Zach Galifianakis

Comedian / Actor

Born: 1 October 1969
Birthplace: Wilkesboro, North Carolina
Best known as: The nutty, hairy brother in The Hangover
Comedian Zach Galifianakis hit it big in 2009 with his scene-stealing performance in the hit comedy The Hangover. A native of North Carolina, he got his start in in New York's comedy scene in the early 1990s, and began making TV appearances in the late 1990s. While touring as a stand-up comedian and popping up in obscure television shows, Galifianakis polished his act and became known as a purveyor of nonsense commentary and a master of the awkward moment. His oddball schtick got him jobs in short-lived TV shows, including Late World with Zach Galifianakis (2002) and Dog Bites Man (2006). Between 2007 and 2010 he was a featured regular on Tim and Eric's Awesome Show Great Job, and had his own "interview" show, Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis. Then came the surprise success of The Hangover, with Galifianakis as the crazed and awkward tagalong on a wild bachelor-party weekend in Las Vegas. It was suddenly Zach's time, and during 2009 and 2010 he popped up in small roles in G Force, Up in the Air (as one of the many people fired by George Clooney), Youth in Revolt (starring Michael Cera), Dinner for Schmucks (starring Steve Carell) and It's Kind of a Funny Story (2010). He also landed a role as a co-star of the cable comedy series Bored to Death (2009-10).
Extra credit: Zach Galifianakis plays "Weird Wally" in the thriller Below, a 2002 movie about a haunted submarine, starring Bruce Greenwood and Olivia Williams.

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