Ben Schwartz

Ben Schwartz Biography

Ben Schwartz (born September 15, 1981) is an American actor, comedian, and writer. He is perhaps best known for portraying a fictional version of himself on the comedy web series Jake and Amir and for portraying Tom Haverford's friend Jean-Ralphio Saperstein on the sitcom Parks and Recreation. In 2012, he joined Showtime's television comedy House of Lies as the ambitious, brash, and insecure management consultant Clyde Oberholt.

His feature film credits include Peep World with Rainn Wilson, Michael C. Hall and Sarah Silverman as well as Everybody's Fine with Robert De Niro. Additionally he had a role in The Other Guys starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg and directed by Adam McKay.


On television, Schwartz guest-starred as Jean-Ralphio Saperstein on NBC"?s Parks and Recreation and is a lead in the Showtime show House of Lies with Don Cheadle and Kristen Bell. In 2010, Schwartz played series regular Bill Hoyt on J. J. Abrams' one-hour spy drama Undercovers for NBC.

Schwartz has been writing, directing and acting in his own short films for some time. He had his own segment on HBO"?s Funny or Die Presents called Terrible Decisions with Ben Schwartz and has appeared in multiple CollegeHumor sketches including the popular web series Jake and Amir. Schwartz has been nominated for two Emmys and won the 2009 Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Special for coauthoring Hugh Jackman's opening number for the 81st Academy Awards.

He was recently hired by Paramount Pictures to re-make the 1991 classic comedy Soapdish, retitled El Fuego Caliente and reworking the original's American soap opera into a Latin telenovela, with producers Rob Reiner and Alan Greisman, and he sold an original pitch to Universal Studios based on an idea by Brian Grazer with Imagine Entertainment attached to produce. He was a staff writer for the third season of Adult Swim"?s Robot Chicken and served as a freelance writer for the Weekend Update segment of Saturday Night Live as well as the monologues for the Late Show with David Letterman.

Schwartz is an alumnus of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre (UCBT) and continues to perform there regularly. He is a member of the improv group "Hot Sauce" with Adam Pally and Gil Ozeri, the group performs their long-form improv show "Something Fresh" at UCBT every month.

Personal life

Schwartz grew up in Riverdale, a neighborhood in the Bronx in New York City. In an interview with Kevin Pollak, he stated, "When I told people I was from the Bronx, it was like 'Oh, do you have bullet wounds?' And I'm like 'No, it's just me and, like, Jewish people.'"

Schwartz grew up in a family of social workers and Bronx school teachers, including his mother, a music teacher. He graduated from Union College in 2003 with a double major in psychology and anthropology.


Year Title Role Notes
2007 Starveillance Glenn - Host (voice) TV Series
New York City Serenade Russ Movie
Bronx World Travelers Ben TV Series
2008 Mayne Street Evan Mintz TV Series
2009 Happiness Isn't Everything Jacky Hamburger TV Movie
Mystery Team Dougie's Buddy Movie
I Hate Valentine's Day Tammy's Date Movie
Everybody's Fine Writer Movie
Intercourse With A Vampire Waiter TV Series, appeared in 1 episode
Accidentally On Purpose Max TV Series, appeared in 1 episode
CollegeHumor Originals Ben/Multiple personas Web series specials of the mini-series "Jake and Amir". From 2009 to present.
2010 The Other Guys Beaman's Assistant Movie
Peep World Nathan Meyerwitz Movie
Undercovers Bill Hoyt TV Series
Parks and Recreation Jean-Ralphio TV Series (11 episodes)
2011 Funny Or Die Presents... Ben TV Series, host of segment "Terrible Decisions"
Mad Narrator, Statler, Jim Halpert, Cyclops (voice) TV Series, appeared in 1 episode.
2012 House of Lies Clyde Oberholt TV Series
Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja Randy Cunningham (Voice) Animated TV Series
2013 Arrested Development John Beard Jr. TV Series, appeared in 1 episode.
Turbo Skidmark (Voice) Movie
Coffee Town Gino Movie
Comedy Bang! Bang! Harrison Ford's Publicist TV Series, appeared in 1 episodes
Better Living Through Chemistry Noah Movie
Runner Runner Craig Movie

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