Actor Paul Schneider initially made a name for himself as flawed, but relatable characters in several small films before moving into more mainstream fare on television. A friend and classmate of David...
Made directorial debut with the independent film "Pretty Bird"; also wrote screenplay
Met writer-director David Gordon Green while attending NCSA
While still in school co-wrote the screenplay "All the Real Girls" with Green
Featured in Cameron Crowe’s "Elizabethtown"
Played the lead role, opposite Zooey Deschanel, in "All the Real Girls"; directed by Green
Cast as a member of the outlaw Jesse James Gang in the drama "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford"
Acted in several of Green’s short films
Played a serial rapist in three episodes of NBC’s "Third Watch"
Made feature acting debut in Green’s debut feature, "George Washington"
Played Rachel McAdams’ love interest in the holiday hit, "The Family Stone"
Played Ryan Gosling’s brother in the independent drama "Lars and the Real Girl"
Cast as Amy Poehler’s colleague and love interest in the NBC comedy "Parks and Recreation"
Played the lead role in "50 Ways to leave Your Lover"
Actor Paul Schneider initially made a name for himself as flawed, but relatable characters in several small films before moving into more mainstream fare on television. A friend and classmate of David Gordon Green while attending the North Carolina School for the Arts, it was a natural progression for Schneider to appear in the writer-director's first two feature films, "George Washington" (2000) and "All the Real Girls" (2003). The latter effort, in particular, gave the actor enough exposure to land work in projects like Cameron Crowe's dramedy "Elizabethtown" (2005) and "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" (2007). More prominent performances in the dramas "Lars and the Real Girl" (2007) and "Bright Star" (2009) illustrated just how versatile Schneider was, causing people to take notice. So much so, that his regular cast role on the television comedy "Parks and Recreation" (NBC, 2009- ) was written out after just two seasons when further film offers lured the actor away. Subsequent screen efforts included a supporting turn in the Reese Witherspoon-Robert Pattinson period romance "Water for Elephants" (2011). By embracing the possibilities offered by both network television and independent film, Schneider ensured himself a healthy future in Hollywood.