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DiedJuly 18, 1939, Buchenwald concentration camp, Weimar, Germany
MarkHis characters are often compulsive womanizers
FactWas named one of the "Ten Actors to Watch" by Variety (2007).

Paul Schneider is an American actor, writer, and director. He was born on March 16, 1976, in Asheville, North Carolina, to parents Marilyn Schneider, a nurse, and George Schneider, a doctor. He has two older sisters, Amy and Elizabeth. Schneider was raised in a strict Catholic household and attended Catholic schools. He graduated from T.C. Roberson High School in 1994.

Schneider began his career as a stand-up comedian in New York City. He soon transitioned to acting, landing roles in the films “The Princess Diaries” (2001), “Old School” (2003), and “The Painted Veil” (2006). He also appeared on the television series “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (2004-2005) and “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip” (2006-2007).

In 2010, Schneider made his directorial debut with the film “Lovers of Hate.” The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and won the Grand Jury Prize at the SXSW Film Festival.

In recent years, Schneider has appeared in the films “All Good Things” (2010), “Bridesmaids” (2011), and “The Five-Year Engagement” (2012). He also starred in the short-lived television series “The Event” (2010-2011) and had a recurring role on the show “Parks and Recreation” (2013-2015).

As of 2020, Paul Schneider’s net worth is $3 million. He has earned his wealth through his successful career in film and television.

General Info

Full NamePaul Schneider
DiedJuly 18, 1939, Buchenwald concentration camp, Weimar, Germany
Height1.8 m
ProfessionScreenwriter, Film director, Actor
EducationUniversity of North Carolina School of the Arts, Asheville High School, Carolina Day School


AwardsNational Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor, Tribeca Film Festival Award for Best Actor in a Narrative Feature Film
Music GroupsMozartband
NominationsGotham Independent Film Award for Breakthrough Actor
MoviesLars and the Real Girl, Bright Star, Café Society, The Babymakers, Goodbye to All That, Water for Elephants, All the Real Girls, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, The Daughter, The Family Stone, Elizabethtown, The Flowers of War, Away We Go, Pretty Bird, The Beloved, Hello...
TV ShowsParks and Recreation, The Divide, Channel Zero

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#Marks / Signs
1His characters are often compulsive womanizers
2Frequently plays devious but likeable characters


1After we did All the Real Girls (2003), some guy asked me how I was going to go to Hollywood and hang on to my indie values. "Indie values"? There's like 18 things wrong with that phrase, but I understood what he meant. If your value system is external to you, then yeah, it can be hard to hold on to. Is it hard to hold on to this glass of water through a typhoon? It absolutely is. But if your value system is in you, like lungs, like blood..
2I come from a really lovely, really smart family where the only stress was money and employment. It wasn't violence, it wasn't drink - it was money. I was a sensitive, runty, rednecky kid, and I absorbed my parents, stress about that. Now I find myself living in the epicenter of money, trying to define myself against it. I'm having a nice little swing here, but even if they come at me with a big paycheck - and they haven't, believe me - it won't fill the void that'll be created in me if I have to go out and lie to guys like you about loving a movie I'm in that I actually can't stand. That's gotta chip away at you.


1Left "Parks and Recreation" after its 2nd season by mutual agreement with the show's producers (it had been clear for a while that Schneider would not return for Season 3, leading to the full-time hiring of Adam Scott and a guest-star spot for Rob Lowe who would become a show regular for several years afterwards). While Mike Schur said that Schneider would return for guest spots himself, his character not only never returned to the show but was never mentioned again by any other characters. Before Season 7, Schur confirmed Schneider would not return and Schneider also said both that he hadn't been contacted to return and had zero interest in bringing his character back in any case.
2A big fan of director Jane Campion. He says that The Piano (1993) is the film that inspired him to enrol into film school. He later worked with Campion on Bright Star (2009).
3Was named one of the "Ten Actors to Watch" by Variety (2007).
4Graduated from the North Carolina School of the Arts.




Water for Elephants2011Charlie
Parks and Recreation2009-2010TV SeriesMark Brendanawicz
Away We Go2009Courtney
Bright Star2009Mr. Brown
Pretty Bird2008Beach Dog Jogger (as Otto Peotomy)
Drunk History2008TV SeriesWilliam Henry Harrison
Lars and the Real Girl2007Gus
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford2007Dick Liddil
Live Free or Die2006Jeff Lagrand
The Family Stone2005Brad Stevenson
Elizabethtown2005Jessie Baylor
50 Ways to Leave Your Lover2004Owen McCabe
Third Watch2003TV SeriesWarner Thomas Warner
All the Real Girls2003Paul
Security, Colorado2001Paul
George Washington2000Rico Rice
Physical Pinball1998Short
Pleasant Grove1997ShortBedford
Channel Zero2016TV SeriesMike Painter
Rules Don't Apply2016Richard Miskin
The Tunnel2016TV SeriesKoba / Artem Baturin
Café Society2016Steve
The Daughter2015Christian
Black Eyed Dog2014
The Divide2014TV SeriesClark Rylance
Goodbye to All That2014Otto Wall
Hello Carter2013Aaron
Parks and Recreation: Dammit Jerry!2012VideoMark Brendanawicz
The Newsroom2012TV SeriesBrian Brenner
The Babymakers2012Tommy Macklin
Jin ling shi san chai2011Terry


Straight Men/Same Bed2014Short story
Pretty Bird2008writer
All the Real Girls2003story


Time Out of Mind2014performer: "Tourniquet" / writer: "Tourniquet"
Beloved2011performer: "Ici Londres", "Qui Aimes Tu?


Straight Men/Same Bed2014Short
Pretty Bird2008


Straight Men/Same Bed2014Short producer


The Making of 'Away We Go'2009Video documentary short special thanks


Straight Men/Same Bed2014ShortHimself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2009TV SeriesHimself
Lars and the Real Girl: The Real Story of...2008Video shortHimself
The Rough South of Larry Brown2002DocumentaryVoice-over / Man in 'Wild Thing' (voice)


Won Awards

2014Jury AwardTribeca Film FestivalBest Actor in a Narrative FeatureGoodbye to All That (2014)
2012Emerging MasterRiverRun International Film Festival
2010NSFC AwardNational Society of Film Critics Awards, USABest Supporting ActorBright Star (2009)
2009Spotlight AwardHollywood Film Awards

Nominated Awards

2009EDA AwardAlliance of Women Film JournalistsBest Supporting ActorBright Star (2009)
2009ICP AwardIndiewire Critics' PollBest Supporting PerformanceBright Star (2009)
2009SDFCS AwardSan Diego Film Critics Society AwardsBest Supporting ActorBright Star (2009)
2009VVFP AwardVillage Voice Film PollBest Supporting ActorBright Star (2009)
2008Grand Jury PrizeSundance Film FestivalDramaticPretty Bird (2008)
2004Chlotrudis AwardChlotrudis AwardsBest Original ScreenplayAll the Real Girls (2003)
2003Breakthrough AwardGotham AwardsAll the Real Girls (2003)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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