September 15, 1981
|Medium||Film, television, internet|
Benjamin Schwartz (born September 15, 1981) is an American actor, comedian, writer, director, and producer. He has portrayed Jean-Ralphio Saperstein on the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation and Clyde Oberholt on the Showtime series House of Lies; voiced Randy Cunningham in Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja, Dewey Duck in DuckTales, and Leonardo in Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; and appeared many times in the CollegeHumor web series Jake and Amir.
Schwartz voices Sonic the Hedgehog in the film of the same name, as well as its sequel. His film career also includes roles in Peep World; Everybody's Fine; The Other Guys; The Walk; This Is Where I Leave You; Standing Up, Falling Down; and Flora & Ulysses.
Schwartz was born on September 15, 1981 in The Bronx, New York City. His parents, both Bronx natives, raised Schwartz in Riverdale, a neighborhood in the Northwestern part of the Bronx. His father was a social worker before going into real estate and his mother was a music teacher. He also has a sister named Marni. In an interview with Kevin Pollak, he stated, "When I told people I was from the Bronx, it was like 'Oh, do you have bullet wounds?' And I'm like 'No, it's just me and, like, Jewish people.'"
When he was eleven years old, his family moved to Edgemont, New York, in adjacent Westchester County. Schwartz attended Edgemont Junior–Senior High School where he played basketball and sang in the chorus; he graduated in 1999. He then attended Union College, graduating in 2003 with a double major in psychology and anthropology.
On television, Schwartz guest-starred as Jean-Ralphio Saperstein on NBC's Parks and Recreation and was a lead in the Showtime show House of Lies. In 2010, Schwartz played series regular Bill Hoyt on J. J. Abrams' one-hour spy drama Undercovers for NBC.
Schwartz has been writing, directing and acting in his own short films for some time.[when?] He had his own segment on HBO’s Funny or Die Presents called Terrible Decisions with Ben Schwartz and has appeared in multiple CollegeHumor sketches including the popular web series Jake and Amir.
Schwartz has been nominated for three Emmys and won the 2009 Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for coauthoring Hugh Jackman's opening number for the 81st Academy Awards.
Schwartz voiced Randy Cunningham, a 14-year-old freshman student and ninja protecting his hometown Norrisville from forces of evil in Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja.
In September 2013, he was hired by Paramount Pictures to re-make the 1991 comedy Soapdish, retitled El Fuego Caliente and reworking the original's American soap opera into a Latin telenovela, with producers Rob Reiner and Alan Greisman and he sold an original pitch to Universal Studios based on an idea by Brian Grazer with Imagine Entertainment attached to produce. He was a staff writer for the third season of Adult Swim’s Robot Chicken and served as a freelance writer for the Weekend Update segment of Saturday Night Live as well as the monologues for the Late Show with David Letterman.
Schwartz is an alumnus of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre (UCBT) and continues to perform there regularly. He is a member of the improv group "Hot Sauce" with Adam Pally and Gil Ozeri, the group performs their long-form improv show "Something Fresh" at UCBT every month.
He and Bill Hader served as vocal consultants for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Schwartz also played a cameo role as a Stormtrooper in the film.
Since 2014 Schwartz has appeared in episodes of the Comedy Bang! Bang! podcast as the only guest in "Solo Bolo" (2014), "Solo Bolo Dos Lo" (2015), "Solo Bolo Trolo" (2016), "Solo Bolo Cuatrolo" (2016), "Solo Bolo Cincolo" (2017), "Solo Bolo Sonicolo" (2020), and "Solo Bolo Hallowolo" (2021). In nearly each episode he and host Scott Aukerman compete in the Olympic Song Challenge. Ben has also appeared on episodes of comedy podcasts If I Were You, ID1OT, You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes, and Conan O'Brien Needs a Friend.
In 2017, Schwartz began voicing Dewey in the Disney XD revival of DuckTales. Schwartz has been featured as himself in Netflix's Home: Adventures with Tip & Oh’s 2017 animated Christmas special - Home for the Holidays - alongside Kelly Clarkson. He provided the voice of Leonardo in Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. In August 2018, Schwartz was announced to voice the titular character in the 2020 film Sonic the Hedgehog.
On September 26, 2019, it was announced that Schwartz was cast as F. Tony Scarapiducci in the Netflix comedy series Space Force.
Ben Schwartz played a major role in the movie Standing Up, Falling Down, initially released on April 25, 2019, with Billy Crystal.
In April 2020, Schwartz and fellow comedian Thomas Middleditch starred in Netflix's first long-form improv special, Middleditch and Schwartz, a three-part series of hour-long performances filmed at New York University's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts.
Schwartz has co-written four books, three with writer Amanda McCall: Grandma’s Dead: Breaking Bad News with Baby Animals; Maybe Your Leg Will Grow Back!: Looking on the Bright Side with Baby Animals and Why is Daddy in a Dress?: Asking Awkward Questions with Baby Animals and one with writer Laura Moses, Things You Should Already Know About Dating, You F-king Idiot.
|Denotes productions that have not yet been released|
|2007||New York City Serenade||Russ|
|2009||Mystery Team||Dougie's Buddy|
|I Hate Valentine's Day||Tammy's Date|
|2010||The Other Guys||Beaman's Assistant|
|Peep World||Nathan Meyerwitz|
|Better Living Through Chemistry||Noah|
|2014||This Is Where I Leave You||Rabbi Charles "Boner" Grodner|
|Happy Christmas||Party Guest|
|The Interview||Eminem's Publicist|
|Star Wars: The Force Awakens||BB-8||Voice consultant|
|2017||How to Be a Latin Lover||Jimmy / Valet|
|Blue Iguana||Paul Driggs|
|An Actor Prepares||Jimmy|
|2019||The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part||Banarnar (voice)|
|Standing Up, Falling Down||Scott|
|2020||Sonic the Hedgehog||Sonic the Hedgehog (voice)||Also facial motion-capture|
|Flora & Ulysses||George Buckman|
|Rumble||Jimothy Brett-Chadley III (voice)|
|2022||Sonic the Hedgehog 2||Sonic the Hedgehog (voice)||Post-production; also facial motion-capture|
|DC League of Super-Pets||TBA (voice)||Post-production|
|Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie||Leo (voice)||Completed|
|2006||Late Night with Conan O'Brien||Various||1 episode|
|2007||Starveillance||Glenn (voice)||3 episodes|
|2007–08||Bronx World Travelers||Ben||5 episodes|
Also producer and director
|2008–09||Mayne Street||Evan Mintz||10 episodes|
|2009||Intercourse With A Vampire||Waiter||1 episode|
|Accidentally On Purpose||Max||Episode: "Working Girl"|
|Happiness Isn't Everything||Jacky Hamburger||Television film|
|2009–11||Terrible Decisions with Ben Schwartz||Ben||Also producer|
|2010||The Sarah Silverman Program||Writer||Episode: "A Slip Slope"|
|2010–12||Undercovers||Bill Hoyt||13 episodes|
|2010–15, 2020||Parks and Recreation||Jean-Ralphio Saperstein||22 episodes|
|2011||Funny or Die Presents||Ben||Segment: "Terrible Decisions"; also producer|
|Mad||Various voices||Episode: "Ribbitless / The Clawfice"|
|2012||Tron: Uprising||Rilo (voice)||Episode: "The Renegade: Part 1"|
|2012–16||House of Lies||Clyde Oberholt||58 episodes|
|2012–15||Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja||Randy Cunningham/ninja (voice)||50 episodes|
|2013||The Doc Files||Stuffy (voice)||Spin-off series to Doc McStuffins|
|Arrested Development||John Beard Jr.||Episode: "Colony Collapse"|
|CollegeHumor Originals||Himself||1 episode; also director|
|2013–20||Bob's Burgers||Josh / Rick (voice)||4 episodes|
|Robot Chicken||Various voices||3 episodes|
|2013–16||Comedy Bang! Bang!||Rodney Wayber||4 episodes|
|2015–19||BoJack Horseman||Rutabaga Rabitowitz (voice)||8 episodes|
|2015||The Simpsons||Clerk (voice)||Episode: "Cue Detective"|
|Drunk History||Meyer Lansky||Episode: "Las Vegas"|
|The Late Late Show||Himself||Episode that aired January 30|
|2016–17||Animals.||Various voices||2 episodes|
|2017||Hot Date||Rich Boyfriend||Episode: "Gold Diggers"|
|2017–21||DuckTales||Dewey (voice)||Main cast|
|2018||Medal of Honor||Vito Bertoldo||1 episode|
|2018, 2019||Modern Family||Nick||3 episodes|
|2018–20||Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles||Leo (voice)||Main cast|
|2019||Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television||Himself||Episode: "Execution Dependant"|
|Pinky Malinky||Coach Freebird (voice)||Episode: "Advanced"|
|Bajillion Dollar Propertie$||Quistian Gayle||2 episodes|
|2020||Middleditch and Schwartz||Himself||Main cast, also creator|
|Crossing Swords||Keefer (voice)||2 episodes|
|The George Lucas Talk Show||Himself||2 episodes|
|2020–21||American Dad!||Various voices||3 episodes|
|2020–present||Space Force||F. Tony Scarapiducci||Main cast|
|2021||Earth to Ned||Himself||Episode: "Party Like It's Nineteen Ninety Ned"|
|Calls||Andy (voice)||Episode: "The Beginning"|
|Bless the Harts||Bryce (voice)||Episode: "Haul Force One"|
|M.O.D.O.K.||Lou Tarleton (voice)||Main role|
|HouseBroken||Various voices||4 episodes|
|Rugrats||Lord Crater (voice)||Episode: "Final Eclipse"|
|Fairfax||Cody (voice)||Main cast|
|2022||The Afterparty||Yasper||Upcoming series|
|2009–15||Jake and Amir||Dating Coach (Amir Blumenfeld), Couples Therapist, Private Eye (Jope), Office Painter, H.R. Guy (Skolbilassus Jim), Mountain Hiker (Stanley), Interrogator (Carrot Slat), Milk Man (Charles Crooshtoost), Usher (Sulu Candles), Real Estate Agent (Cherry Dude), Himself||22 episodes|
|2012, 2017||Kevin Pollak's Chat Show||Himself/Guest||Episode: "143", "291"|
|2016||The Earliest Show||Josh Bath||6 episodes; also writer and director|
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Actor in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series
|2018||Good Mythical Morning||Himself||Episode: "Crazy Free Stuff On Craigslist (GAME) ft. Ben Schwartz"|
|2019||Guest Grumps||Episode: "Playing Magic Kingdom w/ Ben Schwartz!"|
|2020||Episode: "Playing Games with Epic Gamer BEN SCHWARTZ - Guest Grumps - Aladdin"|
|Episode: "Playing Quiplash with Thomas Middleditch and Ben Schwartz!"|
|Good Mythical Morning||Episode: "Who Is the Fastest? (SPEED CHALLENGE)"|
|2013||Turbo: Super Stunt Squad||Skidmark|
comedian/actor Ben Schwartz in 1981 (age 37)