother's ancestry is English, Scottish, Welsh, French Huguenot, and Irish.
Is claustrophobic (Zach Galifianakis: Live).
Attended North Carolina State University (did not graduate).
Nephew of former U.S. Congressman Nick Galifainakis (NC) (1967-1973), who ran for the U.S. Senate against Jesse Helms in 1972.
Since his breakthrough performance in The Hangover (2009), he regularly gets invitations for wedding parties, with the request to come dressed as his 'Hangover' character Alan Garner. He says that he has no intention of ever honoring such a request.

Personal Quotes (12)

[on handling fame] - It's a little bit strange. But I'm 40 years old. If I were in my 20s, this whole thing would probably freak me out. Don't worry though, I'm sure I'll fuck this up somehow.
[on the first R-rated movie he saw in a theater] - Hot Dog... The Movie (1984). I went with my friend but I told my mom I was gonna to go see Yentl (1983). She knew what we did. She picked us up at the theater afterwards and was like, "How was 'Yentl?'" She wanted a full report. I was like, "Well, you know mom, they're really not our people..."
[on the first movie he took a date to] - Eddie Murphy Raw (1987). I know, a terrible thing to choose, but I wanted to see it. Eddie Murphy was wearing that fancy leather suit. But she became my high school sweetheart. She was four inches taller than me.
(On his TV series Tru Calling (2003)) It was the dumbest show I'd ever seen. I remember calling the executive producer and saying, 'This show is terrible, doesn't make any sense, and it's insulting'. I tried to get fired. We'd do a table read, and as soon as we're done, I'd be the first one up, and I'd go, to the writer of the episode or whatever, 'Great script, Janet'. And I'd throw it in the trash can and walk out. Then I told the lead actress she was eating her way to cancellation. They thought it was me being Funny Stand-up Guy. But it was an incredibly happy time in my life, because I was biking everywhere. I was smoking so much pot, which was... You know, I was playing a doctor on TV, and I had to memorize all this medical jargon, and on, like, take 17-it was so unprofessional.
(2009, GQ Magazine) There's more to life than being an actor in a Hollywood movie. I'm not going to adapt my life after that existence, where a lot of people do. And they get the publicist, and they get all that stuff, and it becomes them. I think it's a stupid way to live your life. A really dumb way to live your life.
(2009) Hollywood's built on insecurity. People are trying to prove things. And I probably have that. I probably do. Probably guilty of it, in a way.
I am going to be the next Ryan Gosling.
[Ryan] Gosling better watch his ass.
It's not good for comedy to be like, 'Thanks for liking me'. Being popular is poison. My mom and dad are like, 'You're not enjoying any of this'. I say, 'It's your fault for not raising me up to be superficial'.
A good stand-up, you lead the audience. You don't kowtow to the audience. Sometimes the audience is wrong. I always think the audience is wrong.
It's embarrassing but I don't over-think things too much when I work. I think that may be evident to a lot of people.
[to Barack Obama in a mock interview, 2014] What is it like to be the last black president?

Salary (1)

The Hangover Part II (2011) $5,000,000

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