Jason Schwartzman

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Jason Schwartzman
Jason Schwartzman NYFF 2010.jpg
Schwartzman at the 2010 New York Film Festival
Born Jason Francesco Schwartzman
(1980-06-26) June 26, 1980 (age 34)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor, musician
Years active 1998–present
Spouse(s) Brady Cunningham
(2009-present; 2 children)

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 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, 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 two daughters, Marlowe Rivers Schwartzman, born on December 4, 2010 and another born in May 2014 [6]



Year Title Role Notes
1998 Rushmore Max Fischer
2001 CQ Felix DeMarco
Odessa or Bust The Young Man Short
2002 Slackers Ethan Dulles
Julius And Friends: Hole In One Julius (voice) Short
S1m0ne Milton
2003 Spun Ross
Julius And Friends: Yeti, Set, Go Julius (voice) Short
2004 I Heart Huckabees Albert Markovski
2005 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Gag Halfrunt Uncredited
Bewitched Ritchie
Shopgirl Jeremy Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
2006 Marie Antoinette King Louis XVI
2007 Hotel Chevalier Jack Whitman Short
The Darjeeling Limited Jack Whitman Also Writer
Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story Ringo Starr Uncredited
2009 The Marc Pease Experience Marc Pease
Funny People Mark Taylor Jackson
Fantastic Mr. Fox Ash Fox (voice)
2010 Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Gideon Gordon Graves
Scott Pilgrim vs. the Animation Simon Lee (voice) Short
2011 Fight For Your Right Revisited Vincent van Gogh Short
2012 Moonrise Kingdom Cousin Ben
A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III Kirby Star
2013 Castello Cavalcanti Jed Cavalcanti Short
Saving Mr. Banks Richard M. Sherman
2014 Listen Up Philip Philip
The Grand Budapest Hotel M. Jean
Big Eyes Ruben Post-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 episodes
2013 Drunk History Ralph Nader Episode: "Detroit"
2013 Key & Peele Himself Episode: "3.4"
2013 Comedy Bang! Bang! Himself Episode: "Jason Schwartzman Wears A Striped Shirt & High Top Sneakers"
2014 Mozart in the Jungle Writer, producer


Year Title Notes
2002 Orange County Song: "California"
2002 Smallville Song: "Lonely Day" for episode: "Stray"
2002 Slackers Songs: "Oh Angela" and "Ethan's Song"
2004 Cracking Up Theme Music
2006 The O.C. Song: "California" for episode: "The Chrismukk-huh?"
2008 Cloverfield Song: "West Coast"
2009 Bored to Death Theme Music
2009 Funny People Soundtrack


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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