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Adam Brody
Adam Brody 2009.jpg
at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival
BornAdam Jared Brody

(1979-12-15) December 15, 1979 (age 34)


San Diego, California, US
OccupationActor
Years active1995–present
Spouse(s)Leighton Meester (m. 2014)
Adam Jared Brody (born December 15, 1979) is an American film and television actor and part-time musician. He began his acting career in 1995, appearing on Gilmore Girls as Dave Rygalski and other series, and subsequently came to fame for his role as Seth Cohen on The O.C. Brody later appeared in several film roles, including Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Thank You for Smoking, Jennifer's Body, In the Land of Women, Cop Out, and Scream 4.

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    Biography

    Brody was born in Carlsbad, San Diego County, California, the oldest son of Valerie (née Siefman), a graphic artist, and Mark Brody, a lawyer. His parents, both Jewish, are originally from Detroit, Michigan (Brody celebrated becoming a Bar Mitzvah). He has younger twin brothers, Sean and Matt. Brody attended Wangenheim Middle School and Scripps Ranch High School, receiving "poor grades", and grew up in suburban San Diego, spending time surfing. He has said that while he was not a "Casanova", he had "cute girlfriends" and "pretty much lived at the beach". Brody attended community college for one year and dropped out at the age of nineteen, moving to Hollywood in order to become an actor. He subsequently hired an acting coach and signed with a manager.



    At the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival
    After a year of training and auditioning, Brody landed the role of Barry Williams in the 2000 TV movie Growing Up Brady. He also was in the Canadian comedy television series The Sausage Factory. In 2001, he played a small role in American Pie 2, named as "high school guy". He was one of two high school guys who get chased away from Steve Stifler's party. He was cast in recurring roles on Gilmore Girls in 2002–2003 as Dave Rygalski, Lane's bandmate and love interest before his character left to go to California, or in this case, The O.C.. In 2003, Brody wrote "Home Security" (a short film), appeared in the feature film Grind and also in a music video of a song called "Too Bad About Your Girl" by The Donnas. Still in 2003, he began playing his most famous role to date, Seth Cohen, a slightly awkward teenager, on the television show The O.C.. Brody improvised some of the character's comic dialogue. The role turned him into a teen idol, with the character having been described by the Los Angeles Times as "TV's sexiest geek" and by Time as having "redefined" the screen persona of "unapologetic" nerdiness; his character (defined by director Jon Kasdan as the "new kind of nerdy Jewish guy: both self-deprecating and self-obsessed") has since inspired scripts to describe particular characters as "Adam Brody types". The role also developed Brody a female fan following and as a result, Brody was ranked No. 17 in Independent Online's "100 Sexiest Men Alive" of 2006, was twice placed on Teen People's annual list of "25 Sexiest Stars under 25", Voted as Elle Girl Magazine Coolest Guy Celeb and Coolest TV Star in 2005, Voted number 1 in UK CosmoGIRL as pin-up sex-symbol beating out Johnny Depp in 2005, chosen as one of the People Magazine Sexiest Man Alive in 2004–2006 and was the first male on the cover of Elle Girl. He also appeared thrice −2003, 2004, 2005– in People's Magazine "50 Hottest Bachelors".

    During the show's run, Brody appeared alongside Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt in 2005's film Mr. & Mrs. Smith as Benjamin 'The Tank' Danz, a vital, if small, role. He also played a Hollywood studio assistant in the 2006 film adaptation of Thank You for Smoking. Brody was signed to a seven-year contract for The O.C., playing the role of Seth Cohen, where he acted much like himself. The show was eventually canceled in 2007 and ended its run in February of that year; Brody has said that he is "not unhappy" with the show's cancellation and that although he was "fortunate" to be on a successful series, he was also glad to "not be on it for 10 years". After the end of The O.C.'s run, Brody turned to a full-time film career.



    Brody with Greta Gerwig and Analeigh Tipton at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival
    His next film was In the Land of Women, a romantic comedy co-starring Meg Ryan and Kristen Stewart and released on April 20, 2007. In the film, Brody plays the lead role, a writer who returns to his mother's Michigan hometown in order to take care of his sick grandmother. Brody did not have to audition for the part, but was almost unable to appear in the film because of scheduling conflicts with the second season of The O.C.; the film's director pushed filming back eight months because he wanted Brody to star. The same year, Brody also appeared in supporting roles in the lower budget films Smiley Face, playing a pot dealer, and The Ten, as a skydiver. He also guest appeared in the Smallville episode "Crush". Brody, along with actor Zac Efron, was in consideration for the lead part in the film Speed Racer, a role which was eventually given to Emile Hirsch. Brody was also set to produce a remake of Revenge of the Nerds, which was canceled early during filming. In 2009, he co-starred with Josh Lucas in Boaz Yakin's drama, Death in Love, and in Academy Award-winner Diablo Cody's new horror film Jennifer's Body, co-starring Megan Fox. In 2010, he appeared in Kevin Smith's film Cop Out, which was shot in NYC and co-starred Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan and then in The Romantics alongside Katie Holmes and Josh Duhamel. It was announced on July 1, 2010 that Brody landed the role of Detective Hoss in Scream 4, released in April 2011. In 2011, Brody voiced "Woodie" in the MTV animated series Good Vibes. The same year, Brody appeared in The Oranges alongside Leighton Meester and Hugh Laurie. In January 2012, it was announced he had joined the cast of Lovelace, a biopic about the late '70s porn star Linda Lovelace which will be directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman and star Amanda Seyfried and Demi Moore. Brody will portray Harry Reems. He will reunite with Meester on Life Partners; filming started in April 2013.

    Personal life

    Brody lives in Los Angeles.

    Brody played drums for the band Big Japan with actor Bret Harrison. He wrote screenplays and songs during his spare time and has co-written, along with Danny Bilson and Paul DiMeo, a comic book miniseries for Wildstorm Comics called Red Menace. Brody has also volunteered as an actor with the Young storytellers program, which is dedicated to developing literacy, self-expression and self-esteem in elementary school children.

    Brody is now in a band called The Shortcoats

    Brody has described himself as a "fake intellectual" and his sense of humor as sarcastic. He is a secular Jew and has stated that he "couldn't be less religious". Brody has said that when he moved to Hollywood he became "more nerdy" and embraced his "neurotic side".

    Relationships

    He dated The O.C. co-star Rachel Bilson for three years but the relationship ended in December 2006. In November 2013, Brody and actress Leighton Meester became engaged after a year of dating and married in February 2014 in a private ceremony with close family members and friends.

    Filmography



    Film
    YearTitleRoleNotes
    2000Never LandJack
    2000The SilencingKarl
    2000Roadside AssistanceRusty
    2000American Pie 2High School GuyUnrated version
    2000According to SpencerTommy
    2002The RingKellen – Teen No. 3
    2003Home SecurityGreg
    2003GrindDustin Knight
    2003Missing BrendanPatrick Calden
    2005Mr. & Mrs. SmithBenjamin Danz
    2006Thank You for SmokingJack
    2007In the Land of WomenCarter Webb
    2007The TenStephen Montgomery
    2007Smiley FaceSteve the Dealer
    2008Death in LoveTalent agent
    2009Jennifer's BodyNikolai Wolf
    2010Cop OutBarry Mangold
    2010The RomanticsJake
    2011Scream 4Deputy Ross Hoss
    2011The OrangesToby Walling
    2011Damsels in DistressCharlie
    2012Seeking a Friend for the End of the WorldOwen
    2012Revenge for Jolly!Danny
    2012Some Girls
    2013Welcome to the JungleChris
    2013LovelaceHarry Reems
    2013Baggage ClaimSam
    2014Think Like a Man TooIsaac
    2014Life PartnersTimFilming


    Television
    YearTitleRoleNotes
    1995Now WhatMTV TV series
    1999The Amanda ShowGreg Brady1 episode ("When Brady's Attack")
    2000Growing Up BradyBarry WilliamsTV Film
    2000City GuysCustomer No. 11 episode ("Makin' Up is Hard to Do")
    2000UndressedLucas3 episodes
    2000Judging AmyBarry "Romeo" Gilmore1 episode ("Romeo and Juliet Must Die – Well, Maybe Just Juliet")
    2000Go FishBilly1 episode ("Go Student Council")
    2000Family LawNoel Johnson1 episode ("My Brother's Keeper")
    2000–2001Once and AgainCoop3 episodes
    2000–2002The Sausage FactoryZack Altman13 episodes
    2001–2004Grounded for LifeBrian2 episodes
    2002SmallvilleJustin Gaines1 episode ("Crush")
    2002The Andy Dick ShowHimself1 episode ("The Garage Sale")
    2002–2003Gilmore GirlsDave RygalskiRecurring (9 episodes)
    2003–2007The O.C.Seth CohenMain Role (92 episodes)
    2004MADtvSeth Cohen1 episode
    2006The LoopKeith1 episode ("The Rusty Trombone")
    2011Good VibesWoodie (voice)12 episodes
    2013Kroll ShowJoel Faizon1 episodes
    2013House of LiesNate3 episodes
    2013The LeagueTedGuest Star; 2 episodes
    2013Burning LoveMaxMain Cast (10 episodes)
    2014New GirlBerkleyEpisode: "Exes"

    Accolades

    YearAwardCategoryNominated workResult
    2004Teen Choice AwardsChoice Breakout TV Star MaleThe O.CNominated
    2004Choice TV Actor – Drama/Action AdventureWon
    2005Choice TV Chemistry (shared with Rachel Bilson)Won
    2005Choice TV Actor: DramaWon
    2006Choice TV Actor: Drama/Action AdventureWon
    2010Choice Movie Actor: Horror/ThrillerJennifer's BodyNominated

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