David Schwimmer

David Schwimmer

  • Highest Rated: 100% Uprising (2001)
  • Lowest Rated: 20% Since You've Been Gone (1998)
  • Birthday: Nov 2, 1966
  • Birthplace: Astoria, New York, USA
  • If one were to base one's judgment of David Schwimmer's talent on his low-key performance as the anxious, awkward but lovable paleontologist Ross on NBC's smash hit comedy Friends, one might never suspect that beneath the affable exterior lies a versatile, multi-talented actor and filmmaker. Tall, dark-haired, and lanky, Schwimmer was born in Queens, but later raised in Southern California, where he attended the famed Beverly Hills High School. He then enrolled in Chicago's Northwestern University, where he briefly considered pursuing his family's traditional profession and becoming a lawyer, but by that time, the acting bug had bitten him deeply and he was committed to it. Following graduation from Northwestern, Schwimmer gained enough stage experience in Chicago theater to co-found the Lookingglass Theatre Company with fellow actors. Schwimmer remains passionate about his involvement with the troupe and has starred in or directed many of their productions. In 1989, he made the first of several attempts to break into Hollywood, when he was cast as a killer in the made-for-TV thriller A Deadly Silence. It was apparently an unpleasant experience and the young actor hastened back to the familiarity of Lookingglass. Still, the lure of Hollywood was great and Schwimmer returned to guest star and play recurring roles on several television series. One of his best-known early TV roles was that of Olivia D'Abo's hippie fiancé on The Wonder Years. On the gritty crime drama NYPD Blue, he garnered critical acclaim for his portrayal of a lawyer who goes over the edge and becomes a vigilante. He had another bad television experience when he was cast opposite Henry Winkler in Fox's sitcom Monty. The series crashed before it got off the ground and Schwimmer swore he'd never do another comedy show. Up until 1994, he continued to play a wide variety of roles and to divide his time between stage and television.Despite his earlier vow, Schwimmer reluctantly accepted the role of Ross in Friends, a role that the show's creators wrote especially for him. The series, about a group of good-looking, but rather aimless buddies in their twenties, was an immediate hit and Schwimmer's lovable nerd character made him a star and got him an Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series With his newfound stardom came offers for feature film roles. Though he had actually begun appearing in films in 1990, he had, thus far, played only small roles. He made his debut as a star playing a virtual clone of Ross in the Pallbearer (1996). He played a dramatic role as one of the inventors of silicon breast implants in the made-for-television docudrama Breast Men (1997). Schwimmer signed a lucrative contract with Miramax that will not only star him in several pictures, but also allow him to direct. But while nearly a decade of experience directing television prepared Schwimmer well for his feature directorial debut, the 2007 comedy Run, Fatboy, Run, not even the presence of rising comedy star Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead) could save the film from the bargain bins. Fortunately for Schwimmer, the animated comedy Madagascar proved enough of a hit to warrant at least two sequels, giving the able voice actor plenty of time to plan his sophomore feature, 2010's cautionary internet predator thriller Trust.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

43% The Laundromat Actor 2019
No Score Yet Friends 25th: The One With The Anniversary Actor 2019
No Score Yet #ThatsHarassment Executive Producer Actor 2018
No Score Yet Friends: The Movie Actor 2015
67% The Iceman Josh Rosenthal $2M 2013
No Score Yet Madly Madagascar Melman 2013
79% Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted Melman $216.4M 2012
52% John Carter Young Thark Warrior $73.1M 2012
78% Trust Producer $0.2M 2011
No Score Yet Dreamworks Holiday Classics Actor 2011
No Score Yet Merry Madagascar Actor 2009
64% Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa Melman $180M 2008
81% Nothing But the Truth Ray Armstrong 2008
46% Run Fatboy Run Director $6M 2007
No Score Yet Big Nothing Charlie 2007
54% Madagascar Melman $193.2M 2005
55% Duane Hopwood Duane Hopwood 2005
41% Hotel Jonathan Danderfine 2003
No Score Yet Hotel Actor 2003
100% Uprising Yitzhak Zuckerman 2001
48% Love & Sex Jehovah's Witness (uncredited) 2000
27% It's the Rage Chris 2000
No Score Yet Picking Up the Pieces Father Leo Jerome 2000
53% Apt Pupil (Un Élève Doué) Edward French 1998
36% Six Days, Seven Nights Frank Martin 1998
20% Since You've Been Gone Robb 1998
40% Breast Men Dr. Kevin Saunders 1997
29% Kissing a Fool Max Abbitt Executive Producer 1997
45% The Pallbearer Tom Thompson 1996
60% Wolf Cop 1994
No Score Yet Crossing the Bridge John Henderson 1992
25% The Flight of the Intruder Duty Officer $14.6M 1991
No Score Yet A Deadly Silence Actor 1989

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

98% Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
2014
Appearing
  • 2019
No Score Yet Today
2017
Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
Guest
  • 2017
  • 2016
93% American Crime Story
2016-2018
Robert Kardashian
  • 2016
23% Feed the Beast
2016
Tommy Moran
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Chew
2011-2018
Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet The View
1997
Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
Guest
  • 2016
  • 2014
35% Growing Up Fisher
2014
Director
  • 2014
No Score Yet Web Therapy
2011-2014
Newell Miller
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2003
Guest
  • 2011
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
Guest
  • 2011
  • 2010
66% Entourage
2004-2011
Himself
  • 2009
64% Little Britain USA
2008
Director
  • 2008
85% 30 Rock
2006-2013
Greenzo
  • 2007
50% Joey
2004-2006
Director
  • 2005
  • 2004
92% Curb Your Enthusiasm
2000-2017
Himself
  • 2004
No Score Yet Lass es, Larry!
2000-2017
Himself
  • 2004
94% Band of Brothers
2001
Herbert M. Sobel Sobel
  • 2001
78% Friends
1994-2004
Director
  • 2001
  • 1999
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Host Guest
  • 1995
No Score Yet Blossom
1991-1995
Sonny
  • 1993
84% NYPD Blue
1993-2005
Josh "4B" Goldstein
  • 1993
No Score Yet The Wonder Years
1988-1993
Guest Michael
  • 1993
  • 1992
  • 1991
  • 1990
  • 1989
  • 1988
No Score Yet Growing Up Fisher
Director
17% Monty
1994
Greg Richardson
91% The Pacific
2010

QUOTES FROM David Schwimmer CHARACTERS

Melman the Giraffe
I just counted twenty six invade health violations
Melman the Giraffe
I just counted twenty six invade health violations.
Marty the Zebra
I don't know, this place is crack a liking
Marty the Zebra
I don't know, this place is crack a liking.
Melman the Giraffe
Twenty seven!
Melman the Giraffe
(Coming out of public bathroom) Oh you guys wont believe it in there, they got these neat little drinking spots, and look (shows to have urinal shop cleaner on his tungue) free mints
Melman the Giraffe
[coming out of public bathroom] Oh you guys wont believe it in there, they got these neat little drinking spots, and look [shows to have urinal shop cleaner on his tongue] free mints.
Melman the Giraffe
I'm getting tired.. I'm just going to sit here an- (falls alseep)
Melman the Giraffe
I'm getting tired... I'm just going to sit here an. [falls asleep]
Melman
I'm on a tightrope!
Melman
There it is The Casino!
Marty the Zebra
[Melman presents Marty with a gift-wrapped thermometer] Aw a thermometer!Thanks!I love it Melman, I love it! [he puts it in his mouth and poses]
Melman the Giraffe
I really wanted to give you a personal present. Do you know that was my first rectal thermometer?
Marty the Zebra
Motherf... [Marty spits it out and retches]
Melman the Giraffe
Hey! Hey, you guys! That room has some nifty little sinks we can wash up in, and look! [Takes urinal cake out of mouth] Free mints!
Melman the Giraffe
Hey! Hey, you guys! That room has some nifty little sinks we can wash up in, and look! [takes urinal cake out of mouth] Free mints!
Alex the Lion
What does Connecticut have to offer us?
Melman the Giraffe
Lyme disease.
Alex the Lion
Thank you, Melman.
Alex
Wait, this isn't New York.
Melman
Well then how do we move through Europe without attracting attention?
Melman
I love you Gloria I always have!"
Melman
I love you Gloria I always have!
Alex the Lion
You maniac, you burned it up!!! Darn you, darn you all to heck!!
Alex the Lion
You maniac, you burned it up! Darn you, darn you all to heck!
Melman the Giraffe
Can we go to the fun side now?