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Zach Galifianakis Biography

Zach Galifianakis (born Zacharius Knight Galifianakis, 1.10.1969)

Zach Galifianakis is an American stand-up comedian and actor, known for his TV and film appearances, including his own Comedy Central Presents. After starting off as an underground comedian, Zach's career hit the mainstream after he appeared in the Todd Phillips-directed comedy movies, The Hangover and Due Date.

Zach Galifianakis: Childhood

Zach Galifianakis was born to Mary Francis and Harry Galifianakis, in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. His mother ran a community arts centre and his father was a heating oil vendor. Zach was raised as Greek Orthodox; his father's faith. He attended Wilkes Central High School, then North Carolina State University, majoring in communication.

Zach Galifianakis: Career

Zach Galifianakis' TV career began in 1996, when he played the role of the stoner, Billy, in Boston Common. After this, he started work as a writer on Saturday Night Live, but only lasted for two weeks.

He went on to land a number of roles in films such as Out Cold, Corky Romano, Bubble Boy with Jake Gyllenhaal and Heartbreakers, with Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ray Liotta and Sigourney Weaver.

In September 2001, Galifianakis' episode of Comedy Central Presents was aired, featuring an a capella group singing 'Eternal Flame' by The Bangles. The following year, Galifianakis became a talk show host, with Late World with Zach. His next TV role came when he landed the role of the coroner Davis in Tru Calling. The series also featured Eliza Dushku and Jason Priestley. Galifianakis has also appeared a number of times on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Zach Galifianakis then starred in Dog Bites Man, a spoof news show, as Alan Finger. He also appeared on an episode of The Sarah Silverman Program.

2006 saw Galifianakis feature in Fiona Apple's music video, for the song 'Not About Love', lip-synching the lyrics to the song. The following year, Kanye West asked him and Will Oldham to do the same for his song 'Can't Tell Me Nothing.

On the comedy website Funny or Diem Zach Galifianakis has a series of videos entitled 'Between Two Ferns', in which he interviews a number of celebrities, including Charlize Theron, Michael Cera, Ben Stiller, Steve Carell and Bruce Willis.

In 2009, Zach Galifianakis starred in the hit comedy movie The Hangover, along with Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Heather Graham. Following his role in The Hangover, Galifianakis appeared in the Oscar-nominated Up in the Air, which starred George Clooney. Having only lasted for two weeks as a writer on Saturday Night Live, Galifianakis then went on to host an episode of the show.

2010 saw Zach Galifianakis appear in a number of films, including Dinner for Schmucks, with Steve Carell and Paul Rudd, It's Kind of a Funny Story and Due Date, with Robert Downey Jr. It was also announced that he would star in the sequel to The Hangover.

Zach Galifianakis: Personal Life

Zach Galifianakis is dating Quinn Lundberg, the co-founder of the charity, Growing Voices.

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The Latest Zach Galifianakis News

Bradley Cooper Helped To Organise Barack Obama's Between Two Ferns Sketch

3rd April 2014

Bradley Cooper has been credited with introducing President Barack Obama to his The Hangover pal Zach Galifianakis after reportedly coming...

Barack Obama Says Zach Galifianakis Was 'nervous' About Sketch

15th March 2014

Barack Obama says Zach Galifianakis was ''nervous'' about the sketch the pair did together.The US President made an appearance on...

Zach Galifianakis' Web Chat With Barack Obama A Big Hit

12th March 2014

U.S. leader Barack Obama's Tv interview skit with The Hangover star Zach Galifianakis became a huge Internet hit on Tuesday...

Barack Obama Slams The Hangover Trilogy

11th March 2014

Barack Obama has mocked 'The Hangover Part III' during an interview with Zach Galifianakis.The US President showed his sense of...

Barack Obama And Zach Galifianakis Trade Slugs In Hilarious Sit-down

11th March 2014

Barack Obama showed off his acting chops when he was interviewed by Zack Galifianakis on ‘Between Two Ferns’. The President...

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Zach Galifianakis Festivals

Festival Supreme

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Zach Galifianakis Footage Film / Movie Reviews

Muppets Most Wanted 2014, Review by Rich Cline

Where the 2011 reboot felt effortless in the way it recaptured that warmly anarchic Muppets...

The Hangover Part III 2013, Review by Rich Cline

For the final instalment of the trilogy, filmmaker Todd Phillips takes a sharp left turn,...

The Campaign 2012, Review by Rich Cline

Will Ferrell's funniest movie in years, this is a silly comedy with a terrible sentimental...

The Muppets 2012, Review by Rich Cline

Using their long absence from the screen as a premise, this film astutely taps into...

The Hangover Part II 2011, Review by Rich Cline

Proving that 2009's The Hangover was a fluke, this sequel returns to filmmaker Todd Phillips'...

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