Adam Scott (actor)

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Adam Scott
Born (1973-04-03) April 3, 1973 (age 42)
Santa Cruz, California, United States
Occupation Actor
Years active 1994–present
Spouse(s) Naomi Sablan (m. 2005)
Children 2

Adam Paul Scott[1] (born April 3, 1973) is an American actor. He is best known for his role as Ben Wyatt in the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation. He has also appeared as Derek in the film Step Brothers, Henry Pollard in the Starz sitcom Party Down, and as FBI Agent Jay McPherson in the film Torque. He co-starred in the 2015 comedy film Hot Tub Time Machine 2.

Early life[edit]

Scott was born in Santa Cruz, California,[2] the son of Anne (née Quartara)[3] and Douglas Scott.[4] He has two older siblings, Shannon and David. Scott has said that David "looks like me but is far more cerebral and inherited the intellect of our parents", both of whom are retired teachers.[5] He graduated from Harbor High School.[6] He is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles, California.[7]



One of his earliest roles was in Hellraiser: Bloodline. He has appeared in several feature films, including Who Loves the Sun (2006), Monster-in-Law (2005), The Aviator (2004), Torque (2004), High Crimes (2002), Star Trek: First Contact (1996), and The Lesser Evil (1998). In 2007-08, he had a cameo as a nurse in Knocked Up, and played Will Ferrell's character's biological brother Derek in Step Brothers, as well as Josh in the dot-com drama August. Scott played a supporting role in Alexandre Aja's remake Piranha 3-D,[8] playing a character similar to Bradford Dillman's character from the original. He also played Jeremy in Leap Year. Scott's name appears next to Jon Hamm's in the movie Anchorman in one of the broadcast's credits. In an appearance on G4's Attack of the Show program on April 21, 2011, Scott confirmed that this was due to his and Hamm's friendship with producer Shauna Robertson, who put their names in the credits as an Easter egg. He played Ted Hendricks, Walter Mitty's boss, in the 2013 remake of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.

He appeared in the films Our Idiot Brother (2011) as Jeremy[9] and Bachelorette. He also starred as Jason Fryman in Friends with Kids (2012) alongside real-life friends Jennifer Westfeldt and Hamm.

Alongside recurring Party Down guest star J.K. Simmons, Scott starred as Caleb Sinclaire in the 2009 film The Vicious Kind in a more dramatic role than his previous comedic endeavours. The film itself received positive reviews, with Scott's own performance held in high regard. For his efforts, Scott won two individual awards at two separate film festivals, with writer and director Lee Toland Krieger winning one as well. Scott starred in the film Passenger Side, released on DVD on October 26, 2010. Who Loves The Sun, the film was his second collaboration with writer-director Matt Bissonnette.[10]

Scott's film A.C.O.D., which co-stars Amy Poehler, premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Scott was quoted saying that Poehler "is one of my favorite people in the world. She's the best" about his television and now, movie co-star.[11] 2015 worked as executive producer and portrayed Alex, in a supporting role, in the comedy film The Overnight.[12] He also co-starred Toni Collette, Stefania Owen and David Koechner, in Michael Dougherty's Christmas comedy slasher film Krampus.[13]


On television, he appeared as Griff Hawkins in the series Boy Meets World and Josh on Party of Five, as well as David's love interest, Ben Cooper, on Six Feet Under. He played Palek on the HBO drama Tell Me You Love Me (2007). Scott played a cocaine-addicted, delirious baseball front office representative in the first and second seasons of the HBO series, Eastbound & Down. From 2009 to 2010 he appeared on the Starz network show Party Down, created by Rob Thomas. His role as Henry Pollard in Party Down earned him an Entertainment Weekly Ewwy nomination for Best Actor in a Comedy Series in 2009.[14] In 2010 he left Party Down and joined the cast of NBC's Parks and Recreation.[15]

He has appeared in the Adult Swim comedy Childrens Hospital. He was also on the show NTSF:SD:SUV::, in the episode "The Risky Business of Being Alone in Your Home", and the annual Adult Swim special The Greatest Event in Television History. Scott has also appeared in the Comedy Central television show Nick Swardson's Pretend Time, as a newscaster in the episode "Relapse into Refreshment". He has appeared in a series of commercials for ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball.


Scott is the co-host and co-creator of the podcast U Talkin' U2 To Me? with Scott Aukerman.[16] The series is introduced at the outset of each episode as "the comprehensive and encyclopedic compendium of all things U2," where listeners have the opportunity to learn of the existence of U2, as well the members of the band U2.

Scott has been a guest on numerous podcasts, including Comedy Bang! Bang!, How Did This Get Made?, and Who Charted.[17]



Year Title Role Notes
1994 Cityscrapes: Los Angeles Joe
1996 Hellraiser: Bloodline Jacques
1996 The Last Days of Frankie the Fly Race Track Valet
1996 Star Trek: First Contact Defiant Conn Officer
1997 Dinner and Driving Larry
1997 Payback Adam Stanfill Television film
1998 Girl Scott
1998 The Lesser Evil Young George
1998 Hairshirt Fan at Bar
1999 Sagamore Alex Television film
1999 Winding Roads Brian Calhoun Television film
2001 Date Squad Fred Short film
2001 Seven and a Match Peter
2002 Ronnie Ronnie Schwann
2002 High Crimes Lt. Terrence Embry
2002 Bleach Fulton Short film
2003 Something More Saul Short film
2003 Two Days Stu
2004 Torque FBI Agent McPherson
2004 Off the Lip David
2004 The Aviator Johnny Meyer
2005 The Matador Phil Garrison
2005 Monster-In-Law Remy
2006 Art School Confidential Marvin Bushmiller
2006 First Snow Tom Morelane
2006 Who Loves the Sun Daniel Bloom
2006 The Return Kurt
2007 Knocked Up Samuel - Nurse
2008 The Great Buck Howard Alan Berkman
2008 August Joshua Sterling
2008 Corporate Affairs Jack Hightower
2008 Step Brothers Derek
2008 Lovely, Still Mike Malone
2009 The Vicious Kind Caleb Sinclaire Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead
2009 Passenger Side Michael Also executive producer
2010 Operation: Endgame Magician
2010 AIDS: We Did It! Man Short film
2010 Leap Year Jeremy
2010 Piranha 3-D Novak
2011 Fight for Your Right Revisited Cab Driver Short film
2011 The Terrys Narrator Short film
2011 Our Idiot Brother Jeremy
2011 Friends with Kids Jason Fryman
2012 Bachelorette Clyde
2012 HJ Gloves Man #2 Short film
2012 See Girl Run Jason
2012 A.C.O.D. Carter Also executive producer
2012 The Guilt Trip Andrew Margolis, Jr.
2013 The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Ted Hendricks
2014 They Came Together Sound Engineer Cameo
2015 The Overnight Alex Also executive producer
2015 Sleeping with Other People
2015 Hot Tub Time Machine 2 Adam Yates, Jr.
2015 Black Mass Robert Fitzpatrick Post-production
2015 Krampus Filming


Year Title Role Notes
1994 Dead at 21 Dan Episode: "Pilot"
1994 Boy Meets World Band Member Episode: "Band on the Run"
1995 ER David Kerstetter Episode: "Full Moon, Saturday Night"
1995 Boy Meets World Griffin Hawkins 3 episodes
1995 Murder One Sydney Schneider 6 episodes
1996 NYPD Blue Gordon Puterbaugh Episode: "The Nutty Confessor"
1998–1999 Party of Five Josh Macon 7 episodes
1999 Wasteland Phillip the Coffee Boy 7 episodes
2002 Glory Days Howard Dichotsky Episode: "Everybody Loves Rudy"
2002 Six Feet Under Ben Cooper 2 episodes
2004 CSI: Miami Danny Cato Episode: "Stalkerazzi"
2005 Veronica Mars Mr. Rooks Episode: "Mars vs. Mars"
2006 Law & Order Robbie Howell Episode: "America, Inc."
2007 Tell Me You Love Me Palek 10 episodes
2009–2010 Party Down Henry Pollard 20 episodes; Also producer
2009–2010 Eastbound & Down Pat Anderson 2 episodes
2010 Childrens Hospital Lt. D'Ghor Koru Episode: "Joke Overload"
2010 The Wonderful Maladys Alice's ex-boyfriend Pilot
2010–2015 Parks and Recreation Ben Wyatt 97 episodes
Nominated—Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actor in a Comedy Series (2013, 2014)
2011 NTSF:SD:SUV:: Van Damm Episode: "The Risky Business of Being Alone in Your Home"
2012 Burning Love Damien Assante 6 episodes
2012–2015 Comedy Bang! Bang! Himself / Plumber Pierre 3 episodes
2012–2014 The Greatest Event in Television History Himself 4 episodes; Also creator, director, executive producer
2013 Robot Chicken Care Bear / Father (voices) Episode: "Botched Jewel Heist"
2013 Drunk History John Wilkes Booth Episode: "Washington D.C."
2013 Timms Valley US Marshal Lonny (voice) Pilot


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  2. ^ "California Birth Index, 1905-1995,". Retrieved 14 February 2015. 
  3. ^ "California Birth Index 1905-1995,". Retrieved 14 February 2015. 
  4. ^ "Adam Scott". Retrieved 14 February 2015. 
  5. ^ Keck, William (2008-07-22). "When somebody needs a brother, here's Adam Scott". Usatoday.Com. Retrieved 2011-03-02. 
  6. ^ "Harbor Alumni Hall of Achievement". 2011-02-26. Retrieved 2014-01-13. 
  7. ^ "American Academy of Dramatic Arts Alumni News". Retrieved 2012-01-16. 
  8. ^ "Adam Scott Talks Piranha 3D - It's All About Boobs and Blood! Hallelujah!". Retrieved 2012-01-16. 
  9. ^ "Adam Scott and 'Our Idiot Brother'". 
  10. ^ "Passenger Side on". 
  11. ^ "Fall Season 2013: Episode 3 - In the Mixx". In the Mixx. Retrieved 14 February 2015. 
  12. ^ "Adam Scott The Overnight". 
  13. ^ "Krampus – Naughty New Victims Join the Cast". 
  14. ^ "Adam Scott lives it up on ‘Party Down’". 2010-04-21. Retrieved 2012-01-16. 
  15. ^ Sepinwall, Alan (2010-03-05). "'Parks and Recreation' lands 'Party Down' star Adam Scott". The Star Ledger. 
  16. ^ "U Talkin' U2 To Me?". Retrieved 14 February 2015. 
  17. ^ "Adam Scott". Retrieved 14 February 2015. 

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