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David Schwimmer
Role(s) Ross Geller
Number of episodes 236
Gender Male
Date of birth November 2, 1966
Age 48

David Lawrence Schwimmer (born November 2, 1966) is an Emmy-nominated American actor and director for television and film. He plays the role of Ross Geller on Friends.


Early LifeEdit

Schwimmer was born in Astoria, Queens, New York, to Jewish parents, Arthur Schwimmer and Arlene Colman, and then lived in Valley Stream, Long Island, until he was 2 years old. He was raised in Los Angeles, California, where he attended Beverly Hills High School.

Having attended Northwestern University’s summer “Cherub” program (the National High School Institute) in 1983, he subsequently enrolled at the university as a theater major, joining Delta Tau Delta Fraternity and Arts Alliance in addition to acting and directing. In 1988, along with seven other Northwestern graduates, he co-founded Chicago's Lookingglass Theatre Company.


Schwimmer is best known for his role as paleontologist Dr. Ross Geller in the television sitcom Friends. The program was hugely successful and Schwimmer, along with his co-stars, gained widespread and worldwide recognition among television viewers. He earned an Emmy Award nomination in the “Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series” category for the role in 1995. This made him the first cast member of Friends to receive such a nomination.

Aside from acting, he also directed 10 episodes of the series. During the show’s 10-year run, Schwimmer appeared in numerous movies but perhaps gained most recognition outside of Friends playing Captain Herbert Sobel in the dramatic mini-series Band of Brothers. He was the first Friends character to host Saturday Night Live in 1995, with all the other main cast members to follow in his footsteps over the rest of the seasons in the '90s, apart from Matt LeBlanc who never hosted.

Schwimmer played himself on the HBO series Curb Your Enthusiasm. He also appeared in the TV series The Wonder Years.

In 2005, Schwimmer portrayed the main protagonist in the independent drama Duane Hopwood, and received positive reviews for his role as an alcoholic looking to turn his life around. In 2007, David directed his first film, the British comedy Run, Fat Boy, Run, produced by Robert Jones, where he teamed up with British actor Simon Pegg. A film about a man training for the London Marathon after running away from his pregnant fiancé on their wedding day. The movie starred Hank Azaria who had starred as David In Friends. He had previously starred with Pegg in the movie Big Nothing and briefly in Band of Brothers. He is currently in talks to direct Simon Pegg's and Nick Frost's new project Paul.

Personal LifeEdit

Schwimmer dated Natalie Imbruglia and Mili Avital, (broke up in 2001) and Carla Alapont. After they broke up in 2003, he was linked to Emmanuelle Perret among others. He is said to be related to Benji Schwimmer, second season winner of So You Think You Can Dance (America).

In 2007, Schwimmer started dating English photographer Zoe Buckman. In March 2010, Schwimmer and Buckman announced their engagement they were married in a small private ceremony the following June. On May 8, 2011, Schwimmer and his wife welcomed a daughter, Cleo Buckman Schwimmer.

The family splits their time between Los Angeles and Chicago, where as of 2008 they own homes.


Year Film Role Other notes
1988 Biloxi Blues Soldier on Train Uncredited Role
1991 Flight of the Intruder Duty Officer
1992 Crossing the Bridge John Anderson
1993 Twenty Bucks Neil Campbell
The Waiter Evil Waiter
The Pitch Vinnie Short film
1994 Wolf Cop
1995 The Party Favor Short film
1996 The Pallbearer Tom Thompson
1997 Breast Men Dr. Kevin Saunders
1998 The Thin Pink Line Kelly Goodish/J.T.
Kissing a Fool Max Abbitt
Six Days Seven Nights Frank Martin
Apt Pupil Edward French
1999 It's the Rage Chris
2000 Love & Sex Jehovah's Witness Uncredited Role
Picking Up the Pieces Father Leo Jerome
2001 Hotel Jonathan Danderfine
2005 Duane Hopwood Duane Hopwood
Madagascar Melman Voice Role
2006 Big Nothing Charlie
2008 Nothing But the Truth Ray Armstrong
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa Melman Voice Role
2012 Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted Melman Voice Role
Year Title Role Notes
1989 A Deadly Silence Robert 'Rob' Cuccio ABC TV-Movie
1991–1992 The Wonder Years Michael Episode: The House That Jack Built
Episode: Dinner Out
Episode: Stormy Weather
Episode: The Wedding
1992–1993 L.A. Law Dana Romney Episode: Second Time Around
Episode: Love on the Rox
Episode: Christmas Stalking
Episode: Bare Witness
Episode: Hello and Goodbye
1993 NYPD Blue Josh '4B' Goldstein Episode: Pilot
Episode: 4B or Not 4B
Episode: Brown Appetit
Episode: True Confessions
Blossom Sonny Catalano Episode: Six and Sonny
Episode: Blossom's Dilemma
1994 Monty Greg Richardson
Friends Ross Geller
1995 The Single Guy Dr. Ross Geller Episode: Neighbors
1996 ER Dr. Karubian Uncredited Role
Episode: Doctor Carter, I Presume
1998 Since You've Been Gone Robert S. Levitt ABC TV-Movie
2001 Band of Brothers Captain Herbert Sobel HBO Miniseries
Episode: Currahee
Episode: Replacements
Episode: Points
2007 30 Rock Greenzo/Jared Episode: Greenzo

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