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Jason Francesco Schwartzman (born June 26, 1980) is an Americanmarker actor and musician. He is perhaps best known for his roles in the Hollywood films Rushmore, Spun, I ♥ Huckabees, Shopgirl, Marie Antoinette, The Darjeeling Limited, and Funny People. He is currently in the band Coconut Records; formerly, he was a member of the rock band Phantom Planet.

Early life

Schwartzman was born in Los Angeles, Californiamarker; the son of actress Talia Shire (née Coppola) and the late producer Jack Schwartzman. Many of his family members were involved in film; he is the nephew of Francis Ford Coppola, cousin of Nicolas Cage, Sofia Coppola, Roman Coppola and Christopher Coppola, and grandson of Italia Coppola (née Pennino) and Carmine Coppola. His brother is actor/musician Robert Schwartzman (vocalist for the band Rooney), and his paternal half-brother is cinematographer John Schwartzman. Schwartzman is of Italian descent on his mother's side and Ashkenazi Jewish descent on his father's, and was raised without religion.

Career

Schwartzman is known for his roles in the films The Darjeeling Limited, Rushmore, Shopgirl, I ♥ Huckabees, Spun, and Slackers. Prior to acting, he was the drummer and a songwriter for the band Phantom Planet. Despite leaving the band for an acting career, he still composes music for some films. He appears in the music video for the rock remix of "It's All About the Benjamins" by Puff Daddy. He also contributed to Ben Lee's 2005 album Awake Is the New Sleep. In 2006, he starred in Marie Antoinette under the direction of his cousin, Sofia Coppola, in which he appeared as King Louis XVI with Kirsten Dunst in the title role. He made a cameo appearance in the Judd Apatow-produced musician biopic spoof Walk Hard as Ringo Starr. In 2009, he appeared in Apatow's third directorial feature entitled Funny People, in which he played Mark, a C-list television star.

In 2007, he created the indie rock solo act Coconut Records. The first CD, entitled "Nighttiming" featured a cover photo from Roman Coppola and was released on iTunes on March 20, 2007. Songs include "West Coast", "Nighttiming", and "This Old Machine". In 2009, the sophomore album "Davy" was released on iTunes on January 20, 2009. The first single off of the CD was "Microphone". Additionally, he performs the musical score for Funny People and the theme song for Bored to Death.

Personal life

Schwartzman married long time girlfriend Brady Cunningham at their home in the San Fernando Valley on July 11, 2009. Cunningham is an eco-friendly fashion designer based in Los Angeles. Schwartzman is a vegetarian and describes himself as "basically" a vegan due to not eating meat, dairy, or eggs.

Filmography

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Awards

Schwartzman won the following awards:
  • the 1999 Lone Star Film & Television Award for Best Actor (for Rushmore)
  • the 1999 YoungStar Award for Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Comedy Film (for Rushmore)
  • On February 17, 2009, Jason was named one of Top 10 Most Stylish Men in America by GQ magazine.


He was also nominated for the following:
  • the 1999 Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Most Promising Actor (for Rushmore)


See also



References

  1. Interfaith Celebrities Five Beautiful Women A Violinist and One - InterfaithFamily.com
  2. http://music-mix.ew.com/2009/09/04/jason-schwartzman/
  3. http://movies.ign.com/articles/739/739727p3.html


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