Jason Schwartzman Biography
Sun Sign: Cancer
Also Known As: Jason Francesco Schwartzman
Born in: Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Famous as: Actor, Screenwriter, and Musician
Spouse/Ex-: Brady Cunningham (m. 2009)
father: Jack Schwartzman
mother: Talia Shire (née Coppola)
siblings: Robert Schwartzman
children: Marlowe Rivers Schwartzman
U.S. State: California
City: Los Angeles
Even before his career began, Jason Schwartzman had to face the herculean task of getting out of his family’s shadow which he accomplished quite admirably. His family’s history obviously influenced him as he formed a band at the age of fourteen and bagged his first movie role at eighteen. His debut in the film ‘Rushmore’ was extremely convincing and he essayed a complex role with ease. The next few years saw him more aligned to his music projects, with only a handful of acting appearances. But as his acting skills garnered attention, he began getting better offers which led to a change in his approach, as he quit the band to make acting his priority. Over the next few years, he was cast many times in substantial roles as a part of an ensemble cast, as well as in supporting roles. He continued his music passions, releasing two solo albums, from which some of the songs have featured in TV shows. He showed his versatility by acting in some TV shows too, most notably in ‘Bored to Death’.
- Jason Schwartzman was born to actress Talia Shire and producer Jack Schwartzman in Los Angeles, California. His illustrious family includes his grandfather musician Carmine Coppola, his uncle director Francis Ford Coppola of ‘Godfather’ fame and his cousins—actor Nicolas Cage and director Sofia Coppola.
- When he was fourteen, he co-founded the alternative rock band ‘Phantom Planet’ in which he was a drummer and songwriter. He studied at ‘Windward School in Los Angeles’. In 1998, the band released their first album, ‘Phantom Planet Is Missing’.
- In 1998, he successfully auditioned for the role of Max Fisher in the comedy ‘Rushmore’. He was chosen from over thousand candidates and his performance in the film was lauded by critics.
- In 2000, he featured in the TV series ‘Freaks and Geeks’. The next year, he played a supporting role in his cousin, Roman Coppola’s film ‘CQ’.
- In 2002, he returned to films by playing the lead in the forgettable romantic comedy ‘Slackers’ and the comedy drama ‘Spun’, where he portrayed a meth addict.
- In 2004, he featured in the season-long sitcom series ‘Cracking Up’ and the philosophical comedy ‘I Heart Huckabees’, which had a stellar cast consisting of Dustin Hoffman, Jude Law and Mark Wahlberg in its cast.
- He left the band ‘Phantom Planet’ in 2004 to concentrate on his acting career. By this time, he had written songs for the shows ‘Smallville’, ‘Orange County’ and ‘Cracking Up’.
- In 2005, he continued to star in comedy movies and acted in the commercial success ‘Bewitched’, which was based on a TV show of the same name. ‘Shopgirl’, starring Steve Martin and Jason Schwartzman was another comedy, released the same year.
- Schwartzman’s next few films fared much better at the box-office and also with critics. In 2006, he played ‘King Louis XVI’ in a historical comedy, directed by his cousin Sofia Coppola, titled ‘Marie Antoinette’. The next year, he did another comedy, ‘The Darjeeling Limited’; he was also a co-writer of the film. Both the films tasted critical and commercial success.
- In 2007 he formed a record company titled ‘Coconut Records’ and released an album, ‘Nighttiming’. Its songs featured in ‘Spider-Man 3’ and also in the film ‘Cloverfield’.
- In 2009, he did a voice-over for the acclaimed Wes Anderson animation film ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’, did a supporting role and also composed the soundtrack for the comedy ‘Funny People’. He played an amateur detective in the comedy show ‘Bored to Death’, which was broadcast for two years. He also released his second solo album ‘Davy’ the same year.
- In 2012, he was part of an ensemble cast for another Wes Anderson film, the ‘Moonrise Kingdom’. The film received universal acclaim and won awards at many film festivals.
- In 2013 he had a supporting role in the comedy-drama ‘Saving Mr. Banks’, which grossed over 100 million at the box-office.
- Schwartzman made a wonderful first impression with his debut ‘Rushmore’. His portrayal of the character of ‘Max Fischer’, a creative overachiever was flawless. His comic timing and the ability to say funny lines with a poker-face got him considerable praise and recognition, also kick-starting his acting career.
- He was the co-founder, drummer and songwriter of the alternative rock band ‘Phantom Planet’ for nine years, during which the band released two albums. Their second album, ‘The Guest’, featured the hit song ‘California’, which was adopted as a theme song by the TV series ‘The OC’.
- In 1999, Schwartzman won a ‘YoungStar Award’ in the category ‘Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Comedy Film’ for ‘Rushmore’.
- He figured in the list of ‘Top 10 Most Stylish Men in America’ compiled by GQ magazine in 2009.
- In 2013, he was a part of the cast of the film ‘Moonrise Kingdom’, which was awarded a ‘Central Ohio Film Critics Association’ or COFCA award in the category ‘Best Ensemble’.
- Schwartzman got married to clothing designer Brady Cunningham in 2009. The couple has a daughter - Marlowe Rivers Schwartzman.
- He has narrated an environmental video titled ‘What to Eat: The Environmental Impacts of our Food’ for the animal welfare organization ‘Farm Sanctuary’. Schwartzman himself practises vegetarianism.
- This American actor and drummer hails from a distinguished family whose members, spanning three generations, have been directors, producers, actors, cinematographers and singers.
Jason Schwartzman Movies
1. The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
(Comedy, Adventure, Drama)
2. Fight for Your Right Revisited (2011)
(Comedy, Short, Music)
3. Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
(Comedy, Drama, Romance, Adventure)
4. Rushmore (1998)
5. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)
(Comedy, Action, Romance)
6. Saving Mr. Banks (2013)
(Comedy, Drama, Biography, Music, Family)
7. The Darjeeling Limited (2007)
(Adventure, Drama, Comedy)
8. Hotel Chevalier (2007)
(Short, Romance, Drama)
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