Jason Schwartzman

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Jason Schwartzman
Jason Schwartzman in 2018 by Sachyn Mital (cropped).jpg
Schwartzman in March 2018
Born (1980-06-26) June 26, 1980 (age 42)
  • Actor
  • musician
Years active1998–present
Brady Cunningham
(m. 2009)
Musical career
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • keyboards
  • drums
Years active1994–present
LabelsYoung Baby

Jason Francesco Schwartzman (born June 26, 1980) is an American actor and musician.

Schwartzman made his film debut in Wes Anderson's 1998 film Rushmore, and has gone on to appear in six other Anderson films: The Darjeeling Limited (2007), Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009), Moonrise Kingdom (2012), The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014), Isle of Dogs (2018), and The French Dispatch (2021). His other film roles include Spun (2003), I Heart Huckabees (2004), Marie Antoinette (2006), and Klaus (2019). Schwartzman starred in the television series Bored to Death (2009–11) and appeared in the fourth season of the FX anthology series Fargo (2020). He was an executive producer on the Amazon Prime show Mozart in the Jungle (2014–18), a series he also acted in.

Schwartzman has released three albums through his solo project Coconut Records, having previously been drummer in the rock band Phantom Planet.

Early life[edit]

Jason Francesco Schwartzman was born in Los Angeles on June 26, 1980, the son of actress Talia Shire (née Coppola) and film producer Jack Schwartzman. His paternal grandparents were Polish Jews, while his mother is an Italian-American Catholic.[1][2] His younger brother, Robert Schwartzman, is also an actor and musician. His paternal half-siblings are Stephanie and cinematographer John Schwartzman, while his maternal half-brother is Matthew Shire. As a member of the Coppola family, many of his relatives are also involved in the entertainment industry—he is the nephew of filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola and opera conductor Anton Coppola; the cousin of actor Nicolas Cage and filmmakers Sofia Coppola, Roman Coppola, and Christopher Coppola; and the grandson of Coppola family matriarch Italia Coppola (née Pennino) and composer Carmine Coppola. He attended Windward School in the Mar Vista neighborhood of Los Angeles.[1]



Schwartzman's acting career began in 1998, at the age of 18, when he starred in Wes Anderson's Rushmore. 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 C-list television star Mark in Funny People. He also voiced Ash Fox in Wes Anderson's animated film Fantastic Mr. Fox, which he described as "the best movie [he's] 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 Tim & Eric's Bedtime Stories episode "The Endorsement". In 2020, he starred as Italian crime boss Josto Fadda in the fourth season of the FX anthology series Fargo.[4]


Prior to acting, Schwartzman was the drummer and a songwriter for the band Phantom Planet. 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.[5] 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. It had musical contributions by members of Incubus, as well as appearances by actresses Zooey Deschanel and Kirsten Dunst and Schwartzman's brother Robert. 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.[6] 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.

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.[7] His song, "Microphone" was featured in the 2012 coming of age comedy, LOL.

Personal life[edit]

Schwartzman married his long-time girlfriend, Brady Cunningham, an art and design director, at their home in the San Fernando Valley on July 11, 2009.[8] Their first child, a daughter, was born in December 2010.[9] Their second daughter was born in June 2014.[10]

In 2006, Schwartzman described himself as "basically a vegan".[11] In 2009, he was named one of the "Top 10 Most Stylish Men in America" by GQ magazine.[12] In 2011, he narrated a video called What to Eat: The Environmental Impacts of Our Food for Farm Sanctuary.[13][14]



Not yet released Denotes works that have not yet been released
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)
2020 Mainstream Mark Schwartz
2021 The Sparks Brothers Himself Documentary
The French Dispatch Hermes Jones Also co-writer (story only, with Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola and Hugo Guinness)
Sing 2 Additional voices
2023 The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes Not yet released Lucretius "Lucky" Flickerman Filming
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse Not yet released Jonathan Ohnn / Spot (voice) In production
Untitled Sandra Oh and Awkwafina comedy film Not yet released Post-production
TBA Asteroid City Not yet released Post-production[15]
TBA Megalopolis Not yet released Filming


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
2011 Sesame Street Himself 1 episode
2013 Parks and Recreation Dennis Lerpiss 2 episodes
Out There Benjamin Brent / Cedric (voices) 2 episodes
Drunk History Ralph Nader Episode: "Detroit"
Key & Peele Himself Episode: "Boarding Order"
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[4] Josto Fadda Main cast (season 4)
Prop Culture Himself Episode: "Mary Poppins"
2021 Duncanville Uncle Sam (voice) Episodes: "Stan in the Place Where You Live" and "Dead Stan Walking"
2022 The Righteous Gemstones Thaniel Block 3 Episodes
2022 I Love That for You Ethan 2 Episodes

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role
2021 The Artful Escape Zomm/Terminal (voice)


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?"


Studio albums[edit]

Details Peak chart positions
US Heat[16] US Indie[16]
  • 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]


  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. ^ a b Thorne, Will (July 18, 2019). "Jack Huston, Jason Schwartzman, Ben Whishaw Among 12 Joining 'Fargo' Season 4 Cast". Variety. Retrieved July 18, 2019.
  5. ^ Coconut Records at Allmusic
  6. ^ Greenblatt, Leah (September 4, 2009). "Jason Schwartzman exclusive: Hear the theme song for his new HBO show here". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved September 19, 2011.
  7. ^ "Cinder Block Store "Goats" Original Soundtrack LP (2012)". Cinder Block. Archived from the original on September 7, 2012. Retrieved March 5, 2013.
  8. ^ DiNunno, Gina (August 21, 2009). "Jason Schwartzman Ties the Knot". TV Guide. Retrieved August 21, 2009.
  9. ^ Michaud, Sarah (January 3, 2011). "It's a Girl for Jason Schwartzman". People. Retrieved January 3, 2010.
  10. ^ Willis, Jackie (June 10, 2014). "Jason Schwartzman Welcomes Baby No. 2". Entertainment Tonight. Retrieved October 20, 2014.
  11. ^ Gilchrist, Todd (October 20, 2006). "Interview: Jason Schwartzman". IGN. Retrieved December 10, 2019.
  12. ^ "The 10 Most Stylish Men in America". New York Daily News. February 17, 2009. Retrieved February 17, 2009.
  13. ^ "What to Eat - voiced by Jason Schwartzman". Archived from the original on November 7, 2021 – via www.youtube.com.
  14. ^ "What to Eat: The Environmental Impacts of our Food". PlateToPlanet.org. Farm Sanctuary. Retrieved July 17, 2012.
  15. ^ Kit, Borys (August 13, 2021). "Rupert Friend, Jason Schwartzman Join Wes Anderson's Next Film (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 13, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  16. ^ a b "Coconut Records – Chart History". Billboard.com.

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