Ben Schwartz is an American actor, comedian, writer, producer, and director.
Born on September 15, 1981, in The Bronx, New York, Schwartz has been a fixture of the acting and comedy scene since his debut in 2006.T
The 38-year-old is one of the stars of the upcoming Netflix comedy series, Space Force.
Here are seven facts about Ben Schwartz:
7. Stars in the Upcoming Netflix Comedy Series, Space Force
Ben Schwartz is set to star alongside an ensemble cast of actors and comedians in the upcoming comedy series, Space Force.
He joins Steve Carell, John Malkovich, Diana Silvers, Noah Emmerich, and Tawny Newsome, among others in the sci-fi-comedy series.
The official IMDb synopsis of the show reads:
"The people tasked with creating a sixth branch of the armed services: The Space Force."
The show is slated to premiere on Netflix on May 29, 2020.
6. Widespread Recognition as Jean-Ralphio Saperstein in Parks and Recreation
Schwartz's breakthrough role came as the brash, loud-mouthed Jean-Ralphio Saperstein in the NBC political satire sitcom, Parks and Recreation.
He managed to stand out and not get lost in the shuffle among the ensemble cast that consisted of, among other actors, Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, Aziz Ansari, Nick Offerman, Aubrey Plaza, and Chris Pratt, among others.
The character of Jean-Ralphio Saperstein was earmarked for Schwartz, who impressed the show's co-creator, Michael Schur, so much so that he wrote the character specifically for Schwartz. Schwartz ran with the character, often improvising his lines.
He played the character for five years, from 2010 to 2015.
5. Voice of Sonic the Hedgehog
Schwartz has accumulated quite the repertoire of voice-roles over his career. His most high-profile voice-over roles include the titular role of Randy Cunningham in the Disney XD kids animated series, Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja.
He voiced Rutabaga Rabitowitz in a handful of episodes of the adult animated drama, BoJack Horseman.
He is also part of the main voice-cast as Dewey in the animated series, DuckTales, and as Leonardo in the animated superhero series, Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
His voice career is capped off by his voice-work as the titular character in the 2020 movie adaptation of the Sega video-game character of the same name, Sonic the Hedgehog.
The movie released theatrically on February 14, 2020, and starred Jim Carrey and James Marsden, among others.
4. Appeared in the Movies The Other Guys, This Is Where I Leave You, The Interview
Schwartz has lent his multifaceted talents to many comedy and otherwise movies throughout his career.
His feature film debut came in 2007 as Russ in the comedy-drama movie, New York City Serenade.
He had a minor role in the 2010 buddy-cop comedy starring Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Eva Mendes, and Michael Keaton, among others, The Other Guys.
He went on to play Rabbi Charles "Boner" Grodner in the Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver, and Rose Byrne-starring comedy drama, This Is Where I Leave You.
He also played Eminem's publicist in the controversial 2014 action comedy, The Interview, starring James Franco and Seth Rogen.
3. Recurring Appearances in CollegeHumor Web Series, Jake and Amir
Schwartz also gained popularity among the netizens with his recurring appearances in the CollegeHumor short-form comedy web series, Jake and Amir.
He made numerous appearances in the web series, playing a litany of different characters from 2009 to 2014.
The web series remains CollegeHumor's biggest hit, with an estimated one billion views as of April 2017.
2. Writer on Late Show with David Letterman and Saturday Night Live
Schwartz is also known for his behind-the-scenes work as a writer. He worked for a brief time as a freelance writer for late-show host, David Letterman. He helped write the monologues for Letterman for his show, Late Show with David Letterman.
He also helped write the material for the Weekend Update segment of Saturday Night Live.
For his contribution in co-authoring Hugh Jackman's opening number for the 81st Academy Awards, Schwartz won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Special at the 2009 Emmy Awards.
1. Has a Net Worth of $3 Million
As of April 2020, Ben Schwartz has a net worth of $3 million. He has been an actor, comedian, writer, producer, and director in his career.
From his behind-the-scenes work writing for Late Show with David Letterman and Saturday Night Live, as well as the Emmy Award-winning Academy Awards opening number to his live-action and voice-acting roles, Schwartz has earned his keep.
He gained widespread recognition as Jean-Ralphio Saperstein in Parks and Recreation along with his litany of guest appearances in shows like Arrested Development, and Jake and Amir.
He is set to star in the upcoming Netflix comedy series, Space Force, set to premiere on May 29, 2020.