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Ben Schwartz          

Actor & Comedian, Known for "Parks and Recreation," "Jake & Amir" & "Star Wars"

Ben Schwartz is perhaps best known for portraying a fictional version of himself on the comedy web series Jake and Amir and for portraying Tom Haverford's friend Jean-Ralphio Saperstein on the sitcom Parks and Recreation. Starting in 2012, he also starred as Clyde Oberholt in Showtime's television series House of Lies.

He stars in Middleditch and Schwartz, a two-person, completely improvised live show. Every performance is different and is made up on the spot.

His feature film credits include Peep World with Rainn Wilson, Michael C. Hall and Sarah Silverman as well as Everybody's Fine with Robert De Niro. Additionally he had a role in The Other Guys starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg and directed by Adam McKay.

In voice work, he is the voice of Sonic the Hedgehog in the "Sonic the Hedgehog" movie, also starring Jim Carrey and James Marsden, Leo in "Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," Rutabaga Rabitowitz in the Netflix hit "BoJack Horseman," and Dewey Duck in "DuckTales."

On television, Schwartz guest-starred as Jean-Ralphio Saperstein on NBC’s Parks and Recreation and is a lead in the Showtime show House of Lies with Don Cheadle and Kristen Bell. In 2010, Schwartz played series regular Bill Hoyt on J. J. Abrams' one-hour spy drama Undercovers for NBC.

Schwartz has been writing, directing and acting in his own short films for some time. He had his own segment on HBO’s Funny or Die Presents called Terrible Decisions with Ben Schwartz and has appeared in multiple CollegeHumor sketches including the popular web series Jake and Amir. Schwartz has been nominated for two Emmys and won the 2009 Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Special for coauthoring Hugh Jackman's opening number for the 81st Academy Awards.

He was hired by Paramount Pictures to re-make the 1991 classic comedy Soapdish with producers Rob Reiner and Alan Greisman, and he sold an original pitch to Universal Studios based on an idea by Brian Grazer with Imagine Entertainment attached to produce.

He was a staff writer for the third season of Adult Swim’s Robot Chicken and served as a freelance writer for the Weekend Update segment of Saturday Night Live as well as the monologues for the Late Show with David Letterman.

Schwartz is an alumnus of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre (UCBT) and continues to perform there regularly. He is a member of the improv group "Hot Sauce" with Adam Pally and Gil Ozeri, the group performs their long-form improv show "Something Fresh" at UCBT every month.

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EXCLUSIVE: Just after completing the latest season as U.S. Marshall Raylan Givens in the FX series Justified, Timothy Olyphant has joined the Shawn Levy-di .

Recognize Ben Schwartz from Parks & Rec? Then You'll Love Him ...

Plus: The actor spills on his favorite on-screen moments – and how he gets that awesome hair.

Ben Schwartz Life Advice - Ben Schwartz Ask a Comedian

"I'm so afraid of saying something that someone will actually do," Ben Schwartz says midway through offering advice for our Ask a Comedian series. But it turns ...

Jessica Alba Prank Calls The Honest Company With James Corden ...

After learning that Jessica Alba's company, The Honest Company, accepts ideas on their customer service line, James Corden and Ben Schwartz decided they ...

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Ben Schwartz is making a dash for Paramount Pictures' Sonic the Hedgehog. The actor and comedian is set to voice the lead character in the hybrid ...

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