David continuously made TV fans laugh week after week in his portrayal of the frivolous "Ross" on the successful comedy hit series "Friends". In reality, unlike "Ross", lies a seriously multi-talented and versatile actor and filmmaker. Tall, dark-haired, and lanky, Schwimmer was born in Queens, but later raised in Southern California, where he attended the famed Beverly Hills High School. He then enrolled in Chicago's Northwestern University, where he briefly considered pursuing his family's traditional profession and becoming a lawyer, but by that time, the acting bug had bitten him deeply and he was committed to it. Following graduation from Northwestern, Schwimmer gained enough stage experience in Chicago theater to co-found the Lookingglass Theatre Company with fellow actors. Schwimmer remains passionate about his involvement with the troupe and has starred in or directed many of their productions. In 1989, he made the first of several attempts to break into Hollywood, when he was cast as a killer in the made-for-TV thriller A Deadly Silence. It was apparently an unpleasant experience and the young actor hastened back to the familiarity of Lookingglass. Still, the lure of Hollywood was great and Schwimmer returned to guest star and play recurring roles on several television series. One of his best-known early TV roles was that of Olivia D'Abo's hippie fiancé on The Wonder Years. On the gritty crime drama NYPD Blue, he garnered critical acclaim for his portrayal of a lawyer who goes over the edge and becomes a vigilante. He had another bad television experience when he was cast opposite Henry Winkler in Fox's sitcom Monty. The series crashed before it got off the ground and Schwimmer swore he'd never do another comedy show. Up until 1994, he continued to play a wide variety of roles and to divide his time between stage and television. Despite his earlier vow, Schwimmer reluctantly accepted the role of Ross in Friends, a role that the show's creators wrote especially for him. The series, about a group of good-looking, but rather aimless buddies in their twenties, was an immediate hit and Schwimmer's lovable nerd character made him a star and got him an Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series With his newfound stardom came offers for feature film roles. Though he had actually begun appearing in films in 1990, he had, thus far, played only small roles. He made his debut as a star playing a virtual clone of Ross in the Pallbearer (1996). He played a dramatic role as one of the inventors of silicon breast implants in the made-for-television docudrama Breast Men (1997). Schwimmer signed a lucrative contract with Miramax that will not only star him in several pictures, but also allow him to direct.
David was born on November 12, 1966 in New York and raised in Los Angeles. He was born on his mother, Arlene Colman- Schwimmer, birthday. Schwimmer was encouraged by a high school instructor to attend a summer program in acting at Northwestern University. Inspired by that experience, he returned to Northwestern where he received a bachelor's degree in speech/theater. In 1988, along with seven other Northwestern graduates, he co-founded Chicago's Looking glass Theatre Company. Along with best friend & fellow actor Joey Slotnick, he helped found the Looking Glass Theater Company, based in Chicago, Illinois. Both his parents, 'Arlene Colman-Schwimmer' and Authur Schwimmer, had small parts in Since You've Been Gone (1998) (TV). Before "Friends" (1994) Schwimmer competed against high-school friend Jonathan Silverman and actor Jon Cryer for a role in the TV pilot Couples (1994) (TV). Silverman won the role opposite Helen Slater, but ABC passed on the show. The producers later reconceived the show for singles and sold it to NBC as "Friends" (1994) in which Schwimmer was the first actor to be cast. He called up a London talk show to deny false claims that cast members of _Friends (1994)_ were demanding $1,000,000 each per episode. [April 2000] He has worked extensively on the stage both as actor and director. David resides in Los Angeles and Chicago. Schwimmer enjoys writing and participating in such sports as softball and basketball.
David Schwimmer's West End debut
David Schwimmer, star of Friends, is to make his West End debut in a new Neil LaBute play. "I'm slightly giddy," says director David Grindley, whose most recent project was directing Kevin Spacey in National Anthems at the Old Vic. "I can't quite believe I'm doing it."
In the new play, Some Girls, Schwimmer will play a commitment-phobe in his mid-thirties, known simply as "the man", who arranges meetings with four women he has broken up with in order to make amends. "This isn't going to be Ross from Friends," says Grindley. "Neil LaBute is a lot tougher, a lot darker, a lot more unpleasant." The play opens at the Gielgud Theatre in May. After that, Grindley goes to the Hampstead Theatre to direct a "manic, chaotic" new production of Joe Orton's play What the Butler Saw.
David Schwimmer to star in a London play
David Schwimmer is to star in a London play for the first time. The former 'Friends' star is set to make his debut in new West End play 'Some Girls' in which he will play an engaged serial womaniser intent on having a series of final flings.
The 38-year-old actor, who starred as bumbling paleontologist Ross in the hit US sit-com, is said to be "thrilled" at landing the role and cannot wait to tread the boards when the production opens in May. Schwimmer is just the latest in a long-line of Hollywood stars to commit themselves to the vibrant London theatre scene in the last year.
'True Romance' star Christian Slater recently finished an extended run playing Randle McMurphy in the stage adaptation of 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest', and was so enthralled with the stage he revealed he was prepared to relocate to London permanently.
Other famous names to have starred in plays in the city include Kevin Spacey, Holly Hunter, 'Sex And The City' star Kim Cattrall, Nicole Kidman and Schwimmer's 'Friends' co-star Matthew Perry.
More fun stuff about David Schwimmer
Is on the board of directors of the Rape Foundation for the Rape Treatment Center of Santa Monica
Dated Australian singer/actress Natalie Imbruglia.
Split up from Mili Avital in November 2001
Member of Delta Tau Delta International Fraternity
January 2003 - Premiered his play "Turnaround" at the 99-seat West Hollywood Coast theater. All of his "Friends" were in attendance.
Attended Beverly Hills High School and performed in stage productions there.
Went to the same High School as Angelina Jolie, Michael Klesic, Nicolas Cage, Lenny Kravitz, Jonathan Silverman, Gina Gershon, Rhonda Fleming, Jackie Cooper, Rob Reiner, Antonio Sabato Jr., Pauly Shore, Michael Tolkin, Betty White, Crobin Bernsen, E.G. Daily, Albert Brooks and Crispin Glover.
David once said in an interview, he would like to become a public school teacher after Friends ended.
"Friends" (1994) $750,000 / episode
David Schwimmer in Duane Hopwood
David Schwimmer stars as DUANE HOPWOOD, a down-on-his-luck divorced father who works the night shift as a pit boss at Caesars Palace in Atlantic City. Heartsick about the demise of his marriage to Linda (Janeane Garofalo), Duane does nothing much in his daily life but work and drink. When his visitation rights are threatened after he’s caught driving while intoxicated with his daughter in the backseat, Duane confronts the realization that the time has come to get his life back on track before he loses everything.
A moving and humorous look at the limits of unconditional love, what defines a family, and how we’re all responsible for our own happiness, DUANE HOPWOOD was written and directed by Matt Mulhern.
Set in the cold, windswept world of an Atlantic City November, DUANE HOPWOOD also stars Judah Friedlander as Anthony, a lonely slot machine repairman who dreams of comedy stardom, and Susan Lynch as Gina, a bartender who befriends Duane. Rich in the details of daily life, wistful and wise, DUANE HOPWOOD is the story of a man who comes back from the brink, and is finally able to celebrate life in all its imperfections.