A PERFECT GETAWAY
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 "revelationâ€ť
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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