Jason Schwartzman

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Jason Schwartzman
Jason Schwartzman, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World 2010 (cropped).jpg
Schwartzman at a Scott Pilgrim vs. the World press conference in 2010
BornJason Francesco Schwartzman
(1980-06-26) June 26, 1980 (age 33)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationActor, musician
Years active1998–present
Spouse(s)Brady Cunningham
(2009-present; 1 child)
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Jason Schwartzman
Jason Schwartzman, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World 2010 (cropped).jpg
Schwartzman at a Scott Pilgrim vs. the World press conference in 2010
BornJason Francesco Schwartzman
(1980-06-26) June 26, 1980 (age 33)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationActor, musician
Years active1998–present
Spouse(s)Brady Cunningham
(2009-present; 1 child)

Jason Francesco Schwartzman (born June 26, 1980) is an American actor and musician. He has appeared in films such as I Heart Huckabees (2004), Shopgirl (2005), Marie Antoinette (2006), Funny People (2009), and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010) and is perhaps best 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 currently releases music through solo-project Coconut Records; formerly, he was the drummer of the rock band Phantom Planet. Schwartzman was also the star of the HBO series Bored to Death (2009-11), where he played a writer who moonlights as an unlicensed detective, advertising himself on Craigslist.

Early life[edit]

Schwartzman was born in Los Angeles, California, the son of actress Talia Shire (née Coppola) and the late producer Jack Schwartzman. His maternal grandparents were composer Carmine Coppola and Italia Coppola (née Pennino). His uncle is director Francis Ford Coppola, and his cousins are actor Nicolas Cage and directors Sofia Coppola, Roman Coppola, and Christopher Coppola. His brother is actor/musician Robert Schwartzman (vocalist for the band Rooney), and his paternal half-brother is cinematographer John Schwartzman. His father was an Ashkenazi Jew and his mother is Italian American and Catholic. Schwartzman has stated in interviews that he was raised without religion.[1] He attended Windward School, an independent preparatory school in West LA.[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, Schwartzman had no acting experience. Shortly after in 2000 Jason was part of the short-lived series Freaks and Geeks, making him part of the "Apatow Crew".

In 2001 he starred in CQ, a film by his cousin, Roman Coppola In 2002 he starred in Slackers, as "Cool Ethan", and Spun. In 2004 he starred in I Heart Huckabees and in 2005 starred in Shopgirl, opposite Steve Martin. Schwartzman also appeared in various TV 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 with Kirsten Dunst in the title role.

He made a cameo appearance in the Judd Apatow-produced musician biopic spoof Walk Hard as Ringo Starr. In 2009, he appeared in Apatow's third directorial feature entitled Funny People, in which he played Mark, a C-list television star.

Schwartzman starred in HBO's TV 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 opposite Ben Stiller. In 2010, he performed as 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, Schwartzman made a cameo appearance as himself on the television show Key & Peele Season 3 Episode 4.


Prior to acting, he was the drummer and a songwriter for the band Phantom Planet. Despite leaving the band for an acting career, music remains one of Schwartzman's passions and pastimes. He appears in the music video for the rock remix of "It's All About the Benjamins" by Puff Daddy. He also 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 CD, entitled "Nighttiming" was produced by Mike Einziger of Incubus and features a cover photo from Roman Coppola. The album was first released on iTunes on March 20, 2007. Songs include "West Coast", "Nighttiming", and "This Old Machine". In 2009, the second album Davy was released on iTunes on January 20, 2009. The first single from the CD was "Microphone".

In addition, Schwartzman has composed and performs the musical score for Funny People and the theme song for Bored to Death.[2] 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 Art & Design Director and co-owner of TENOVERSIX based in Los Angeles.[3] Schwartzman is a vegetarian and describes himself as "basically" a vegan due to not eating meat, dairy or eggs.[4] Schwartzman narrated a video, What to Eat: The Environmental Impacts of our Food, for Farm Sanctuary.[5] He has one daughter, Marlowe Rivers Schwartzman, born on December 4, 2010. Jason and Brady are currently expecting their second child.[6]


1998RushmoreMax Fischer
2001CQFelix DeMarco
Odessa or BustThe Young ManShort
2002SlackersEthan Dulles
Julius And Friends: Hole In OneJuliusShort
Voice Only
Julius And Friends: Yeti, Set, GoJuliusShort
Voice Only
2004I Heart HuckabeesAlbert Markovski
2005The Hitchhiker's Guide to the GalaxyGag HalfruntUncredited
ShopgirlJeremyNominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
2006Marie AntoinetteKing Louis XVI
2007Hotel ChevalierJack WhitmanShort
The Darjeeling LimitedJack WhitmanAlso Writer
Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox StoryRingo StarrUncredited
2009The Marc Pease ExperienceMarc Pease
Funny PeopleMark Taylor Jackson
Fantastic Mr. FoxAsh FoxVoice Only
2010Scott Pilgrim vs. the WorldGideon Gordon Graves
Fight For Your Right RevisitedVincent van GoghShort
2012Moonrise KingdomCousin Ben
A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan IIIKirby Star
2013Castello CavalcantiJed CavalcantiShort
Saving Mr. BanksRichard M. Sherman
2014The Grand Budapest HotelM. Jean
She's Funny That Way
Big EyesRubenPost-production


2000Freaks and GeeksHowie Gelfand1 episode: "Carded and Discarded"
2000Get RealHimself as Phantom Planet
2004Cracking UpBen Baxter
2005The X'sBrandon (voice)1 episode: Secret Agent Manual/The Spy Who Liked Me
2009Bored to DeathJonathan Ames
2010Scott Pilgrim vs. the AnimationSimon Lee (voice)TV Short; uncredited
2013Parks and RecreationDennis Lerpiss2 episodes: "Bailout" "Are You Better Off?"
2013Cool & Crazy CartoonsMr. Cheerful1 cartoon "The Cheerful and the Cheerless"
2013Out ThereBenjamin Brent (voice)1 episode: "Frosty King"
2013Drunk HistoryRalph Nader1 episode: Detroit
2013Key & PeeleHimself1 episode: Season 3 Episode 4
2013Comedy Bang! Bang!Himself1 episode: Jason Schwartzman Wears A Striped Shirt & High Top Sneakers\
2014Mozart in the JungleWriter/Producer


2002Orange CountySong: "California"
2002SmallvilleSong: "Lonely Day" for episode: "Stray"
2002SlackersSongs: "Oh Angela" and "Ethan's Song"
2004Cracking UpTheme Music
2006The O.C.Song: "California" for episode: "The Chrismukk-huh?"
2008CloverfieldSong: "West Coast"
2009Bored to DeathTheme Music
2009Funny PeopleSoundtrack


On February 17, 2009, Schwartzman was named one of Top 10 Most Stylish Men in America by GQ magazine.[7]


  1. ^ a b Nate Bloom. "Interfaith Celebrities: Five Beautiful Women, A Violinist and One Caveman". InterfaithFamily.com. Retrieved 2011-09-15. 
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ Gina DiNunno (21 August 2009). "Jason Schwartzman Ties the Knot". TVGuide.com. Retrieved 2009-08-21. 
  4. ^ Todd Gilchrist (2006-10-20). "Interview: Jason Schwartzman - Movies Feature at IGN". Movies.ign.com. Retrieved 2011-09-19. 
  5. ^ "What to Eat: The Environmental Impacts of our Food". Farm Sanctuary. Retrieved 2012-07-17. 
  6. ^ Sarah Michaud (3 January 2011). "Jason Schwartzman Welcomes Daughter Marlowe Rivers". People.com. Retrieved 2010-01-03. 
  7. ^ "The 10 Most Stylish Men in America". New York Daily News. February 17, 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-17. 

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