David Schwimmer

Actor + Producer + Director
Born Nov 2, 1966

David Lawrence Schwimmer is an American actor and director of television and film. He was born in New York City, and his family moved to Los Angeles when he was two. He began his acting career performing in school plays at Beverly Hills High School. In 1988, he graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Arts in theater and speech. After graduation, Schwimmer co-founded the Lookingglass Theatre Company.… Read More

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1966 Birth Born on November 2, 1966.


1979 12 Years Old In 1979, Schwimmer went to a Shakespeare workshop given by English actor Ian McKellen in Los Angeles. … Read More
1984 17 Years Old In 1984, Schwimmer graduated from Beverly Hills High and wanted to go straight into acting, but his parents insisted he go to college first so he would have something to fall back on. … Read More
1986 19 Years Old …  Schwimmer based Ross on Nicolas Cage's role of Charlie from the 1986 film Peggy Sue Got Married. The show debuted on September 22, 1994, and was watched by almost 22 million American viewers. … Read More


1988 - 1992 2 More Events
1994 27 Years Old In 1994, Schwimmer was cast as Ross Geller in NBC's situation comedy Friends, a series that revolved around a group of friends who live near each other in Manhattan.
1995 28 Years Old For this performance, he earned an Emmy Award nomination in the category of Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series in 1995.
1996 29 Years Old Schwimmer starred in his first leading film role in the 1996 romantic comedy film, The Pallbearer with Gwyneth Paltrow. … Read More


1997 - 2001 3 More Events
2004 37 Years Old In March 2004, Schwimmer appeared as himself on HBO's comedy series Curb Your Enthusiasm. … Read More
…  Schwimmer made his West End stage debut in the leading role in Some Girl(s) in 2005.
In 2006, he made his Broadway debut in The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial.


Schwimmer made his feature film directorial debut with the 2007 comedy Run Fatboy Run.
The following year he made his Off-Broadway directorial debut in the 2008 production, Fault Lines.
2009 42 Years Old 1 More Event
In February 2009, he returned to theater in a Chicago production of Thornton Wilder's three-act play Our Town as George Gibbs at the Lookingglass Theatre. "Schwimmer... turns in a poignant, richly textured and demonstrably heartfelt performance as George Gibbs. … Read More
2010 43 Years Old In March 2010, Schwimmer announced their engagement and married Buckman in a small private ceremony that June.
2011 44 Years Old 1 More Event
On May 8, 2011, the couple had a daughter, Cleo Buckman Schwimmer. … Read More
2012 45 Years Old In 2012 he rebutted two longstanding rumors: one that he appeared as a soldier on a train in Biloxi Blues (1988), saying, "No. … Read More
2014 47 Years Old In 2014, it was announced that Schwimmer has been cast as the lead in the ABC comedy pilot Irreversible. … Read More
In 2016, he starred as lawyer Robert Kardashian in American Crime Story, for which he received his second Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie. … Read More
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