Steve Zahn
Steve Zahn
as Jude Ellis

Actor Biography

A versatile actor with extensive credits, Steve Zahn has received critical praise for his work on both stage and screen. Recent films include War for the Planet of the Apes, Lean on Pete and the 2018 releases Blaze and Robodog. On the small screen, he is the lead in ABC's midseason drama The Crossing

As part of the cast of Dallas Buyers Club, Zahn was nominated for the SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. He can be seen opposite Viggo Mortensen, Ann Dowd and Frank Langella in Matt Ross' film Captain Fantastic. His starring role in Werner Herzog's Rescue Dawn opposite Christian Bale prompted the New York Times to call him a "revelation" and resulted in an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Zahn's film work also includes Management (starring alongside Jennifer Aniston), Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules, A Perfect Getaway, The Great Buck Howard, Joy Ride and Night Train.
Zahn's television credits include four seasons on the acclaimed HBO series Treme; Comanche Moon, alongside Val Kilmer and Rachel Griffiths; and USA's Monk as Tony Shaloub's half-brother. He was the lead opposite Christian Slater in ABC's Mind Games, recurred on Modern Family as Ty Burrell's neighbor Ronnie and was the lead role of the series Mad Dogs for Amazon Studios.
Zahn has received critical acclaim for his scene-stealing work as Glenn Michaels in Out of Sight and for his heartbreaking turn as a drug-addicted father in the Penny Marshall-directed film Riding in Cars with Boys. His standout performance in Miramax Films' Happy, Texas garnered him numerous accolades, including a Grand Jury Special Actor Award at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival and an Independent Spirit Award for Best Actor. 
Zahn was first introduced to improvisational theater in high school where he crashed the audition of a local production of Biloxi Blues, winning the lead role in the play. 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.
Zahn went on to star in various theater productions and caught the eye of director Ben Stiller, who cast him in what would be Zahn's feature film debut, Reality Bites. His breakthrough performance was for Tom Hanks' directorial debut, That Thing You Do! as Lenny.