Born in Astoria, New York, Schwimmer was raised in Los
Angeles, where he attended Beverly Hills High School. Having attended
Northwestern’s summer “Cherub” program (the National High School Institute) in
1983, he subsequently enrolled at the University as a theater major, joining
Delta Tau Delta fraternity and Arts Alliance in addition to acting and
directing. In 1988, along with seven other Northwestern graduates, he co-founded
Chicago's Lookingglass Theatre Company.
David Schwimmer is best known for his role as Ross Geller in the television sitcom Friends. He earned an Emmy Award nomination in the "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series" category for Friends in 1995. This made him the first castmember of 'Friends' to receive such a nomination. As well as acting, he also frequently directed episodes of the acclaimed comedy series.
In the "Friends" episode "TOW Russ," the character of "Russ," who bore an amazing resemblence to Schwimmer's "Ross," was played by Schwimmer himself. Although in the credits the role was credited as being played by "Snaro." The producers have joked in the past that the character of Russ was played by a famous Croatian actor named Snaro, but Schwimmer has said that the name Snaro was a tribute to a friend of his.
David Schwimmer's film credits include Apt Pupil, The Pallbearer, Breast Men, Kissing a Fool, Six Days Seven Nights, Uprising, and Madagascar (voice). Schwimmer also appeared in the Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks television production Band of Brothers.
He made his West End theatrical debut in 2005 in Neil LaBute's play Some Girl(s) at the Gielgud Theatre in London as the character 'Man' alongside Catherine Tate, Saffron Burrows, Sara Powell, and Lesley Manville.
David Schwimmer appeared as himself in Season 4 of Curb Your Enthusiasm.
In the spring of 2006, David Schwimmer starred on Broadway in "The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial" alongside Tim Daly ("Wings") and Zeljko Ivanek ("The Pillowman"), directed by four time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks. The show flopped and closed because of horrible reviews, but general opinion was that David looked absolutely precious in his little sailor suit.
David Schwimmer also dated Australian singer/actress Natalie Imbruglia.
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