Since his debut performance in director David Gordon Green's bleak rural drama George Washington (2000), actor Paul Schneider has appeared alongside Sarah Jessica Parker and Diane Keaton in The Family Stone (2005) and co-starred in the comedy drama Elizabethtown. Schneider also co-stars in Mr. Woodcock director Craig Gillepsie's romantic comedy Lars and the Real Girl. He had a memorable supporting turn in the Jane Campion period drama Bright Star, and was a haunted single dad in Away We Go. In 2009 he was cast in the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation, and was one of the main players in the 2011 adaptation of Water for Elephants. He starred in the 2012 comedy The Babymakers.
Biography by Tracie Cooper
- Became friends with writer-director (and frequent collaborator) David Gordon Green while both were students at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
- Wrote and directed the independent film Pretty Bird, which screened at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.
- Named one of Variety Magazine's 10 Actors to Watch in 2007.