David Schwimmer is best known for his role as Dr. Ross Geller in the NBC hit sitcom, Friends, alongside Couteney Cox, Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry and Matt LeBlanc. He is also a well-regarded director who had directed 10 episodes of the show Friends.
Growing up as a ambitious kid
David Schwimmer was born in Queens, New York on November 2, 1966 as a son of attorneys Arthur Coleman-Schwimmer and Arlene Coleman-Schwimmer. He was raised along with his older sister, Ellie.
Following his mother’s successful career, the family moved to Los Angeles. There, he got the first taste of acting at the mere age of 10 after playing the role of the fairy godmother in a Jewish version of Cinderella in 1977.
As a student, he took keen interest in science and mathematics. He completed his schooling from Beverly Hills High School in California. Later, he enrolled and graduated from Northwestern University in Chicago. Keeping an acting career in mind, he studied theater and speech. He was also a member of an improv group, the No-Fun Mud Piranhas.
Breakthrough role as Ross Geller in NBC’s Friends
After graduating in 1988, Schwimmer co-founded the Lookingglass Theatre Company in Chicago. Soon, he flew back to Los Angeles with the hope of pursuing a career in acting.
With all the hard work and dedication, he made his debut through a supporting role in the movie A Deadly Silence in 1989. It was then followed by a recurring role in an American drama series, L.A Law. Similarly, he was a regular cast in the short-lived sitcom Monty which was televised from January 11 to February 15, 1994.
As for a struggling actor who was seeking some sort of resilience, Schwimmer was offered to play the role of Ross Geller in the NBC sitcom Friends. He was the first among six cast members to get a nod as the executive producer, Kevin S. Bright, had previously worked with him. Initially, he thought of turning down the deal, however, he later decided to give it a shot. The very same decision turned Schwimmer into fans’ favorite Ross Geller.
For his performance as the hopeless-romantic paleontologist Ross Geller, he was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series in 1995. Meanwhile, he also showed his competence as a director, having directed 10 episodes of the show on its tenure of 10 years.
Successful career in movies and TV shows
After his appearance in the series, Friends, Schwimmer’s career skyrocketed with plenty of movie roles. His successful movie career can be acknowledged by the number of films he has starred in. Some of his well acclaimed movies are Pallbearer (1996), Seven Nights (1998), Apt Pupil (2000), Picking Up the Pieces (2000), Band of Brothers (2001), and Big Nothing (2006).
He also directed the British-American comedy, Run Fatboy Run in 2007. Although, the movie received a mixed reviews, it collected $33.5 million worldwide.
Schwimmer achieved his second milestone for his portrayal as Robert Kardashian in American Crime Story which also saw him winning the 2016 Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie. As a successful actor and director, Schwimmer has accumulated a staggering net worth of $85 million as of 2018.
Additionally, Schwimmer is also a social activist. He currently serves as a director of the Rape Treatment Center in Santa Monica, California which helps the victims to recover from the horrendous tragedy, both mentally and physically.
Married life in halt mode
Schwimmer is currently married to his long-time girlfriend, Zoe Buckman. The pair first met in 2007 while Schwimmer was directing romantic comedy, Run in London.
Buckman later relocated in Los Angeles to stay with the actor. The two later got married in June 2010. The dashing couple also shares a daughter, Cleo. After sharing years of togetherness, the couple has now decided to take a time apart to decide the future of their relationship in April 2017. As of now, their married life has been under the radar.