Jason Schwartzman

Jason Schwartzman

Schwartzman at the 2010 New York Film Festival
Born Jason Francesco Schwartzman
(1980-06-26) June 26, 1980
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Residence San Fernando Valley, California
Occupation Actor, screenwriter, musician
Years active 1998–present
Spouse(s) Brady Cunningham (m. 2009)
Children 2
Parent(s) Talia Shire and Jack Schwartzman
Relatives Robert Coppola Schwartzman (brother), Francis Ford Coppola (uncle), Nicolas Cage (cousin)

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 also starred in other 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

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-siblings are Stephanie and cinematographer John Schwartzman. Many other members of Schwartzman's family are involved in film: he is the nephew of Francis Ford Coppola, cousin of Nicolas Cage, Sofia Coppola, Roman Coppola and Christopher Coppola, and grandson of Italia Coppola (née Pennino) and Carmine Coppola. His first cousin once removed, his father Jack's first cousin, is Elliott B. Oppenheim, novelist and screenwriter.

His paternal grandparents were Polish Jewish immigrants, while his mother is Italian American and Catholic. Schwartzman 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

Schwartzman married long-time girlfriend Brady Cunningham at their home in the San Fernando Valley on July 11, 2009. 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]



Year Title Role Notes
1998 Rushmore Max Fischer
2000 Mare Bonky Enrique
2001 CQ Felix DeMarco
2001 Odessa or Bust The Young Man Short film
2002 Slackers Ethan Dulles
2002 Julius And Friends: Hole In One Julius (voice) Short film
2002 Simone Milton
2003 Spun Ross
2003 Julius And Friends: Yeti, Set, Go Julius (voice) Short film
2004 I Heart Huckabees Albert Markovski
2005 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Gag Halfrunt Uncredited
2005 Bewitched Ritchie
2005 Shopgirl Jeremy Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
2006 Marie Antoinette King Louis XVI
2007 Hotel Chevalier Jack Whitman Short film
2007 The Darjeeling Limited Jack Whitman Also writer
2007 Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story Ringo Starr Uncredited
2009 The Marc Pease Experience Marc Pease
2009 Funny People Mark Taylor Jackson
2009 Fantastic Mr. Fox Ash Fox (voice)
2010 Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Gideon Graves
2010 Scott Pilgrim vs. the Animation Simon Lee (voice) Short film
2011 Fight For Your Right Revisited Vincent van Gogh Short film
2012 Moonrise Kingdom Cousin Ben
2012 A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III Kirby Star
2013 Castello Cavalcanti Jed Cavalcanti Short film
2013 Saving Mr. Banks Richard M. Sherman
2014 Listen Up Philip Philip
2014 The Grand Budapest Hotel M. Jean
2014 Big Eyes Ruben
2015 The Overnight Kurt
2015 7 Chinese Brothers Larry
2015 A Very Murray Christmas Elliott
2016 Dreamland Peter
2016 My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea
2017 Golden Exits In post-production
2017 The Polka King In production


Year Title Role Notes
1998 Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Himself Episode: "And the Sabrina Goes to..."
2000 Freaks and Geeks Howie Gelfand Episode: "Carded and Discarded"
2000 Get Real Himself Episode: "Falling From Grace"
2004–2006 Cracking Up Ben Baxter 7 episodes
2005 The X's Brandon (voice) Episode: "Secret Agent Manual / The Spy Who Liked Me"
2009–2011 Bored to Death Jonathan Ames 24 episodes
2013 Parks and Recreation Dennis Lerpiss 2 episodes
2013 Out There Benjamin Brent / Cedric (voices) 2 episode
2013 Drunk History Ralph Nader Episode: "Detroit"
2013 Key & Peele Himself Episode: "LA Vice"
2013 Comedy Bang! Bang! Himself Episode: "Jason Schwartzman Wears a Striped Shirt & High Top Sneakers"
2013 Ghost Ghirls Brad Holmes Episode: "Comedy of Terrors"
2014 Mozart in the Jungle Bradford Sharp 2 episodes; Also writer and producer
2014 Tim and Eric's Bedtime Stories Jason Schwartzman Episode: "The Endorsement"
2015 Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp Greg 7 episodes
2015 Blunt Talk Duncan Adler 3 episodes


Year Title Notes
2002 Orange County Song: "California"
2002 Smallville Song: "Lonely Day"
2002 Slackers Songs: "Oh Angela" and "Ethan's Song"
2004 Cracking Up Theme music
2006 The O.C. Song: "California"
2008 Cloverfield Song: "West Coast"
2009 Bored to Death Theme music
2009 Funny People Soundtrack
2012 LOL Song: "Microphones"


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


  1. 1 2 Nate Bloom. "Interfaith Celebrities: Five Beautiful Women, A Violinist and One Caveman". InterfaithFamily.com. Retrieved 2011-09-15.
  2. Fraser, Antonia (October 17, 2006). "Sofia's Choice". Vanity Fair.
  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". TV Guide. Retrieved 2009-08-21.
  5. Todd Gilchrist (2006-10-20). "Interview: Jason Schwartzman". 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. Retrieved 2010-01-03.
  8. Willis, Jackie (10 June 2014). "Jason Schwartzman Welcomes Baby No. 2". Entertainment Tonight. 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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