American actor Ben Schwartz is well-known for his role as Jean-Ralphio Saperstein on the sitcom Parks and Recreation. Schwartz's notable movie credits include Everybody's Fine, Peep World, Happy Christmas, and Sonic the Hedgehog.
Moreover, Ben will appear in the Netflix upcoming comedy television series, Space Force, that is set to premiere on May 29, 2020. Here are seven facts to know about Ben Schwartz.
Ben Schwartz is 38 years old as of now. He was born on September 15, 1981, in The Bronx, New York City. Talking about his height, Schwartz stands 6 feet tall (1.83 m).
Both of his parents were Bronx natives. Ben's father worked as a social worker and later as a real estate. Meanwhile, his mother worked as a music teacher. Schwartz graduated with a double major in psychology and anthropology from Union College.
Schwartz started his career as an Improv and sketch performer at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. He is an alumnus of the theatre, where he continues to perform regularly.
The 38 years old actor is a member of an improv group called Hot Sauce. The group performs their improv show, Something Fresh, each month in the UCB Theatre.
Besides, Schwartz also worked as a freelance writer for Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update and Late Show with David Letterman's monologues.
Ben Schwartz and Joe Keery are not related to each other. When Joe Keery played as Steve Harrington in the Stranger Things, fans noticed a striking similarity between Steve and Ben Schwartz' Parks and Recreation character, Jean-Ralphio Saperstein.
The similarity led to fan-made theories about Joe Stranger Things' character being the father of Ben's Parks and Recreation character. Nevertheless, in The Late Late Show with James Cordon, Schwartz jokingly implied that Steve is indeed the real father of his character.
What's interesting is that the Parks and Recreation co-creator Michael Schur immediately confirmed the theory on Twitter.
Ben Schwartz voiced Sonic in the 2020 comedy film Sonic the Hedgehog based on the video game franchise. He was initially called for a test reading by the movie director, Jeff Fowler, and co-writer, Josh Miller.
After being impressed by his performance, Miller and Fowler officially cast him for the titular character. Along with Schwartz, Jim Carrey and James Marsden also lent their voice for the main characters in the movie.
Ben Schwartz's net worth is estimated to be around $3 million. The 38 years old actor gained significant recognition after playing as Jean-Ralphio on the series Parks and Recreation from 2010 to 2015. He went on to star as Clyde Oberholt on the television series House of Lies.
Besides, Schwartz did voice work for several series as Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, DuckTales. His film credits include The Other Guys, Runner Runner, The Interview, Night School, and The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part. Schwartz's works as an actor and comedian can be credited to his net worth of $3 million.
Schwartz briefly dated Jane, the Virgin actress Gina Rodriguez. Gina and Ben came out as a couple at the Danny Garcia and Robert Guerrero WBC Championship bout at Staples Center in January 2016, as per Daily Mail.
It is not known when Schwartz and Rodriguez broke-up, but she is now married to actor, model, and MMA fighter Joe LoCicero, since May 5, 2019.
Ben Schwartz plays as F. Tony Scarapiducci in upcoming American comedy web television series, Space Force. Schwartz's character is seen as the Space Force social media director.
Space Force is set to premiere on Netflix on May 29, 2020. It features actors like Steve Carell, John Malkovich, Diana Silvers, Tawny Newsome, Jimmy O. Yang, Alex Sparrow, Noah Emmerich, Lisa Kudrow, and many more. The show also marks the last television show of actor Fred Willard, who died on May 15, 2020.