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Adrien Brody

Adrien Brody
Born (1973-04-14) April 14, 1973
Woodhaven, Queens, New York City, New York, U.S.
Education Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School
Alma mater Queens College
Occupation Actor, producer
Years active 1988–present
Parent(s) Sylvia Plachy (mother)

Adrien Brody (born April 14, 1973) is an American actor. He received widespread recognition and acclaim after starring in Roman Polanski's The Pianist (2002), for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor at age 29, making him the youngest actor to win in that category. Brody is also the only male American actor to receive the French César Award.


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
  • Personal life 3
  • Filmography 4
    • Film 4.1
    • Television 4.2
    • Video games 4.3
    • Music videos 4.4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early life

Brody was born in Woodhaven, Queens, New York, the son of Sylvia Plachy, a photographer, and Elliot Brody, a retired history professor and painter.[1] Brody's father is of Polish Jewish descent; Brody's mother – who was raised as a Catholic – was born in Budapest, Hungary, the daughter of a Catholic Hungarian aristocrat father and a Czech Jewish mother.[2][3][4] Brody was raised "without a strong connection" to Judaism or Catholicism.[5]

As a child, Brody performed magic shows at children's birthday parties as "The Amazing Adrien".[6] He attended the I.S. 145 Joseph Pulitzer middle school and New York's Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts. His parents enrolled him in acting classes to distance him from the dangerous children with whom he associated.[7] He attended summer camp at Long Lake Camp for the Arts in the Adirondacks in upstate New York.[8] Brody attended Stony Brook University before transferring to Queens College for a semester.


Taking acting classes as a child, by age thirteen he appeared in an Off-Broadway play and a PBS television film.[9] After appearing in Bullet in 1996 with Tupac Shakur and Mickey Rourke, Brody hovered on the brink of stardom, receiving an Independent Spirit Award nomination for his role in the 1998 film Restaurant and later praise for his roles in Spike Lee's Summer of Sam and Terrence Malick's The Thin Red Line.[10] He received widespread recognition when he was cast as the lead in Roman Polanski's The Pianist (2002). To prepare for the role, Brody withdrew for months, gave up his apartment and his car, broke up with his then-girlfriend,[9] learned how to play Chopin on the piano, and lost 29 lbs (13 kg). The role won him an Academy Award for Best Actor, making him, at 29, the youngest actor ever to win the award, and to date the only winner under the age of 30. He also won a César Award for his performance.

Brody appeared on Saturday Night Live on May 10, 2003, his first TV work, controversially giving an improvised introduction while wearing faux dreadlocks for Jamaican reggae musical guest Sean Paul. However, the unscripted intro remains in reruns of the episode. Other TV appearances include NBC's The Today Show and on MTV's Punk'd after being tricked by Ashton Kutcher.

After The Pianist Brody appeared in four very different films. In Dummy (released in 2003 but originally shot in 2000, just prior to his work in The Pianist) he portrayed Steven Schoichet, a socially awkward aspiring ventriloquist in pursuit of a love interest (his employment counsellor). He learned ventriloquism and puppetry for the role (under the tutelage of actor/ventriloquist Alan Semok) convincingly enough to perform all of the voice stunts and puppet manipulation live on set in real time, with no subsequent post dubbing. He played Noah Percy, a mentally disabled young man, in the film The Village, by M. Night Shyamalan, shell-shocked war veteran Jack Starks in The Jacket, writer Jack Driscoll in the 2005 King Kong remake, and father-to-be Peter Whitman in The Darjeeling Limited by Wes Anderson. King Kong was both a critical and box office success; it grossed $550 million worldwide and is Brody's most successful film to date in monetary terms. Additionally, Brody played a detective in Hollywoodland. He has also appeared in Diet Coke and Schweppes commercials as well as Tori Amos' music video for "A Sorta Fairytale".[11]

On January 5, 2006, Brody confirmed speculation that he was interested in playing the role of The Joker in 2008's The Dark Knight. However, Christopher Nolan and Warner Bros. decided instead to cast Heath Ledger in the role.[12] He was also in talks with Paramount to play Spock in J. J. Abrams Star Trek XI, but it ultimately went to Zachary Quinto.[13][14] In 2010, he starred in Splice, a science fiction film written and directed by Vincenzo Natali. Originally a Sundance film, Splice was adopted by Dark Castle Entertainment and distributed by Warner Bros. Most recently, he played the star role of Royce in Predators (a sequel to the original Predator), directed by Nimród Antal and produced by Robert Rodriguez.[15]

In 2011, Brody starred in a Stella Artois beer ad called "Crying Jean" that premiered right after half-time of the Super Bowl XLV as part of Stella's "She Is a Thing of Beauty” campaign. He appeared in Woody Allen's 2011 Academy Award-winning comedy Midnight in Paris as Salvador Dalí.[16] On January 16, 2012, Brody made his debut as a runway model for Prada Men Fall/Winter 2012 show.[17]

In 2014, Brody collaborated again with Wes Anderson in the Academy Award-winning Grand Budapest Hotel, where he played Dmitiri. The following year, he starred as Tiberius in the Jackie Chan film Dragon Blade, which grossed $54.8 million in its opening week in China.

Personal life

In 1992, Brody was seriously hurt in a motorcycle accident in which he flew over a car and crashed head-first into a crosswalk.[18] He spent months recuperating. He has broken his nose three times doing stunts; the most recent was during the filming of Summer of Sam.[19]

Brody began dating Spanish actress Elsa Pataky in 2006.[20] For Pataky's 31st birthday in July 2007, Brody purchased her a 19th-century farm in Central New York state that was remodeled to look like a castle. Brody and Pataky were featured at their New York home in a 35-page spread for HELLO! magazine in October 2008.[21] The pair broke up in 2009.[22]

In 2010, Brody sued the Giallo filmmakers, alleging that they failed to pay his full salary.[23]



Year Title Role Notes
1989 New York Stories Mel
1991 The Boy Who Cried Bitch Eddie
1993 King of the Hill Lester Silverstone
1994 Angels in the Outfield Danny Hemmerling
1994 Natural Born Killers One of Gale's cameramen
1994 Jailbreakers Skinny
1996 Ten Benny Ray Diglovanni aka Nothing to Lose
1996 Solo Dr. Bill Stewart, Solo's Designer
1996 Bullet Ruby
1997 The Last Time I Committed Suicide Ben
1997 Six Ways to Sunday Arnie Finklestein
1997 The Undertaker's Wedding Mario Bellini
1998 The Thin Red Line Cpl. Fife
1998 Restaurant Chris Calloway Nominated – Independent Spirit Award for Best Lead Male
1999 Oxygen Harry
1999 Liberty Heights Van Kurtzman
1999 Summer of Sam Richie Tringale
2000 Bread and Roses Sam Shapiro
2001 Harrison's Flowers Kyle Morris
2001 The Affair of the Necklace Count Nicolas De La Motte
2001 Love the Hard Way Jack Grace
2002 Dummy Stevens
2002 The Pianist Władysław Szpilman Academy Award for Best Actor
Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor
César Award for Best Actor
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor
Nominated - BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated - Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
Nominated - Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
Nominated - Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated - European Film Award for Best Actor
Nominated - Polish Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated - Russian Guild of Film Critics Award for Best Foreign Actor
Nominated - Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated - Vancouver Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor
2003 The Singing Detective First Hood
2004 The Village Noah Percy
2005 The Jacket Jack Starks
2005 King Kong Jack Driscoll
2006 Hollywoodland Louis Simo Also additional cinematographer
2007 The Tehuacan Project Narrator
2007 Manolete (The Passion Within) (A Matador's Mistress) Manuel Rodríguez Sánchez "Manolete"
2007 The Darjeeling Limited Peter Whitman
2008 Mancora Thanks
2008 The Brothers Bloom Bloom
2008 Cadillac Records Leonard Chess Black Reel Award for Best Ensemble Cast
2009 Splice Clive Nicoli
2009 Giallo Inspector Enzo Lavia Also producer, direct-to-VOD
2009 Fantastic Mr. Fox Rickity Voice
2010 High School Psycho Ed Direct-to-VOD
2010 The Experiment Travis Direct-to-DVD
2010 Predators Royce
2011 Wrecked Man Also executive producer, direct-to-VOD
2011 Midnight in Paris Salvador Dalí Nominated - Alliance of Women Film Journalists Award for Best Ensemble Cast
Nominated - Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Ensemble Acting
Nominated - San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Performance by an Ensemble
Nominated - Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2011 Detachment Henry Barthes Also executive producer, direct-to-VOD
2012 Back to 1942 Theodore White Chinese production
2013 InAPPropriate Comedy Flirty Harry Also co-writer; uncredited
2013 Third Person Scott Independent film
2014 The Grand Budapest Hotel Dmitri Desgoffe und Taxis
2014 American Heist Frankie Also executive producer, direct-to-VOD
2015 Dragon Blade Tiberius Chinese production
2015 Backtrack Peter Bower Direct-to-VOD
2015 Septembers of Shiraz Isaac Also executive producer
2015 Manhattan Nocturne Porter Wren Also producer, direct-to-VOD
2015 Emperor Post-production
2015 Stone Barn Castle Director, producer and composer; documentary
2016 Banking on Mr. Todd Producer


Year Title Role Notes
1988 Home at Last Billy TV movie
1988 Annie McGuire Lenny McGuire Episode: "Annie and the Brooklyn Bridge"
1994 Rebel Highway Skinny Episode: "Jailbreakers"
1996 Bullet Hearts Chuckie Bragg TV movie
1999 Split Screen Harry Episode: "Waiting for Star Wars"
2003 Saturday Night Live Host Episode: "Adrien Brody/Sean Paul, Wayne Wonder"
2014 Houdini Harry Houdini TV miniseries
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie

Video games

Year Title Role
2005 Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie Jack Driscoll

Music videos

Year Title Role
2006 Fade to Red Tori's lover


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