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Jason Francesco Schwartzman (born June 26, 1980) is an American actor, screenwriter, executive producer, and musician. 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). He also starred in other films, such as Slackers (2002), Spun (2003), I Heart Huckabees (2004), Shopgirl (2005), Marie Antoinette (2006), Funny People (2009), Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010), and Saving Mr. Banks (2013).
Schwartzman at an Isle of Dogs screening, 2018
Jason Francesco Schwartzman
June 26, 1980
|Residence||San Fernando Valley, California, U.S.|
Brady Cunningham (m. 2009)
|Also known as||Coconut Records|
|Instruments||Vocals, keyboards, Drums, percussion, guitar|
|Associated acts||Phantom Planet|
In addition to his film work, Schwartzman was the star of the HBO series Bored to Death (2009–2011), in which he played a writer who moonlights as an unlicensed private detective by advertising himself on Craigslist. He currently releases music through his solo project Coconut Records, and was formerly the drummer of rock band Phantom Planet.
Schwartzman was born in Los Angeles, California, the son of actress Talia Shire (née Coppola) and the late producer Jack Schwartzman. Schwartzman's brother is actor and musician Robert Schwartzman, and his paternal half-siblings are Stephanie and cinematographer John Schwartzman. Many other members of Schwartzman's family are involved in film and entertainment: he is the nephew of Francis Ford Coppola and Anton Coppola; cousin of Nicolas Cage, Sofia Coppola, Roman Coppola, and Christopher Coppola; and grandson of Italia Coppola (née Pennino) and Carmine Coppola. His first cousin once removed, his father Jack's first cousin, is novelist and screenwriter Elliott B. Oppenheim.
Schwartzman's acting career began when he was 17 years old, when he starred in Wes Anderson's Rushmore in 1998. Prior to Rushmore, he had no acting experience. 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 Mark, a C-list television star, in Funny People. He also voiced the role of Ash Fox in Wes Anderson's animated film, The Fantastic Mr. Fox, which he described as, "the best movie I’ve 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 lead role of the Tim & Eric's Bedtime Stories episode "The Endorsement."
Prior to acting, Schwartzman was the drummer and a songwriter for the band Phantom Planet. Despite leaving the band, music remains one of his passions. 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. 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 married long-time girlfriend Brady Cunningham at their home in the San Fernando Valley on July 11, 2009. Cunningham is an art and design director and co-owner of TENOVERSIX in Los Angeles. Schwartzman describes himself as "basically a vegan" as he does not eat meat, dairy, or eggs. He narrated a video, What to Eat: The Environmental Impacts of Our Food, for Farm Sanctuary. He has two daughters, Marlowe Rivers (born 2010) and Una (born 2014).
Coconut Records is an indie pop musical solo project by Schwartzman, which began in 2006. The debut album, Nighttiming, was released on Schwartzman’s Young Baby Records in 2007. The album had musical contributions by members of Incubus, as well as appearances by actresses Zooey Deschanel and Kirsten Dunst and Schwartzman's brother Robert. Coconut Records' second release, Davy, was released in January, 2009.
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 has said in various interviews during South by Southwest (SXSW)[when?] that he is currently writing new material for Coconut Records and will be recording in the next year.
|Details||Peak chart positions|
|US Heat||US Indie|
|Goats Original Soundtrack
- "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 episode 10 season 4
- "Is This Sound Okay?" appears in James Franco's Palo Alto
|2001||Odessa or Bust||The Young Man||Short film|
|2001||Julius And Friends: Hole In One||Julius (voice)||Short film|
|2003||Julius And Friends: Yeti, Set, Go||Julius (voice)||Short film|
|2004||I Heart Huckabees||Albert Markovski|
|2005||The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy||Gag Halfrunt||Uncredited|
|2005||Shopgirl||Jeremy||Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture|
|2006||Marie Antoinette||King Louis XVI|
|2007||Hotel Chevalier||Jack Whitman||Short film|
|2007||The Darjeeling Limited||Jack Whitman||Also co-writer (with Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola)|
|2007||Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story||Ringo Starr||Uncredited|
|2009||Funny People||Mark Taylor Jackson|
|2009||The Marc Pease Experience||Marc Pease|
|2009||Fantastic Mr. Fox||Ash Fox (voice)|
|2010||Scott Pilgrim vs. the World||Gideon Graves|
|2010||Scott Pilgrim vs. the Animation||Simon Lee (voice)||Short film|
|2011||Fight For Your Right Revisited||Vincent van Gogh||Short film|
|2012||Moonrise Kingdom||Cousin Ben|
|2012||Cousin Ben Troop Screening with Jason Schwartzman||Cousin Ben||Short film|
|2012||A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III||Kirby Star|
|2013||Castello Cavalcanti||Jed Cavalcanti||Short film|
|2013||Saving Mr. Banks||Richard M. Sherman|
|2014||Listen Up Philip||Philip Lewis Friedman|
|2014||The Grand Budapest Hotel||M. Jean|
|2015||7 Chinese Brothers||Larry|
|2015||A Very Murray Christmas||Elliott|
|2016||My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea||Dash (voice)|
|2017||The Polka King||Mickey Pizzazz|
|2018||Isle of Dogs||Co-writer (story only, with Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola, and Kunichi Nomura)|
|2019||Between Two Ferns: The Movie||Himself|
|TBA||The French Dispatch||Hermes Jones||Post-production|
|1998||Sabrina, the Teenage Witch||Himself||Episode: "And the Sabrina Goes to..."|
|2000||Freaks and Geeks||Howie Gelfand||Episode: "Carded and Discarded"|
|2000||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|
|2013||Drunk History||Ralph Nader||Episode: "Detroit"|
|2013||Key & Peele||Himself||Episode: "LA Vice"|
|2013||Comedy Bang! Bang!||Himself||Episode: "Jason Schwartzman Wears a Striped Shirt & High Top Sneakers"|
|2013||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|
|2002||Orange County||Song: "California"|
|2002||Smallville||Song: "Lonely Day"|
|2002||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?"|
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- "What to Eat: The Environmental Impacts of our Food". PlateToPlanet.org. Farm Sanctuary. Retrieved July 17, 2012.
- Michaud, Sarah (January 3, 2011). "Jason Schwartzman Welcomes Daughter Marlowe Rivers". People. Retrieved January 3, 2010.
- Willis, Jackie (June 10, 2014). "Jason Schwartzman Welcomes Baby No. 2". Entertainment Tonight. Retrieved October 20, 2014.
- Coconut Records at Allmusic
- "Cinder Block Store "Goats" Original Soundtrack LP (2012)". Cinder Block. Archived from the original on September 7, 2012. Retrieved March 5, 2013.
- "Coconut Records – Chart History". Billboard.com.
- Thorne, Will (July 18, 2019). "Jack Huston, Jason Schwartzman, Ben Whishaw Among 12 Joining 'Fargo' Season 4 Cast". Variety. Retrieved July 18, 2019.
- "The 10 Most Stylish Men in America". New York Daily News. February 17, 2009. Retrieved February 17, 2009.
|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