Paul Schneider (actor)
March 16, 1976 |
Asheville, North Carolina, U.S.
Paul Andrew Schneider (born March 16, 1976) is an American actor widely known for his role as Mark Brendanawicz on the first two seasons of the NBC sitcom 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.
In 2000, Schneider made his film debut in George Washington and starred in All the Real Girls. 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.
After Elizabethtown, Schneider had supporting roles in The Family Stone and Live Free or Die. In 2007, he portrayed Gus Lindstrom in Lars and the Real Girl and Dick Liddil in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. He was subsequently named one of the "Ten Actors to Watch" by Variety. In 2008, he made his directorial debut with the independent film Pretty Bird. Also in 2008, Schneider played President William Henry Harrison in a short parody miniseries called Drunk History Vol. 4.
In 2009, Schneider appeared as Charles Armitage Brown in the film Bright Star, 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. He portrayed Courtney Farlander in Away We Go.
Schneider co-starred in the NBC series Parks and Recreation as Mark Brendanawicz from 2009 to 2010. His character did not return at any point during the rest of the series, despite producers' claims that they wished to have him back, nor was he mentioned at all by any other characters. Schneider stated that he was not interested in returning to the show, and had never been contacted about it, adding that he found himself having little interest in promoting his career and was considering retiring from show business altogether.
|1997||Pleasant Grove||Bedford||Short film|
|1998||Physical Pinball||Short film|
|2000||George Washington||Rico Rice|
|2003||Security, Colorado||Paul||Filmed in the Dogma 95 style.|
|2003||All the Real Girls||Paul||Writer|
|2004||50 Ways to Leave Your Lover||Owen McCabe|
|2005||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|
|2007||Lars and the Real Girl||Gus|
|2008||Pretty Bird||Beach Dog Jogger||Writer, director|
|2009||Bright Star||Charles Armitage Brown|
|2009||Away We Go||Courtney Farlander|
|2011||Water for Elephants||Charlie O'Brien|
|2012||Flowers of War||Terry|
|2012||The Babymakers||Tommy Macklin|
|2014||Goodbye to All That||Otto Wall|
|2014||Black Eyed Dog|
|2014||Straight Men/Same Bed||Short film
Writer, director, producer
|2016||Rules Don't Apply||Richard Miskin|
|2003||Third Watch||Thomas Warner||Guest role; 3 episodes|
|2008||Drunk History Vol. 4||William Henry Harrison||1 episode|
|2009–2010||Parks and Recreation||Mark Brendanawicz||Main role (seasons 1-2); 30 episodes|
|2012||The Newsroom||Bryan Brenner||Guest role; 2 episodes|
|2014||The Divide||Clark Rylance||Main role; 8 episodes|
|2016||The Tunnel||Artem Baturin||Guest role; 3 episodes|
|2016||Channel Zero: Candle Cove||Mike Painter||Main role; 6 episodes|
Awards and nominations
|2003||Gotham Awards||Breakthrough Award||All the Real Girls||Nominated|
|2004||Chlotrudis Awards||Best Original Screenplay (shared with David Gordon Green||All the Real Girls||Nominated|
|2008||Sundance Film Festival||Dramatic||Pretty Bird||Nominated|
|2009||Alliance of Women Film Journalists||Best Supporting Actor||Bright Star||Nominated|
|Hollywood Film Awards||Won|
|Indiewire Critics' Poll||Best Supporting Performance||Bright Star||Nominated|
|San Diego Film Critics Society Awards||Dramatic||Pretty Bird||Nominated|
|Village Voice Film Poll||Best Supporting Actor||Bright Star||Nominated|
|2010||National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA||Best Supporting Actor||Bright Star||Won|
|2012||RiverRun International Film Festival||Won|
|2014||Tribeca Film Festival||Best Actor in a Narrative Feature||Goodbye to All That||Won|
|2017||Fangoria Chainsaw Awards||Best TV Actor||Channel Zero: Candle Cove||Pending|
- "Tribeca Film Review: ‘Goodbye to All That’". Variety. Variety Magazine. Retrieved 11 August 2014.
- Indsdorf, Annette (2012-07-30). "Paul Schneider, Versatile 'Babymaker' and 'Beloved' Actor". Huffington Post. Retrieved 28 November 2012.
- Fischer, Jonathan (February 4, 2010). "The Nifty 50: Paul Schneider, Actor". New York Times. Retrieved 28 November 2012.
- Kehr, Dave (2003-02-09). "From the Pride of an Art School, a Sophomore Effort". The New York Times. Retrieved 2007-12-30.
- Adams, Sam (2009-09-30). "Random Roles: Paul Schneider". A.V. Club. Retrieved 28 November 2012.
- Idelson, Karen (2007-10-19). "Paul Schneider: 'Jesse James' star prefers life over acting school". Variety. Retrieved 28 November 2012.
- "Up, Up and Away: Paul Schneider's "Pretty Bird"". Indiewire. January 25, 2008. Retrieved 28 November 2012.
- 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.
- Childress, Erik (January 4, 2010). "National Society of Film Critics 'Hurt' Oscar Chances?". Moviefone. Retrieved 28 November 2012.
- 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.
- Ryan, Mike (22 April 2014). "Paul Schneider on Why He Left Parks and Recreation and Why He Might Leave Hollywood". ScreenCrush. Retrieved 22 April 2014.