Adam Brody

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Adam Brody
Adam Brody 2009.jpg
Born Adam Jared Brody
(1979-12-15) December 15, 1979 (age 34)
San Diego, California, US
Occupation Actor
Years active 1995–present
Spouse(s) Leighton Meester (m. 2014)

Adam Jared Brody (born December 15, 1979) is an American film and television actor. 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.[1]


Brody was born in Carlsbad, San Diego County, California, the oldest son of Valerie (née Siefman), a creative director at Sempra Energy, and Mark Brody, a lawyer.[2][3] His parents, both Jewish, are originally from Detroit, Michigan (Brody celebrated becoming a Bar Mitzvah).[4][5] He has younger twin brothers, Sean and Matt. Brody attended Wangenheim Middle School and Scripps Ranch High School, receiving "poor grades",[6] and grew up in suburban San Diego, spending time surfing.[7] He has said that while he was not a "Casanova", he had "cute girlfriends" and "pretty much lived at the beach".[6] Brody attended community college for one year and dropped out at the age of nineteen, moving to Hollywood in order to become an actor.[1] He subsequently hired an acting coach and signed with a manager.[8]

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),[7] 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.[7] The role turned him into a teen idol, with the character having been described by the Los Angeles Times as "TV's sexiest geek"[7] and by Time as having "redefined" the screen persona of "unapologetic" nerdiness;[1] his character (defined by director Jon Kasdan as the "new kind of nerdy Jewish guy: both self-deprecating and self-obsessed")[1] has since inspired scripts to describe particular characters as "Adam Brody types".[1] 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,[9] 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,[10] chosen as one of the People Magazine Sexiest Man Alive in 2004–2006 and was the first male on the cover of Elle Girl.[1][11][11]

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 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[11] and that although he was "fortunate" to be on a successful series, he was also glad to "not be on it for 10 years".[1] After the end of The O.C.'s run, Brody turned to a full-time film career.[7]

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.[7][11]

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.[7] 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.[1] Brody was also set to produce a remake of Revenge of the Nerds, which was canceled early during filming.[12] 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,[13] released in April 2011. In 2011, Brody voiced "Woodie" in the MTV animated series Good Vibes.[14] 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.[15] He will reunite with Meester on Life Partners; filming started in April 2013.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Brody played drums for the band Big Japan[7] He wrote screenplays and songs during his spare time[1] and has co-written, along with Danny Bilson and Paul DiMeo, a comic book miniseries for Wildstorm Comics called Red Menace.

Brody is now in a band called The Shortcoats

Brody has described himself as a "fake intellectual" and his sense of humor as sarcastic.[1] He is a secular Jew[17] and has stated that he "couldn't be less religious".[2] Brody has said that when he moved to Hollywood he became "more nerdy" and embraced his "neurotic side".[6]


He dated The O.C. co-star Rachel Bilson for three years but the relationship ended in December 2006.[7][18] 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.[19][20][21]


Year Title Role Notes
2000 Never Land Jack
2000 The Silencing Karl
2000 Roadside Assistance Rusty
2000 American Pie 2 High School Guy Unrated version
2000 According to Spencer Tommy
2002 The Ring Kellen – Teen No. 3
2003 Home Security Greg
2003 Grind Dustin Knight
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
2010 The Romantics Jake
2011 Scream 4 Deputy Ross Hoss
2011 The Oranges Toby Walling
2011 Damsels in Distress Charlie[22]
2012 Seeking a Friend for the End of the World Owen
2012 Revenge for Jolly! Danny
2012 Some Girls
2013 Welcome to the Jungle Chris
2013 Lovelace Harry Reems
2013 Baggage Claim Sam
2014 Think Like a Man Too Isaac
2014 Life Partners Tim Filming
2015 Yoga Hosers TBA Filming
Year Title Role Notes
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 Undressed Lucas 3 episodes
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 Recurring (9 episodes)
2003–2007 The O.C. Seth Cohen Main Role (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 Kroll Show Joel Faizon 1 episodes
2013 House of Lies Nate 3 episodes
2013 The League Ted Guest Star; 2 episodes
2013 Burning Love Max Main Cast (10 episodes)
2014 New Girl Berkley Episode: "Exes"


Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2004 Teen Choice Awards Choice Breakout TV Star Male[23] The O.C Nominated
2004 Choice TV Actor – Drama/Action Adventure[24] Won
2005 Choice TV Chemistry (shared with Rachel Bilson)[25] Won
2005 Choice TV Actor: Drama[25] Won
2006 Choice TV Actor: Drama/Action Adventure[26] Won
2010 Choice Movie Actor: Horror/Thriller[27] Jennifer's Body Nominated


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