David Schwimmer

David Lawrence Schwimmer (born November 2, 1966) is an American actor and director of television and film. He was born in New York, 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 degree in theater and speech. After graduation, Schwimmer co-founded the Lookingglass Theatre Company. For much of the late-1980s, he lived in Los Angeles as a struggling, unemployed actor. He appeared in the television movie A Deadly Silence in 1989. He then appeared in a number of television roles, including L.A. Law, The Wonder Years, NYPD Blue, and Monty in the early 1990s. Schwimmer later gained worldwide recognition for playing Ross Geller in the situation comedy Friends. Aside from appearing in television, he starred in his first leading role in The Pallbearer (1996), which was followed by roles in Kissing a Fool (1998), Six Days Seven Nights (1998), Apt Pupil, and Picking Up the Pieces (2000). He was then cast in the miniseries Band of Brothers (2001) as Herbert Sobel. Following the series finale of Friends in 2004, Schwimmer was cast as the titular character in the 2005 drama Duane Hopwood. Other film roles include the computer animated film Madagascar (2005), the dark comedy Big Nothing (2006), the thriller Nothing But the Truth (2008), and Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008). Schwimmer made his London stage debut in the ...

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Apt Pupil (1998)

One day in 1984, Todd Bowden, a brilliant high school boy fascinated by the history of Nazism, stumbles across an old man whose appearance resembles that of Kurt Dussander, a wanted Nazi war criminal. A month later, Todd decides to knock on his door.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bryan Singer
CAST:  Ian McKellen  •  Brad Renfro  •  Bruce Davison  •  David Schwimmer

One day in 1984, Todd Bowden, a brilliant high school boy fascinated by the history of Nazism, stumbles across an old man whose appearance resembles that of Kurt Dussander, a wanted Nazi war criminal. A month later, Todd decides to knock on his door.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bryan Singer
CAST:  Ian McKellen  •  Brad Renfro  •  Bruce Davison  •  David Schwimmer

Crossing the Bridge (1992)

A film about three high school friends who find their happy-go-lucky existence tarnished forever the instant they get embroiled in a drug-running scheme that goes awry. When things start getting messy, they rue the day they agreed to the venture; instead of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mike Binder
CAST:  Josh Charles  •  Jason Gedrick  •  Stephen Baldwin  •  Cheryl Pollak

A film about three high school friends who find their happy-go-lucky existence tarnished forever the instant they get embroiled in a drug-running scheme that goes awry. When things start getting messy, they rue the day they agreed to the venture; instead of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mike Binder
CAST:  Josh Charles  •  Jason Gedrick  •  Stephen Baldwin  •  Cheryl Pollak

Flight of the Intruder (1991)

U.S. Navy pilot Lt. Jake Grafton and his bombardier buddy, Lt. Cmdr. Virgil Cole, are two soldiers embedded in the Vietnam War growing frustrated by the military's constraints on their missions. Despite the best efforts of their commanding officer, Cmdr. Frank ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Milius
CAST:  Danny Glover  •  Willem Dafoe  •  Brad Johnson  •  Rosanna Arquette

U.S. Navy pilot Lt. Jake Grafton and his bombardier buddy, Lt. Cmdr. Virgil Cole, are two soldiers embedded in the Vietnam War growing frustrated by the military's constraints on their missions. Despite the best efforts of their commanding officer, Cmdr. Frank ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Milius
CAST:  Danny Glover  •  Willem Dafoe  •  Brad Johnson  •  Rosanna Arquette

It's the Rage (1999)

A rich cross-section of urban USA find their lives changed when their fates collide at gunpoint. At the centre of it all are Helen and Warren Harding, an up-scale couple on the brink of divorce, whose awakening in the night by a burglar sets off a catastrophic ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  James D. Stern
CAST:  Joan Allen  •  Jeff Daniels  •  Robert Forster  •  Andre Braugher

A rich cross-section of urban USA find their lives changed when their fates collide at gunpoint. At the centre of it all are Helen and Warren Harding, an up-scale couple on the brink of divorce, whose awakening in the night by a burglar sets off a catastrophic ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  James D. Stern
CAST:  Joan Allen  •  Jeff Daniels  •  Robert Forster  •  Andre Braugher

Kissing a Fool (1998)

An egotistical television personality enlists the assistance of his best friend in putting the fidelity of his fiancé to the test in this amiable comedy of the sexes. Told in flashback, the film takes a familiar love-triangle scenario and gives it a bitter twist. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Doug Ellin
CAST:  David Schwimmer  •  Jason Lee  •  Mili Avital  •  Bonnie Hunt

An egotistical television personality enlists the assistance of his best friend in putting the fidelity of his fiancé to the test in this amiable comedy of the sexes. Told in flashback, the film takes a familiar love-triangle scenario and gives it a bitter twist. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Doug Ellin
CAST:  David Schwimmer  •  Jason Lee  •  Mili Avital  •  Bonnie Hunt

Madagascar (2005)

Alex the lion is the king of the urban jungle, the main attraction at New York's Central Park Zoo. He and his best friends—Marty the zebra, Melman the giraffe and Gloria the hippo—have spent their whole lives in blissful captivity before an admiring public and with ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Eric Darnell  •  Tom McGrath
CAST:  Ben Stiller  •  Chris Rock  •  David Schwimmer  •  Jada Pinkett Smith

Alex the lion is the king of the urban jungle, the main attraction at New York's Central Park Zoo. He and his best friends—Marty the zebra, Melman the giraffe and Gloria the hippo—have spent their whole lives in blissful captivity before an admiring public and with ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Eric Darnell  •  Tom McGrath
CAST:  Ben Stiller  •  Chris Rock  •  David Schwimmer  •  Jada Pinkett Smith

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008)

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Alex, Marty, and other zoo animals find a way to escape from Madagascar when the penguins reassemble a wrecked airplane. The precariously repaired craft stays airborne just long enough to make it to the African continent. There the New Yorkers encounter members of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Eric Darnell  •  Tom McGrath
CAST:  Ben Stiller  •  Jada Pinkett Smith  •  David Schwimmer  •  Chris Rock

Alex, Marty, and other zoo animals find a way to escape from Madagascar when the penguins reassemble a wrecked airplane. The precariously repaired craft stays airborne just long enough to make it to the African continent. There the New Yorkers encounter members of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Eric Darnell  •  Tom McGrath
CAST:  Ben Stiller  •  Jada Pinkett Smith  •  David Schwimmer  •  Chris Rock

The Thin Pink Line (1998)

A film crew in search of a new documentary project determines to find a wrongfully imprisoned death-row inmate. Enter Chauncey Ledbetter, a quirky and potentially gay prisoner convicted of murdering his high school show choir teacher. As filming of the documentary ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Irpino  •  Joe Dietl
CAST:  Joe Dietl  •  Bruce Daniels  •  Jennifer Aniston  •  Illeana Douglas

A film crew in search of a new documentary project determines to find a wrongfully imprisoned death-row inmate. Enter Chauncey Ledbetter, a quirky and potentially gay prisoner convicted of murdering his high school show choir teacher. As filming of the documentary ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Irpino  •  Joe Dietl
CAST:  Joe Dietl  •  Bruce Daniels  •  Jennifer Aniston  •  Illeana Douglas

Twenty Bucks (1993)

A story about the life of a twenty dollar bill as it weaves in and out of the various lives of several people.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Keva Rosenfeld
CAST:  Linda Hunt  •  Brendan Fraser  •  Shohreh Aghdashloo  •  George Morfogen

A story about the life of a twenty dollar bill as it weaves in and out of the various lives of several people.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Keva Rosenfeld
CAST:  Linda Hunt  •  Brendan Fraser  •  Shohreh Aghdashloo  •  George Morfogen

Six Days Seven Nights (1998)

When Quinn, a grouchy pilot living the good life in the South Pacific, agrees to transfer a savvy fashion editor, Robin, to Tahiti, he ends up stranded on a deserted island with her after their plane crashes. The pair avoid each other at first, until they're forced ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ivan Reitman
CAST:  Harrison Ford  •  Anne Heche  •  David Schwimmer  •  Jacqueline Obradors

When Quinn, a grouchy pilot living the good life in the South Pacific, agrees to transfer a savvy fashion editor, Robin, to Tahiti, he ends up stranded on a deserted island with her after their plane crashes. The pair avoid each other at first, until they're forced ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ivan Reitman
CAST:  Harrison Ford  •  Anne Heche  •  David Schwimmer  •  Jacqueline Obradors

Wolf (1994)

Publisher Will Randall becomes a werewolf and has to fight to keep his job.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mike Nichols
CAST:  Jack Nicholson  •  Christopher Plummer  •  James Spader  •  Michelle Pfeiffer

Publisher Will Randall becomes a werewolf and has to fight to keep his job.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mike Nichols
CAST:  Jack Nicholson  •  Christopher Plummer  •  James Spader  •  Michelle Pfeiffer

John Carter (2012)

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John Carter is a war-weary, former military captain who's inexplicably transported to the mysterious and exotic planet of Barsoom (Mars) and reluctantly becomes embroiled in an epic conflict. It's a world on the brink of collapse, and Carter rediscovers his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Andrew Stanton
CAST:  Taylor Kitsch  •  Mark Strong  •  Willem Dafoe  •  Ciarán Hinds

John Carter is a war-weary, former military captain who's inexplicably transported to the mysterious and exotic planet of Barsoom (Mars) and reluctantly becomes embroiled in an epic conflict. It's a world on the brink of collapse, and Carter rediscovers his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Andrew Stanton
CAST:  Taylor Kitsch  •  Mark Strong  •  Willem Dafoe  •  Ciarán Hinds

Uprising (2001)

In the Warsaw ghetto in 1943, Jews rise against the Nazis.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jon Avnet
CAST:  Leelee Sobieski  •  Hank Azaria  •  David Schwimmer  •  Jon Voight

In the Warsaw ghetto in 1943, Jews rise against the Nazis.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jon Avnet
CAST:  Leelee Sobieski  •  Hank Azaria  •  David Schwimmer  •  Jon Voight

The Pallbearer (1996)

Aspiring architect Tom Thompson is told by mysterious Ruth Abernathy that his best friend, "Bill," has taken his own life. Except that Tom has never met Bill and neither have his incredulous friends. So when Tom foolishly agrees to give the eulogy at Bill's funeral ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Matt Reeves
CAST:  David Schwimmer  •  Gwyneth Paltrow  •  Michael Rapaport  •  Toni Collette

Aspiring architect Tom Thompson is told by mysterious Ruth Abernathy that his best friend, "Bill," has taken his own life. Except that Tom has never met Bill and neither have his incredulous friends. So when Tom foolishly agrees to give the eulogy at Bill's funeral ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Matt Reeves
CAST:  David Schwimmer  •  Gwyneth Paltrow  •  Michael Rapaport  •  Toni Collette

Since You've Been Gone (1998)

The story of a 10th anniversary High School reunion, told through the eyes of a doctor who was humiliated on graduation day by being badly beaten up by a fellow graduate.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Schwimmer
CAST:  Lara Flynn Boyle  •  Teri Hatcher  •  David Schwimmer  •  Joey Slotnick

The story of a 10th anniversary High School reunion, told through the eyes of a doctor who was humiliated on graduation day by being badly beaten up by a fellow graduate.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Schwimmer
CAST:  Lara Flynn Boyle  •  Teri Hatcher  •  David Schwimmer  •  Joey Slotnick

Picking Up the Pieces (2000)

A small New Mexican village discovers a severed hand that is considered a miracle of God, when it actually belongs to a murdered spouse with a husband in search of it.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfonso Arau
CAST:  Woody Allen  •  Sharon Stone  •  Alfonso Arau  •  Brian Brophy

A small New Mexican village discovers a severed hand that is considered a miracle of God, when it actually belongs to a murdered spouse with a husband in search of it.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfonso Arau
CAST:  Woody Allen  •  Sharon Stone  •  Alfonso Arau  •  Brian Brophy

The Iceman (2012)

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The true story of Richard Kuklinski, the notorious contract killer and family man.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ariel Vromen
CAST:  Michael Shannon  •  Winona Ryder  •  Ray Liotta  •  Chris Evans

The true story of Richard Kuklinski, the notorious contract killer and family man.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ariel Vromen
CAST:  Michael Shannon  •  Winona Ryder  •  Ray Liotta  •  Chris Evans

Trust (2010)

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A suburban family is torn apart when fourteen-year-old Annie meets her first boyfriend online. After months of communicating via online chat and phone, Annie discovers her friend is not who he originally claimed to be. Shocked into disbelief, her parents are ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Schwimmer
CAST:  Chris Henry Coffey  •  Liana Liberato  •  Noah Emmerich  •  Viola Davis

A suburban family is torn apart when fourteen-year-old Annie meets her first boyfriend online. After months of communicating via online chat and phone, Annie discovers her friend is not who he originally claimed to be. Shocked into disbelief, her parents are ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Schwimmer
CAST:  Chris Henry Coffey  •  Liana Liberato  •  Noah Emmerich  •  Viola Davis

Nothing But the Truth (2008)

When reporter Rachel Armstrong writes a story that reveals the identity of a covert CIA operative, the government demands that Rachel reveal her source. She defies the special prosecutor and is thrown in jail. Meanwhile, her attorney, Albert Burnside argues her ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rod Lurie
CAST:  Kate Beckinsale  •  Matt Dillon  •  Angela Bassett  •  Alan Alda

When reporter Rachel Armstrong writes a story that reveals the identity of a covert CIA operative, the government demands that Rachel reveal her source. She defies the special prosecutor and is thrown in jail. Meanwhile, her attorney, Albert Burnside argues her ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rod Lurie
CAST:  Kate Beckinsale  •  Matt Dillon  •  Angela Bassett  •  Alan Alda

Merry Madagascar (2009)

The Zoosters are back in an all-new holiday adventure. When Santa and his reindeer crash onto the island of Madagascar it's up to Alex, Marty, Gloria, Melman and those wacky penguins to save Christmas. Get ready for a sleigh full of laughs in this hilarious new ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Soren
CAST:  Cedric the Entertainer  •  Andy Richter  •  Carl Reiner  •  David Schwimmer

The Zoosters are back in an all-new holiday adventure. When Santa and his reindeer crash onto the island of Madagascar it's up to Alex, Marty, Gloria, Melman and those wacky penguins to save Christmas. Get ready for a sleigh full of laughs in this hilarious new ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Soren
CAST:  Cedric the Entertainer  •  Andy Richter  •  Carl Reiner  •  David Schwimmer
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