Hollywood comedian Zach Galifianakis became a godfather on his ancestral island of Crete to the daughter of his first cousin Nikolaos Galifianakis.
Sunday's baptism of little Katerina took place in the Church of the Prophet Elias in Chania, while the sacrament of baptism was preceded by the wedding of her parents, Nea Kriti reported.
Zach Galifianakis is a second generation Greek, originally from Heraklion.
He lived in Los Angeles and recently decided with his family to move to Canada and live in a farmhouse.
The comedian rarely visits Greece - his first trip to Crete was when he was fourteen years old, and then again a few years ago.
Galifianakis was born in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, on October 1, 1969. His mother is of Scottish-Irish heritage while his paternal grandparents were Greek immigrants from Crete. He was baptized in his father’s Greek Orthodox faith.
In August 2012, the comedian married Canadian charity worker Quinn Lundberg at the UBC Farm in Vancouver.
They have two sons together: one born on September 7, 2013 (Galifianakis skipped the premiere of his film Are You Here to be at the birth of his son) and another born on November 7, 2016.
Galifianakis owns a farm in Sparta, North Carolina and splits his time between the farm and his work. He said, “My farm is a place that I get to think clearly and pretend to know what I am doing.”
He has starred in films including The Hangover trilogy (2009–2013), Due Date (2010), The Campaign (2012), Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014) and Masterminds (2016).
The American-Cretan has also voiced characters in animated films such as Puss in Boots (2011), The Lego Batman Movie (2017), Missing Link (2019), The Bob’s Burgers Movie (2022), and Ron’s Gone Wrong (2021).
Galifianakis currently hosts the Funny or Die website talk show Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis. He starred in the FX series Baskets and was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a comedy series in 2017.
In January 2014, Galifianakis and his Night of a Thousand Vaginas co-star, Sarah Silverman, announced their intention to raise $20,000 to help fund the Texas Abortion Fund, part of a nationwide network of funds set up to assist women in obtaining abortions in states whose legislatures had placed restrictions on the practice.
The fundraiser was set up in response to the passage of Texas H.B. 2, which established several restrictions that forced a majority of the state’s abortion clinics to close.
Galifianakis befriended Marie “Mimi” Haist, a homeless woman in her 80s who had been living in a Santa Monica laundromat for eighteen years and bought her an apartment across the street from the laundromat. The story was revealed in the 2015 documentary Queen Mimi.