Gary Schwartz (Actor)

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Born(1952-08-09)August 9, 1952
New York
  • Actor
  • voice actor
  • Improvosational Acting Coach
  • director
  • writer
Years active1965-present

Gary Schwartz (born August 9, 1952) is an American actor based in Washington. He is best known for playing The Demoman and Heavy Weapons Guy in the 2007 multiplayer first person shooter Team Fortress 2.

Early Career

Schwartz began his career at 13 as a Mime. While in Los Angeles Schwarts met fellow mime Caleb Chung and the two started a comedy duo together lasting from 1974 to 1994.[2] Eventually Schwartz expressed a desire to stop "not talking" and began taking acting classes from Viola Spolin[3] who described him as a "gifted player and coach," with a thorough understanding of her work.[citation needed] the two maintained a relationship from 1973 until her death in 1994

Personal Life

In 2015, with the help of a writing coach, Schwartz wrote a children's novel called King of Average from an Idea he had at 11 years old concerning the paradox of being the most average person.[3]

Schwartz's influences include Jackie Gleason and Dick Van Dyke[3]

Fan Interactions and TF2 Collaborations

Schwartz has made many appearences at fan conventions

Since 2022 Schwartz has participated in the Sandvich Saga a webseries collaboration between the Team Fortress 2 actors (sans Grant Goodeve, Nathan Vetterlein, and the deceased Rick May)

Since 2022 Youtuber ShorK has organized multiple reunions and charity events involving the TF2 cast members (again sans Vetterlein, Goodeve, and May) including dubbing the Team Fortress Comics, the popular Source Film Maker video Heavy is Dead in which he played Demoman and Heavy. He collaborated with ShorK again on "Meet the REAL Heavy" a recreation of the promotional video "Meet the Heavy" in live action.


Video Games

Year Title Role Notes
1996 The Jungle Book Colonel Ilgwom "Illy"
1999 Planescape: Torment Additional voices
2000 Star Trek: Armada Additional voices
2002 Alien vs Predator 2: Primal Hunt Eisenberg
2007 Team Fortress 2 Demoman/Heavy Weapons Guy/Monoculus
2008 Left 4 Dead Plane pilot
2010 Poker Night at the Inventory Heavy Weapons Guy
2011 Star Wars: The Old Republic Guss Tuno
2012 Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed Heavy Uncredited
2013 Dota 2 Lich/ Sniper
2020 Dota Underlords Lich/ Sniper

TV Shows

Year Title Role Notes
1979 The Jeffersons Clown 1 episode
1983 You and Me Kid Actor 1 epsode
1984 Faerie Tale Theatre Headless Man/ The Barrister Fish 2 episodes
1986 Zoobilee Zoo Bravo Fox
1989 Mr. Belvedere Man 1 episode
1989 The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! Doctor Freud/ Inspector Clean/ Dr Toby guest appearence 2 episodes
1990 Tales from the Crypt (TV series) Werewolf 1 episode
1992 Picket Fences Johnson 1 episode
1997 Ellen (TV series) Gary 1 episode
2007 Meet the Team promotional videos Heavy Weapons Guy/ Demoman 2007-2012


  2. Schwartz & Chung, retrieved 2023-12-03
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Voice of TF2 Heavy Explains The Heavy Voice and Improv | Gary Schwartz: From Mime to Meme, retrieved 2023-12-03

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