Steve Zahn

Steven James ‘Steve' Zahn, born November 13, 1967, is an American actor and comedian.

Zahn was born in Marshall, Minnesota, the son of Zelda, who worked for the YMCA, and Carleton Edward Zahn, a retired Missouri Synod Lutheran pastor. 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. After attending Robbinsdale Cooper High School, Gustavus Adolphus College, and the Institute for Advanced Theater Training at American Repertory Theater at Harvard University, his first professional acting role was in Biloxi Blues, a Minnesota production at the Old Log Theater. His first big break came in 1994, when he was noticed by actor-director Ben Stiller.  

Typically typecast into comic relief sidekick roles, Zahn was asked if he minded, his reply was that it was a pleasure and a privilege.

Zahn is married to Robyn Peterman, an actress and the daughter of entrepreneur John Peterman. They have a son, Henry James Zahn, born April 3, 2000. The couple also have a daughter, Audrey Clair Zahn, born on April 25, 2002. In 2007, he was conferred an honorary Ph.D in fine arts from Northern Kentucky University. Zahn is also a University of Kentucky sports fan, often seen at games and events.


Dallas Buyers Club Tucker
The Good Dinosaur (2015) Thunderclap
Knights of Badassdom (2014) Eric
Escape From Planet Earth (2013) Hawk
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (2012) Frank Heffley
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules (2011) Frank Heffley
Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010) Frank Heffley
Calvin Marshall (2010) Coach Little
Management (2009) Mike
Sunshine Cleaning (2009) Mac
The Great Buck Howard (2009) Kenny
A Perfect Getaway (2009) Cliff
Night Train (2009) Pete
Strange Wilderness (2008) Peter Gaulke
Unstable Fables: 3 Pigs and a Baby (2008) Voice
Rescue Dawn (2007) Duane
Bandidas (2006) Quentin
Chicken Little (2005) Runt of the Litter
Sahara (2005) Al Giordino
Employee of the Month (2004) Jack
Speak (2004) Mr. Freeman
Shattered Glass (2003) Adam Penenberg
Daddy Day Care (2003) Marvin
National Security (2003) Hank Rafferty
Stuart Little 2 (2002) Monty
Chelsea Walls (2002) Ross
Riding in Cars With Boys (2001) Ray Hasek
Joy Ride (2001) Fuller
Dr. Dolittle 2 (2001) Archie
Saving Silverman (2001) Wayne
Road Kill (2001) Fuller Thomas
Chain of Fools (2000) Kresk
Hamlet (2000) Rosencrantz
Stuart Little (1999) Monty
Forces of Nature (1999) Alan
Freak Talks About Sex (1999) Freak
Happy, Texas (1999) Wayne Wayne Wayne Jr.
You've Got Mail (1998) George Pappas
Safe Men (1998) Eddie
Out of Sight (1998) Glenn Michaels
The Object of My Affection (1998) Frank Hanson
Subway Stories (1997) Tucker
subUrbia (1996) Buff
That Thing You Do! (1996) Lenny Haise
Race the Sun (1996) Hans Kooiman
Crimson Tide (1995) William Barnes
Reality Bites (1994) Sammy Gray
Rain Without Thunder (1992) Jeremy Tanner

TV Shows

Mind Games (2014) Clark Edwards
Treme (2010) Davis McAlary
WWII in HD (2009) Actor