b. 7 Sept 1946, Stuttgart, Germany. A movie director and actor, primarily for the theater, Zaks was informed at Dartmouth University and Smith University in america, before teaching for the stage with Curt Dempster. He produced his first primary stage appearance in 1974, playing the part of Kenickie in the Broadway revival of Grease. Through the following six years, aswell as executing in straight theater in NY and various various other US metropolitan areas, he was observed in the Broadway musicals The 1940s’ Radio Hour (as Neil Tilden, 1978) as well as the critically acclaimed Tintypes (as Charlie, 1980). Zaks begun to immediate in the first 80s, but, aside from working on a significant US local tour of Tintypes, as well as the 1987 Broadway revival of Anything Runs, the majority of his initiatives during that 10 years were worried about nonmusical productions. He also offered as resident movie director at Lincoln Center Theater from 1986-90. Through the 90s, Zaks’ popularity as an exceptionally inventive ‘get good at comedy strategist’ continues to be affirmed along with his path of the extremely successful revivals from the musicals Men And Dolls (1992) and A Crazy Thing Happened ON THE PATH TO The Community forum (1996) – both looking Nathan Street. He also helmed the Leiber And Stoller revue Smokey Joe’s Café (1995), Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s Assassins (1991, off-Broadway), and pop tale Paul Simon’s debut Broadway present, The Capeman (1998). Later in 1998, he got over as movie director from the Broadway-bound musical The Civil Battle, following its tryout on the Alley Theater in Houston, Tx. Zaks earned a Tony Prize for Men And Dolls, and three others for THE HOME Of Blue Leaves (1986), Lend Me A Tenor (1989), and Six LEVELS OF Parting (1991). His various other honours possess included Outer Group, Obie, and Dilemma League awards. Furthermore, he was the 1994 receiver of the George Abbott Prize for Lifetime Accomplishment In The Theater, and in 1998 a concert tribute in his honour was shown on the Outfit Theater in NY. In 1996, he produced his film debut, directing Meryl Streep, Diane Keaton, Leonardo di Caprio, and Robert DeNiro in Marvin’s Space.