Jason Schwartzman

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Jason Schwartzman
Jason Schwartzman in 2018 by Sachyn Mital (cropped).jpg
Schwartzman at an Isle of Dogs screening, 2018
Born (1980-06-26) June 26, 1980 (age 40)
  • Actor
  • screenwriter
  • film producer
  • musician
Years active1994–present
Brady Cunningham
m. 2009)
Musical career
Also known asCoconut Records
InstrumentsVocals, keyboards, Drums, percussion, guitar
Years active2006–present
LabelsYoung Baby
Associated actsPhantom Planet

Jason Francesco Schwartzman (born June 26, 1980) is an American actor, screenwriter, film producer, 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), The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014), and Isle of Dogs (2018). He also starred in other films, such as Slackers (2002), Spun (2003), I Heart Huckabees (2004), Shopgirl (2005), Marie Antoinette (2006), Funny People (2009), Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010), Saving Mr. Banks (2013) and Klaus (2019).

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[edit]

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 and entertainment: he is the nephew of Francis Ford Coppola and Anton 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 novelist and screenwriter Elliott B. Oppenheim.

His paternal grandparents were Polish-Jewish immigrants, while his mother is Italian American and Catholic.[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. 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 the comedy film Slackers, and in 2003 headlined the drama 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 also voiced the role of Ash Fox in Wes Anderson's animated film, The Fantastic Mr. Fox, which he described as, "the best movie I’ve ever been a part of."[3] 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."


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.[4] He has also written tracks for Smallville and Slackers. Schwartzman also played the drums on Phoenix's rendition of The Beach Boys' song "Alone on Christmas Day" in 2015. The song was featured in Bill Murray's Netflix special, A Very Murray Christmas.

Personal life[edit]

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.[5] Schwartzman describes himself as "basically a vegan" as he does not eat meat, dairy, or eggs.[6] He narrated a video, What to Eat: The Environmental Impacts of Our Food, for Farm Sanctuary.[7] He has two daughters, born in December 2010 [8] and October 2014.[9]

Coconut Records[edit]

Coconut Records is an indie pop musical solo project by Schwartzman, which began in 2006.[10] The debut album, Nighttiming, was released on Schwartzman's Young Baby Records in 2007. The album had musical contributions by members of Incubus, as well as appearances by actresses Zooey Deschanel and Kirsten Dunst and Schwartzman's brother Robert. Coconut Records' second release, Davy, was released in January, 2009.

Schwartzman's work has also been featured in many films and television programs. In 2009, he composed the theme song to his HBO series Bored to Death, in which he also starred, under his Coconut Records title. That same year, he also contributed to the film score to the film Funny People with composer Michael Andrews. The original soundtrack is downloadable, as well as available in vinyl LP, on Coconut Records' official Cinder Block store.[11] His song, "Microphone" was featured in the 2012 coming of age comedy, LOL.


Studio albums[edit]

Details Peak chart positions
US Heat[12] US Indie[12]
  • Released: March 20, 2007
  • Label: Young Baby Records
  • Released: January 20, 2009
  • Label: Young Baby Records
10 36
Goats Original Soundtrack
  • Released: August 7, 2012
  • Label: Young Baby Records


Other appearances[edit]



Year Title Role Notes
1998 Rushmore Max Fischer
2000 Mare Bonky Enrique
2001 CQ Felix DeMarco
Odessa or Bust The Young Man Short film
Julius And Friends: Hole In One Julius (voice) Short film
2002 Slackers Ethan Dulles
Spun Ross
Simone Milton
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
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 film
The Darjeeling Limited Jack Whitman Also co-writer (with Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola)
Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story Ringo Starr Uncredited
2009 Funny People Mark Taylor Jackson
The Marc Pease Experience Marc Pease
Fantastic Mr. Fox Ash Fox (voice)
2010 Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Gideon Graves
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
Cousin Ben Troop Screening with Jason Schwartzman Cousin Ben Short film
A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III Kirby Star
2013 Castello Cavalcanti Jed Cavalcanti Short film
Saving Mr. Banks Richard M. Sherman
2014 Listen Up Philip Philip Lewis Friedman
The Grand Budapest Hotel M. Jean
Big Eyes Ruben
2015 The Overnight Kurt
7 Chinese Brothers Larry
A Very Murray Christmas Elliott
2016 Dreamland Peter
My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea Dash (voice)
2017 The Polka King Mickey Pizzazz
Golden Exits Buddy
2018 Isle of Dogs Co-writer (story only, with Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola, and Kunichi Nomura)
2019 Wine Country Devon
Between Two Ferns: The Movie Himself
Klaus Jesper (voice)
TBA The French Dispatch Hermes Jones Post-production; also co-writer (story only)
TBA Mainstream Mark 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"
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
Drunk History Ralph Nader Episode: "Detroit"
Key & Peele Himself Episode: "LA Vice"
Comedy Bang! Bang! Himself Episode: "Jason Schwartzman Wears a Striped Shirt & High Top Sneakers"
Ghost Ghirls Brad Holmes Episode: "Comedy of Terrors"
2014–2016 Mozart in the Jungle Bradford Sharp 8 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
2015–2016 Blunt Talk Duncan Adler 7 episodes
2017 Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later Greg 4 episodes
2017–2018 Neo Yokio Arcangelo Corelli (voice) 7 episodes
2020 Medical Police The Goldfinch Recurring
Fargo[13] Josto Fadda Post-production


Year Title Notes
2002 Orange County Song: "California"
Smallville Song: "Lonely Day"
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
Funny People Soundtrack
2012 LOL Song: "Microphones"
2013 Palo Alto Song: "Is This Sound Okay?"


On February 17, 2009, Schwartzman was named one of the "Top 10 Most Stylish Men in America" by GQ magazine.[14]


  1. ^ a b Bloom, Nate. "Interfaith Celebrities: Five Beautiful Women, A Violinist and One Caveman". InterfaithFamily.com. Retrieved September 15, 2011.
  2. ^ Fraser, Antonia (October 17, 2006). "Sofia's Choice". Vanity Fair.
  3. ^ "Jason Schwartzman on 'The Fantastic Mr. Fox': "It's the best movie I've ever been a part of"". Daily Actor. November 23, 2009.
  4. ^ Greenblatt, Leah (September 4, 2009). "Jason Schwartzman exclusive: Hear the theme song for his new HBO show here". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved September 19, 2011.
  5. ^ DiNunno, Gina (August 21, 2009). "Jason Schwartzman Ties the Knot". TV Guide. Retrieved August 21, 2009.
  6. ^ Gilchrist, Todd (October 20, 2006). "Interview: Jason Schwartzman". IGN. Retrieved December 10, 2019.
  7. ^ "What to Eat: The Environmental Impacts of our Food". PlateToPlanet.org. Farm Sanctuary. Retrieved July 17, 2012.
  8. ^ Michaud, Sarah (January 3, 2011). "It's a Girl for Jason Schwartzman". People. Retrieved January 3, 2010.
  9. ^ Willis, Jackie (June 10, 2014). "Jason Schwartzman Welcomes Baby No. 2". Entertainment Tonight. Retrieved October 20, 2014.
  10. ^ Coconut Records at Allmusic
  11. ^ "Cinder Block Store "Goats" Original Soundtrack LP (2012)". Cinder Block. Archived from the original on September 7, 2012. Retrieved March 5, 2013.
  12. ^ a b "Coconut Records – Chart History". Billboard.com.
  13. ^ Thorne, Will (July 18, 2019). "Jack Huston, Jason Schwartzman, Ben Whishaw Among 12 Joining 'Fargo' Season 4 Cast". Variety. Retrieved July 18, 2019.
  14. ^ "The 10 Most Stylish Men in America". New York Daily News. February 17, 2009. Retrieved February 17, 2009.

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