Jason Schwartzman

Jason Schwartzman Biography

Jason Francesco Schwartzman (born June 26, 1980) is an American actor and musician. He has appeared in films such as Rushmore, Spun, I Heart Huckabees, Shopgirl, Marie Antoinette, The Darjeeling Limited, Funny People, Fantastic Mr. Fox and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. He currently releases music through solo-project Coconut Records; formerly, he was the drummer of the rock band Phantom Planet. Schwartzman was also the star of the HBO series Bored to Death, where he played a writer who moonlights as an unlicensed detective, advertising himself on Craigslist.

Early life

Schwartzman was born in Los Angeles, California, the son of actress Talia Shire (née Coppola) and the late producer Jack Schwartzman. His maternal grandparents were composer Carmine Coppola and Italia Coppola (née Pennino). His uncle is director Francis Ford Coppola, and his cousins are actor Nicolas Cage, director Sofia Coppola, Roman Coppola, and Christopher Coppola. His brother is actor/musician Robert Schwartzman (vocalist for the band Rooney), and his paternal half-brother is cinematographer John Schwartzman. His father was an Ashkenazi Jew and his mother is Italian American and Catholic. Schwartzman was raised without religion.



Schwartzman's acting career began when he was 17 years old when he starred in Wes Anderson's Rushmore in 1998. Prior to Rushmore, Schwartzman had no acting experience.

In 2001 he starred in CQ, a film by his cousin, Roman Coppola In 2002 he starred in Slackers, as "Cool Ethan", and Spun. In 2004 he starred in I Heart Huckabees and in 2005 starred in Shopgirl, opposite Steve Martin. Schwartzman also appeared in various TV shows, such as Cracking Up. In 2006, he starred in Marie Antoinette under the direction of his cousin, Sofia Coppola, in which he appeared as King Louis XVI with Kirsten Dunst in the title role.

He made a cameo appearance in the Judd Apatow-produced musician biopic spoof Walk Hard as Ringo Starr. In 2009, he appeared in Apatow's third directorial feature entitled Funny People, in which he played Mark, a C-list television star.

Schwartzman starred in HBO's TV show Bored to Death in which he played a writer who moonlights as a private detective, and puts himself up for hire on Craigslist. In 2009 he starred in The Marc Pease Experience opposite Ben Stiller. In 2010, he performed as Gideon Graves in the film Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, the movie adaptation of the comics by Bryan Lee O'Malley.

In 2011, Schwartzman made a cameo appearance as Vincent van Gogh in the Beastie Boys short film Fight For Your Right Revisited.


Prior to acting, he was the drummer and a songwriter for the band Phantom Planet. Despite leaving the band for an acting career, music remains one of Schwartzman's passions and pastimes. He appears in the music video for the rock remix of "It's All About the Benjamins" by Puff Daddy. He also contributed to Ben Lee's 2005 album Awake Is the New Sleep.

In 2007, he created the indie rock solo act Coconut Records. The first CD, entitled "Nighttiming" was produced by Mike Einziger of Incubus and features a cover photo from Roman Coppola. The album was first released on iTunes on March 20, 2007. Songs include "West Coast", "Nighttiming", and "This Old Machine". In 2009, the second album Davy was released on iTunes on January 20, 2009. The first single from the CD was "Microphone".

In addition, Schwartzman has composed and performs the musical score for Funny People and the theme song for Bored to Death. He has also written tracks for Smallville and Slackers.

Personal life

Schwartzman married long-time girlfriend Brady Cunningham at their home in the San Fernando Valley on July 11, 2009. Cunningham is Art & Design Director and co-owner of TENOVERSIX based in Los Angeles. Schwartzman is a vegetarian and describes himself as "basically" a vegan due to not eating meat, dairy or eggs. Schwartzman narrated a video, What to Eat: The Environmental Impacts of our Food, for Farm Sanctuary. He has one daughter, Marlowe Rivers Schwartzman, born on December 4, 2010.


Year Title Role Notes
1998 Rushmore Max Fischer
2001 CQ Felix DeMarco
2001 Odessa or Bust The Young Man Short
2002 Slackers Ethan Dulles
2002 S1m0ne Milton
2003 Spun Ross
2002 Julius And Friends: Hole In One Julius (voice) Short
2003 Julius And Friends: Yeti, Set, Go Julius (voice) Short
2004 I Heart Huckabees Albert Markovski
2005 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Gag Halfrunt Uncredited
2005 Bewitched Ritchie
2005 Shopgirl Jeremy Nominated"?Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor " Motion Picture
2006 Marie Antoinette King Louis XVI
2007 Hotel Chevalier Jack Whitman Short
2007 The Darjeeling Limited Jack Whitman Also writer
2007 Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story Ringo Starr Uncredited
2009 The Marc Pease Experience Marc Pease
2009 Funny People Mark Taylor Jackson
2009 Fantastic Mr. Fox Ash Fox (voice)
2010 Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Gideon Gordon Graves
2010 Fight For Your Right Revisited Vincent van Gogh
2012 Moonrise Kingdom Cousin Ben
2012 A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III Kirby Star
2013 Saving Mr. Banks Richard M. Sherman
2014 She's Funny That Way
2014 Big Eyes Ruben Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2000 Freaks and Geeks Howie Gelfand 1 episode: "Carded and Discarded"
2000 Get Real Himself as Phantom Planet
2004 Cracking Up Ben Baxter
2005 The X's Brandon (voice) 1 episode: Secret Agent Manual/The Spy Who Liked Me
2009 Bored to Death Jonathan Ames
2010 Scott Pilgrim vs. the Animation Simon Lee (voice) TV Short; uncredited
2013 Parks and Recreation Dennis Lerpiss 2 episodes: "Bailout" "Are You Better Off?"
2013 Cool & Crazy Cartoons Mr. Cheerful 1 cartoon "The Cheerful and the Cheerless"
2013 Out There Benjamin Brent (voice) 1 episode: "Frosty King"
2013 Drunk History Ralph Nader 1 episode: Detroit


Year Title Notes
2002 Orange County Song: "California"
2002 Smallville Song: "Lonely Day" for episode: "Stray"
2002 Slackers Songs: "Oh Angela" and "Ethan's Song"
2004 Cracking Up Theme Music
2006 The O.C. Song: "California" for episode: "The Chrismukk-huh?"
2008 Cloverfield Song: "West Coast"
2009 Bored to Death Theme Music
2009 Funny People Soundtrack
  • Schwartzman's solo music project is called Coconut Records.


On February 17, 2009, Schwartzman was named one of Top 10 Most Stylish Men in America by GQ magazine.

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