JASON SCHWARTZMAN made his motion picture acting debut for Wes Anderson, starring opposite Bill Murray as Max Fischer in the acclaimed comedy, “Rushmore.” His performance earned him a nomination for Most Promising Actor from the Chicago Film Critics Association, among other honors.Read More
Since that auspicious debut, he has continued to collaborate with Anderson on “The Darjeeling Limited” (which the pair wrote with Roman Coppola); the short film “Hotel Chevalier”; his animated feature, “Fantastic Mr. Fox” (for which he contributed his vocal talents); “Moonrise Kingdom” (part of Anderson’s stellar ensemble cast of Murray, Tilda Swinton, Edward Norton and Frances McDormand), which set a new record at the specialty box office over Memorial Day weekend for best limited indie debut of all time, and, the Academy Award nominated film, “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” whose eclectic cast brought back thespians Murray, Norton and Swinton, along with Willem Dafoe, Soirsae Ronin, Ralph Finnes, Jude Law, Jeff Goldblum, Owen Wilson and Adrian Brody. “The Grand Budapest Hotel” has grossed over $174 million worldwide.
Up next, Schwartzman co-stars Taylor Schilling and Adam Scott in “The Overnight,” a raunchy comedy directed by Patrick Brice. The film premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, and was quickly picked up by The Orchard. The film is set to release June 19th of this year.
In 2014, Schwartzman co-starred Elisabeth Moss and Krysten Ritter in Alex Ross Perry’s dark comedy “Listen Up Philip.” Premiering at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, the film received glowing reviews. With a full slate this past December, Schwartzman co-stared Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz in the Tim Burton biographical drama “Big Eyes.” The film follows famed American artists Margaret Keane, whose work was fraudulently claimed by her then-husband, Walter Keane in the 1950s and 1960s. Schwartzman also executive produced and co-wrote with Roman Coppola and Alex Timbers, Amazon Prime’s original series “Mozart in the Jungle.” Staring Gael Garcia Bernal and Malcolm McDowell “Mozart in the Jungle” was renewed for a second season.
His other movie credits include Disney Pictures’ “Saving Mr. Banks” alongside Tom Hanks, Emma Thomson, Colin Farrell and B.J. Novak, Judd Apatow’s “Funny People” opposite Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen and Jonah Hill; Edgar Wright’s “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World”; Sofia Coppola’s “Marie Antoinette” alongside Kirsten Dunst; David O. Russell’s “I Heart Huckabees”; Jonas Åkerlund’s “Spun”; Andrew Niccol’s “S1m0ne” with Al Pacino; Anand Tucker’s “Shopgirl,” adapted by Steve Martin from his own book (for which Schwartzman received a Satellite Award nomination); and Roman Coppola’s “C.Q.” He most recently reteamed with Coppola in the upcoming “A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III,” and co-stars with Jennifer Aniston in Peter Bogdanovich’s “She’s Funny That Way.”
The Los Angeles native also starred for three seasons as Jonathan Ames on HBO’s acclaimed, Brooklyn-based series, “Bored to Death,” which also starred Ted Danson and Zach Galifianakis.
In the musical world, he was lead drummer for the Los Angeles-based band Phantom Planet, whose second studio album, “The Guest,” written in part by Schwartzman, was released by Epic Records in February 2002 (after which the band embarked on a 14-month tour with Incubus). By 2006, he had launched a new endeavor as a one-man group, under the name Coconut Records, which released its debut album, “Nighttiming,” in 2007, with contributions from Incubus and Kirsten Dunst. Schwartzman wrote all of the songs and performs the majority of the instruments. The tune “West Coast” was heard in an episode of the television series “The O.C.” as well as in Matt Reeves’ hit horror film, “Cloverfield.” Coconut Records’ second album, “Davy,” was released in January 2009.
After failing his last college course by one point at North Carolina State University, Zach Galifianakis moved to New York City. He got his start performing his brand of humor in the back of a hamburger joint in Times Square, graduating to doing stand-up at night clubs and coffee houses in the city. While working as a bus boy, he got his first acting job on the sitcom BOSTON COMMON for NBC. An eclectic career has followed.Read More
Zach is currently in production on the third season of the critically acclaimed F/X series BASKETS, which will premiere in 2018. During his hiatus from the show, he joined Reese Witherspoon and Oprah Winfrey in Ava DuVernay’s A WRINKLE IN TIME for Walt Disney, due out in 2018. He most recently starred in Justin Chadwick’s TULIP FEVER with Alicia Vikander and Dane DeHaan. Previously, he starred in Greg Mottola’s KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES for 20th Century Fox alongside Jon Hamm, Isla Fisher and Gal Gadot, and in Jared Hess’ MASTERMINDS with Kristen Wiig, Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis, as well as voicing the lead role of the “Joker” in the Warner Brother’s animated film, LEGO BATMAN, opposite Will Arnett. Prior to that, Galifianakis starred opposite Michael Keaton, Naomi Watts, Emma Stone and Ed Norton in the 2015 Oscar winner for Best Picture, BIRDMAN, directed by Alejandro Gonzàlez Iñárritu.
Galifianakis is most well known from THE HANGOVER trilogy from the comedy mind of Todd Phillips for Warner Bros. Galifianakis played Alan, the hapless member of the wolfpack in all three films, the first of which became domestically, the highest grossing R-rated comedy of all time. Before completing the trilogy, he starred alongside Will Ferrell in the Jay Roach directed comedy for Warner Brothers, THE CAMPAIGN. Galifianakis reteamed with director Todd Phillips for DUE DATE, the buddy comedy with Robert Downey Jr. In a departure from comedy, Galifianakis starred in the Focus Feature film, IT’S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY, where he played a patient in a mental hospital, bringing his warmth and humor to the character of ‘Bobby.’ Other film credits include DINNER FOR SCHMUCKS opposite Steve Carell and Paul Rudd, the independent feature YOUTH IN REVOLT, the Jerry Bruckheimer produced live-action Disney feature G-FORCE, which debuted at #1 and grossed over $290 million worldwide, as well as a cameo role in Jason Reitman’s Academy Award nominated film UP IN THE AIR. He also appeared in the critically acclaimed feature INTO THE WILD from Paramount Vantage and director Sean Penn.
Previously on the small screen, he starred in the HBO comedy BORED TO DEATH with Jason Schwartzman and Ted Danson, which ran for three seasons. He also hosted the critically acclaimed VH1 talk show, LATE WORLD WITH ZACH, as well as writing and starring in DOG BITES MAN for Comedy Central. Galifianakis continues to host an Emmy-winning internet talk show, “Between Two Ferns,” on which he has interviewed such guests as President Barack Obama, Brad Pitt, Steve Carell, Natalie Portman, Conan O’Brien, and Justin Bieber.
Ted Danson’s versatility in both television and film makes him one of the most accomplished actors today. Danson currently plays Michael on the NBC comedy “The Good Place.” Danson is a Golden Globe- and Emmy Award-winning actor known for an array of exceptional performances, most memorably for his portrayal of Boston bartender Sam Malone on NBC’s multi-award-winning and iconic comedy “Cheers,” which ran for 11 seasons and won three Emmys as best comedy series.Read More
He recently co-starred on the second season of FX’s critically acclaimed series “Fargo.” He also recently co-starred as shift supervisor D.B. Russell on “CSI” and “CSI: Cyber” for CBS until both series ended their respective runs. Danson had a memorable role as tycoon Arthur Frobisher on the FX series “Damages,” which was both Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated for best drama series.
On the comedy side, Danson co-starred on HBO’s “Bored to Death” and had a pair of appearances on the pay cabler’s popular series “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” created by and starring Larry David. Other TV projects co-starring Danson include a Golden Globe-winning performance in the memorable 1984 telepic “Something About Amelia,” “Gulliver’s Travels,” “Mad Money,” “Knights of the South Bronx,” for which he received a SAG Award nomination, “Our Fathers” and “It Must Be Love.” He was also the star of CBS’ “Becker,” which ran for six seasons and earned him a Golden Globe nomination.
On the film side, Danson has appeared in several high-profile projects, including the 1987 blockbuster hit “Three Men and a Baby” and its sequel, “Three Men and a Little Lady.” He also had a co-starring role in Steven Spielberg’s World War II masterpiece “Saving Private Ryan.” Other movies on Danson’s resume include “The Amateurs,” “Cousins,” “Dad,” “Made in America,” “Getting Even with Dad” and “Pontiac Moon.”
Raised outside Flagstaff, Arizona, Danson attended Stanford University and became interested in drama during his second year in school. When he transferred to Carnegie Tech, he continued to focus on acting and after graduation was hired as an understudy in Tom Stoppard’s off-Broadway production “The Real Inspector Hound.” Danson relocated to Los Angeles in 1978 to manage the Actor’s Institute for a year and a half while he taught there. Six months after his arrival in LA, Danson earned a role in “The Onion Field” and co-starred in the TV movie “The Women’s Room.”
In addition to acting and producing, Danson is an environmental activist, founding the American Oceans Campaign (AOC) in 1987 to alert Americans to the life-threatening hazards created by oil spills, off-shore development, toxic wastes, sewage pollution and other ocean abuses. Danson resides in Los Angeles.
Jonathan Ames is a novelist, essayist, and television show runner. He created the HBO original series “Bored to Death,” starring Jason Schwartzman, Zach Galifianakis, and Ted Danson; and he also created the STARZ original series “Blunt Talk,” which starred Patrick Stewart, Jacki Weaver, and Adrian Scaroborugh.Read More
In addition to his television work, Ames is the author of nine works of fiction and non-fiction: “I Pass Like Night,” “The Extra Man,” “What’s Not to Love?,” “My Less Than Secret Life,” “Wake Up, Sir!,” “I Love You More Than You Know,” “The Alcoholic” (a graphic-novel), “The Double Life Is Twice as Good,” and the novella “You Were Never Really Here,” which is now a film directed by Lynne Ramsay and starring Joaquin Phoenix. The movie won Best Actor and Best Screenplay at Cannes 2017 and will be released by Amazon in 2018. An expanded version of the novella will come out in 2018, published by Vintage. He is also the editor of “Sexual Metamorphosis: An Anthology of Transsexual Memoirs,” and is the winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship.
His novel “The Extra Man” was adapted into a film (2010) and it starred Kevin Kline and Paul Dano. Ames adapted his memoir “What’s Not to Love?” into a television special for the Showtime network, which aired in 2007, and he played himself, though the role was a bit of a stretch.
Ames also has had a long career as a monologist, having staged a one-man show “Oedipussy”, as well as performing frequently with the Moth. He has acted in several films and television shows, including “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “Bored to Death,” and was the lead in the IFC film “The Girl Beneath the Waves.” In addition to his involvement in the arts, Ames had two amateur boxing matches, fighting as “The Herring Wonder.”