Zach Galifianakis showed his support for marijuana legalization by firing up a joint on Real Time with Bill Maher in 2010. He played a stoner in Due Date and has co-starred in The Hangover movies.
Over the last few years, the red-bearded actor's star has risen with major movie and TV roles. Not bad for this former underground comic.
Born Oct. 1, 1969 in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, Galifianakis' stand-up act is reminiscent of Steven Wright's. He teamed up ouring with Brian Posehn, Patton Oswalt and Maria Bamford as part of The Comedians of Comedy in 2005. A movie and Comedy Central series about the tour followed.
In 2006, he appeared with Matt Walsh, Andrea Savage and A.D. Miles in the sketch-comedy show, Dog Bites Man, also on Comedy Central. He guested on Reno 911! and The Sarah Silverman Program (as a homeless guy). His Funny or Die web series Between Two Ferns hilariously sends up the talk-show format.
Galifianakis' breakthrough came in 2009 playing Alan in Todd Phillips' smash hit, The Hangover. Audiences fell in love with his deadpan humor and roly-poly character, which has led to bigger and better roles, such as Ethan in Due Date, Ray in HBO's quirky comedy Bored to Death and a reprise of Alan in The Hangover Part II. The Hangover Part III opens in May 24.
He's also appeared in Dinner for Schmucks, It's Kind of a Funny Story and The Campaign.
About his Real Time stunt, Galifianakis told Jimmy Fallon, "I don't know why that's such a big deal, that's not allowed on TV, but The Real Housewives of Atlanta is allowed."
During his monologue on Saturday Night Live on Mar. 12, 2011, he pointed to an easel with a sign that read, "Clap if you endorse legalized marijuana." The next sign said. "I smoke so much pot sometimes I forget to smoke it."
Galifianakis married Quinne Lundberg in 2012.