Zachary Knight "Zach" Galifianakis is an American stand-up comedian and actor known for his numerous film and television appearances including his own Comedy Central Presents special. While initially more of an "underground" comedian, he garnered mainstream attention for his role as Alan Garner in the comedy film The Hangover and its sequel The Hangover Part II.
Zach Galifianakis was born in Wilkesboro, North Carolina.His mother, Mary Frances, ran a community center for the arts, and his father, Harry Galifianakis, was a heating oil vendor. Galifianakis' paternal grandparents emigrated from Crete, Greece,and Galifianakis was baptized in his father's Greek Orthodox faith. His mother is of Scots-Irish descent. He has two siblings, a younger sister, Merritt, and an older brother, Greg. His uncle, Nick Galifianakis, was a congressman from North Carolina between 1967 and 1973. He attended Wilkes Central High School, and subsequently attended but did not graduate from North Carolina State University, where he was a communications major.
Actor: (TV series) Boston Common, 1996—97, Apartment 2F, 1997, Tru Calling, 2003—05, Reno 911, 2005—07, Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!, 2007—08, Bored to Death, 2009—; (films) The King and Me, 1999, Flushed, 1999, Heartbreakers, 2001, Bubble Boy, 2001, Corky Romano, 2001, Out Cold, 2001, Below, 2002, Zach & Avery of Fergus, 2004, The Pity Card, 2006, Into the Wild, 2007, Have Tig at Your Party, 2008, What Happens in Vegas, 2008, Visioneers, 2008, Gigantic, 2008, It's the Ass 'n Balls Show!, 2008, The Hangover, 2009 (Best Comedic Performance, MTV Movie Awards, 2010), G-Force, 2009, The Ballad of G.I. Joe, 2009, Youth in Revolt, 2009, Dinner for Schmucks, 2010, It's Kind of a Funny Story, 2010; (TV films) Last Laugh '04, 2004; performer (TV Special) Comedy Central Presents: Zach Galifianakis, 2001, writer, actor (TV films) Next!, 2002, co-exec. producer, host (TV series) Late World with Zach, 2002, producer, writer, actor Dog Bites Man, 2006, writer, performer (film films) The Comedians of Comedy, 2005, co-creator (TV films) Speed Freaks, 2008, appearances include (web episodes) Funnyordie.com, 2009, comedian (DVD) Look Who It Isn't, The Purple Onion, 2006