Robert Michael Schneider is an American actor, comedian, screenwriter, and director. A stand-up comic and veteran of the NBC sketch-comedy series Saturday Night Live, he went on to a successful career in feature films, including starring roles in the comedy films Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo, The Hot Chick, The Benchwarmers, and Grown Ups.
Schneider started his stand-up comedy career while still in high school, opening for San Francisco favorites Head On, a band managed by his older brother John. After high school, he played Bay Area nightclubs such as the Holy City Zoo and The Other Cafe and was a regular guest on local radio programs. After opening a show by comedian Dennis Miller in 1987, Schneider won a slot on HBO’s 13th Annual Young Comedians special, which was hosted by Miller. Schneider’s appearance on the HBO special led to a position as a writer for the late-night NBC sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live.
After leaving SNL, Schneider played supporting roles in a series of movies including Surf Ninjas, Judge Dredd, The Beverly Hillbillies, Demolition Man, and Down Periscope. He also appeared in a recurring part on the TV series Coach. In 1996, he co-starred in the NBC sitcom Men Behaving Badly, an American take on the hit British series of the same name. He has appeared in nearly every Adam Sandler movie from The Waterboy to Sandy Wexler.
Most recently, Schneider starred as the title character in the CBS-TV situation comedy Rob, which was loosely based on his real life. He went on to produce, direct and star in the Netflix Series Real Rob, a sitcom that follows his life and includes his real-life wife Patricia and daughter Miranda.