In the debut season (1994-95) of Friends, David Schwimmer's performance as Ross, a sensitive, hopeless romantic, earned him an Emmy nomination as Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.

Born in Queens and raised in Los Angeles, Schwimmer was first exposed to acting when he enrolled in a high school drama class on a whim.  After he completed the course, an instructor encouraged him to attend a summer program in acting at Northwestern University in Chicago.

After his graduation from high school he returned to Northwestern, where he received a bachelor's degree in speech/theater.  In 1988, Schwimmer, along with seven other Northwestern graduates, founded Chicago's Lookingglass Theater Company -- an ensemble of actors, writers, directors, and designers dedicated to creating vibrant new works for the American stage.  Schwimmer says the company, which is now 20 members strong, "possesses a unique combination of talent, drawing its strength from training in the classics, acrobatics, gymnastics, dance, and music."

Schwimmer's stage acting credits with Lookingglass include a recent production of Dostovevsky's
The Idiot, as well as The Master and Margarita, In The Eye Of The Beholder, West, Of One Blood, and The Odyssey.  His stage-directing credits include The Jungle, which he also adapted and which earned six Joseph Jefferson Awards; The Serpent, and Alice In Wonderland, which toured to the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland.  In addition, Schwimmer earned critical acclaim for his staring role as a devious screenwriter in the 1997 hit play D Girl, staged in Los Angeles.

In 1993 Schwimmer made his debut as a television series regular on the comedy
Monty with Henry Winkler.  His other television credits include recurring roles on such series as NYPD Blue, The Wonder Years, and NBC's L.A. Law.

His feature film acting credits include
Kissing A Fool, The Pallbearer, Since You've Been Gone (which he also directed), Twenty Bucks, Crossing The Bridge, and, most recently, Ivan Reitman's Six Days, Seven Nights, starring opposite Harrison Ford and Anne Heche.  Schwimmer also co-starred in Art Pupil, adapted from a Stephen King novella.  In addition, Schwimmer starred in the critically acclaimed cable film Breast Men

In his spare time, Schwimmer plays softball, basketball, ping-pong, and poker with his friends.  He has residences in Los Angeles and Chicago.  His birthday is November 2.