Maxwell George Schneider
5' 7¾" (1.72 m)
Actor/Singer Max Schneider began performing at the age of three and hasn't stopped since. He started off singing and dancing for family and friends on his living room table, but ended up singing and dancing on a Broadway stage.
He began his professional career in the Broadway musical, 13, and things just set off from there. Shortly after 13 closed, Max booked a guest starring role on "Law and Order SVU." He has also appeared on television shows such as "One Life to Live" and "The View." In January 2010, Max was lucky enough to be chosen out of 6,000 applicants to attend the YoungArts Program in Miami. He was one of twenty theater finalists, and he specialized in musical theater at the program. He studied with incredibly talented performers such as Liv Ullman, Malcolm Gets and Kevin Carroll. In early May 2010, Max walked into a casting for the Fall/Winter 2010 ad campaign for Dolce & Gabbana featuring Madonna. A week later he was posing arm in arm with Madonna for world-renowned photographer, Steven Klein. The ad campaign was released in August of 2010 in 44 countries. In late 2010 after attending NYU Tisch for Musical theater (New Studio on Broadway), Max booked his first role in a feature film, The Art Of Love (The Last Keepers) starring Olympia Dukakis, Virginia Madsen and Aidan Quinn. Max is best known for his role on Nickelodeon's "How to Rock (2012)," playing the popular character of "Zander Robbins." The show can currently be seen in reruns on the channel. Max co-starred with Keke Palmer in the TV musical movie for Nickelodeon, RAGS, which premiered on May 28, 2012. The movie was directed by Bille Woodruff, with choreography by Rosero McCoy and music my Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins. It also stars Drake Bell, Avan Jogia and Isaiah Mustafa. The soundtrack and DVD are currently available on iTunes and Amazon. An avid singer and songwriter, Max has written for several other projects and artists. His song, "Last One Standing," co-written with Matt Wong and Claire Demorest, is featured in two episodes of "How to Rock" and his song, "Show You How to Do," co-written with Ben Charles, was featured on the Disney show "Shake It Up." He also wrote the song "Standing in China" which was featured on Cody Simpson's album Paradise in 2012! During the summer of 2012, Max was invited to open for Victoria Justice on her "Making it in America" national tour. In addition to putting together a new band and opening for her in over 17 major cities to sold-out crowds, Max teamed up with Victoria once again to create their viral YouTube hit, "Bruno Mars Medley" (directed by Kurt Schneider). The Tour received rave reviews and Max and his band extended the tour by "headlining"-and selling out-Webster Hall (NYC) and House of Blues (Chicago). During the tour, Max debuted two of his original songs: "Everyday" (co-written by Jon Feldmann) and "Quicksand" (co-written by Matt Wong). In late 2012, Max guest starred on the CW's "Beauty and the Beast." Most recently during spring of 2013, Max released the single, "Nothing Without Love," the video has garnered almost over 2 million views on YouTube. He also collaborated in a duet with actress/singer Keke Palmer for Jason Derulo, entitled "The Other Side," which has almost 5 million views on YouTube.
He is one of the stars of 2014 drama series for NBC entitled, "Crisis." The show centers on an idealistic Secret Service agent who finds himself at the center of an international crisis on his first day on the job. On his search for the truth, he will have to cross moral and legal lines as he navigates the highest levels of power and corruption. The show stars Dermot Mulroney, Gillian Anderson and Lance Gross. On the music side, MAX (as he goes by for music) performed the song "Mug Shot," which he also wrote, on the soundtrack for the Veronica Mars movie.
In addition to "Crisis," Max can also be seen in a supporting role in the indie feature Love & Mercy about the life of reclusive musician Brian Wilson from the '60s surfing band, The Beach Boys, from his successes with highly-influential orchestral pop albums to his nervous breakdown and subsequent encounter with controversial therapist Dr. Eugene Landy. Max played the role of Singer, Songwriter and Producer Van Dyke Parks, best known for his lyrical contributions to The Beach Boys' Smile project. The movie starred Paul Dano, Elizabeth Banks, Paul Giamatti and John Cusack.
Max played in djundjuns in an African drumming group led by Mimo Camara of West Guinea.
His father is of Ashkenazi Jewish descent. His mother, who has German and English ancestry, converted to Judaism.
[on having an African coming-of-age ceremony instead of a Bar Mitzvah at thirteen] There was a big Guinean African drumming community in Woodstock, New York... I was doing this drumming with them every day, and it was clashing with my Hebrew studies, but my parents could see how much I loved it... They said 'we know people who have had a barmitzvah in their 80s, so you'll do it eventually'... So I had this ceremony, when I was 13, which involved a lot singing and celebrating life... In the actual ceremony you're supposed to survive in the jungle for three days, but we skipped that part and just celebrated as if I had done that.