David Schwimmer (Hebrew דוד שװימער, born November 12, 1966) is a Jewish American actor, born in Astoria, New York, USA. He is best known for his role as Ross Geller in the television sitcom Friends. He earned an Emmy Award nomination in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series category for Friends in 1995 and frequently directed episodes of the acclaimed comedy series.
His film credits include Apt Pupil, The Pallbearer, Breast Men, Kissing a Fool, Six Days Seven Nights, and Madagascar (voice). Schwimmer also appeared in the Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks television production Band of Brothers.
Born in New York and raised in Los Angeles, Schwimmer was encouraged by a high school instructor to attend a summer program in acting at Northwestern University. Inspired by that experience, he returned to Northwestern where he received a bachelor's degree in speech/theatre. In 1988, along with seven other Northwestern graduates, he co-founded Chicago's Lookingglass Theatre Company.
He made his West End theatrical debut in 2005 in Neil LaBute's play Some Girl(s) at the Gielgud Theatre in London as the character 'Man' alongside Catherine Tate, Saffron Burrows, Sara Powell, and Lesley Manville.