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David Schwimmer

Ross Geller

David Schwimmer was born in New York City, but at age two, he and his family moved across the country to Los Angeles, where he got into acting as a high-schooler, and attended Northwestern University, where he graduated with a degree in theater and speech. After college, Schwimmer and some of his fellow Northwestern graduates founded the award-winning, ensemble-based Lookingglass Theatre Company.

Schwimmer achieved huge fame in the 1990’s as Ross Geller on Friends, and starred in feature film hits including The Pallbearer, Kissing a Fool, Six Days Seven Nights, and Duane Hopwood, among others. If you missed his headlining chops back then, perhaps you caught David in the critically acclaimed HBO miniseries on World War II, Band of Brothers, executive produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks.

Before playing Ross Geller, Schwimmer played guest roles on classics like Blossom, The Wonder Years, and L.A. Law. Since Friends, he’s lent his vocal talents to the Madagascar franchise, alongside Chris Rock and Ben Stiller, as Melman, the New York Zoo’s giraffe, and guest starred on former Friend Lisa Kudrow’s Showtime series, Web Therapy. Outside of television, Schwimmer has had turns on the stage, both on Broadway, in The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial, and in London, in Some Girl(s) .

Schwimmer has won a SAG Award, a TVLand Award and a Satellite Award, and was nominated for an Emmy, American Comedy Award, a British Independent Film Award. He was also nominated for two TVLand Awards: one for Most Memorable Kiss, and one for Breakup That Was So Bad It Was Good, sharing both with Friends co-star Jennifer Aniston.

Schwimmer’s latest project is a feature titled Pretenders, working with Stuck In Love director Josh Boone—and another Madagascar sequel, due out in 2015.

Until then, you can follow Ross Geller’s pursuits on Friends on TVLand Wednesdays at 9M/8C.

Get social! Follow David on Twitter at @DavidSchwimmer.

Character Bio

Ross Geller is the hottest paleontologist in New York City! …which is a polite way of saying that he’s pretty cute, for a dinosaur geek. He and younger sister Monica have an affectionate, if prickly, bond. They grew up competing, and they’ve never stopped! The only one of the Friends who’s been married, his wife Carol left him, for another woman! Now, Ross is on a determined search for love. His high-school crush, Rachel Green, moved in with Monica, across the hall from his college best friend, Chandler, so Ross spends a lot of time at their places. Ross can be overdramatic, arrogant and logical to a fault, but he’s got a heart of gold!