David Schwimmer

Actor, Playwright, Director
Having gone from relative obscurity to a household name virtually overnight, actor David Schwimmer achieved small screen stardom thanks to the overwhelming success of "Friends" (NBC, 1994-2004), one of the most popular ... Read more »
Born: 11/02/1966 in Queens, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (50)

American Crime Story 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

Episodes 2015 (Tv Show)

Himself

The Iceman 2013 (Movie)

Josh Rosenthal (Actor)

John Carter 2012 (Movie)

Young Thark Warrior (Actor)

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted 2012 (Movie)

Melman (Actor)

Web Therapy 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Entourage 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa 2008 (Movie)

Voice of Melman (Actor)

Nothing But the Truth 2008 (Movie)

Ray Armstrong (Actor)

30 Rock 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Curb Your Enthusiasm 2004, 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Big Nothing 2006 (Movie)

Charlie (Actor)

Duane Hopwood 2005 (Movie)

Duane Hopwood (Actor)

Madagascar 2005 (Movie)

Melman (Voice)

A Farewell to Friends: A Dateline Special 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Blossom 1993 - 1994, 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Celebrity Poker Showdown 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Friends 1999 - 2002, 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

L.A. Law 1992 - 1996, 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The Single Guy 1993 - 1996, 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hotel 2003 (Movie)

Jonathan Danderfine (Actor)

JKX: The Jamie Kennedy Experiment 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

TV's Most Memorable Weddings 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Band of Brothers 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Friends: The Stuff You've Never Seen 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

It's The Rage 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Picking Up the Pieces 2000 (Movie)

Father Leo Jerome (Actor)

The 51st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Apt Pupil 1998 (Movie)

Edward French (Actor)

Kissing A Fool 1998 (Movie)

Max Abbitt (Actor)

Since You've Been Gone 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Six Days, Seven Nights 1998 (Movie)

Frank Martin (Actor)

Comic Relief VII 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Just For Laughs 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Spotlight: David Schwimmer 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The 10th Annual American Comedy Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Pallbearer 1996 (Movie)

Tom Thompson (Actor)

NYPD Blue 1993 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Waiter 1993 (Movie)

(Actor)

Crossing the Bridge 1992 (Movie)

John Henderson (Actor)

A Deadly Silence (TV Show)

Actor

Breast Men (TV Show)

Actor

Merry Madagascar (TV Show)

Voice

Monty (TV Show)

Actor

Uprising (TV Show)

Actor
Director (6)

Growing Up Fisher 2014 (Tv Show)

Director

Trust 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

Little Britain USA 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Director

Run, Fat Boy, Run 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

Joey 2004 (Tv Show)

Director

The Tracy Morgan Show 2004 (Tv Show)

Director
Producer (2)

Trust 2011 (Movie)

(Producer)

Shoot the Moon 1996 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

Having gone from relative obscurity to a household name virtually overnight, actor David Schwimmer achieved small screen stardom thanks to the overwhelming success of "Friends" (NBC, 1994-2004), one of the most popular and successful sitcoms ever made. As Ross Geller, the geeky paleontologist and heartbroken romantic amongst a group of twenty-somethings trying to find their way in life, Schwimmer earned the sympathy and attention of audiences who bought into his on-again, off-again relationship with Rachel Green (Jennifer Aniston), which was perhaps the most talked-about aspect of the entire series. Though he had attained wild popularity thanks to the show, Schwimmer struggled like his other castmates - sans Aniston - to find similar success in the feature world. He had supporting roles in "Apt Pupil" (1998) and voiced a character in the hit animated film "Madagascar" (2005), yet the actor had to really find his footing outside of "Friends." He did, however, direct a well-regarded independent black comedy, "Run Fatboy, Run" (2007), which perhaps pointed to a future that not in front of the camera, but behind it.

Relationships

Carla Alaponte Actor

Companion
Began dating in 2002 Split in November 2003

Mili Avital Actor

Companion
Met during the filming of "Kissing a Fool" (1998) Had an on-again, off-again relationship Co-starred in the NBC miniseries "Uprising" (2001) Split in 2001

Tina Barrett Actor

Companion
Rumored to have briefly dated in 2004 No longer together

Zoe Buckman Actor

Wife
Began dating in 2007 Announced their engagement in March 2010 Married on June 4, 2010 in a small private ceremony

Arlene Coleman-Schwimmer

Mother
Handled the celebrity divorces of Roseanne, Julianne Phillips and Elizabeth Taylor Married Schwimmer's father in 1964

Natalie Imbruglia Actor

Companion
Dated from 1996-97 No longer together

Gina Lee Actor

Companion
Rumored to have briefly dated in 2004 No longer together

Rochelle Ovitt Actor

Companion
Began dating in August 2004 Had an on-again, off-again relationship No longer together

Arthur Schwimmer

Father
Married Schwimmer's mother in 1964

Ellie Schwimmer

Sister
Born c. 1965

Cleo Schwimmer

Daughter
Born May 8, 2011; mother, Zoe Buckman

Sarah Trimble

Companion
Together from 1993-96

EDUCATION

Northwestern University

Evanston , Illinois 1988
Co-founded Lookingglass Theatre Company during his senior year

Beverly Hills High School

Beverly Hills , California 1984
Classmate of actor Jonathan Silverman

Milestones

2012

Reprised voice role of Melman the Giraffe in "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted"

2010

Produced and directed the drama "Trust" about a young girl targeted by an online sexual predator

2009

Returned to theater, playing George Gibbs in Thornton Wilder's three-act play "Our Town" at the Lookingglass Theatre in Chicago

2008

Made feature directorial debut with the British comedy "Run, Fat Boy, Run," starring Simon Pegg and Thandie Newton

2008

Once again lent his voice to Melman the Giraffe in "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa"

2008

Directed Stephen Belber's off-Broadway play "Fault Lines"

2006

Made his Broadway debut in a revival of Herman Wouk's "The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial" playing Lt. Barney Greenwald

2005

Made London stage debut portraying a low-down, dirty womanizer in Neil LaBute's dark comedy "Some Girls"

2005

Voiced the hypochondriac giraffe Melman in the animated feature "Madagascar"

2004

Directed episodes of the "Friends" spinoff "Joey" (NBC), starring Matt LeBlanc

2001

Played featured role as Captain Herbert Sobel in the HBO miniseries "Band of Brothers"

1998

Played supporting role opposite Harrison Ford and Anne Heche in romantic comedy "Six Days Seven Nights"

1998

Starred opposite Jason Lee and Mili Avital in the comedy "Kissing a Fool"; also executive produced

1998

Directed first TV movie, "Since You've Been Gone" (ABC); also acted in the film

1997

Co-starred with Chris Cooper in the HBO comedy "Breast Men"

1996

First starring role in a feature film, "The Pallbearer"

1996

Made producing debut with the short "Shoot the Moon," written and directed by Tom Hodges

1995

Signed non-exclusive multi-picture deal with Miramax to participate in three films with an option for fourth

1994

Portrayed palaeontologist Dr. Ross Geller on NBC's hit ensemble comedy "Friends"; earned an Emmy nomination in 1995; directed several episodes throughout the show's ten-year run

1994

Made debut as a TV series regular on the short-lived Fox sitcom "Monty"

1993

Cast in a recurring role on the ABC drama "NYPD Blue" playing an unsteady mugging victim

1992

Feature acting debut, "Crossing the Bridge"

1992

Landed recurring role as an ambitious lawyer on the NBC legal drama "L.A. Law"

1991

First recurring role in a series, as Olivia d'Abo's hippie boyfriend on "The Wonder Years" (ABC)

1989

TV-movie debut, "A Deadly Silence" (ABC)

1988

Co-founded the Lookingglass Theater Company in Chicago, IL

1977

Made acting debut as the fairy godmother in a Jewish version of "Cinderella"

Raised in Los Angeles, CA

After six months in L.A., returned to Chicago to work in theater

Moved back to L.A. after graduating college to pursue acting career

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