Chip Zien is an American actor. He is best known for playing the lead role of Baker in the original Broadway production of Into the Woods by Stephen Sondheim. He has appeared in all of the “Marvin Stories” musicals by William Finn: In Trousers, March of the Falsettos, Falsettoland and Falsettos.
Zien played the role of Thénardier in the Broadway production of Les Misérables and Mark Rothenberg in the film United 93.
Chip Zien Age
Zien was born on March 20, 1947 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S. (he is 75 years old as of 2022)
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Chip Zien Net worth
Chip has a net worth of approximately $34 million as of 2023.
He graduated from Whitefish Bay High School and he later joined the University of Pennsylvania where he graduated with a B.A degree, while at the university he was the chairman of the Mask and Wig Club, the nation’s oldest all-male collegiate musical comedy troupe.
Chip Zien Wife
Chip Zien’s wife is Susan Pilarre.
Chip Zien’s first major role in acting started in 1977 at the Manhattan Theater Club in Ron Cowen’s, Seth Glassman’s and Sandy Naishtat’s musical The Redemption Center, playing opposite Alice Playten as the young couple.
In its sequels, March of the Falsettos and Falsettoland, this role was played by Michael Rupert, while Zien played Mendel, a role he reprised when these two one-act musicals were joined together and played Broadway as Falsettos in 1992.
In 1998, he was featured in another Finn musical when he played a children’s show host called Mr. Bungee, dressed as a frog, in A New Brain Off-Broadway at the Lincoln Center Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater.
He appeared in the Off-Broadway play by Wendy Wasserstein Isn’t It Romantic in a Playwrights Horizons production at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, opening in June 1984. n 2005, he played the part of Goran in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang on Broadway.
From April 1 to June 19, 2011, he appeared in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of The People in the Picture, which played at Studio 54 on Broadway. He played the Mysterious Man, the father of the character he had originated in the original production 26 years prior.
Chip Zien Film and television roles
In 1973, he made his television debut on an episode of Love, American Style. More guest roles in television followed, and in the early 1980s, he began a stream of regular TV roles.
Sidney’s cancellation, Zien was cast in a similar role on the ABC sitcom Reggie, an American adaptation of the British series The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin. In 1987, he then starred on the short-lived films of CBS drama Shell Game in 1987.
In the 1990s, Zien was part of the ensemble cast of the CBS sitcom Almost Perfect, playing neurotic screenwriter Gary Karp. He would return to regular roles in daytime drama, first on Guiding Light in early 1999, and by that summer, as newspaper reporter Donald Steele on All My Children, a role that would last until 2001. From 1999 to 2000, he had a recurring guest role on the CBS primetime drama Now and Again as Gerald Misenbach.
Chip Zien Albums
- Into the Woods (Original Broadway Cast Recording)
Chip Zien Movies
- Howard the Duck 1986
- United 93 2006
- Snake Eyes (film) 1998
- The Siege 1998
- Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle 1994
- The Rose (film) 1979
- Into the Woods 1991
- Grace Quigley 1985
- Aaron’s Magic Village 1995
- Hello Again 1987
- Breakfast of Champions 1999
- Approaching a Breakthrough 2017
- Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead 2009
- Cagney & Lacey: The View Through the Glass Ceiling 1995
- Quiet Killer 1992
- Cagney & Lacey: True Convictions 1996
- Brooklyn Thrill Killers 1999
- Aaron and the Book of Wonders
- Inseparable 2006
- The Night Of 2016
- Almost Perfect 1995-1997
- Shell Game (TV series) 1987
- Reggie (TV series) 1983
- Love, Sidney 1981-1983
House of cards
There’s a new President in charge of House of Cards season 6, which sees former lead Kevin Spacey excised from the picture and a new cast of characters enter to cause problems for Claire Underwood.
The Netflix series faced a difficult situation when Spacey faced multiple accusations of sexual assault, and the decision was made to write Frank Underwood out of the show entirely.
When House of Cards season 6 begins, Frank is already dead and buried – but Claire still has to deal with the fallout of his many crimes.
To that end, here’s a handy guide to the new and returning cast.
The transition from a show with Spacey as the lead to a show that doesn’t have Spacey in it at all was made easier by the fact that, at the end of House of Cards season 5, Claire had already become President and had turned her back on her husband – defeating him, if only temporarily.