Max Greenfield

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Max Greenfield
Max Greenfield at the 2013 Golden Globe Awards (cropped).jpg
Greenfield at the Golden Globe Awards in 2013
Born (1980-09-04) September 4, 1980 (age 40)
Years active2000–present
Tess Sanchez
(m. 2008)

Max Greenfield (born September 4, 1980)[1][2][3][4] is an American actor. He appeared in recurring roles in Veronica Mars and Ugly Betty, and co-starred in the WB series Modern Men. He co-starred as Schmidt in the Fox sitcom New Girl, for which he received Emmy, Critics' Choice Television, and Golden Globe awards nominations. Since 2018, Greenfield has portrayed Dave Johnson in the CBS comedy series The Neighborhood.

He voiced Roger in the Ice Age franchise, and numerous characters in the shows Bob's Burgers, Robot Chicken and BoJack Horseman.

Early life[edit]

Greenfield was born and raised in Dobbs Ferry, New York. He is Jewish and had a Saturday Night Live-themed Bar Mitzvah.[5]


Greenfield began pursuing his acting career in 1998 after he graduated from high school. He landed guest appearances on dramas such as Boston Public, Gilmore Girls and The O.C. Greenfield scored his first lead role on the short-lived series Modern Men as one of three bachelors who hire a life coach to help them understand and manage women. Greenfield had more success in supporting roles on Veronica Mars (reprising the role in the film adaptation in 2014) and Greek. In 2007 he landed a recurring role on Ugly Betty. He continued his television career with a slew of guest-starring roles on primetime series such as The CW's remake of Melrose Place, the short-lived No Ordinary Family, and Castle.

He created, produced, and starred in the comedy series The Gentlemen's League for the Audience Network in 2010, which followed the real-life fantasy football league he ran with actor Jerry Ferrara.[6] Greenfield had his feature film debut in the film Cross Bronx. Greenfield had a featured role in When Do We Eat?, as an Internet tycoon who, after losing his fortune, becomes a Hasidic Jew.[6] In 2011, Greenfield began playing the role of Schmidt in the sitcom New Girl. The role earned him nominations for both a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series and a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film.[7]

In 2015, Greenfield starred in a series of McDonald's commercials promoting their Sirloin Third Pound Burgers.[8]

In 2018, Greenfield was cast in the lead role of Dave Johnson in the CBS comedy The Neighborhood. He took over the role from Josh Lawson, who played the character in the pilot episode.[9] On November 8, 2018, it was announced that Greenfield is set to reprise his role as Leo D'Amato in an upcoming 8-episode revival series of Veronica Mars.[10] In the same year, Greenfield was cast in the recurring role of the Denouement brothers on the third season of the Netflix comedy drama series A Series of Unfortunate Events.[11]


Max Greenfield has worked with Young Storytellers Foundation on numerous occasions, stating that his own kids have inspired him to help children find self-confidence and creativity.[12]

Personal life[edit]

He has been married to casting director Tess Sanchez since 2008. They have two children, a daughter Lilly and a son Ozzie.[13]


Year Title Role Notes
2004 Cross Bronx Ike Green
2005 When Do We Eat? Ethan
2014 They Came Together Jake
2014 Veronica Mars Leo D'Amato
2014 About Alex Josh
2015 Hello, My Name Is Doris John Fremont
2015 The Big Short Mortgage Broker
2016 Ice Age: Collision Course Roger (voice)
2017 Fist Fight N/A Producer
2017 Shot Caller Tom
2017 The Glass Castle David
2017 I'm Not Here Dad
2018 A Futile and Stupid Gesture Chris Miller
2018 The Oath Dan Moore
2019 What Men Want Kevin Myrtle
2020 Promising Young Woman Joe
2020 Cats & Dogs 3: Paws Unite: Roger the Dog (voice)
Year Title Role Notes
2000 Undressed Victor 3 episodes
2002 Boston Public Sean Tallen Episode: "Chapter Thirty-Five"
2003 Gilmore Girls Lucas Episode: "Chicken or Beef?"
2005–2007, 2019 Veronica Mars Leo D'Amato 14 episodes
2005 Sleeper Cell Teen #2 Episode: "Al-Faitha"
2006 Modern Men Kyle Brewster Main cast; 7 episodes
2007 The O.C. Young Sandy Cohen Episode: "The Case of the Franks"
2007–2008 Ugly Betty Nick Pepper 8 episodes
2007 Life Bradley Sloane Episode: "Tear Asunder"
2008 Greek Michael 5 episodes
2008 Kath & Kim Bar fight guy Episode: "Wicked Gay"
2009 Raising the Bar David Steinberg 4 episodes
2009 Melrose Place Mickey Richards Episode: "Cannon"
2010 Castle David Nicolaides Episode: "Food to Die For"
2010 Lie to Me Damien Musso Episode: "The Whole Truth"
2010 No Ordinary Family Mr. Robbins Episode: "No Ordinary Quake"
2010–2011 The Gentlemen's League Max 2 episodes
2010 The Whole Truth Joseph Tucci Episode: "Cold Case"
2010 Undercovers Redman Uncredited; episode: "The Key to It All"
2011 Hot in Cleveland Steve Episode: "I Love Lucci, Part 1"
2011 Happy Endings Ian Episode: "You've Got Male"
2011–2018 New Girl Schmidt Principal cast, 7 seasons
Nominated – Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Scene Stealer – Male
2012 NTSF:SD:SUV:: Alistair McQueen Episode: "Lights, Camera, Assassination"
2013–2018 Bob's Burgers Boo Boo Voice; 4 episodes
2014 Hot in Cleveland Doug Episode: "The One with George Clooney"
2014 Robot Chicken Bobby, Blue Robot, Bone Age Warrior Voice; episode: "Super Guitario Center"
2014–2015 The Mindy Project Lee 2 episodes
2015 American Horror Story: Hotel Gabriel 3 episodes
2017 All Hail King Julien: Exiled Kipper Voice; 2 episodes
2017 Will & Grace Eli Wolf Episode: "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Crying"
2018 The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story Ronnie Recurring role; 3 episodes
2018–present The Neighborhood Dave Johnson Main role
2018 No Activity Cotric 2 episodes
2019 A Series of Unfortunate Events Dewey Denouement, Frank Denouement, Ernest Denouement Episode: "Penultimate Peril: Part 1" and "Penultimate Peril: Part 2"
2019 BoJack Horseman Maximilian Banks Voice; episode: "A Quick One, While He's Away"
2020 Hoops Lonnie Voice; 2 episodes


  1. ^ Char Adams (2016-03-07). "Max Greenfield and Sally Field Kiss on Ellen DeGeneres Show". Retrieved 2016-11-17.
  2. ^ "OFFBEAT: 'Mary Poppins' and 'South Pacific' among Marriott's 2013 season | OffBeat with Phil Potempa". 2016-11-10. Retrieved 2016-11-17.
  3. ^ Lempel, Robin. "Kelly & Michael: Max Greenfield 35th Birthday + New Girl Review". Recapo. Retrieved June 6, 2016. Part of a recap of Season 27, Episode 6 of Live! with Kelly and Michael, which aired September 8, 2014.
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  5. ^ Bans, Lauren (January 2012). "The GQ&A: Max Greenfield". GQ. Retrieved January 11, 2012.
  6. ^ a b "Max Greenfield". Yahoo! TV. Retrieved July 25, 2014.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-09-27. Retrieved 2013-05-03.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "Max Greenfield Will Be McDonald's Sirloin Pitchman". Huffington Post. May 7, 2015. Retrieved May 30, 2015.
  9. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (May 15, 2018). "Max Greenfield To Star In CBS Comedy Series 'The Neighborhood' In Recasting". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 1, 2019.
  10. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (November 8, 2018). "'Veronica Mars': Max Greenfield To Return, Patton Oswalt Also Cast In Revival". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 9, 2019.
  11. ^ Mathews, Liam (November 13, 2018). "The Final Season of A Series of Unfortunate Events Is Coming New Year's Day". TVGuide. Retrieved January 9, 2019.
  12. ^ Bhatt, Rakhee. "Max Greenfield on Young Storytellers & Whether or Not We'll Ever Find out Schmidt's First Name on 'New Girl'". Los Angeles Confidential. Greengale Publishing. Retrieved 21 October 2016.
  13. ^ Corneau, Allison (2015-08-25). "New Girl's Max Greenfield, Wife Tess Sanchez Welcome Baby No. 2: Find Out His Name!". US Magazine. Retrieved 2016-11-24.

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