Jason Schwartzman

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Jason Schwartzman
Jason Schwartzman NYFF 2010.jpg
Schwartzman at the 2010 New York Film Festival
BornJason Francesco Schwartzman
(1980-06-26) June 26, 1980 (age 34)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationActor, screenwriter, musician
Years active1998–present
Spouse(s)Brady Cunningham
ParentsTalia Shire and Jack Schwartzman
RelativesFrancis Ford Coppola, uncle
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Jason Schwartzman
Jason Schwartzman NYFF 2010.jpg
Schwartzman at the 2010 New York Film Festival
BornJason Francesco Schwartzman
(1980-06-26) June 26, 1980 (age 34)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationActor, screenwriter, musician
Years active1998–present
Spouse(s)Brady Cunningham
ParentsTalia Shire and Jack Schwartzman
RelativesFrancis Ford Coppola, uncle

Jason Francesco Schwartzman (born June 26, 1980) is an American actor, screenwriter and musician. He is known for his frequent collaborations with Wes Anderson, such as Rushmore (1998), The Darjeeling Limited (2007), Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009), Moonrise Kingdom (2012) and The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014). He has also appeared in films such as I Heart Huckabees (2004), Shopgirl (2005), Marie Antoinette (2006), Funny People (2009), Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010) and Saving Mr. Banks (2013).

In addition to his film work, Schwartzman was the star of the HBO series Bored to Death (2009–2011), in which he played a writer who moonlights as an unlicensed private detective by advertising himself on Craigslist. He currently releases music through his solo project Coconut Records, and was formerly the drummer of rock band Phantom Planet.

Early life[edit]

Schwartzman was born in Los Angeles, California, the son of actress Talia Shire (née Coppola) and the late producer Jack Schwartzman. Schwartzman's brother is actor and musician Robert Schwartzman, and his paternal half-brother is cinematographer John Schwartzman. His paternal grandparents were Polish Jewish immigrants, while his mother is Italian American and Catholic. Schwartzman has stated in interviews that he was raised without religion.[1][2] He attended Windward School in West Los Angeles.[1]



Schwartzman's acting career began when he was 17 years old, when he starred in Wes Anderson's Rushmore in 1998. Prior to Rushmore, he had no acting experience. Shortly after in 2000 Jason had a guest role in the short-lived series Freaks and Geeks. In 2001, he starred in CQ, a film by his cousin Roman Coppola. In 2002, he starred in Slackers and in 2003 starred in Spun. In 2004, he starred in I Heart Huckabees, and Shopgirl in 2005. He also appeared in various television shows, such as Cracking Up. In 2006, he starred in Marie Antoinette under the direction of his cousin, Sofia Coppola, in which he appeared as King Louis XVI.

Schwartzman made a cameo appearance as Ringo Starr in the biopic spoof Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story. In 2009, he appeared as Mark, a C-list television star, in Funny People. He starred in the HBO show Bored to Death, in which he played a writer who moonlights as a private detective and puts himself up for hire on Craigslist. In 2009, he starred in The Marc Pease Experience. In 2010, he played Gideon Graves in the film Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, the movie adaptation of the comics by Bryan Lee O'Malley.

In 2011, Schwartzman made a cameo appearance as Vincent van Gogh in the Beastie Boys short film Fight For Your Right Revisited. In 2013, he made a cameo appearance as himself in an episode of the television show Key & Peele. In 2014 he played himself in the lead role of the Tim & Eric's Bedtime Stories episode The Endorsement.

Schwartzman's most recent significant on-screen acting appearance was in the 2013 Disney film Saving Mr. Banks. In it, he portrayed Disney songwriter Richard M. Sherman. Schwartzman's brother, John, served as the film's cinematographer.


Prior to acting, Schwartzman was the drummer and a songwriter for the band Phantom Planet. Despite leaving the band, music remains one of his passions. He appeared in the music video for the rock remix of "It's All About the Benjamins" by Puff Daddy, and contributed to Ben Lee's 2005 album Awake Is the New Sleep. In 2007, he created the indie rock solo act Coconut Records. The first album, entitled Nighttiming, was produced by Michael Einziger and features a cover photo from Roman Coppola. The album was first released on iTunes on March 20, 2007. His second album, Davy, was released on iTunes on January 20, 2009. Schwartzman performed the musical score for Funny People and the theme song for Bored to Death.[3] He has also written tracks for Smallville and Slackers.

Personal life[edit]

Schwartzman married long-time girlfriend Brady Cunningham at their home in the San Fernando Valley on July 11, 2009.[citation needed] Cunningham is an art and design director and co-owner of TENOVERSIX in Los Angeles.[4] Schwartzman describes himself as "basically a vegan" as he does not eat meat, dairy, or eggs.[5] He narrated a video, What to Eat: The Environmental Impacts of our Food, for Farm Sanctuary.[6] He has two daughters, Marlowe Rivers (born 2010) and Una (born 2014).[7][8]



1998RushmoreMax Fischer
2000Mare BonkyEnrique
2001CQFelix DeMarco
2001Odessa or BustThe Young ManShort film
2002SlackersEthan Dulles
2002Julius And Friends: Hole In OneJulius (voice)Short film
2003Julius And Friends: Yeti, Set, GoJulius (voice)Short film
2004I Heart HuckabeesAlbert Markovski
2005The Hitchhiker's Guide to the GalaxyGag HalfruntUncredited
2005ShopgirlJeremyNominated — Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
2006Marie AntoinetteKing Louis XVI
2007Hotel ChevalierJack WhitmanShort film
2007The Darjeeling LimitedJack WhitmanWriter
2007Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox StoryRingo StarrUncredited
2009The Marc Pease ExperienceMarc Pease
2009Funny PeopleMark Taylor Jackson
2009Fantastic Mr. FoxAsh Fox (voice)
2010Scott Pilgrim vs. the WorldGideon Graves
2010Scott Pilgrim vs. the AnimationSimon Lee (voice)Short film
2011Fight For Your Right RevisitedVincent van GoghShort film
2012Moonrise KingdomCousin Ben
2012A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan IIIKirby Star
2013Castello CavalcantiJed CavalcantiShort film
2013Saving Mr. BanksRichard M. Sherman
2014Listen Up PhilipPhilip
2014The Grand Budapest HotelM. Jean
2014Big EyesRuben


1998Sabrina, the Teenage WitchHimselfEpisode: "And the Sabrina Goes to..."
2000Freaks and GeeksHowie GelfandEpisode: "Carded and Discarded"
2000Get RealHimselfEpisode: "Falling From Grace"
2004–2006Cracking UpBen Baxter7 episodes
2005The X'sBrandon (voice)Episode: "Secret Agent Manual / The Spy Who Liked Me"
2009–2011Bored to DeathJonathan Ames24 episodes
2013Parks and RecreationDennis Lerpiss2 episodes
2013Out ThereBenjamin Brent (voice)1 episode
Cedric (voice)1 episode
2013Drunk HistoryRalph NaderEpisode: "Detroit"
2013Key & PeeleHimselfEpisode: "3.4"
2013Comedy Bang! Bang!HimselfEpisode: "Jason Schwartzman Wears a Striped Shirt & High Top Sneakers"
2014Mozart in the JungleBradford SharpAlso writer, producer
2014Tim and Eric's Bedtime StoriesJason SchwartzmanEpisode: "The Endorsement"


2002Orange CountySong: "California"
2002SmallvilleSong: "Lonely Day"
2002SlackersSongs: "Oh Angela" and "Ethan's Song"
2004Cracking UpTheme music
2006The O.C.Song: "California"
2008CloverfieldSong: "West Coast"
2009Bored to DeathTheme music
2009Funny PeopleSoundtrack
2012LOLSong: "Microphones"


On February 17, 2009, Schwartzman was named one of the "Top 10 Most Stylish Men in America" by GQ magazine.[9]


  1. ^ a b Nate Bloom. "Interfaith Celebrities: Five Beautiful Women, A Violinist and One Caveman". InterfaithFamily.com. Retrieved 2011-09-15. 
  2. ^ http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/features/2006/11/fraser200611
  3. ^ Barrett, Annie (2009-09-04). "Jason Schwartzman exclusive: Hear the theme song for his new HBO show here | The Music Mix | EW.com". Music-mix.ew.com. Retrieved 2011-09-19. 
  4. ^ Gina DiNunno (21 August 2009). "Jason Schwartzman Ties the Knot". TVGuide.com. Retrieved 2009-08-21. 
  5. ^ Todd Gilchrist (2006-10-20). "Interview: Jason Schwartzman - Movies Feature at IGN". Movies.ign.com. Retrieved 2011-09-19. 
  6. ^ "What to Eat: The Environmental Impacts of our Food". Farm Sanctuary. Retrieved 2012-07-17. 
  7. ^ Sarah Michaud (3 January 2011). "Jason Schwartzman Welcomes Daughter Marlowe Rivers". People.com. Retrieved 2010-01-03. 
  8. ^ Willis, Jackie (10 June 2014). "Jason Schwartzman Welcomes Baby No. 2". ET. Retrieved 20 October 2014. 
  9. ^ "The 10 Most Stylish Men in America". New York Daily News. February 17, 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-17. 

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