Paul Schneider (actor)

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Paul Schneider
Born (1976-03-16) March 16, 1976 (age 39)
Asheville, North Carolina, United States
Occupation Actor, director
Years active 1996–present

Paul Andrew Schneider (born March 16, 1976) is an American actor and director. He portrayed Mark Brendanawicz on the first two seasons of Parks and Recreation. He won a Best Actor in a Narrative Feature award at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival for his performance in Angus Maclachlan's Goodbye to All That and the Best Supporting Actor Award from the National Society of Film Critics for his performance as Charles Armitage Brown in Bright Star.[1][2]

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.[3] 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.[4][5] 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 had 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.[3] Schneider was subsequently named one of the "Ten Actors to Watch" by Variety.[6] In 2008, he made his directorial debut with the independent film Pretty Bird.[7] 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.[8]

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.[9] Schneider portrayed Courtney Farlander in Away We Go, directed by Sam Mendes.[8] 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 or even make cameo appearances for the rest of the series' run.[10]


Year Title Role Notes
2000 George Washington Rico Rice
2003 All the Real Girls Paul Also writer
2003 Crude Gabe
2005 Elizabethtown Jesse Baylor
The Family Stone Brad Stevenson
2006 Live Free or Die Jeff Lagrand
2007 The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford Dick Liddil
Lars and the Real Girl Gus
2009 Bright Star Charles Armitage Brown Hollywood 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 Go Courtney Farlander
2011 Water for Elephants Charlie O'Brien
The Beloved Henderson
2012 Flowers of War Terry
The Babymakers Tommy
Year Show Role Notes
2003 Third Watch Thomas Warner Recurring, 3 episodes
2009–2010[10] Parks and Recreation Mark Brendanawicz Main cast, Season 1–2, 30 Episodes
2012 The Newsroom Bryan Brenner 2 episodes
2014 The Divide Clark Rylance Main cast, return to television


  1. ^ "Tribeca Film Review: ‘Goodbye to All That’". Variety. Variety Magazine. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  2. ^ Indsdorf, Annette (2012-07-30). "Paul Schneider, Versatile 'Babymaker' and 'Beloved' Actor". Huffington Post. Retrieved 28 November 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Fischer, Jonathan (February 4, 2010). "The Nifty 50: Paul Schneider, Actor". New York Times. Retrieved 28 November 2012. 
  4. ^ Kehr, Dave (2003-02-09). "From the Pride of an Art School, a Sophomore Effort". The New York Times. Retrieved 2007-12-30. 
  5. ^ Adams, Sam (2009-09-30). "Random Roles: Paul Schneider". A.V. Club. Retrieved 28 November 2012. 
  6. ^ Idelson, Karen (2007-10-19). "Paul Schneider: 'Jesse James' star prefers life over acting school". Variety. Retrieved 28 November 2012. 
  7. ^ "Up, Up and Away: Paul Schneider's "Pretty Bird"". Indiewire. January 25, 2008. Retrieved 28 November 2012. 
  8. ^ 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. 
  9. ^ Childress, Erik (January 4, 2010). "National Society of Film Critics 'Hurt' Oscar Chances?". Moviefone. Retrieved 28 November 2012. 
  10. ^ 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 June 17, 2010. 

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