David Schwimmer
Actor, producer, director
David Schwimmer
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.
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Ross Geller’s Rate My Professor Page Gets An A+
Huffington Post - 3 months
Ross Geller might not have a great British accent, but he has a pretty impressive Rate My Professor review.  Geller’s Rate My Professor page resurfaced this week in all of its joy and hilarity, thanks to BuzzFeed. The lovable paleontologist “Friends” character, who has a Ph.D. from Columbia University and was played by David Schwimmer, is a tenured professor at New York University. He’s got a 3.8 rating and a chili pepper to boot. While students don’t love his rollerblading habits, they appreciate his understanding of the true meaning of “a break.”  Whether or not Geller is a particularly good paleontologist is another question entirely.  -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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The One Where Courteney Cox Grills Lisa Kudrow On 'Friends' Trivia
Huffington Post - 5 months
Lisa Kudrow has officially lived up to the promise of the “Friends” theme song to be there for her BFFs by appearing once again on Courteney Cox’s game show, “Celebrity Name Game” (yes, it’s a thing). This time, Cox cranked the nostalgia meter up a couple notches by putting her former co-star in the hot seat for a lightning round of “Friends” trivia.   Kudrow, who’s admitted to a spotty “Friends” memory, fared pretty well, readily answering questions about “Smelly Cat,” Jennifer Aniston and Chandler Bing. But the running clock wound down to zero before she could correctly identify Cox’s impression of former co-star David Schwimmer. Could it have BEEN any more obvious?  For the record, any casual “Friends” viewer can answer softballs questions about Joey’s catchphrase or who worked at Central Perk, but only a die-hard fan could uncover the true identity of the Ugly Naked Guy.  -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffing ...
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WATCH: David Schwimmer on His Emmy Nomination and What to Expect at the Awards Show
ABC News - 5 months
ABC News' Olivia Smith and Florinda Ricks interview actor David Schwimmer at the 2016 Emmy Awards.
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Here Are All The 2016 Emmy Award Winners
Huffington Post - 5 months
It’s TV’s biggest night and, once again, “Game of Thrones” is your best bet for Sunday night’s big winner, since the HBO show leads the 68th annual Emmy Awards with 23 nominations, followed closely by “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson” with 22 noms.  Yes, tonight is the night when all your favorite shows and stars will battle it out live from the Microsoft Theater in Downtown Los Angeles. Though we are fairly certain “GoT” will dominate in the Outstanding Drama category, the show is up against “Homeland,” “House of Cards,” “Mr. Robot,” “Downton Abbey,” ”Better Call Saul” and “The Americans” for the top honor. Meanwhile, Jimmy Kimmel, who hosted the award show in 2012, returns as this year’s host.  He warned People that his famous friends should consider themselves targets for good natured ridicule, since he knows they’ll be able to handle it.  “The people with whom I’m actually friendly are in the most danger usually because I know they can take a joke,” Kimm ...
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Watch: David Schwimmer on 'Feed the Beast' and Moving Past 'Friends'
ABC News - 8 months
Schwimmer appears on Popcorn With Peter Travers to talk about his new AMC series and the unlikely 'Friends' reunion that everybody wants to see.
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Snapshot: David Schwimmer on Life After Ross and His Role in ‘Feed the Beast’
NYTimes - 9 months
The actor, who will always be known for “Friends,” takes on his first role as a series regular in more than a decade in this AMC series.
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'Feed the Beast' with David Schwimmer is starved for a bit of levity
LATimes - 9 months
Early on in “Feed the Beast,” AMC’s dismal next (it certainly does not seem new) troubled-white-guy drama, Tommy Moran, a widower played by David Schwimmer, visits his grief support group. As he takes a seat in the circle, it is impossible not to be reminded that Matthew Perry, Schwimmer’s former...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of David Schwimmer
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Age 49
    In January 2016, it was announced that Schwimmer and Jim Sturgess would be starring in the new AMC crime drama, Feed the Beast.
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    In 2016, Schwimmer played Robert Kardashian in the first season of the FX anthology series American Crime Story.
    More Details Hide Details The series was developed by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski and was based on the novel, The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson by Jeffrey Toobin.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Schwimmer was born in Flushing, Queens, New York City, to attorneys Arthur and Arlene Coleman-Schwimmer. He has an older sister named Ellie (born 1965). His family subsequently moved to Los Angeles, where Schwimmer had his first experiences of acting at the age of 10 when he was cast as the fairy godmother in a Jewish version of Cinderella.
  • 2014
    Age 47
    In 2014, it was announced that Schwimmer has been cast as the lead in the ABC comedy pilot Irreversible.
    More Details Hide Details He would play "one half of a somewhat eccentric, self-absorbed couple" in his first comedic television role since Friends finished in 2004.
  • 2012
    Age 45
    In 2012 he rebutted two longstanding rumors: one that he appeared as a soldier on a train in Biloxi Blues (1988), saying, "No.
    More Details Hide Details I don't know why that's on IMDb, but I never was in that", and the other that he is related to dancer Lacey Schwimmer, saying, "No, not at all. Please set the record straight. I guess it's a natural assumption because we have the same last name, but no. I've never even met her".
  • 2011
    Age 44
    In November 2011, he gave the Scottish charity Children 1st permission to screen his film Trust to commemorate World Day for Prevention of Child Abuse and Violence against Children.
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    On May 8, 2011, the couple had a daughter, Cleo Buckman Schwimmer.
    More Details Hide Details In June 2006, Schwimmer won a US$400,000 defamation lawsuit against Aaron Tonken, a former charity fundraiser. Tonken claimed Schwimmer had demanded Rolex watches in order to appear at his own charity event, a claim that Schwimmer had denied. Schwimmer is an active director of the Rape Treatment Center in Santa Monica, which specializes in helping victims of date rape and child rape. He has also campaigned for legislation to ban drugs such as Rohypnol and GHB.
  • 2010
    Age 43
    In March 2010, Schwimmer announced their engagement and married Buckman in a small private ceremony that June.
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  • 2009
    Age 42
    On August 2, 2009, Schwimmer played himself in the sixth season of the HBO television series, Entourage.
    More Details Hide Details In the episode, Ari Gold's (Jeremy Piven) agency tries to steer his career back to television. Schwimmer directed his second feature, Trust, starring Clive Owen and Catherine Keener. The film, a drama, is about a family whose teenage daughter becomes victim of an online sexual predator. Trust premiered at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival. On January 1, 2011, Schwimmer guest-starred on the British comedy series Come Fly With Me starring Matt Lucas and David Walliams, whom he directed in Little Britain USA.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details I've seen a fair bit of Schwimmer's post-Friends stage work in London and New York, and I've never seen him better", commented the Chicago Tribune.
  • 2008
    Age 41
    In October 2008, Schwimmer made his Off-Broadway directorial debut in Fault Lines at the Cherry Lane Theatre in New York.
    More Details Hide Details The production won a mixed review from the Los Angeles Times, which wrote: "Based on Fault Lines... we can't really tell whether Schwimmer has much talent as a director. We're surprised he didn't try something more challenging for his debut. If not much else, Schwimmer has encouraged his actors to intense their energy levels and comic timing at all costs". The New York Post, however, noted that Schwimmer "knows a thing or two about freewheeling banter... and for a good while the play crackles with terrific dialogue, expertly delivered".
    The success of Madagascar led Schwimmer to return to the role of Melman in the 2008 sequel, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa.
    More Details Hide Details The film earned US$603 million at the international box office. Schwimmer took part in directing in-studio segments for Little Britain USA, an American spinoff of the British BBC television series Little Britain. In regard to this, he commented that he had "a good time directing episodes" for the show.
    The following year he made his Off-Broadway directorial debut in the 2008 production, Fault Lines.
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  • 2007
    Age 40
    In 2007, Schwimmer and British artist Zoë Buckman began a relationship.
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    On November 8, 2007, Schwimmer made a guest appearance in the second season of the television series 30 Rock, where he played Greenzo, an NBC environmental mascot.
    More Details Hide Details The following year, he was part of an ensemble cast that included Kate Beckinsale, Matt Dillon, Alan Alda, Angela Bassett, and Noah Wyle in the thriller Nothing But the Truth (2008). The movie received generally favorable reviews.
    Schwimmer made his directorial feature debut in the 2007 British comedy film Run Fatboy Run.
    More Details Hide Details The film stars Simon Pegg as a man who signs up for a marathon (he is out of shape) to convince his former fiancée and five-year-old son that he has turned his life around. When asked why he decided to direct the film, Schwimmer said: "As a director, I was struck by the challenge that I thought the script presented, which was that it was kind of three films in one. You had some great, big physical comedy, and I thought funny dialogue and characters. And then there was some real emotion to it with the relationship between the father and the son and the romance aspect". Run Fatboy Run garnered mixed reception, with the New York Daily News rating it one-and-a-half out of five stars and writing, "Most disappointing is how Schwimmer—who spent 10 seasons on a sitcom filled with hyperverbal characters—manages to bumble 'Fatboy's' tender moments". USA Today, however, was favorable towards Schwimmer, reporting he possesses filmmaking finesse "having wisely chosen strong comic material for his debut behind the camera". For his directorial work, he was nominated for a British Independent Film Award in the category of Best Debut Director.
    Schwimmer made his feature film directorial debut with the 2007 comedy Run Fatboy Run.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2006
    Age 39
    His next film role was in the 2006 black comedy Big Nothing, in which he played a bitter, unemployed scientist.
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    In 2006, he made his Broadway debut in Herman Wouk's two-act play The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial.
    More Details Hide Details Schwimmer played the role of Lieutenant Barney Greenwald in the production, which was directed by Jerry Zaks. In an interview with New York magazine, he revealed that he had wanted to try Broadway, however said "a couple of things came up that just never quite felt right. Either because I liked the play but wasn’t hot on the director, or there was another star attached that I wasn't jazzed about working with". He further added that when showed a copy of Wouk's novel " I was shocked at how good the writing was".
    In 2006, he made his Broadway debut in The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial.
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  • 2005
    Age 38
    Schwimmer starred on the London stage in May 2005, with Catherine Tate, Lesley Manville, Sara Powell, and Saffron Burrows, in Neil LaBute's Some Girl(s) at the Gielgud Theatre.
    More Details Hide Details In the production, he plays a teacher who is ready to settle down and marry, but decides to visit four ex-girlfriends first. For his performance, Schwimmer received critical reviews. The Independent wrote that Schwimmer "is not called upon to extend his range nearly as far as one might have expected in Some Girl(s). Schwimmer remains bland, competent, and boyish—though not fatally boyish in the manner that appears to have turned these women on". However, Charles Spencer of The Daily Telegraph praised Schwimmer, reporting he "proves inspired casting. He takes to the stage with... his endearing gaucheness seems designed to ensure our continued sympathy. Schwimmer mercilessly lays bare his character's opportunism, casual cruelties, and chronic self-deception".
    After Friends, Schwimmer starred in the 2005 independent drama Duane Hopwood, as the title character, who is an alcoholic whose life is spiraling downward rapidly after a divorce and is looking to turn his life around.
    More Details Hide Details The film received ambivalent reviews. Despite the reception, Schwimmer's performance was favored by critics; Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times reported that the role was Schwimmer's "career-transforming performance". Duane Hopwood was screened at a special presentation at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. Furthermore, in the same year he voiced Melman, a hypochondriac giraffe, in the computer animated film Madagascar (2005). The Washington Post noted that Schwimmer is particularly appealing as Melman. Despite the mixed response from critics, the film was a commercial success, earning US$532 million worldwide, making it one of the biggest hits of 2005.
    Schwimmer made his West End stage debut in the leading role in Some Girl(s) in 2005.
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  • 2004
    Age 37
    In March 2004, Schwimmer appeared as himself on HBO's comedy series Curb Your Enthusiasm.
    More Details Hide Details During the lengthy run of Friends, Schwimmer directed ten of the show's episodes. The show's tenth and final season ended on May 6, 2004.
  • 2001
    Age 34
    In 2001, Schwimmer played Captain Herbert M. Sobel in Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks' HBO World War II miniseries Band of Brothers.
    More Details Hide Details The television miniseries is based on the book of the same title written by historian and biographer Stephen Ambrose. Although Band of Brothers was met with largely positive reception, Schwimmer's performance was criticized; the BBC News concluded, "Part of the problem... may have been the ridiculous fact that Friends favourite David Schwimmer plays the hard and cruel Captain Herbert Sobel. The only thing believable about Schwimmer's acting is when he cowers in the face of true battle. His puppy dog eyes make him appear even more pitiful". Later that year he portrayed Yitzhak Zuckerman in the war drama Uprising, based on the true events of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising in 1943.
  • 1998
    Age 31
    His next film roles, in 1998, were Kissing a Fool, Six Days, Seven Nights, and Apt Pupil.
    More Details Hide Details In Kissing a Fool, a romantic comedy, Schwimmer played Max, a dapper, smart-mouthed ladies' man. Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote, "Fans of the sitcom Friends may be surprised by David Schwimmer in Kissing a Fool. Take it from someone who has never seen Friends and comes at Schwimmer with no preconceptions: He does just fine. As a TV sports reporter in Kissing a Fool, he oozes the command and self-satisfaction of a young, successful man". The film was critically and financially unsuccessful. In Six Days, Seven Nights, he played the boyfriend of Anne Heche's character. In Apt Pupil, adapted from a novella of the same name by Stephen King, he had a supporting role as a school guidance counselor. "I was scared of the part", Schwimmer said, "but I wanted to be part of the movie". At the time, he noted it was a "little frustrating" that people would typecast him due to his role on Friends. He subsequently appeared opposite Woody Allen and Sharon Stone in Alfonso Arau's straight-to-cable comedy Picking Up the Pieces (2000).
  • 1997
    Age 30
    He was offered a role to star alongside Tommy Lee Jones in the 1997 science-fiction comedy Men in Black, but turned it down in favor of starring in The Pallbearer, explaining, "This is an opportunity to grow rather than go for the quick cash".
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1996
    Age 29
    Schwimmer starred in his first leading film role in the 1996 romantic comedy film, The Pallbearer with Gwyneth Paltrow.
    More Details Hide Details In the film, Schwimmer plays a man asked to deliver the eulogy for a high school friend he cannot remember, and begins an affair with the friend's mother. Critics dismissed The Pallbearer as a poor imitation of the 1967 film The Graduate. Variety's film reviewer complimented the actor, writing that he had enjoyed his performance, stating that he displayed "a winning, if rather deadpan, personality along with good comic timing". It also concluded that Schwimmer had a "promising bigscreen future". Janet Maslin of The New York Times cited that his first film "relegates him to a drab role". When asked why he decided to accept the role, Schwimmer admitted the decision was to "make an effort to find roles that are as far away from the character of Ross as possible".
  • 1995
    Age 28
    For this performance, he earned an Emmy Award nomination in the category of Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series in 1995.
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  • 1994
    Age 27
    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.
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  • 1992
    Age 25
    After his supporting role debut in the ABC television movie A Deadly Silence (1989), Schwimmer followed this with roles on the legal drama L.A. Law in 1992, and the comedy-drama series The Wonder Years.
    More Details Hide Details He made his feature film debut in Flight of the Intruder (1991), had a recurring role as a lawyer-turned-vigilante in NYPD Blue before auditioning, unsuccessfully, for a series pilot called Couples. He landed his first regular series role as the liberal son of a conservative talk show host (Henry Winkler) in the sitcom Monty.
  • 1988
    Age 21
    After graduating in 1988, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in theater and speech, Schwimmer co-founded the Lookingglass Theatre Company.
    More Details Hide Details Subsequently, he returned to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1986
    Age 19
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Friends quickly developed a loyal audience, with the show and Schwimmer receiving strong reviews. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette was complimentary of Schwimmer, calling him "terrific". Variety's television reviewer, said: "All six of the principals, especially (Courteney) Cox and Schwimmer, appear resourceful and display sharp sitcom skills".
  • 1984
    Age 17
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Schwimmer moved to Chicago to attend Northwestern University, where he had attended a summer drama course when he was 16 years old. At the university, he studied theater was in an improv group with Stephen Colbert, the No-Fun Mud Piranhas.
  • 1979
    Age 12
    In 1979, Schwimmer went to a Shakespeare workshop given by English actor Ian McKellen in Los Angeles.
    More Details Hide Details He recalls that he was riveted by the experience. Schwimmer then entered a contest in the Southern California Shakespeare Festival three years in a row, winning two first prizes. Following his mother's successful career as a divorce lawyer, the family moved to Beverly Hills, where Schwimmer attended Beverly Hills High School. Schwimmer admitted to being an outsider during his time at the school, recalling, "When I was there I always felt: 'This is not me, I'm surrounded by people with a different value system. And I just wanted to get out of California.'" He was best at the subjects of science and math and thought he would become a doctor. Schwimmer enrolled in a drama class, where he appeared in stage productions. Encouraged by his school drama teacher to further his acting, he flew to Chicago for an acting workshop. He noted that the experience was both "enlightening and exhilarating".
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1966
    Born
    Born on November 2, 1966.
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