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ZACH GALIFIANAKIS (Dr. Ben Kendall) is an actor, comedian and writer who starred in the smash-hit comedy "The Hangover” with Bradley Cooper and Ed Helms.

Born in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, he attended North Carolina State University, pursuing a degree in communication and film.

Galifianakis left before graduation, moving to New York City in 1992 to pursue acting. He soon found himself on stage as a stand-up comedian, delighting audiences with his offbeat, off-kilter routines which at times approached performance art. In 1996, Galifianakis made his move into television, portraying the recurring role of Bobby in the situation comedy "Boston Commons.” He made his feature film debut in 2001 in "Out Cold,” which was followed by roles in "Corky Romano,” "Below,” "Bubble Boy” and "Heartbreakers.”

In 2002, Galifianakis was the host of his own talk show, "Late World with Zach.” His next television role was as a coroner named Davis in the Fox Television drama "Tru Calling,” which was aired from 2003-5. He's made many appearances on late-night talk shows, including "Jimmy Kimmel Live,” and was seen as "Frisbee” in three episodes of "Reno 911!” More recently, Galifianakis performed on the "Comedians of Comedy” tour with Brian Posehn, Patton Oswalt and Maria Bamford. They chose to perform at live rock clubs as opposed to comedy clubs, resulting in programs on Comedy Central and a full-length film that appeared on the Showtime Network.

In 2006, Galifianakis was featured in Fiona Apple's music video for the song "Not About Love” and later released the single "Come Over and Get It (Up in 'Dem Guts),” a comedic rap/hip-hop/dance song which features Apple's vocals.

Galifianakis starred as Alan Finger on the Comedy Central show "Dog Bites Man” and appeared on episodes of the network's "The Sarah Silverman Program.” He had a recurring guest role on the animated show "Tom Goes to the Mayor,” and appeared in "Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!” in four episodes as deranged mentor Tairy Greene.

In March 2007, a DVD featuring Galifianakis' work, "Live at the Purple Onion,” was released, and three months later, Kanye West summoned him to perform in a new video for his song "Can't Tell Me Nothing,” released on West's website, which was filmed at Galifianakis' farm in North Carolina.

Galifianakis was recently seen in Sean Penn's critically acclaimed "Into the Wild,” followed by "Visioneers,” "What Happens in Vegas,” "Gigantic,” "Rogue's Gallery,” "Little Fish, Strange Pond” and "Youth in Revolt.” He currently divides his time between residences in Venice, California, and in the foothills of North Carolina, a 60-acre farm which he hopes to turn into a writer's retreat.


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