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Robert Schwartzman
Schwartzman performing in 2008
Robert Coppola Schwartzman

(1982-12-24) December 24, 1982 (age 41)
Other namesRobert Carmine
Occupation(s)Actor, musician, director, screenwriter
Years active1998–present
Zoey Grossman
(m. 2017)

Robert Coppola Schwartzman (born December 24, 1982), also known as Robert Carmine, is an American director, screenwriter, actor, and musician. He is best known as the lead vocalist of the rock/pop band Rooney. Schwartzman directed the films Dreamland (2016), The Unicorn (2018), and The Argument (2020), acted in his cousin Sofia Coppola's projects Lick the Star (1998) and The Virgin Suicides (1999), and starred in The Princess Diaries (2001).

Early life[edit]

Schwartzman was born in Los Angeles, California, to Talia Shire (née Coppola) and film producer Jack Schwartzman. His paternal grandparents were Ashkenazi Jews, while his mother is an Italian-American Catholic. His older brother, Jason Schwartzman, is also an actor and musician. His paternal half-siblings are Stephanie and cinematographer John Schwartzman, while his maternal half-brother is Matthew Shire.[1]

As a member of the Coppola family, many of his relatives are also involved in the entertainment industry—he is the nephew of filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola and opera conductor Anton Coppola; the cousin of actor Nicolas Cage and filmmakers Sofia Coppola, Roman Coppola, and Christopher Coppola; and the grandson of Coppola family matriarch Italia Coppola (née Pennino) and composer Carmine Coppola.[2]


Schwartzman attended Windward School in Los Angeles and formed his band Rooney in 1999, in his junior year of school. He left the band temporarily when he attended Eugene Lang College in New York City in 2001. In his first semester at college, Schwartzman wrote songs in his dorm room and flew home every month to perform new material for Rooney. Most of the songs on the first Rooney album were written while he was at college, and 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.

In early 2002, shortly after Schwartzman left school, Rooney was signed to Geffen/Interscope Records. Rooney recorded their self-titled debut album in June 2002. They also were selected by his friend Johnny Ramone for the Ramones tribute album 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 Strokes. Rooney 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 and 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'", "If It Were Up to Me", and "Popstars", which was released as a never-before-seen video. 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 MySpace account, and was also 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.

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.[3] He scored the 2013 film Palo Alto with Dev Hynes of Blood Orange.

In 2016, Schwartzman wrote and directed Dreamland, starring Johnny Simmons and Amy Landecker.[4] It had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 14, 2016.[5][6] It was released in a limited release and through video on demand on November 11, 2016.[7] In 2018, he directed The Unicorn, starring Lauren Lapkus and Nick Rutherford. It had its world premiere at South by Southwest on March 10, 2018.[8][9][10]

Utopia Media[edit]

In 2018, Schwartzman co-founded Utopia Media,[11] a "filmmaker first" distribution company. In 2020, Utopia Media announced the launch of Altavod, a platform for filmmakers to more easily distribute and profit from their films. Altavod originally launched in partnership with Unanimous Media’s[12] documentary Jump Shot,[13] a documentary that uncovered the inspiring true story of the forgotten basketball legend who developed, pioneered, and popularized the modern-day jump shot. Stephen Curry served as an executive producer on the film, which was distributed by Aspiration Media.[14]

In 2020, Utopia Media released a 4K restoration of the 1980s cult-classic Rad by director Hal Needham. It starred Schwartzman's mother, Talia Shire, and was executive produced by his father, Jack Schwartzman. The film made its belated Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD debut in May 2020, from Vinegar Syndrome[15] and Utopia Distribution.


Film and television
Year Title Role Notes
1998 Lick the Star Greg Short film
1999 The Virgin Suicides Paul Baldino
2001 The Princess Diaries Michael Moscovitz
2001 A New Princess (The Making of The Princess Diaries) Himself
2002 Krystal Harris - "Supergirl" Michael Moscovitz Uncredited; music video
2004 The O.C. Himself Episode: "The Third Wheel"
2004 Rooney: Spit and Sweat Himself
2007 Look Gas Station Kid #1
2010 Somewhere Uncredited
2011 New Romance Uncredited; short film
2012 Casino Moon Seymour Short film
2012 Modern/Love Oscar Short film
2013 Palo Alto Film score; co-credited with Dev Hynes
2016 Dreamland Director
2017 It Happened in L.A. Ben
2018 The Unicorn Director
2019 Lost Transmissions Darron
2020 The Argument Director
2023 Hung Up on a Dream: The Zombies Documentary Director
2023 The Good Half Director




  • Clique Girlz - Incredible (2008)
  • Clique Girlz - Clique Girlz EP (2008)
  • Clique Girlz - "Then I Woke Up/Heaven Is a Place on Earth" (2008)[26]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Matthew Shire". IMDb.
  3. ^ "Robert Schwartzman profile". robertschwartzman.com. Archived from the original on September 13, 2012. Retrieved October 26, 2011.
  4. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (March 27, 2015). "Rooney Frontman Robert Schwartzman Makes Helming Debut On 'MF'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 10, 2016.
  5. ^ "Dreamland". Tribeca Film Festival. Archived from the original on August 10, 2016. Retrieved November 10, 2016.
  7. ^ A. Lincoln, Ross (September 30, 2016). "Orion Pictures And Gunpowder & Sky Nab Robert Schwartzman Pic 'Dreamland'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 11, 2016.
  8. ^ McNary, Dave (July 17, 2017). "Nick Rutherford, Lauren Lapkus to Star in Relationship Comedy 'The Unicorn' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved April 6, 2018.
  9. ^ "The Unicorn". South by Southwest. Retrieved April 6, 2018.
  10. ^ Derschowitz, Jessica (January 31, 2018). "John Krasinski and Emily Blunt supernatural thriller A Quiet Place to open SXSW Film Festival". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved April 6, 2018.
  11. ^ "Robert Schwartzman Launches Utopia Distribution Company – Deadline". Deadline – Hollywood Entertainment Breaking News. Retrieved April 13, 2020.
  12. ^ "Unanimous Media". Unanimous Media. Retrieved April 13, 2020.
  13. ^ "JUMP SHOT MOVIE". JUMP SHOT MOVIE. April 8, 2020. Retrieved April 13, 2020.
  14. ^ "Aspiration Entertainment: Producers of Marketing, Distribution and Impact". Aspiration Entertainment. January 6, 2013. Retrieved April 13, 2020.
  15. ^ "Cult Film Preservation & Releasing". Vinegar Syndrome. January 25, 2019. Retrieved April 13, 2020.
  16. ^ Lee, Stephan (March 27, 2009). "'Iron Man' exclusive! Watch Rooney's clip for their new Tony Stark theme song". Music-mix.ew.com. Retrieved October 8, 2011.
  17. ^ "Wild One : Rooney | Official Website". Archived from the original on November 9, 2011. Retrieved November 18, 2011.
  18. ^ "Wild One: Rooney: MP3 Downloads". Amazon.com. Retrieved April 10, 2016.
  19. ^ "Wild One by Rooney on iTunes". Itunes.apple.com. February 3, 2010. Retrieved April 10, 2016.
  20. ^ "Zune Music + Video". Social.zune.net. November 15, 2015. Retrieved April 10, 2016.
  21. ^ "万博体育app最新版本-广州妨浇信用担保有限公司". 万博体育app最新版本-广州妨浇信用担保有限公司 (in Chinese). Retrieved April 13, 2020.
  22. ^ "solobob". Amazon.com. Retrieved April 10, 2016.
  23. ^ "ROBERT SCHWARTZMAN - DEBUT ALBUM 'DOUBLE CAPRICORN' OUT NOW!". robertschwartzman.com. September 13, 2012. Archived from the original on September 13, 2012. Retrieved April 13, 2020.
  24. ^ "ABOUT - Robert Schwartman". robertschwartzman.com. October 8, 2011. Archived from the original on October 8, 2011. Retrieved April 13, 2020.
  25. ^ ["NEWS - Robert Schwartman". robertschwartzman.com. May 7, 2012. Archived from the original on May 7, 2012. Retrieved April 13, 2020.
  26. ^ Robert Schwartzman. "Robert Schwartzman | Album Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved April 10, 2016.

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