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Jason Francesco Schwartzman (born June 26, 1980) is an American actor, screenwriter, producer, singer, musician, and songwriter. He is known for his frequent collaborations with Wes Anderson, such as Rushmore (1998), The Darjeeling Limited (2007), Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009), Moonrise Kingdom (2012), The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014), and Isle of Dogs (2018). His other film roles include Slackers (2002), Spun (2003), I Heart Huckabees (2004), Shopgirl (2005), Marie Antoinette (2006), Funny People (2009), Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010), Saving Mr. Banks (2013), and Klaus (2019). He also starred as a writer who moonlights as an unlicensed private detective in the HBO series Bored to Death (2009–2011), and currently stars as crime boss Josto Fadda in the fourth season of the FX anthology series Fargo (2020). He releases music through his solo project Coconut Records, and was formerly the drummer of rock band Phantom Planet.
Schwartzman in March 2018
|Born||June 26, 1980|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Also known as||Coconut Records|
|Associated acts||Phantom Planet|
Jason Francesco Schwartzman was born in Los Angeles on June 26, 1980, the son of actress Talia Shire (née Coppola) and film producer Jack Schwartzman. His paternal grandparents were Polish Jews, while his mother is an Italian-American Catholic. His younger brother, Robert Schwartzman, is also an actor and musician. His paternal half-siblings are Stephanie and cinematographer John Schwartzman. As a member of the Coppola family, many of his relatives are also involved in the entertainment industry—he is the nephew of filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola and opera conductor Anton Coppola; the cousin of actor Nicolas Cage and filmmakers Sofia Coppola, Roman Coppola, and Christopher Coppola; and the grandson of Coppola family matriarch Italia Coppola (née Pennino) and composer Carmine Coppola. He attended Windward School in the Mar Vista neighborhood of Los Angeles.
Schwartzman's acting career began in 1998, at which point he was 17 years old, when he starred in Wes Anderson's Rushmore. Shortly after in 2000, Jason had a guest role in the short-lived series Freaks and Geeks. In 2001, he starred in CQ, a film by his cousin Roman Coppola. In 2002, he starred in the comedy film Slackers, and in 2003 headlined the drama Spun. In 2004, he starred in I Heart Huckabees, and Shopgirl in 2005. He also appeared in various television 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.
Schwartzman made a cameo appearance as Ringo Starr in the biopic spoof Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story. In 2009, he appeared as C-list television star Mark in Funny People. He also voiced Ash Fox in Wes Anderson's animated film Fantastic Mr. Fox, which he described as "the best movie [he's] ever been a part of". He starred in the HBO 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. In 2010, he played 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. In 2013, he made a cameo appearance as himself in an episode of the television show Key & Peele. In 2014, he played himself in the Tim & Eric's Bedtime Stories episode "The Endorsement". In 2020, he began starring as Italian crime boss Josto Fadda in the fourth season of the FX anthology series Fargo.
Prior to acting, Schwartzman was the drummer and a songwriter for the band Phantom Planet. He appeared in the music video for the rock remix of "It's All About the Benjamins" by Puff Daddy, and 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 album, entitled Nighttiming, was produced by Michael Einziger and features a cover photo from Roman Coppola. The album was first released on iTunes on March 20, 2007. It had musical contributions by members of Incubus, as well as appearances by actresses Zooey Deschanel and Kirsten Dunst and Schwartzman's brother Robert. His second album, Davy, was released on iTunes on January 20, 2009. Schwartzman performed the musical score for Funny People and the theme song for Bored to Death. He has also written tracks for Smallville and Slackers. Schwartzman also played the drums on Phoenix's rendition of The Beach Boys' song "Alone on Christmas Day" in 2015. The song was featured in Bill Murray's Netflix special, A Very Murray Christmas.
Schwartzman's work has also been featured in many films and television programs. In 2009, he composed the theme song to his HBO series Bored to Death, in which he also starred, under his Coconut Records title. That same year, he also contributed to the film score to the film Funny People with composer Michael Andrews. The original soundtrack is downloadable, as well as available in vinyl LP, on Coconut Records' official Cinder Block store. His song, "Microphone" was featured in the 2012 coming of age comedy, LOL.
Schwartzman married his long-time girlfriend, art and design director Brady Cunningham, at their home in the San Fernando Valley on July 11, 2009. Cunningham is the co-owner of TENOVERSIX in Los Angeles. Their first child, a daughter named Marlowe Rivers, was born in December 2010. Their second daughter, whose name was not publicly revealed, was born in June 2014.
In 2006, Schwartzman described himself as "basically a vegan". In 2009, he was named one of the "Top 10 Most Stylish Men in America" by GQ magazine. In 2011, he narrated a video called What to Eat: The Environmental Impacts of Our Food for Farm Sanctuary.
|1998||Sabrina, the Teenage Witch||Himself||Episode: "And the Sabrina Goes to..."|
|2000||Freaks and Geeks||Howie Gelfand||Episode: "Carded and Discarded"|
|Get Real||Himself||Episode: "Falling From Grace"|
|2004–2006||Cracking Up||Ben Baxter||7 episodes|
|2005||The X's||Brandon (voice)||Episode: "Secret Agent Manual / The Spy Who Liked Me"|
|2009–2011||Bored to Death||Jonathan Ames||24 episodes|
|2013||Parks and Recreation||Dennis Lerpiss||2 episodes|
|2013||Out There||Benjamin Brent / Cedric (voices)||2 episode|
|Drunk History||Ralph Nader||Episode: "Detroit"|
|Key & Peele||Himself||Episode: "LA Vice"|
|Comedy Bang! Bang!||Himself||Episode: "Jason Schwartzman Wears a Striped Shirt & High Top Sneakers"|
|Ghost Ghirls||Brad Holmes||Episode: "Comedy of Terrors"|
|2014–2016||Mozart in the Jungle||Bradford Sharp||8 episodes; also writer and producer|
|2014||Tim and Eric's Bedtime Stories||Jason Schwartzman||Episode: "The Endorsement"|
|2015||Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp||Greg||7 episodes|
|2015–2016||Blunt Talk||Duncan Adler||7 episodes|
|2017||Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later||Greg||4 episodes|
|2017–2018||Neo Yokio||Arcangelo Corelli (voice)||7 episodes|
|2020||Medical Police||The Goldfinch||Recurring|
|Fargo||Josto Fadda||Season 4|
|Prop Culture||Himself||Episode: "Mary Poppins"|
|2002||Orange County||Song: "California"|
|Smallville||Song: "Lonely Day"|
|Slackers||Songs: "Oh Angela" and "Ethan's Song"|
|2004||Cracking Up||Theme music|
|2006||The O.C.||Song: "California"|
|2008||Cloverfield||Song: "West Coast"|
|2009||Bored to Death||Theme music|
|2013||Palo Alto||Song: "Is This Sound Okay?"|
|Details||Peak chart positions|
|US Heat||US Indie|
|Goats Original Soundtrack
- Microphone (2008)
- Bored to Death (2010) – theme of the show
- "West Coast" is played in the movie Cloverfield during the party scene
- "Summer Day" is included on Music from and Inspired by Spider-Man 3
- "Wires", "I Am Young", and "Nighttiming" are included on Funny People: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (2009)
- "It's Christmas" is included on the digital-only promotional release The Christmas Gig (2010) released by Target
- "West Coast" appears in the end of The O.C season 4, episode 10
- "Is This Sound Okay?" appears in Palo Alto
- Bloom, Nate. "Interfaith Celebrities: Five Beautiful Women, A Violinist and One Caveman". InterfaithFamily.com. Retrieved September 15, 2011.
- Fraser, Antonia (October 17, 2006). "Sofia's Choice". Vanity Fair.
- "Jason Schwartzman on 'The Fantastic Mr. Fox': "It's the best movie I've ever been a part of"". Daily Actor. November 23, 2009.
- Thorne, Will (July 18, 2019). "Jack Huston, Jason Schwartzman, Ben Whishaw Among 12 Joining 'Fargo' Season 4 Cast". Variety. Retrieved July 18, 2019.
- Coconut Records at Allmusic
- Greenblatt, Leah (September 4, 2009). "Jason Schwartzman exclusive: Hear the theme song for his new HBO show here". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved September 19, 2011.
- "Cinder Block Store "Goats" Original Soundtrack LP (2012)". Cinder Block. Archived from the original on September 7, 2012. Retrieved March 5, 2013.
- DiNunno, Gina (August 21, 2009). "Jason Schwartzman Ties the Knot". TV Guide. Retrieved August 21, 2009.
- Michaud, Sarah (January 3, 2011). "It's a Girl for Jason Schwartzman". People. Retrieved January 3, 2010.
- Willis, Jackie (June 10, 2014). "Jason Schwartzman Welcomes Baby No. 2". Entertainment Tonight. Retrieved October 20, 2014.
- Gilchrist, Todd (October 20, 2006). "Interview: Jason Schwartzman". IGN. Retrieved December 10, 2019.
- "The 10 Most Stylish Men in America". New York Daily News. February 17, 2009. Retrieved February 17, 2009.
- "What to Eat: The Environmental Impacts of our Food". PlateToPlanet.org. Farm Sanctuary. Retrieved July 17, 2012.
- "Coconut Records – Chart History". Billboard.com.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Jason Schwartzman.|
- Jason Schwartzman on IMDb
- Wunderkammer Magazine Retrospective on Schwarzman, 2009
- Schwartzman Interview on The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos
- Schwartzman's Guest DJ Set on KCRW KCRW Guest DJ Set
- Young Baby Records official site
- Coconut Records at Rhapsody
- Coconut Records at Facebook
- Coconut Records at Myspace