Joe Swanberg Height Weight Body Statistics


Born Name

Joe Swanberg

Nick Name


Joe Swanberg at "Digging For Fire" premiere at Sundance Film Festival 2015
Joe Swanberg at “Digging For Fire” premiere at Sundance Film Festival 2015

Sun Sign


Born Place

Detroit, Michigan, United States


Chicago, United States




He did his schooling from Naperville Central High School in suburban Chicago.

In 2003, Joe graduated from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in Illinois with a Bachelor’s degree. He did filmmaking in his majors.


Film director, screenwriter, actor, film producer


  • Father – Engineer
  • Mother – Housewife
  • Siblings – Unknown






6 ft 3 in or 191 cm


90 kg or 198.5 pounds

Girlfriend / Spouse

Joe Swanberg dated –

  • Kris Swanberg (2007-Present) – Joe Swanberg married American filmmaker and actress Kris Williams on June 30, 2007. The couple have two children.
Joe Swanberg with wife Kris Swanberg at Sundance Film Festival 2015
Joe Swanberg with wife Kris Swanberg at Sundance Film Festival 2015

Race / Ethnicity


He has small Swedish ancestry.

Hair Color

Dark Brown

Eye Color

Dark Brown

Sexual Orientation


Distinctive Features

  • Improvisation use
  • Often casts Anna Kendrick and Jake Johnson
  • Makes low-budget movies
  • Smile


His body specifications may be –

  • Chest – 43 in or 109 cm
  • Arms / Biceps – 15 in or 38 cm
  • Waist – 34 in or 86 cm

Joe Swanberg

Shoe Size


Brand Endorsements

He does not have any brand endorsements to his credit.



Best Known For

He is best known as a director, producer, and writer for movies like LOL (2006), ‎Silver Bullets (2011), ‎All the Light in the Sky (2012), Drinking Buddies (2013), Happy Christmas (2014) and Digging for Fire (2015).

He has also acted in some of these movies including LOL, Silver Bullets and Drinking Buddies.

First Direction

Swanberg made his directorial debut in 2005 with Kissing on the Mouth. The movie was also his first independent production.

First Film

His debut acting performance was in the 2005 movie Kissing on the Mouth in which he portrayed the character of Patrick.             

First TV Show

As an actor, he first appeared in the drama series Young American Bodies from 2007 to 2009 for his role as Ben. He appeared in a total of 23 episodes.

Personal Trainer

He does not have a personal trainer.

Joe Swanberg Favorite Things

  • Filmmakers – Coen Brothers, Sam Raimi, Quentin Tarantino, Jim Jarmusch, Hal Hartley, Spike Lee
  • Movie – Raising Arizona (1987)
  • Music Album – Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer? (By Of Montreal)
  • Books – Needful Things (By Stephen King), White Noise (By Don DeLillo), Founding Brothers (By Joseph J. Ellis)
  • Comedian – Louis C.K., Chris Rock
  • Musician – David Byrne, Paul Simon
  • Author – Don DeLillo, Philip Roth
  • ActorJoaquin Phoenix, Rosemarie DeWitt
Source – Film4, TNB
Joe Swanberg at "Drinking Buddies" screening in Brooklyn in 2013
Joe Swanberg at “Drinking Buddies” screening in Brooklyn in 2013

Joe Swanberg Facts

  1. Joe Swanberg spent most of his childhood in Georgia and Alabama.
  2. In school, he worked as a web designer to make money to finance his own films.
  3. He also worked as a travel coordinator at the Chicago International Film Festival without any formal training before becoming famous.
  4. He is a home beer brewer and his wife gifted him the brewing setup on his birthday.
  5. Swanberg is a noted supporter of distribution of independent films through the internet and so his 2011 movie Marriage Material is available on his Vimeo page for free.
  6. Swanberg shot Happy Christmas (2014) on a 16 mm film (instead of digital).
  7. Most of the movies he makes are focused on technology, sex, relationships and filmmaking.
  8. Swanberg is a noted supporter of the mumblecore film movement.
  9. He is not on social media.
  10. You can visit his official website.


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