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Jason Schwartzman

Jason Schwartzman made his motion picture acting debut in 1999 as Max Fischer, an eccentric high-school sophomore in the acclaimed comedy Rushmore, opposite Bill Murray, for director Wes Anderson (The Royal Tenenbaums). That year, his performance garnered a nomination for Most Promising Actor from the Chicago Film Critics Association. He has since completed work on several feature films. Schwartzman left his position as lead drummer for the Los Angeles-based band Phantom Planet in 2003. Their second studio album (The Guest), written in part by Schwartzman, was released by Epic Records in February 2002. Shortly after, the band embarked on a 14-month tour with Incubus.

In 2004, Schwartzman starred in David O. Russell's I Heart Huckabees with Dustin Hoffman, Naomi Watts and Jude Law.

In 2005, he starred opposite Steve Martin and Claire Danes in Shopgirl, the film adaptation of Steve Martin's best-selling novel. The International Press Academy nominated him for a Satellite Award for Outstanding Actor in a Supporting Role, Comedy or Musical, for his portrayal of Jeremy, the struggling musician who falls in love with a disenchanted salesgirl played by Danes.

In September 2007, he made his writing debut with The Darjeeling Limited, which he co-wrote with Roman Coppola and Wes Anderson. He also starred in the film as Jack, alongside Owen Wilson and Adrien Brody. His other acting credits include Spun, Slackers, S1m0ne, Marie Antoinette and Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story.

In 2006, Schwartzman was back in the music scene, creating an indie-rock solo project with Coconut Records. The debut album, titled Nighttiming, was released on Schwartzman's Young Baby Records in 2007. The album is the product of Schwartzman, who wrote all of the songs and performs the majority of the instruments. The song Summer Day was featured on the Spider-Man 3 soundtrack. The song West Coast can be heard in an episode of The O.C. and the movie Cloverfield. Schwartzman will next be seen in HBO's new television series Bored to Death, set to premiere September 20. He also is slated to lend his voice in the upcoming animated film Fantastic Mr. Fox. The film is comprised of an all-star cast, including George Clooney, Meryl Streep and Bill Murray, and reunites Schwartzman with director Wes Anderson. It is set for release in November 2009 through Fox Searchlight.

Schwartzman is currently in production with Michael Cera in the film Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. The film is being directed by Edgar Wright and is set to be released by Universal Pictures in 2010. Schwartzman is also attached to star opposite Jonah Hill in the film The Adventurer's Handbook.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Schwartzman continues to reside there.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2009.
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Jason Schwartzman Facts

Birth NameJason Francesco Schwartzman
BirthdayJune 26, 1980 (43)
BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, USA
Height5' 5" (1m65)  How tall is Jason Schwartzman compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Fantastic Mr. Fox
Saving Mr. Banks
Big Eyes
The Darjeeling Limited
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Moonrise Kingdom
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