Zach Galifianakis

Biography: American actor Zach Galifiankis, who rapidly rose to mainstream popularity with the box-office hit The Hangover (2009), grew up having "a comfortable childhood in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, wonderful parents, a big Greek family that was always laughing." His father was an oil heating vendor while his mother ran a community center for the arts. Zach attended Wilkes Central High School, where he first developed his trademark character -- "an effeminate redneck, with a wildly exaggerated lisp" -- which used to crack up the kids at school. Although he wanted to go into acting right after graduation, Zach fulfilled his parents' wishes and attended North Carolina State University, where he majored in Communication.

After failing his last required course and dropping out of college, Galifianakis came to New York to pursue his once sidetracked dream. While struggling to find his footing as an actor, Zach temped as a house cleaner, a busboy at a downtown strip joint, and a nanny. In
American actor Zach Galifiankis, who rapidly rose to mainstream popularity with the box-office hit The Hangover (2009), grew up having "a comfortable childhood in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, wonderful parents, a big Greek family that was always laughing." His father was an oil heating vendor while his mother ran a community center for the arts. Zach attended Wilkes Central High School, where he first developed his trademark character -- "an effeminate redneck, with a wildly exaggerated lisp" -- which used to crack up the kids at school. Although he wanted to go into acting right after graduation, Zach fulfilled his parents' wishes and attended North Carolina State University, where he majored in Communication.

After failing his last required course and dropping out of college, Galifianakis came to New York to pursue his once sidetracked dream. While struggling to find his footing as an actor, Zach temped as a house cleaner, a busboy at a downtown strip joint, and a nanny. In 1995, he began doing stand-up gigs in comedy clubs but soon realized his unique brand of comedy was suited for a different kind of venue. In 1997, he finally moved to Los Angeles and landed his television debut role, a recurring character on the NBC Boston Common. During the next five years, he would play bit parts in numerous films including the 2001 comedies Bubble Boy (Jake Gyllenhaal) and Corky Romano (Chris Kattan).

In 2002, VH1 contracted him to host his own late-night comedy show, Late World with Zach, which aired for nine weeks. Soon after and sporting a full beard, Galifianakis portrayed one of his more prominent TV roles as Davis, city morgue superintendent and confidant of Tru Davies (Eliza Dushku) on the FOX drama Tru Calling. After the show got axed, Zach went on to tour with the Comedians of Comedy. He also wrote for, co-produced, and starred as Alan Finger on Comedy Central's Dog Bites Man. 2009 is considered to be Zach's breakout year as he played lead character Alan Garner alongside Ed Helms (The Office) and Bradley Cooper (Alias) in the comedy The Hangover. In addition, he was cast as part of the 3-D animated film G-Force and as a series regular on HBO's original comedy series Bored to Death, co-starring Jason Schwartzman and Ted Danson.
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Zach Galifianakis' Scores

Average career score: 53
Highest Metascore: 88 Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Lowest Metascore: 22 Out Cold
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 26
  2. Negative: 6 out of 26
26 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
50 The Campaign Aug 10, 2012 Producer / Cast / Marty Huggins 6.0
45 Craigslist Joe Aug 3, 2012 Executive Producer 7.0
40 Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie Mar 2, 2012 Jim Joe Kelly 6.8
44 The Hangover Part II May 26, 2011 Alan / Alan Garner 5.7
51 Due Date Nov 5, 2010 Ethan Tremblay / Ethan Tremblay/Ethan Chase 6.6
56 Dinner for Schmucks Jul 30, 2010 Therman 5.8
41 G-Force Jul 24, 2009 Ben 4.3
46 The Comedians of Comedy Nov 11, 2005 Writer / Himself 7.6
55 Below Oct 11, 2002 Weird Wally 7.0
47 Heartbreakers Mar 23, 2001 Bill 8.7