A native of Marshall, Minnesota, STEVE ZAHN (Tucker) was first introduced to improvisational theater in high school. After completing his freshman year at Gustavus-Adolphus College, he crashed the auditions for a local production of Biloxi Blues -- and won the lead role in the play. Following the run of the show, he trained for two years at the prestigious American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts before moving to New York and being cast in the Tommy Tune-staged national tour of Bye Bye Birdie.
Following the latter tour, he originated the role of Buff in Eric Bogosian's SubUrbia in its premiere staging at Lincoln Center and was then cast opposite Ethan Hawke in Jonathan Marc Sherman's Sophistry in its premiere staging at Playwrights Horizons. His performance caught the eye of director Ben Stiller, who cast him in Reality Bites. His breakthrough movie role, in Tom Hanks' feature directorial debut, That Thing You Do!, soon followed.
Among his other early movies were SubUrbia, in which Mr. Zahn starred in the role he had previously played on stage, directed by Richard Linklater; Nicholas Hytner's The Object of My Affection; John Hamburg's Safe Men; Steven Soderbergh's Out of Sight; Nora Ephron's You've Got Mail; and Mark Illsley's Happy, Texas. His performance in the latter brought him an Independent Spirit Award, as well as a Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.
His films have also included Penny Marshall's Riding in Cars with Boys; in voiceover, Rob Minkoff's two Stuart Little movies; Dennis Dugan's National Security and Saving Silverman; Michael Almereyda's Hamlet; Ethan Hawke's Chelsea Walls; Billy Ray's Shattered Glass; Breck Eisner's Sahara, with Matthew McConaughey of Dallas Buyers Club; Jessica Sharzer's Speak, alongside Kristen Stewart; Sean McGinly's The Great Buck Howard; Christine Jeffs' Sunshine Cleaning; Stephen Belber's Management, opposite Jennifer Aniston; David Twohy's A Perfect Getaway; and the three Diary of a Wimpy Kid movies, directed respectively by Thor Freudenthal and David Bowers. Mr. Zahn's performance opposite Christian Bale in Werner Herzog's Rescue Dawn earned him an Independent Spirit Award nomination.
He recently completed filming a fourth and final season of the acclaimed television series Treme. Among his other notable television work are his guest appearances on Friends and Monk; a segment directed by Tom Hanks for the From the Earth to the Moon miniseries; and his starring role with Karl Urban in the Lonesome Dove prequel miniseries Comanche Moon, directed by Simon Wincer. Currently, he is starring in the new television series Mind Games, created by Kyle Killen, with Christian Slater.