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Rarely does an actor have the ability to successfully cross over from an Emmy Award-winning dramatic series, NYPD Blue, to a hot comedy show, Friends, and continue to work on the stage and screen.

Schwimmer's feature credits include The Pallbearer, Crossing the Bridge, Twenty Bucks, and Kissing A Fool. He also has completed his directorial film debut with his Lookingglass Theatre Company in Chicago, Since You've Been Gone.

Born in Queens, NY, and raised in Los Angeles, Schwimmer was first exposed to acting in high school when his instructor encouraged him to attend a summer program at Northwestern University in Chicago. While at Northwestern, he also attended Oxford University and the Lee Strasberg Academy, where Schwimmer learned that, in addition to acting, his true passions were writing and directing, particularly for the stage. In 1988, he founded the Lookingglass Theatre Company with seven other Northwestern graduates. Before beginning his work in television and films, some of Schwimmer's theater credits as an actor with his company were West, The Odyssey, Of One Blood, In The Eye Of The Beholder and The Master and Margarita. His stage directing credits include The Jungle-in which he also starred and which earned six Joseph Jefferson Awards-The Serpent and Alice in Wonderland, performed at the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland.

He made his debut as a television series regular in 1993 on the comedy Monty. He had recurring roles on NYPD Blue, L.A. Law and The Wonder Years.

Most recently, Schwimmer was seen in Ivan Reitman's Six Days, Seven Nights with Harrison Ford and Anne Heche.

Bio courtesy Sony Pictures Entertainment (15-May-2002)


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