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STEVE ZAHN (Peter Gaulke) is a versatile actor with extensive credits who has received critical praise for his work on both stage and screen. His standout performance in Miramax Films' "Happy, Texas” garnered him many accolades, including a Grand Jury Special Actor Award at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival, and an Independent Spirit Award for Best Actor.

Zahn was last seen in "Comanche Moon” for CBS Paramount Network Television/Sony Pictures Television alongside Val Kilmer and Rachel Griffiths. Zahn starred in this prequel to "Lonesome Dove” written by Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana, as Gus McCrae, the role made famous by Robert Duvall in "Lonesome Dove.”

The New York Times called Zahn a "revelation” for his role in MGM's "Rescue Dawn” opposite Christian Bale for director Werner Herzog. Recently, Zahn completed production on "The Great Buck Howard” alongside Tom Hanks, John Malkovich and Colin Hanks for Playtone Films and Bristol Bay Productions, "Night Train” alongside Danny Glover and "Sunshine Cleaning” opposite Amy Adams and Emily Blunt.

Zahn can be seen next in a starring role opposite Jennifer Aniston in "Management,” a romantic comedy about a motel manager (Zahn) who meets the woman of his dreams when a traveling saleswoman (Aniston) checks in. Zahn received critical acclaim for his scene-stealing portrayal of Glen Michaels in "Out of Sight,” for director Stephen Soderbergh and for his heartbreaking turn as a drug-addicted father in director Penny Marshall's "Riding in Cars with Boys.” His breakthrough performance was for director 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 single.

Zahn's additional film credits include Paramount Pictures "Sahara” with Matthew McConaughey and Penelope Cruz; the voice of Runt for Disney's "Chicken Little”; 20th Century Fox's "Bandidas” opposite Salma Hayek and Penelope Cruz; the feature adaptation of Eric Bogosian's play "SubUrbia,” reprising the role he created in the off-Broadway production; Lionsgate's "Shattered Glass”; Revolution Pictures' "Daddy Day Care” opposite Eddie Murphy; "National Security” with Martin Lawrence; Miramax Films' "Hamlet” opposite Ethan Hawke; John Dahl's thriller "Joy Ride”; "Saving Silverman”; "Safe Men”; "You've Got Mail”; "The Object of My Affection; and the voices of Archie the Bear in "Dr. Doolittle 2” and Monty the Cat in "Stuart Little” and "Stuart Little 2.”

A native of Marshall, Minnesota, 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 lead 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.”

Following "Birdie,” Zahn was cast opposite Ethan Hawke in "Sophistry” at the renowned Playwrights Horizon. There he caught the eye of director Ben Stiller, who cast him in what would be Zahn's feature film debut, "Reality Bites.”

Zahn is married to actress Robyn Peterman and resides on a farm.

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