Paul Schneider (actor)

Paul Andrew Schneider (born March 16, 1976) is an American actor. He is best known for playing Mark Brendanawicz on the first two seasons of the NBC television show Parks and Recreation. He also plays Dick Liddil in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.[1][2]

Paul Schneider
Schneider in July 2018
Born (1976-03-16) March 16, 1976 (age 48)
EducationUniversity of North Carolina School of the Arts (BFA)
Years active1996–present
Theresa Schneider
(m. 2016)


Year Title Role Notes
1997 Pleasant Grove Bedford Short film
1998 Physical Pinball Short film
2000 George Washington Rico Rice
2003 Security, Colorado Paul Filmed in the Dogme 95 style.
2003 All the Real Girls Paul Writer
2003 Crude Gabe
2004 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover Owen McCabe
2005 Elizabethtown Jesse Baylor
2005 The Family Stone Brad Stevenson
2006 Live Free or Die Jeff Lagrand
2007 The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford Dick Liddil
2007 Lars and the Real Girl Gus
2008 Pretty Bird Beach Dog Jogger Writer, director
2009 Bright Star Charles Armitage Brown
2009 Away We Go Courtney Farlander
2011 Water for Elephants Charlie O'Brien
2011 The Beloved Henderson
2012 Flowers of War Terry
2012 The Babymakers Tommy Macklin
2013 Hello Carter Aaron
2014 Goodbye to All That Otto Wall
2014 Black Eyed Dog
2014 Straight Men/Same Bed Short film
Writer, director, producer
2015 The Daughter Christian
2016 Café Society Steve
2016 Rules Don't Apply Richard Miskin
2020 The Sound of Philadelphia
TBA American Murderer David Brown Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2003 Third Watch Thomas Warner Guest role; 3 episodes
2008 Drunk History Vol. 4 William Henry Harrison 1 episode
2009–2010 Parks and Recreation Mark Brendanawicz Main role (seasons 1–2); 30 episodes
2012 The Newsroom Brian Brenner Guest role; 2 episodes
2014 The Divide Clark Rylance Main role; 8 episodes
2016 The Tunnel Artem Baturin Guest role; 4 episodes
2016 Channel Zero: Candle Cove Mike Painter Main role; 6 episodes
2017 Chance Ryan Winter Main role (season 2); 4 episodes
2018 The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story Paul Beck 2 episodes
2020 Tales from the Loop George 5 episodes
2020 NOS4A2 Jonathan "The Hourglass" Beckett 3 episodes

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
2003 Gotham Awards Breakthrough Actor All the Real Girls Nominated
2004 Chlotrudis Awards Best Original Screenplay (shared with David Gordon Green) All the Real Girls Nominated
2008 Sundance Film Festival Dramatic Pretty Bird Nominated
2009 Alliance of Women Film Journalists Best Supporting Actor Bright Star Nominated
Hollywood Film Awards Won
Indiewire Critics' Poll Best Supporting Performance Bright Star Nominated
San Diego Film Critics Society Awards Dramatic Pretty Bird Nominated
Village Voice Film Poll Best Supporting Actor Bright Star Nominated
2010 National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA Best Supporting Actor Bright Star Won
2012 RiverRun International Film Festival Won
2014 Tribeca Film Festival Best Actor in a Narrative Feature Goodbye to All That Won
2017 Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Best TV Actor Channel Zero: Candle Cove Nominated


  1. Spangler, Todd (22 February 2018). "'Parks and Recreation' Team Rips Into NRA for Using Amy Poehler GIF". Variety. Penske Business Media, LLC. Retrieved 18 September 2018.
  2. Weisman, Jon (March 14, 2010). "Schneider to leave regular 'Parks' role". Variety. Retrieved March 15, 2010.