|Born||Adam Jared Brody
December 15, 1979
San Diego, California, US
Adam Jared Brody (born December 15, 1979) is an American film and television actor and part-time musician. He began his 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.
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.
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 and 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.
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 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.
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".
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.
|2000||American Pie 2||High School Guy||Unrated version|
|2000||According to Spencer||Tommy|
|2002||The Ring||Kellen – Teen No. 3|
|2003||Missing Brendan||Patrick Calden|
|2005||Mr. & Mrs. Smith||Benjamin Danz|
|2006||Thank You for Smoking||Jack|
|2007||In the Land of Women||Carter Webb|
|2007||The Ten||Stephen Montgomery|
|2007||Smiley Face||Steve the Dealer|
|2008||Death in Love||Talent agent|
|2009||Jennifer's Body||Nikolai Wolf|
|2010||Cop Out||Barry Mangold|
|2011||Scream 4||Deputy Ross Hoss|
|2011||The Oranges||Toby Walling|
|2011||Damsels in Distress||Charlie|
|2012||Seeking a Friend for the End of the World||Owen|
|2012||Revenge for Jolly||Danny|
|2013||Welcome to the Jungle||Chris|
|2014||Think Like a Man Too||Filming|
|1995||Now What||MTV TV series|
|1999||The Amanda Show||Greg Brady||1 episode ("When Brady's Attack")|
|2000||Growing Up Brady||Barry Williams||TV Film|
|2000||City Guys||Customer No. 1||1 episode ("Makin' Up is Hard to Do")|
|2000||Judging Amy||Barry "Romeo" Gilmore||1 episode ("Romeo and Juliet Must Die – Well, Maybe Just Juliet")|
|2000||Go Fish||Billy||1 episode ("Go Student Council")|
|2000||Family Law||Noel Johnson||1 episode ("My Brother's Keeper")|
|2000–2001||Once and Again||Coop||3 episodes|
|2000–2002||The Sausage Factory||Zack Altman||13 episodes|
|2001–2004||Grounded for Life||Brian||2 episodes|
|2002||Smallville||Justin Gaines||1 episode ("Crush")|
|2002||The Andy Dick Show||Himself||1 episode ("The Garage Sale")|
|2002–2003||Gilmore Girls||Dave Rygalski||9 episodes|
|2003–2007||The O.C.||Seth Cohen||92 episodes|
|2004||MADtv||Seth Cohen||1 episode|
|2006||The Loop||Keith||1 episode ("The Rusty Trombone")|
|2011||Good Vibes||Woodie (voice)||12 episodes|
|2013||House of Lies||Nate||Guest Star; 3 episodes|
|2013||The League||Ted||Guest Star; 2 episodes|
|2004||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Breakout TV Star Male||The O.C||Nominated|
|2004||Choice TV Actor – Drama/Action Adventure||Won|
|2005||Choice TV Chemistry (shared with Rachel Bilson)||Won|
|2005||Choice TV Actor: Drama||Won|
|2006||Choice TV Actor: Drama/Action Adventure||Won|
|2010||Choice Movie Actor: Horror/Thriller||Jennifer's Body||Nominated|
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