Dropping out of college to follow his passions was something Max Greenfield didn’t think twice about, and during Monday’s University Lecture Series (ULS), he will share with students his life journey from earning a 0.67 GPA to becoming an award-winning actor in TV and film.
The event will be held following the USF Week Kickoff. The kickoff will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the ULS will run from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. on Microsoft Teams with 45 minutes of moderated questions from Sophia Nieves, a mass communications major, and 15 minutes of audience Q&A.
Up to 10,000 people will be able to attend the event, according to Student Programs Coordinator Isabelle Arroyo-Acevedo. In total, the kickoff and ULS will cost $25,990, including paying Greenfield and purchasing 200 mugs with the USF Week logo that will be given away to audience members.
Greenfield is best known for starring as Schmidt in Fox’s “New Girl,” which started airing in 2011. The show, which ran for seven seasons until 2018, is based on the everyday lives of four roommates including the main character Jess, played by actress Zooey Deschanel, who just moved into a loft with three men, one of them played by Greenfield.
Over the years, the show received dozens of awards, including an Emmy in 2012 for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series, Outstanding Main Title Design and Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series, and Greenfield was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. The following year, he was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor and the show won the Best Television Series Award.
With a passion for acting since he was a child, Greenfield’s career took off in 2000 when he starred in an MTV show called “Undressed,” which allowed him to pursue other roles. He made his first big debut in 2004, playing the role of “Ike Green” in a drama called “Cross Bronx.”
After he graduated from Dobbs Ferry High School in New York, Greenfield attended the University of Wisconsin in 1998 for a short period of time as an art major, but dropped out his freshman year as he didn’t meet certain academic requirements.
In an interview with GQ, a New York City-based men’s magazine, Greenfield said dropping out of college didn’t phase him as much as it infuriated his parents. He said he was always aware of the career he wanted to achieve, which was acting.
Greenfield also made small appearances on shows such as “Gilmore Girls” and “American Horror Story,” according to Greenfield’s IMDb filmography page.
His small appearances, however, were just a quick glimpse into what his acting and film career had in store. Throughout his life he has starred in 38 shows and movies, had guest appearances in 22 and provided voiceovers in five different films, one being the iconic movie “Ice Age” in which he voiced “Roger,” the dyno-bird.
The actor has also been on the other side of the camera, producing films such as “Fist Fight” which aired in 2017, starring popular actor and musician “Ice Cube.”
Success has led Greenfield to immense accolades. Besides his Golden Globe and Emmy nominations, he was also awarded a Teen Choice Award in 2012 and 2013, Critics Choice TV Awards in 2012 and 2013, a Streamy Award in 2014, Online Film and Television Awards in 2012 and 2013 and Gold Derby Awards in 2012, 2013, 2016 and 2018.
His current role includes the CBS comedy show “The Neighborhood,” which aired in 2018 and had its third season debut in November. The show revolves around a white middlewestern family that moves to California in a predominantly African American neighborhood. Greenfield plays the role of Dave Johnson, who’s the father of a white Midwestern family.