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David Schwimmer

Highest Rated:   100% Uprising (2001)
Lowest Rated:   20% Since You've Been Gone (1998)
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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
No Score Yet Friends: The Movie
  • Actor
2015
67% The Iceman
  • Josh Rosenthal
$1.9M 2013
No Score Yet Madly Madagascar
  • Melman
2013
79% Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted
  • Melman
$216.4M 2012
51% 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
47% Run Fatboy Run
  • Director
$6M 2007
No Score Yet Big Nothing
  • Charlie
2007
55% Madagascar
  • Melman
$193.2M 2005
55% Duane Hopwood
  • Duane Hopwood
2005
38% 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
  • Director
1998
40% Breast Men
  • Dr. Kevin Saunders
1997
27% Kissing a Fool
  • Executive Producer
  • Max Abbitt
1997
45% The Pallbearer
  • Tom Thompson
1996
61% 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
No Score Yet Today
2017
  • Guest
  • 2017
96% American Crime Story
2015-2016
  • Robert Kardashian
  • 2016
23% Feed the Beast
2016
  • Tommy Moran
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Chew
2011
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
  • Guest
  • 2016
91% 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
36% Growing Up Fisher
2014
  • Director
  • 2014
No Score Yet Web Therapy
2011-2014
  • Newell Miller
  • 2012
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
  • 2011
66% Entourage
2004-2011
  • Himself
  • 2009
No Score Yet Little Britain USA
2008
  • Director
  • 2008
81% 30 Rock
2006-2013
  • Greenzo
  • 2007
No Score Yet Joey
2004-2006
  • Director
  • 2005
  • 2004
95% Curb Your Enthusiasm
2000
  • Himself
  • 2004
No Score Yet Lass es, Larry!
2000
  • Himself
  • 2004
100% Band of Brothers
2001
  • Herbert M. Sobel Sobel
  • 2001
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Host
  • Guest
  • 1995
No Score Yet NYPD Blue
1993-2005
  • Josh "4B" Goldstein
  • 1993
No Score Yet The Wonder Years
1988-1993
  • Guest
  • Michael
  • 1993
  • 1992
  • 1991
  • 1990
  • 1989
  • 1988
0% Friends
2004
  • Director
  • Actor
No Score Yet Growing Up Fisher
  • Director
No Score Yet The Pacific
2010
  • Actor

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