Before succeeding in “Friends”, David Schwimmer worked on wheels for seven long years.
“I was a roller skate server in Chicago for seven years”, Schwimmer told the Guardian. âYou earn your real money doing stunts. Everyone’s got their burgers and fries, and then you’re like, âHey, you want me to jump over your kids for five bucks? They would have their kids lie on the ground and I would jump on them at 30 mph.
By this time Schwimmer was used to working hard, having been hardened by a series of “really bad summer jobs.”
âI worked at this place called Steve’s Ice-cream where you had to hand mix all the candy or cookie crumbs on that big marble slab for three dollars an hour,â Schwimmer recalls. âWhen I was 16, I worked in this photocopier store. I had to pretend to be a guy from Xerox. I would phone the customers and say, âI see you have a Xerox 2-2500. Looks like you’re running out of toner. ‘ An innocent secretary would say, “I don’t think we are?” and I was like, ‘I think you are, let me send you some boxes.’ It wasn’t really legal. I arrived one day and the whole place had been looted.
While he made the world fall in love with him in “Friends,” Schwimmer hardly became an actor at all.
As a child, “I wanted to be a surgeon,” he told the newspaper. âI was fascinated by the human body: I ââknew everything about the lymphatic, vascular and skeletal systems. I was a big science geek, but found I could talk to more girls in theater class than in the science lab. So it derailed my medical career. “
Another fun fact: While attending a summer program in Oxford, Schwimmer opted to take a clowning course, saying “[It] just spoke to me. So I went to clown school too.