Paul Schneider (actor)

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Paul Schneider
BornPaul Andrew Schneider
(1976-03-16) March 16, 1976 (age 38)
Asheville, North Carolina
Occupationactor, director
Years active1996–present
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Paul Schneider
BornPaul Andrew Schneider
(1976-03-16) March 16, 1976 (age 38)
Asheville, North Carolina
Occupationactor, director
Years active1996–present

Paul Andrew Schneider (born March 16, 1976) is an American film actor. Schneider portrayed Mark Brendanawicz on the first two seasons of Parks and Recreation. He won a Best Supporting Actor Award from the National Society of Film Critics for his performance in Bright Star.[1]

Early life and career[edit]

Schneider was born and raised in Asheville, North Carolina. He graduated from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.[2] He made his cinematic debut in 2000 in the independent film George Washington, directed by David Gordon Green, and later starred in All the Real Girls.[3][4] As research for his role as Jesse Baylor in Elizabethtown, director Cameron Crowe suggested that Schneider tour with the band My Morning Jacket for five days beginning June 1, 2004. Schneider accompanied the band to concerts held in such locations as Irving Plaza, the Webster Theater, the Theater of the Living Arts, and Stone Pony Landing.[citation needed]

After Elizabethtown, Schneider received more supporting roles in The Family Stone and Live Free or Die. In 2007, Schneider, again as a supporting actor, portrayed Gus Lindstrom in Lars and the Real Girl and Dick Liddil in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.[2] Schneider was subsequently named one of the "Ten Actors to Watch" by Variety.[5] In 2008, he made his directorial debut with the independent film Pretty Bird.[6] Also in 2008, Schneider played the 9th President, William Henry Harrison, in a short parody miniseries directed by Derek Waters called Drunk History Vol. 4.[7]

In 2009, Schneider appeared as Charles Armitage Brown in the Keats film Bright Star, directed by Jane Campion, for which he won the Best Supporting Actor Award from the National Society of Film Critics. The award was shared with Christoph Waltz for Inglourious Basterds.[8] Schneider portrayed Courtney Farlander in Away We Go, directed by Sam Mendes.[7] He starred in the NBC series Parks and Recreation as Mark Brendanawicz from 2009 to 2010. Despite the show being renewed, his character did not return for the third season.[9]


YearFilmRoleOther notes
1996KingpinUnnamed bowling-alley bartender
2000George WashingtonRico Rice
2003All the Real GirlsPaulAlso Writer
2005ElizabethtownJesse Baylor
The Family StoneBrad Stevenson
2006Live Free or DieJeff Lagrand
2007The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert FordDick Liddil
Lars and the Real GirlGus
2009Bright StarCharles Armitage BrownHollywood Film Festival Spotlight Award
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Away We GoCourtney Farlander
2011Water for ElephantsCharlie O'Brien
The BelovedHenderson
2012Flowers of WarTerry
The BabymakersTommy
2003Third WatchThomas WarnerRecurring, 3 episodes
2009 — 2010[9]Parks and RecreationMark BrendanawiczMain cast, Season 1-2, 30 Episodes
2012The NewsroomBryan Brenner2 episodes


  1. ^ Indsdorf, Annette (2012-07-30). "Paul Schneider, Versatile 'Babymaker' and 'Beloved' Actor". Huffington Post. Retrieved 28 November 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Fischer, Jonathan (2-4-2010). "The Nifty 50: Paul Schneider, Actor". New York Times. Retrieved 28 November 2012. 
  3. ^ Kehr, Dave (2003-02-09). "From the Pride of an Art School, a Sophomore Effort". The New York Times. Retrieved 2007-12-30. 
  4. ^ Adams, Sam (2009-09-30). "Random Roles: Paul Schneider". A.V. Club. Retrieved 28 November 2012. 
  5. ^ Idelson, Karen (2007-10-19). "Paul Schneider: 'Jesse James' star prefers life over acting school". Variety. Retrieved 28 November 2012. 
  6. ^ "Up, Up and Away: Paul Schneider's "Pretty Bird"". Indiewire. 2008-1-25. Retrieved 28 November 2012. 
  7. ^ a b Johanson, MaryAnn. "AWFJ Women On Film - Paul Schneider on "Bright Star" and more - MaryAnn Johanson interviews". Alliance of Women Film Journalists. Retrieved 28 November 2012. 
  8. ^ Childress, Erik (1-4-2010). "National Society of Film Critics 'Hurt' Oscar Chances?". Moviefone. Retrieved 28 November 2012. 
  9. ^ a b Martin, Denise (2010-03-12). "'Parks and Recreation': Mike Schur tells us why Paul Schneider is leaving the show, plus more details on Adam Scott and Rob Lowe". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-06-17. 

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