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STEVE ZAHN (Frank Heffley) has received critical praise for
his work on both stage and screen. His standout performance in "Happy, Texas"
won him a Grand Jury Special Actor Award at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival and
an Independent Spirit Award for Best Actor. His starring role opposite Christian
Bale in "Rescue Dawn" for director Werner Herzog, won Zahn an Independent Spirit
Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
Zahn's credits include a starring role opposite Jennifer Aniston in the
romantic comedy "Management"; "A Perfect Getaway" with Timothy Olyphant and
Milla Jovovich; "The Great Buck Howard," alongside Tom Hanks and John Malkovich;
and "Night Train," also starring Danny Glover.
Zahn made his screen debut in Ben Stiller's "Reality Bites," which led to
Zahn's breakthrough performance in Tom Hanks' directorial debut, "That Thing You
Do!" in which Zahn portrayed Lenny, the lead guitarist for The Wonders, a
struggling band that rises to fame after releasing a top-forty single.
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." Additional credits include: "Strange Wilderness,"
"Sahara," "Chicken Little" (as the voice of Runt), "Bandidas," "Suburbia"
(reprising 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,"
"Speak," and voice roles in "Dr. Dolittle 2," "Stuart Little" and "Stuart Little
On television Zahn stars in creator/executive producer David Simon's "Treme"
for HBO. The post-Katrina-themed drama chronicles the rebuilding of New Orleans
through the eyes of several musicians. Zahn had a starring role alongside Val
Kilmer and Rachel Griffiths in "Comanche Moon." In this prequel to "Lonesome
Dove," written by Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana, Zahn portrayed Gus McCrae,
the role made famous by Robert Duvall in "Lonesome Dove." Additionally, Zahn
guest starred as Tony Shaloub's half-brother on the series "Monk."
A native of Marshall, Minnesota, Zahn was 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." He then landed a role opposite Ethan Hawke in
"Sophistry" at the renowned Playwright's Horizon.
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