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Benjamin "Ben" Schwartz is an American stand-up comedian, actor, director, producer, writer, comedian, and voice actor who has done voice work for the Sonic the Hedgehog film series.


Schwartz is best known for portraying characters in live-action comedies, such as Jean-Ralphio Saperstein in Parks and Recreation and Clyde Oberholt in House of Lies from 2012-2016. He has also voiced characters in animated films and television shows.



TV series


Voice acting


On 5 March 2021, Schwartz received the award for "Best Animated or VFX Performance" at the Hollywood Critics Association Awards for his performance as Sonic in Sonic the Hedgehog.[2]


  • In Sonic's crossover appearance in OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes, Sonic describes Eggman as "the worst" in a way that references Schwartz's character of Jean-Ralphio Saperstein from Parks and Recreation.
    • This reference would be returned by Ben Schwartz himself, as a reference is made to the line yet again in Sonic the Hedgehog 2.
  • Schwartz is one of two Sonic the Hedgehog English voice actors not from the video games to also voice a character (in this case, Dewey Duck) in the DuckTales 2017 reboot. The other is Jaleel White.
  • Schwartz shares his birthday with Colleen O'Shaughnessey.


  1. Kroll, Justin (8 August 2018). Ben Schwartz to Voice ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ in Upcoming Movie (EXCLUSIVE). Variety. Retrieved on 8 August 2018.
  2. Bosselman, Haley (5 March 2021). 'Promising Young Woman' Sweeps Hollywood Critics Association Awards. Variety. Archived from the original on 7 March 2021.

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Voice actors of Sonic the Hedgehog