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David Lawrence Schwimmer (born November 12, 1966) is an Emmy-nominated American actor and director, who gained popularity when playing Ross Geller on the American sitcom Friends.
Schwimmer was born in Astoria, Queens, New York to Jewish parents, Arthur Schwimmer and Arlene Colman, and then lived in Valley Stream, Long Island, until he was 2 years old. He was raised in Los Angeles, California, where he attended Beverly Hills High School.
Having attended Northwestern University’s summer “Cherub” program (the National High School Institute) in 1983, he subsequently enrolled at the university as a theater major, joining Delta Tau Delta fraternity and Arts Alliance in addition to acting and directing. In 1988, along with seven other Northwestern graduates, he co-founded Chicago's Lookingglass Theatre Company.
Schwimmer is best known for his role as paleontologist Ross Geller in the television sitcom Friends.
The program was hugely successful and Schwimmer, along with his co-stars, gained wide renown among television viewers.
He earned an Emmy Award nomination in the "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series" category for Friends in 1995. This made him the first cast member of Friends to receive such a nomination. As well as acting, he also directed ten episodes of the series.
During the shows ten year run Schwimmer has appeared in numerous movies but perhaps gained most recognition outside of Friends playing Captain Herbert Sobel in the dramatic mini-series Band of Brothers.
Schwimmer has dated Natalie Imbruglia and Mili Avital.
David is also related to So You Think You Can Dance dancer, Heidi Groskreutz, who is his 3rd cousin. He is also related to Benji Schwimmer, who was the winner of the second season of So You Think You Can Dance and Lacey Schwimmer from the third season of So You Think You Can Dance.