Film and Television can be a great way to decompress after long days of existing in an increasingly stressful world. This is why sitcoms and comedy films exist to help us relax and find some laughter to counter the frustrations. Although that is the case, some of them are highly underappreciated in today’s world. One particularly underrated actor in the industry in Ben Schwartz. In the past decade, the New York-born comedian has risen to one of film and television’s most capable comic actors.
The actor is best known for playing Jean-Ralphio Saperstein on Parks And Recreation. Ben also played Clyde Oberholt on House Of Lies. Not familiar with Ben Schwartz? Learn more about the talented actor by reading below.
Who Is Ben Schwartz?
Ben Schwartz was born to a family of Ashkenazi Jews on the 15th of September 1981 in New York, specifically The Bronx. He was born and raised in the Bronx for 11 years before his family moved to Scarsdale.
As a child at the learning stage, Ben Schwartz attended Edgemont High School and graduated in 1999. Perhaps as a way to hedge his bet if comedy fails to work, Ben Schwartz attended University and studied Psychology and Anthropology. He graduated from Union College in 2003.
While not much is known about his parents, especially their names, his father is known to be a former social worker who moved into real estate and his mother, was a music teacher. He is one of two children born to his parents. The other is a sister whose name is unknown.
Ben Schwartz got his career in entertainment started in 2007 when he appeared in the film New York City Serenade and three episodes of Starveillance. Since then, he has worked in multiple projects across film and television, both as a writer and as an actor. Before he got his breakout performance role in 2010 in Parks and Recreation, he starred in films and television projects like Accidentally On Purpose, Happiness Isn’t Everything, Everybody’s Fine, Mayne Street, I Hate Valentine’s Day and a couple others.
He was initially only due to appear as a guest star on Parks and Recreation in 2010, but after his character was loved by the fans, he continued to guest star in a recurring role for five years in a total of 21 episodes. He later got a lead role in 2012 as Clyde Oberholt in House of Lies. The show, which received positive reviews from critics, ran from 2012 to 2016.
As a comedy writer, he has worked for and with different iconic shows in the United States. He has worked as a writer for Robot Chicken, Saturday Night Live and Late Show with David Letterman.
On stage, Ben is known as an improv comic who famously improvised majority of his lines in Parks and Recreation. He is a former performer at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre and is currently a member of an improv group called Hot Sauce.
Ben Schwartz is also a voice actor who has lent his comedic tone to characters like BB-8 in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Dewey in DuckTales, and Leonardo in Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. He is due to appear as the lead character in a 2019 release of Sonic the Hedgehog.
Outside of writing for film and television, Ben is also a published author. He has co-published three books with Amanda McCall but has only published one.
Is He Related To Joe Keery?
The short answer is no. The two actors are not related, only coincidentally sharing an eerie similarity in looks. This has birthed internet theories that their television characters, Steve Harrington portrayed by Joe Keery in Stranger Things is the father of Ben Schwartz’s Parks and Recreation character, Jean-Ralphio Saperstein. The two are not biologically related but the theory is fun to think about.
Is Ben Schwartz Dating Anyone?
Currently, there are no suggestions Ben Schwartz is in a relationship. He was in a high profile relationship with Gina Rodriguez in 2016 that even spurred rumors of an engagement, but the rumors along with the relationship were shortlived. Currently, Ben seems to have chosen to focus on his career instead of his love life.