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Zahn in 2008
|Born||Steven James Zahn
November 13, 1967 
Marshall, Minnesota, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Robyn Peterman (m. 1994)|
Steven James "Steve" Zahn (//; born November 13, 1967) is an American actor and comedian. He has acted in a number of movies, including That Thing You Do! (1996), Out of Sight (1998), Happy, Texas (1999), Joyride (2001), Riding in Cars with Boys (2001), Shattered Glass (2004), Rescue Dawn (2006), The Great Buck Howard (2008), A Perfect Getaway (2009), Dallas Buyers Club (2013), and Captain Fantastic (2016). Zahn did voice acting in Chicken Little (2005), Escape from Planet Earth (2013), and The Good Dinosaur (2015).
Zahn also gained fame on television, playing Davis McClary on HBO's Treme (2010-2013), a recurring role as Ronnie La Fontaine on Modern Family (2014-2015), and the lead role as Cobi on Mad Dogs (2014-2016).
Zahn was born in Marshall, Minnesota, the son of Zelda, who worked for the YMCA, and Carleton Edward Zahn, a retired pastor in the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod. His father is of German and Swedish descent, and his mother is of German ancestry. Zahn spent part of his childhood in Mankato, Minnesota, attending Kennedy Elementary School, and later moved to the suburbs of Minneapolis.
Zahn's early roles were split between movies, touring companies of Broadway shows, and television shows. From 1992 to 1993, he toured as Hugo with the Barry Weissler production of Bye Bye Birdie with Tommy Tune, Ann Reinking, and Marc Kudisch. In October 1995, he played Phoebe Buffay's husband Duncan on Friends "The One With Phoebe's Husband".
Zahn appeared in several films in the mid-1990s, including Tom Hanks' That Thing You Do! (1996), Nora Ephron's You've Got Mail (1998), and Steven Soderbergh's Out of Sight (1998). These films garnered him enough respect that he was offered the starring role in the critically acclaimed indie film Happy, Texas (1999). Some of Zahn's most popular movies have been his later ones, including National Security (2003), Daddy Day Care (2003) and Sahara (2005). Zahn received his most positive reviews for his performance in Riding in Cars with Boys, in which he co-starred with Drew Barrymore as her dim-witted, drug addicted husband. He also gave dramatic performances in Rescue Dawn and the television mini-series Comanche Moon.
Typically typecast into comic relief sidekick roles, Zahn was asked if he minded, his reply was that it was a "pleasure" and a "privilege," saying: "to be typecast and make money and make people happy and people dig what you do, what a great thing, man." He also plays the character of Davis McAlary in HBO's Treme. Davis is a New Orleans native and local music lover, as well as one of Treme's biggest partiers, and advocates. Zahn also recorded a song for the show, and is featured on the show's soundtrack. The track, "Shame, Shame, Shame", criticizes George W. Bush and the American government's response to the disastrous aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in the city of New Orleans. In 2014, he co-starred with Christian Slater in ABC's sitcom Mind Games.
|1990||All My Children||Spence||Episode #5303
|1993||South Beach||Lane Bailey||Episode: "Pirates of the Caribbean"|
|1995||Friends||Duncan||"The One with Phoebe's Husband"|
|Mike & Spike||Nick Pickles (voice)||Episode: "Person to Clothes"|
|Picture Windows||Crook||Episode: "Armed Response"|
|1997||Liberty! The American Revolution||American Sergeant||4 episodes|
|1998||From the Earth to the Moon||Astronaut Elliot See||Miniseries
Episode: "Can We Do This?"
|2008||Comanche Moon||Augustus "Gus" McCrae||3 episodes|
|2008–2013||Phineas and Ferb||Swampy/Sherman||Voice
Episode: "Dude, We're Gettin' the Band Back Together!"
|2009||Monk||Jack Monk, Jr.||Episode: "Mr. Monk's Other Brother"|
|WWII in HD||Nolen Marbrey||Voice|
|2010–2013||Treme||Davis McAlary||Regular, 36 episodes|
|2014||Mind Games||Clark Edwards||Regular|
|2014–2015||Modern Family||Ronnie La Fontaine||Recurring Role|
|2015–2016||Mad Dogs||Cobi||Series regular|
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