Date of Birth: 1 October 1969, Wilkesboro, North Carolina, USA
Birth Name : Zacharius Knight Galifianakis
Height : 5' 8" (1.73 m)
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.zach galifianakis hangover zach galifianakis beard zach galifianakis sunglasses zach galifianakis blublocker zach galifianakis satchel.Actor. Born Zach Galifianakis on October 1, 1969, in Wilkesboro, North Carolina to parents Harry and Mary Galifianakis. As a child, Zach was raised in a Greek Orthodox home.
In the late 1980s, Galifianakis attended North Carolina State University. He dropped out of college just one credit short of graduating, however, and moved to New York City. While in New York in 1995, Galifianakis met stand-up comedian Lisa deLarios, who pushed him to try his hand at stand-up comedy. Galifianakis performed his first show at a restaurant in Times Square called Hamburger Harry Äôs. After a year of honing his skills in New York City, Galifianakis moved to Los Angeles, where he thought his bizarre brand of comedy would find a better reception.
In 1997, Zach Galifianakis made his television debut as Bobby in the short-lived NBC sitcom Boston Common. He would reprise the role a total of five times before the show was canceled. He gained additional exposure on the short-lived MTV comedy, Apt. 2F, in 1997 and his 1999 movie debut in The King and Me. Galifianakis briefly hosted his own cable talk show on VH1 called Late World With Zach in 2002. The show was not well received, and was cancelled shortly after it aired. From 2003 to 2005, Galifianakis played his longest-running recurring role on the sci-fi drama Tru Calling.
Meanwhile, Galifianakis continued to tour small clubs across the country with other unconventional stand-up acts such as Patton Oswalt, Maria Bamford and Brian Posehn. A very popular documentary was made of the tour, titled The Comedians of Comedy, which offered great exposure for Galifianakis. The tour helped Zach land a recurring role on the hit Comedy Central Show, Reno 911, as well as the co-host slot on the short-lived mock news program, Dog Bites Man. In 2008, Galifianakis became widely known for a series of Internet shorts for Absolut Vodka. The low-budget films became viral hits. That same year, Galifianakis created his own Internet comedy talk show called Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis. The show was hosted on Will Ferrell Äôs very popular comedy site, Funny or Die. Galifianakis was purposely awkward and strange in the short, five-minute clips as he interviewed many celebrities.
In 2009, Galifianakis landed his most famous role to date alongside Bradley Cooper and Ed Helms in the 2009 hit comedy The Hangover. The movie, directed by Todd Phillips, won a Golden Globe for Best Comedy or Musical in 2010. That same year, Galifianakis had a small but memorable role in the Oscar nominated George Clooney film, Up in the Air. He is currently starring in the critically acclaimed HBO series Bored to Death, opposite Jason Schwartzman.
Also Credited As:Zacharius Knight Galifianakis
Born:Zacharius Knight Galifianakis on October 1, 1969 in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, USA
Job Titles:Actor, Comedian, Writer
* Brother: Greg Galifianakis.
* Cousin: Nicholas Galifianakis.
* Father: Harry Galifianakis.
* Mother: Mary Frances. Ran a community center for the arts
* Sister: Merritt Galifianakis.
* Uncle: Nick Galifianakis. Former U.S. Congressman (North Carolina) from 1967-1973
* Companion: Quinn Lundberg. Co-founder of the charity Growing Voices
* North Carolina State University, Raleigh , North Carolina, Communications
* North Carolina State University, Raleigh , North Carolina, Film
* 1996 Made TV debut in the recurring role of a stoner named Bobby for the NBC sitcom, Boston Common
* 1997 Appeared in the MTV sketch comedy, Apt. 2F
* 1999 Made film debut in The King and Me as a pizza boy
* 2001 Performed in an episode of Comedy Central Presents
* 2002 Hosted the VH1 talk show, Late World with Zach
* 2003 Cast as Davis in the FOX drama, Tru Calling
* 2005 Appeared several times on Reno 911! (Comedy Central) as Frisbee
* 2005 Performed on the tour, Comedians of Comedy, with Brian Posehn, Patton Oswalt, and Maria Bamford; documented for Comedy Central
* 2006 Had a recurring role on the animated Adult Swim show, Tom Goes to the Mayor
* 2006 Played Alan Finger on the Comedy Central show, Dog Bites Man
* 2006 Released the single, Come Over and Get It (Up in Dem Guts), a comedic rap song that features Fiona Apple s vocals
* 2007 Appeared in the live-action Adult Swim show, Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! as Tairy Greene
* 2007 Played Fred the Homeless Guy on an episode of the Comedy Central show, The Sarah Silverman Program
* 2007 Released a DVD of his stand-up, Live at the Purple Onion
* 2008 Had a small role, opposite Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher, in the comedy What Happens in Vegas
* 2008 Perfomed in the Funny or Die tour with fellow comedians Demetri Martin, Nick Swardson, Andrea Savage and Will Ferrell
* 2009 Appeared in the live-action Disney movie G-Force
* 2009 Featured opposite, George Clooney, in Jason Reitman s Up in the Air
* 2009 Played one of the three leads in Todd Phillips The Hangover
* 2010 Co-starred in It s Kind of a Funny Story with Keir Gilchrist and Emma Roberts
* 2010 Co-starred with Michael Cera and Jean Smart in the film adaptation of C.D. Payne s Youth in Revolt
* 2010 Co-starred with Paul Rudd and Steve Carell in the comedy Dinner for Schmucks
* 2010 Once again directed by Todd Phillips in the comedy Due Date