Zack Galifianakis is a popular stand-up comedian as much as he is a famous actor. He is the host of the widely successful web series, Between two ferns with Zack Galifianakis. The series revolves around the bearded comic conducting awkward and funny interviews with prominent personalities, ranging from politicians to movie stars and musicians.
Zachary Knight Galifianakis was born on the 1st of October 1969 in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. He attended Wilkesboro Central High school where he obtained his diploma. After that, the comic attended North Carolina State University to study communication. He, however, dropped out when he was just a credit away from obtaining his degree. Because of how successful his career has been, things about him and his family continue to pique the interest of many.
What You Should Know About The Family He Hails From
Zach Galifianakis hails from a family of five. His father has Greek heritage and his name is Harry. His mom, on the other hand, has Scottish ancestry and her name is Mary Frances. Galifianakis has two siblings; a sister named Merritt and a brother named Greg.
The comic has disclosed that his older brother used to ‘torture him’ when they were kids. He would stuff his mouth with dirty clothes and drag him naked across the lawn. All this was however done for childish fun.
Galifianakis has a ‘twin brother’ named Seth Galifianakis. However, Seth is not a real person but rather an alter ego. Seth is clean-shaven, has a small mustache, and only appears on rare occasions.
The comedian is related to Nick Galifianakis, a former U.S Congressman. In 1972, Nick ran for the U.S. Senate against Jesse Helms, Zach is Nick’s nephew. He also has a cousin named Nick Galifianakis and he is a Washington Post cartoonist.
Meet His Wife Quinn Lundberg
Galifianakis is married to a notable social activist named Quinn Lundberg. Lundberg is a Canadian national who relocated to The States in her 20s. She holds a bachelor’s degree in international conflict resolution from Hunter College, New York. She also has a master’s in public policy from the University of California.
Lundberg is the co-founder of at least two charity organizations; Loom and Growing Voices. Loom assists at-risk mothers and children. Growing Voices, on the other hand, partners with local charities to address the problems in their community.
Zach Galifianakis and Lundberg dated for several years before tying the knot on the 11th of August 2012. Their wedding ceremony took place at the UBC Farm in Vancouver, Canada.
The Couple Are Very Protective of Their Kids
The comic and his wife have two sons together. Their first son was born in September 2013 while the second was born in November 2016.
The couple has gone to great lengths to conceal the names of their kids. It has however emerged that their second son is named Rufus Emmanuel. The Galifianakis resides on a self-sustainable farm located in Sparta, North Carolina.
Zach Galifianakis Dropped Out of College and Embraced Stand-up Comedy
On dropping out of college, Zach started doing stand-up comedy in the back of a hamburger restaurant located in Times Square. He also performed at various coffee shops and university campuses, while scoring minor roles in TV sitcoms and movies.
Galifianakis rose to the limelight in the year 2000 when he appeared on the David Letterman late show. His performance that night was an unforgettable one and helped launched him to stardom.
Since then, he has performed numerous specials including the stand-up comedy classic, Zach Galifianakis Live at the Purple Onion. He has also appeared in several Comedy Central shows such as Dog Bites Man, The Sarah Silverman Show, Speed Freaks, and more. Additionally, the North Carolina native has featured in several music videos including “Can’t Tell Me Nothing” by Kanye West.
Playing Alan Garner In The Hangover Marked His Big Break After He Diversified Into Acting
Most successful entertainers have a work they are most known for; for Zach, it may be difficult to narrow it down but there is no doubt that being Alan Garner in The Hangover (2009), a comedy film directed by Todd Phillips, solidified his status as a talented and reputable actor and comedian.
Among other recognition the film earned him, the breakthrough role won him the MTV Movie & TV Awards for Best Comedic Performance. He would go on to reprise the role in The Hangover Part II (2011) and The Hangover Part III (2011).
In the years that followed, he has been a part of many popular works both in the small and big screen. For the latter, you will find the comedian in The Lego Batman Movie (2017), Masterminds (2016), Birdman (2014), The Campaign (2012), Puss in Boots (2011), and Due Date (2010). He has also found success in the small screen with Baskets, a comedy-drama series that premiered on FX in January 2016. From then to 2019, he played Chip Baskets/Dale Baskets in 40 episodes of the series which he didn’t only co-create but served as its writer and executive producer.
Zach Galifianakis’ Varied Source of Income Proves He’s a Versatile Entertainer
Zach Galifianakis has a fortune estimated at around $20 and $40 million. His wealth stems from his comedy specials as well as TV commercials. The North Carolina native was famously featured in a commercial for Absolut Vodka.
Another veritable source of income for the comic is movies. He has featured in popular movies and television shows, diversifying into writing and producing some. Apart from Baskets, he wrote and produced 2019’s Between Two Ferns: The Movie. He also produced 2012’s The Campaign, a political satire comedy film that grossed $104.9 million against a budget of $95 million.
Similarly, he served as a writer and producer of Dog Bites Man, an improvised comedy television show that aired on Comedy Central in 2006. The actor also voiced Ben in G-Force, a video game based on a film of the same title.
Based on the foregoing, one can conclude that acting is a major source of income for the comedian but doesn’t completely account for his massive net worth.