The Real Reason You Don’t See David Schwimmer On TV Anymore

David Schwimmer became a household name overnight thanks to his role as Dr. Ross Geller on the hit ’90s sitcom Friends. Since then, he’s done a lot of other work but somehow it’s largely gone unnoticed. For some reason, despite having the same career launch as his Friends co-stars, Schwimmer just hasn’t been seen around Hollywood as much as you would think. Believe it or not, he started shunning fame in addition to some unfortunate mishaps with his name. Keep reading to see where Schwimmer has been since his days at Central Perk!

Schwimmer Struggled With Celebrity Status

David Schwimmer was cast as Dr. Ross Geller on Friends in 1994. Gellar was a nerdy paleontologist who still somehow managed to be lovable despite his frustrating character traits. The fame that came with that role was something Schwimmer couldn’t handle at first.

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Stewart Cook/Hulton Archive

“It was pretty jarring and it messed with my relationships to other people in a way that took years, I think, for me to adjust to and become comfortable with… It made me want to hide under a baseball cap and not be seen,” he said on the Awards Chatter podcast in 2016.