Birthdate: Sep 15, 1981
Birthplace: Bronx, New York, USA
A versatile comic who has become a go-to vocal talent for animated features, Ben Schwartz (birthname: Benjamin Schwartz) is the lead voice of Paramount’s animation franchise, Sonic The Hedgehog I (2020) and Sonic the Hedgehog II (2022). His other major vocal performances in animated features in 2022 include DC League of Super-Pets and Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie. Schwartz co-stars with Nicolas Cage (as Dracula) and Nicholas Hoult (Renfield) in the April 2023 Universal release, Renfield, directed by Lego Movie franchise director-editor Chris McKay.
Ben Schwartz’s first break was joining the acclaimed improv comedy group, Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. His career rose notably in a running guest part on NBC’s Parks and Recreation, which he parlayed into a regular spot on J.J. Abrams’ 2010 NBC show, Undercovers. Although much of his work has centered on TV (such as his long-running vocal work in the acclaimed animated series Bob’s Burgers (2013-2020) and BoJack Horseman (2015-2019)) as well as live stand-up and web series, Schwartz has built a steady presence—mainly with his distinctive, Bronx-accented voice—in feature films.
Schwartz’s most important on-screen role to date was co-starring with Billy Crystal in the drama-comedy, Standing Up, Falling Down (2019). This was shortly followed by the first Sonic the Hedgehog movie in 2020, establishing Schwartz as a lead voice in a major studio animation feature. That same year, he joined comic actor Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley) for Netflix’s two-person long-form improv show, Middleditch, and Schwartz.
Ben Schwartz spent his early childhood in the northern section of The Bronx known as Riverdale, raised by a mother who taught in public school and a father who switched from social work to real estate. Schwartz has a sister named Marni. His family moved to Westchester County, where he attended high school and graduated in 1999. He attended Union College in New York City with a double major in anthropology and psychology. Schwartz is the father of one child. His height is 6’.
Winner, Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics Emmy in a Limited Series or Special (2009); Three-time nominee, Emmy Awards.
Author: Ben Schwartz is the author of five books, including Grandma’s Dead: Breaking Bad News with Baby Animals.
Song Man: Despite his success on TV and receiving multiple Emmy nominations as a comedy actor, notably as a cast member of Parks and Recreation, Schwartz’s only Emmy is for co-writing (with Hugh Jackman) lyrics for a song performed by Jackman on the 2009 Academy Awards show broadcast.