David Schwimmer or as the world lovingly knows him, Dr. Ross Geller, is one of the finest actors in the industry known for his work in movies, shows, and stage as well. Although Schwimmer started his career as a struggling actor after around a decade of struggle, he landed his most recognizable role in the popular sitcom Friends. For his performance, Schwimmer was nominated for multiple awards and accolades including numerous Screen Actors Guild Awards and a Primetime Emmy Award. Following his successful career, Schwimmer has even accumulated a whopping net worth of around $120 million. This article provides complete details about David Schwimmer’s net worth in 2023, his personal and professional life, etc.
David Schwimmer Net Worth in 2023
|Net worth (2023)||$120 million (est.)|
David Schwimmer’s Personal Biography
David Schwimmer was born on November 2, 1966, in Queens, New York City, to Jewish parents Arlene Coleman-Schwimmer and Arthur Schwimmer. Both his parents were successful attorneys. He also has an elder sister Ellie. Schwimmer had his first acting experience as the fairy godmother in a Cinderella play (Jewish version) at the age of 10. At the age of 13, he attended a Shakespeare workshop given by the famous English actor Sir Ian McKellen in Los Angeles.
In 2007, Schwimmer entered into a relationship with British artist Zoë Buckman. The couple got married in 2010 and their only daughter was born in 2011. In 2017, Schwimmer and Buckman announced their separation and got divorced later that year. Zoë is a renowned artist, photographer, and writer from England and the niece of famous writer and literary agent Peter Buckman.
|Full name||David Lawrence Schwimmer|
|Profession||Actor, comedian, filmmaker|
|Years active||1982 – present|
|Age||Born on November 2, 1966|
|Place of birth||Queens, New York City, US|
|Education||Beverly Hills High School Northwestern University (BA)|
|Spouse||Zoë Buckman (1010 – 2017)|
|Parents||Arlene Coleman-Schwimmer (mother) Arthur Schwimmer (father)|
Acting in School & College
Schwimmer attended Beverly Hills High School where he enrolled in a drama class and appeared in stage productions. He also attended a summer acting program at Northwestern University in Chicago after being encouraged by his school drama teacher. Schwimmer later enrolled in Northwestern University where he studied theater and joined an improv group. He graduated with a degree in theater and speech and later returned to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting.
David Schwimmer’s Professional Career
Schwimmer made his debut with a supporting role in the television movie “A Deadly Silence” in 1989. He later landed roles in the drama series “L.A. Law”, “The Wonder Years”, and “NYPD Blue”. After appearing in small roles in these series, David finally got his regular role in the sitcom “Monty”. Schwimmer’s first role in the movie came with the feature film Flight of the Intruder (1991). In 1994, Schwimmer was cast as Ross Geller in NBC’s situation comedy Friends which turned out to be his breakthrough role. Schwimmer had initially turned down the role but accepted later. For this role, David earned a Primetime Emmy Award nomination in 1995 for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.
Schwimmer’s first role as a lead in a movie came with the 1996 romantic comedy film, “The Pallbearer”. In 1998, he appeared in three movies “Six Days, Seven Nights”, “Kissing a Fool”, and “Apt Pupil”. Although David’s performances in his movies were praised, none of his movies were able to perform successfully at the box office. In 2005, he voiced Melman the giraffe, in the animated movie “Madagascar”. The film was a commercial success, earning US$532 million worldwide, and was one of the biggest hits of the year. He reprised his role in the further sequels of the movie.
In 2004, David appeared as himself on the comedy series “Curb Your Enthusiasm. In 2011, he made an appearance on the British comedy series “Come Fly With Me” and 2 years later appeared in the series “The Iceman”. His other notable role came with the first season of the anthology series “American Crime Story” as lawyer Robert Kardashian in “The People v. O. J. Simpson”. For this role, Schwimmer received his second Primetime Emmy Award nomination.
Stage Acting & Direction
In 2006, Schwimmer made his Broadway debut in the play “The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial”. Before this, he also starred on the London stage in Neil LaBute’s play titled “Some Girl(s)”. In 2007, Schwimmer made his directorial movie debut in the British comedy film “Run Fatboy Run”. For this work, he was nominated for a British Independent Film Award in the category of Best Debut Director. Other than this, Schwimmer has also directed 10 episodes of his famous sitcom Friends and many other television series. David is also the co-founder of the Lookingglass Theatre Company which he established after completing his graduation in Chicago.
David is an active member and director of the Rape Treatment Center in Santa Monica. The center specializes in helping victims of date rape and child rape. In addition to this, he has actively campaigned for the ban of harmful drugs like Rohypnol and GHB. In 2011, he provided 1st permission to the Scottish charity Children to screen his film “Trust” in observation of World Day for Prevention of Child Abuse and Violence against Children.
Top Movies & TV Shows
Here are some of the most popular movies and TV shows in which David Schwimmer has appeared.
- Friends (1994)
- Madagascar (2005)
- Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008)
- Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (2012)
- Big Nothing (2006)
- Feed the Beast (2016)
- Six Days Seven Nights (1998)
- Uprising (2001)
- Intelligence (2020)
- Kissing a Fool (1998)
List of Awards Won & Nominations
Schwimmer has received two Primetime Emmy Award nominations, seven Screen Actors Guild Award nominations, and many other miscellaneous award nominations. Other than this, he has the following award wins in his name.
Screen Actors Guild Awards
- 1996 Outstanding Ensemble in a Comedy Series for Friends
- 2002 Best Supporting Actor – Television for Band of Brothers
TV Guide Awards
- 2000 Editor’s Choice Award for Friends
Interesting facts about Schwimmer
Check out some interesting facts about David Schwimmer that you probably didn’t know.
- Schwimmer shares his birthday with his mother.
- He turned down Will Smith’s role in the hit movie Men in Black (1997).
- David was once voted one of Playgirl Magazine’s Sexiest Men Alive at No. 15.
- The actor petted a monkey on the set of Friends. However, he is allergic to cats.
- After Friends, David wanted to pursue a career as a public school teacher.
- In his school years, David wanted to become a doctor.
- He was the first actor to be cast in the show Friends. In fact, the role of Dr. Ross Geller was written keeping Schwimmer in mind.
- He and his co-star and love interest on Friends, Jennifer Aniston, admitted to having a little crush on each other while filming.
David Schwimmer’s Salary for Friends
Here’s a complete list of season-wise salaries paid to the cast members of Friends, including Schwimmer.
- Friends (Season 1) – $22,500/ episode
- Friends (Season 2) – $40,000/ episode
- Friends (Season 3) – $75,000/ episode
- Friends (Season 4) – $85,000/ episode
- Friends (Season 5) – $100,000/ episode
- Friends (Season 6) – $125,000/ episode
- Friends (Season 7 & 8) – $750,000/ episode
- Friends (Season 9 & 10) – $1,000,000/ episode
- Friends: The Reunion (2021) – $2,500,000
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Frequently Asked Questions
$120 million (approx.)
Jennifer Aniston ($300 million)
Ross Geller in Friends