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Also Known As: Zen Brant Gesner Died:
Born: June 23, 1970 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Van Nuys, California, USA Profession: actor

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The dashing, darkly handsome Zen Gesner brought swashbuckling into the 1990s starring in the title role in the syndicated series "The Adventures of Sinbad" (1996-98). Although a native of Southern California, the athletic actor was well trained to be the adventurer of lore, having excelled in fencing and stage fighting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. The son of actress Nan Martin, Gesner began acting professionally after attending Santa Monica High School, joining the South Coast Repertory Theatre in Orange County, CA. After attending LAMDA and serving as assistant to the fight director for the Royal Opera House in London, Gesner returned to the USA. He made his feature film debut playing the small--but noticed--role of an FBI agent in "Dumb and Dumber" (1996), directed by his brother-in-law Peter Farrelly. Gesner, who surfed extensively in his youth, also played a surfer in the Chris Isaak music video "Somebody's Crying" and reteamed with his in-law for a featured role in "Kingpin" (1996), opposite Woody Harrelson and Randy Quaid.

The dashing, darkly handsome Zen Gesner brought swashbuckling into the 1990s starring in the title role in the syndicated series "The Adventures of Sinbad" (1996-98). Although a native of Southern California, the athletic actor was well trained to be the adventurer of lore, having excelled in fencing and stage fighting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. The son of actress Nan Martin, Gesner began acting professionally after attending Santa Monica High School, joining the South Coast Repertory Theatre in Orange County, CA. After attending LAMDA and serving as assistant to the fight director for the Royal Opera House in London, Gesner returned to the USA. He made his feature film debut playing the small--but noticed--role of an FBI agent in "Dumb and Dumber" (1996), directed by his brother-in-law Peter Farrelly. Gesner, who surfed extensively in his youth, also played a surfer in the Chris Isaak music video "Somebody's Crying" and reteamed with his in-law for a featured role in "Kingpin" (1996), opposite Woody Harrelson and Randy Quaid.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Movie 43 (2013)
2.
 Hall Pass (2011)
3.
 Fever Pitch (2005)
4.
 Ringer, The (2005)
5.
 Boat Trip (2003)
6.
 Knee High P.I. (2003)
7.
 Shallow Hal (2001)
8.
10.
 Soldier Boyz (1996) Guard No 1
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1996:
Starred in syndcated series "The Adventures of Sinbad"
2000:
Appeared in "Me, Myself & Irene"
1975:
At age five was directed by mother in a short film (date approximate)
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Made Los Angeles debut opposite his mother in a radio play production of "Leocadia"
1996:
Played a surfer in Chis Isaak music video, "Somebody's Crying"
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After graduation from LAMDA served as assistant to the Fight Director of the Royal Opera House, London
1998:
Had small role in "There's Something About Mary"
1998:
Joined cast of ABC daytime drama "All My Children" (September)
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Joined South Coast Repertory Company (in California), after high school graduation
1996:
Made first screen appearance playing an FBI agent in "Dumb and Dummber", director by his brother-in-law Peter Farrelly
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Education

Santa Monica High School: Santa Monica, California -
London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA): -

Notes

Gesner's first name is in homage to the Japanese religious sect.

He has an advanced certificate from The Society of British Fight Directors; he also knows fire blowing

"Sword-fighting has always been a passion of mine. I've always liked the old swashbuckling films, like Errol Flynn and Burt Lancaster and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. movies. And I grew up going to Renaissance faires when I was really young. My dad used to take me along, and I used to shoot bow and arrow and watch the knights jousting. I just loved that stuff. I love that period in history." --Zen Gesner to TV GUIDE ON-LINE, April 2, 1997

"Oh, God, I'd love to do Hamlet. That play has it all, really. It has sword-fighting, it has ghosts, it has, you know, magic, poison, treachery, villainy of the highest degree. It's got it all. Yeah, I'd love to do Hamlet. But I'd love to do any of those plays. It's a touch choice." --Zen Gesner to TV GUIDE ON-LINE, April 2, 1997

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wife:
Cynthia Farrelly Gesner. Attorney, actor. Married July 29, 1995 in Massachusetts; sister of writer-directors Peter and Bobby Farrelly.

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father:
Harry Gesner. Architect. Born c. 1923.
mother:
Nan Martin. Actor. Born on July 15, 1928; previously married to musician Robert Dolan.
half-brother:
Casey Martin Dolan. Musician. Born on January 7, 1954.
son:
Finn Harry Gesner. Born on July 24, 1997 in Capetown, South Africa.
son:
Rory Farrelly Gesner. Born on October 9, 2000 in Santa Monica, California.
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