RIDING IN CARS WITH BOYS
STEVE ZAHN (Ray) is a multi-talented actor with extensive credits in
quality productions on stage and screen.
He recently starred in the comedies "Saving Silverman" and
"Happy, Texas," which premiered at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival and
earned Zahn not only a Grand Jury Special Actor Award but also an Independent
Spirit Award for Best Actor for his performance. Zahn recently provided his
voice talent in "Dr. Dolittle 2." He also stars in the feature film
Other feature film credits include Zahn's critically acclaimed role in
"Out of Sight," based on Elmore Leonard's best-selling novel, starring
George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez; "Stuart Little" (voice);
"Hamlet," opposite Ethan Hawke; "The Object of My
Affection," with Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd; the feature adaptation of
Eric Bogosian's play "subUrbia," reprising the role he created in the
off-Broadway production; and "Crimson Tide."
Zahn also starred in Tom Hanks' directorial debut, "That Thing You
Do!," as Lenny, the lead guitarist for "The Wonders," a
struggling band whose rise to fame is chronicled after they release a Top 40 hit
A native of Marshall, MN, Zahn was first introduced to improvisational theater
in high school. After completing his freshman year at Gustavus-Adolphus College
in Minnesota, he crashed the audition of a local production of "Biloxi
Blues," winning the leading role in the play.
Following his debut, he trained for two years at the prestigious American
Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Mass., before moving to New York and being cast
in Tommy Tune's National Tour of "Bye Bye Birdie," traveling with the
show for three months. At the end of that tour, Zahn was cast opposite Ethan
Hawke in "Sophistry" at the renowned Playwright's Horizon. There, he
caught the eye of director Ben Stiller, who cast him in his feature film
"Reality Bites," also starring Hawke.
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