Robert Coppola Schwartzman

Robert Coppola Schwartzman
Born Robert Coppola Schwartzman
(1982-12-24) December 24, 1982
Los Angeles, California, United States
Other names Robert Carmine
Occupation Actor, musician, director
Years active 1998–present
Parent(s) Talia Shire and Jack Schwartzman
Relatives Jason Schwartzman brother, Francis Ford Coppola, uncle Nicolas Cage, cousin

Robert Coppola Schwartzman (born December 24, 1982) is an American actor, musician, and film director, Schwartzman is also best known as the lead vocalist of the rock/pop band Rooney. He has also acted in the short black-and-white film Lick the Star and The Virgin Suicides, both directed and co-written by his cousin Sofia Coppola, as well as The Princess Diaries.

Personal life

Schwartzman was born in Los Angeles, California, United States, he is the youngest of three boys of Talia Shire (née Coppola) and the late producer Jack Schwartzman. Many other members of Schwartzman's family are involved in film: he is the nephew of Francis Ford Coppola, cousin of Nicolas Cage, Sofia Coppola, Roman Coppola and Christopher Coppola, and grandson of Italia Coppola (née Pennino) and Carmine Coppola (the source of his old stage name) and his niece, Gia Coppola. His brother is Jason Schwartzman, lead singer of the band Coconut Records (also an actor and former drummer of the band Phantom Planet) and his half-siblings are Stephanie Schwartzman and cinematographer John Schwartzman. Schwartzman is of Jewish descent on his father's side and of Catholic Italian descent on his mother's side.[1]


Schwartzman attended Windward School in Los Angeles, California. Schwartzman formed his band Rooney in his junior year of school in 1999. He left the band temporarily when he attended Eugene Lang College in New York City in 2001. Schwartzman wrote songs in his dorm room and flew home every month to perform new material for Rooney in his first semester at college. Most of the songs on the first Rooney album were written while in college. It was during this time that he realized that he wanted to go back to Los Angeles and pursue a professional career in music with Rooney.

Shortly after he left school, he was signed to Geffen/Interscope records in early 2002. Rooney recorded their debut self-titled album in June 2002. They also were selected by Schwartzman's friend, Johnny Ramone, for the Ramones tribute album entitled We're A Happy Family, which was released in early 2003. Rooney opened for Weezer during their headlining tour in the summer of 2002, it was their first national support slot. The next tour the band landed was with the band The Strokes. Rooney's album was finally released in May 2003 and has since sold approximately 500,000 copies. The band had a cameo appearance in an episode of The O.C., "The Third Wheel". Their song "Blueside" was featured on the Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2004 soundtrack and their song "I'm Shakin'" was featured on an episode of the daytime soap opera All My Children.

On November 16, 2004 the band issued their first DVD, Spit & Sweat. The hour-long documentary features interviews with the band and live performances from Los Angeles. The DVD also includes the videos for "Blueside", "I'm Shakin'", and "If It Were Up to Me". Following their 2006 summer tour, the band began the recording sessions for their second album. Three songs from previous sessions ("Don't Come Around Again", "Paralyzed", and "Tell Me Soon"), were kept for their new album, Calling the World. On March 6, 2007, the single "When Did Your Heart Go Missing?" was released on their official MySpace Page. The single also was used in commercials for the TV show Beauty and the Geek. The album was released to stores July 17, 2007 and debuted at #42 on The Billboard Top 100 Albums chart.

Robert Schwartzman released his first solo album, Double Capricorn, on October 25, 2011. All profits from the sale of the album will be donated to the Tibetan Healing Fund to help build a new birthing center.[2] He scored the 2013 film Palo Alto with Devonte Hynes of Blood Orange.

In 2016, Schwarzmann wrote and directed Dreamland, starring Johnny Simmons and Amy Landecker.[3] It had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 14, 2016.[4][5] It was released in a limited release and through video on demand on November 11, 2016.[6]


Film and Television
Year Title Role Notes
1998 Lick the Star Greg
1999 The Virgin Suicides Paul Baldino
2001 The Princess Diaries Michael Moscovitz
2004 The O.C. Himself Episode: "The Third Wheel"
2007 Look Gas Station Kid #1
2010 Somewhere Uncredited
2011 New Romance Robert Schwartzman Short film
2012 Casino Moon Seymour Short film
2012 Modern/Love Oscar Short film




See also


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  2. "Robert Schwartzman profile". Retrieved 2011-10-26.
  3. Fleming Jr, Mike (March 27, 2015). "Rooney Frontman Robert Schwartzman Makes Helming Debut On 'MF'". Retrieved November 10, 2016.
  4. "Dreamland". Tribeca Film Festival. Retrieved November 10, 2016.
  6. A. Lincoln, Ross (September 30, 2016). "Orion Pictures And Gunpowder & Sky Nab Robert Schwartzman Pic 'Dreamland'". Retrieved November 11, 2016.
  7. Lee, Stephan (2009-03-27). "'Iron Man' exclusive! Watch Rooney's clip for their new Tony Stark theme song". Retrieved 2011-10-08.
  8. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on November 9, 2011. Retrieved November 18, 2011.
  9. "Wild One: Rooney: MP3 Downloads". Retrieved 2016-04-10.
  10. "Wild One by Rooney on iTunes". 2010-02-03. Retrieved 2016-04-10.
  11. "Zune Music + Video". 2015-11-15. Retrieved 2016-04-10.
  12. "solobob". Retrieved 2016-04-10.
  13. Robert Schwartzman. "Robert Schwartzman | Album Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-04-10.
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