Zach Galifianakis was born in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, to Mary Frances (Cashion), who owned a community arts center, and Harry Galifianakis, a heating oil vendor. His father is of Greek descent and his mother is of mostly English and Scottish ancestry. Zach moved to New York City after failing his last college class by one point. Zach got his start performing his brand of humor in the back of a hamburger joint in Times Square. He toured the country, performing in coffee shops and universities. After more than a decade performing stand-up and making both television and film appearances, Zach broke through to wider recognition with his co-starring role as "Alan Garner", in the comedy mega-hit, Последният ергенски запой (2009). Later that year, he played a large role in the CGI-heavy kids movie, G-Force: Специален отряд (2009), and then appeared in memorable supporting parts in the films, Високо в небето (2009) (as a laid-off employee), Youth in Revolt (2009) (as a loutish stepfather), and Вечеря за идиоти (2010), as one of the title characters. More recently, he co-starred with Keir Gilchrist in the teen dramedy, Нещо като забавна история (2010), with Robert Downey Jr. in the road trip comedy, Път с предимство (2010), and alongside Will Ferrell in the political spoof, Кампанията (2012). He also voiced "Humpty Dumpty" in the animated film, Котаракът в чизми (2011), and reprised his character in both Поредният ергенски запой (2011) and Ергенският запой Част III (2013). In 2014, he appeared in the winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture, Бърдмен, или Неочакваната добродетел на невежеството (2014), and in 2016, he starred in the comedies Баш обирджии (2016) and Семейство Джоунс (2016), released three weeks apart. When not performing and acting, Zach spends time at his home in the mountains of his native North Carolina, where he hopes to open a writer's retreat on a completely self-sustained farm.