Max Greenfield (born September 4, 1980)[1][2][3] is an American actor. He appeared in recurring roles in Veronica Mars and Ugly Betty, and co-starred in the WB series Modern Men. He co-stars as Schmidt in the Fox sitcom New Girl, for which he received Emmy, Critics' Choice Television, and Golden Globe awards nominations.


Greenfield began pursuing his acting career in 1998 after he graduated from high school. He landed guest stints on dramas such as Boston Public, Gilmore Girls and The O.C. Greenfield scored his first lead role on the short-lived series Modern Men as one of three bachelors who hire a life coach to help them understand and manage women. Greenfield had more success in supporting roles on Veronica Mars (reprising the role in the film adaptation in 2014) and Greek. In 2007 he landed a recurring role on Ugly Betty. He continued his television career with a slew of guest-starring roles on primetime series such as The CW's remake of Melrose Place, the short-lived No Ordinary Family, and Castle.

He created, produced, and starred in the comedy series The Gentlemen's League for the Audience Network in 2010, which followed the real-life fantasy football league he ran with actor Jerry Ferrara.[4] As for film, Greenfield had his feature film debut in the film Cross Bronx. Greenfield had a featured role in When Do We Eat?, as an Internet tycoon who, after losing his fortune, becomes a Hasidic Jew.[4] In 2011, Greenfield began playing the role of Schmidt in the sitcom New Girl. The role earned him nominations for both a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series and a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film.[5]

In 2015, Greenfield starred in a series of McDonald's commercials promoting their Sirloin Third Pound Burgers.[6]

Personal life

Greenfield was born and raised in Dobbs Ferry, New York. He is Jewish and had a Saturday Night Live-themed Bar Mitzvah.[7] As of 2011, he lives in Los Angeles, California with his wife, Tess Sanchez, who is a casting director. The couple have two children, daughter Lily and son Ozzie.[8][9]


Year Title Role Notes
2004 Cross Bronx Ike Green
2005 When Do We Eat? Ethan
2014 They Came Together Jake
2014 Veronica Mars Leo D'Amato
2014 About Alex Josh
2015 Hello, My Name Is Doris John Fremont
2015 The Big Short Mortgage Broker
2016 Ice Age: Collision Course Roger (voice)
2017 The Glass Castle Eric Goldberg Filming
Year Title Role Notes
2000 Undressed Victor 3 episodes
2002 Boston Public Sean Tallen Episode: "Chapter Thirty-Five"
2003 Gilmore Girls Lucas Episode: "Chicken or Beef?"
2005–2007 Veronica Mars Leo D'Amato 11 episodes
2005 Sleeper Cell Teen #2 Episode: "Al-Faitha"
2006 Modern Men Kyle Brewster Main cast; 7 episodes
2007 O.C., TheThe O.C. Young Sandy Cohen Episode: "The Case of the Franks"
2007–2008 Ugly Betty Nick Pepper 8 episodes
2007 Life Bradley Sloane Episode: "Tear Asunder"
2008 Greek Michael 5 episodes
2008 Kath & Kim Bar fight guy Episode: "Wicked Gay"
2009 Raising the Bar David Steinberg 4 episodes
2009 Melrose Place Mickey Richards Episode: "Cannon"
2010 Castle David Nicolaides Episode: "Food to Die For"
2010 Lie to Me Damien Musso Episode: "The Whole Truth"
2010 No Ordinary Family Mr. Robbins Episode: "No Ordinary Quake"
2010–2011 Gentlemen's League, TheThe Gentlemen's League Max 2 episodes
2010 Whole Truth, TheThe Whole Truth Joseph Tucci Episode: "Cold Case"
2010 Undercovers Redman Uncredited; episode: "The Key to It All"
2011 Hot in Cleveland Steve Episode: "I Love Lucci, Part 1"
2011 Happy Endings Ian Episode: "You've Got Male"
2011–present New Girl Schmidt Main cast
Nominated – Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Scene Stealer – Male
2012 NTSF:SD:SUV:: Alistair McQueen Episode: "Lights, Camera, Assassination"
2013–2016 Bob's Burgers Boo Boo Voice; 3 episodes
2014 Hot in Cleveland Doug Episode: "The One with George Clooney"
2014 Robot Chicken Voice; episode: "Super Guitario Center"
2014–2015 Mindy Project, TheThe Mindy Project Lee 2 episodes
2015 American Horror Story: Hotel Gabriel 3 episodes

As producer