10 Things You Didn’t Know About David Schwimmer
8. Early Life
David Lawrence Schwimmer was born on November 2, 1966 in Flushing, Queens, New York City, to Arthur and Arlene Coleman-Schwimmer. He grew up with his older sister Ellie, and was raised by parents who were both attorneys. Due to his parents’ careers, the family ended up moving to Los Angeles and then to Beverly Hills, where Schwimmer attended Beverly Hills High School. “When I was there I always felt: This is not me, I’m surrounded by people with a different value system. And I just wanted to get out of California.” During these years, he enrolled in drama classes and soon discovered he had a passion for it.
7. Before Acting
Although he enjoyed acting and excelled at it, he never thought of it as a career option and because he was also very good at science and math, Schwimmer first had plans to become a doctor. However, his drama teacher encouraged him to pursue acting, so he did. He even flew to Chicago as a teenager for an acting workshop. After graduating high school, however, his parents insisted he go to college, so he moved to Chicago to attend Northwestern University. While in school, he joined an improv group with none other than Stephen Colbert, and eventually graduated in 1988 with a Bachelor of Arts in theater and speech.