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Chip Zien is an American actor. He is best known for playing the lead role of the Baker in the original Broadway production of Into the Woods by Stephen Sondheim. Later he played the role of Buzz Richards in Applause at City Center Encores!, Thenardier in the Broadway production of Les Miserables and in the films Howard the Duck as Howard and United 93 as Mark Rothenberg.
Zien's first major role was as Marvin in William Finn's first musical, In Trousers. 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. Several years later, Zien was featured in another Finn musical when he played a bizarre children's show host called Mr. Bungee in A New Brain. He also starred on Broadway in Grand Hotel (as Otto Kringelein), The Boys from Syracuse (as Dromio of Ephesus), The Suicide (as Victor Victorovich), Into the Woods (as the Baker) and Ride the Winds (as Inari). He provided the voice of the title character in George Lucas' Howard the Duck.