Paul Schneider (actor)

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Paul Schneider
Born (1976-03-16) March 16, 1976 (age 41)
Asheville, North Carolina, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1996–present

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.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Schneider was born and raised in Asheville, North Carolina. He graduated from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.[3]


In 2000, Schneider made his film debut in George Washington and 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 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.[3] He 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 President William Henry Harrison in a short parody miniseries called Drunk History Vol. 4.[8]

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.[9] He portrayed Courtney Farlander in Away We Go.[8]

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.[10] 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.[11]



Year Title Role Notes
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
2003 Crude Gabe
2004 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover Owen McCabe
2005 Elizabethtown Jesse Baylor
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
2011 The Beloved Henderson
2012 Flowers of War Terry
2012 The Babymakers Tommy Macklin
2013 Hello Carter Aaron
2014 Goodbye to All That Otto Wall
2014 Black Eyed Dog
2014 Straight Men/Same Bed Short film
Writer, director, producer
2015 The Daughter Christian
2016 Café Society Steve
2016 Rules Don't Apply Richard Miskin


Year Title Role Notes
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
2017 Chance TBA TBA

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
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


  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. ^ 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. 
  11. ^ 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. 

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