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A versatile actor with extensive credits, STEVE ZAHN (Cliff) 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 Special Jury Prize at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival and an Independent Spirit Award for Best Actor.

His recent starring role in MGM's Rescue Dawn, opposite Christian Bale for director Werner Herzog, prompted The New York Times to call him a "revelation” and led him to a Film Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Supporting Male.

Zahn was recently seen starring alongside Jennifer Aniston in MGM's Management, a romantic comedy about a motel manager (Zahn) who meets the woman of his dreams when a traveling saleswoman (Aniston) checks in. He was also seen in The Great Buck Howard, alongside Tom Hanks and John Malkovich, for Playtone/Bristol Bay Productions. His upcoming films include Night Train, alongside Danny Glover, and the independent film Calvin Marshall.

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

Zahn received critical acclaim for his scene-stealing portrayal of Glenn Michaels in Out of Sight, for director Steven 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 in 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 Strange Wilderness, Sahara, Chicken Little (as the voice of Runt), Bandidas, SubUrbia (in a reprisal of the role he created in the off-Broadway production), Shattered Glass, Daddy Day Care, National Security, Hamlet, Joy Ride, Saving Silverman, Safe Men, You've Got Mail, The Object of My Affection and the voices of Archie the bear in Dr. Dolittle 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, Massachusetts, 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 Horizons. 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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