Date of Birth: November 2, 1966
How's this for Six Degrees of SeparationDavid Schwimmer's mother handled Roseanne's first divorce case. Both Schwimmer's parents are lawyers and their son briefly entertained the idea of the more secure law or medical school route, but opted to pursue his first love and let the cards fall where they may.
Sounding like the actor's actor that he is, Schwimmer says, "My first love is the stage....It's important for me to grow as an artist....My main interest in performing is to educate."
However, it was impossible for him to turn down a lucrative job like the one he landed as the nebbish, longing-for-love character (Ross Gellar) on TV's Friends. A graduate of Beverly Hills High (his classmate was The Single Guy star Jonathan Silverman), Schwimmer left California for Chicago's Northwestern University where he took a degree in theater and speech before becoming a co-founder of Chicago's Lookingglass Theatre Company. Some guest appearances on TV shows were mixed in with his live theater work until he hit the big time when the pilot for Friends was bought up and the show became a huge hit. He used the breaks in the show's filming to pursue other acting and directing jobs. Since the show ended, he has been able to devote more time to his film career as well as his stage career, starring in the London West End play Some Girls in 2005, appearing in the 2012 action/adventure flick John Carter and voicing the character of Melman the giraffe in the Madagascar movies—Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted was released in June 2012.
Never married, Schwimmer has been linked romantically to Natalie Imbruglia and Mili Avital.
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012) (voice)
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008) (voice)
Nothing But the Truth
Big Nothing (2006)
Madagascar (2005) (voice)
All the Rage (1999)
Six Days Seven Night (1998)
Kissing a Fool
The Pallbearer (1996)
Twenty Bucks (1993)
The Vaiter (1993)
Crossing the Bridge (1992)
Flight of the Intruder (1990)
Run Fatboy Run (2007)