Steve Zahn Net Worth: How Rich is this Actor Actually

Steve Zahn is well-known for hit movies “Rescue Dawn” and “Sahara.” If you don’t know, he is an American actor and comedian from Marshall, Minnesota. Steve is not new to Hollywood stardom, having worked in various TV series, films, and Broadway shows during his 32 year career. In February 2023, Steve Zahn net worth is estimated to be $25 million.

Steven made his TV debut with the comedy series “Reality Bites” in 1994. After that, he acted in a number of movies throughout the 1990s, that includes ‘Forces of Nature’, ‘Out of Sight’, and ‘That Thing You Do!’.

Full NameSteven James Zahn
Popular NameSteve Zahn
Net Worth$25 million
Birth DateNovember 13, 1967 (age 55)
Birth PlaceMarshall, Minnesota, USA
ProfessionAmerican actor, comedian
WifeRobyn Peterman
Last UpdatedFebruary 2023
Steve Zahn Bio

Key Takeaways:

Early Life

Steve Zahn celebrates his birthday on November 13, 1967. He was born in Marshall, Minnesota to a Swedish dad and German Mom.

Steve’s father is Carleton Edward Zahn a Lutheran church preacher, and his mother was a bookshop clerk named Zelda Clair Zahn, who later became a YMCA supervisor.

For early educatio, he went to “Kennedy Elementary School, Minnesota.” Later his family moved to the Minneapolis suburbs, where he started participating in high school theatre and also became a multiple-time champion of the “Minnesota state speech” competition.

In 1986, Steve graduated from “Robbinsdale Cooper High School” with an intention to serve as a US Marine. However, he dropped out of “Gustavus Adolphus College” after seeing the West End musical theatre “Les Misérables” and deciding to pursue an career in acting.

Furthermore, Steve Zahn also attended Harvard University’s “Institute for Advanced Theater Training,” where he earned a master’s degree in fine arts.

Steve Zahn Net Worth And Career

Steve Zahn landed a role in 1991 in the production of Neil Simon’s Biofilm ‘Biloxi Blues’ after claiming to be a part of the Actors’ Equity Association.

His friends acknowledged that Zahn’s acting was so amazing that he entered the American Repertory Theatre and worked with various notable individuals in Hollywood, including theatre director Andrei Serban.

Steve Zahn also founded the Malaparte theatrical company with a group of actor colleagues, including Ethan Hawke and Robert Sean Leonard, in 1991.


After obtaining a career-changing part in “Reality Bites,” a romantic drama released in 1994. Zahn soon rose to fame with his acting skills in films such as “That Thing You Do!,” “You’ve Got Mail,” and “Out of Sight.”

Zahn made his feature film debut in 1999 with the critically acclaimed independent film “Happy, Texas.” He received a Special Jury Award at the “Sundance Film Festival” for it.

He got an “Oscar buzz” for his performance in ‘Riding in Cars with Boys.’ Zahn has also appeared on TV, portraying Davis McClary in some episodes of HBO series “Treme.”

In an interview Steve mentioned in 2017 that his part as Bad Ape in the film ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ was the most difficult character he has ever done.


Zahn played the role of Ronnie La Fontaine in the sitcom “Modern Family” between 2014 until 2015. Later, he was cast as the lead in comedy-thriller TV series “Mad Dogs,” that aired on Amazon Prime Video.

As of 2022, Steve Zahn appeared in ‘8-Bit Christmas’ an HBO Max official Christmas comedy. Nowadays, he is playing the lead role in HBO’s drama serial ‘The White Lotus’. He is not very active on social media, Steve’s official Instagram account has over 100k followers.

Recently, Steve had been working in his lastest acting project “Your Place or Mine,” a romatic-comedy movie that is set to release on February 10, 2023.

Personal Life

When Steve Zahn was on a promotional tour of ‘Bye bye Birdie’, in 1991, he met his better half, Robyn Peterman, the daughter of J. Peterman, a American entrepreneur.

In 1994, they happily wedded and now they are raising two children, Henry and Audrey. They still live in Lexington, Kentucky, in a 360-acre farmhouse. Steve’s spouse operates a local town hall, where Zahn sometimes performs.

In 2007, for all his accomplishments as an actor “Northern Kentucky University” awarded Steve Zahn with an honorary Doctoral degree in Fine Arts.

Steve Zahn Net Worth

In 2023, Steve Zahn is recorded to have a combined net worth of $25 million. Most of which he had earned from his passionate acting in various blockbuster films and TV series.

He had managed to make good money by working as a lead in movies “Cowboys,” “War for the Planet of the Apes,” and “Night Train”

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