Adam Scott (actor)

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Adam Scott
Born Adam Paul Scott[1]
(1973-04-03) April 3, 1973 (age 41)
Santa Cruz, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1995–present
Spouse(s) Naomi Sablan (2005–present)
Children 2

Adam Paul Scott (born April 3, 1973) is an American film and television actor. He is perhaps best known for his role as Ben Wyatt in the NBC comedy Parks and Recreation. Scott has also appeared as Derek in the movie Step Brothers, Henry Pollard in the Starz comedy series Party Down, and as Ted Hendricks in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.

Early life[edit]

Scott was born on April 3, 1973 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 his brother 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] and 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 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 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 endeavors. Though the film itself was met with mixed reviews, Scott's own performance was held in much higher 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]

Adam 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]


On television, he appeared as Griff 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.[12] In 2010 he left Party Down and joined the cast of NBC's Parks and Recreation.[13]

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.


Year Title Role Notes
1995 Boy Meets World Griffin Hawkins
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 TV Movie
1998 Girl Scott
1998 The Lesser Evil Young George
1998 Hairshirt Fan at Bar
1999 Sagamore Alex
1999 Winding Roads Brian Calhoun TV movie
2001 Date Squad Fred Short
2001 Seven and a Match Peter
2002 Six Feet Under Ben Cooper
2002 Ronnie Ronnie Schwann
2002 High Crimes Lt. Terrence Embry
2002 Bleach Fulton Short
2003 Something More Saul Short
2003 Two Days Stu
2004 Torque FBI Agent McPherson
2004 Off the Lip David
2004 The Aviator Johnny Meyer
2005 Veronica Mars Mr. Rooks 1 Episode
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
2007 Tell Me You Love Me Palek Series Regular
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
2009 Passenger Side Michael
2009–2010 Party Down Henry Pollard Series Regular
2010 Operation: Endgame Magician
2010 The Wonderful Maladys TV Movie
2010 Childrens Hospital Lt. D'Ghor Koru 1 Episode
2010 AIDS: We Did It! Short
2010 Leap Year Jeremy
2010 Piranha 3-D Novak
2010–present Parks and Recreation Ben Wyatt Series Regular
2011 Fight for Your Right Revisited Cab Driver Short
2011 The Terrys Narrator Short
2011 Our Idiot Brother Jeremy
2011 Friends with Kids Jason Fryman
2012 Bachelorette Clyde
2012 HJ Gloves Short
2012 Comedy Bang! Bang! Himself Episode: "Adam Scott Wears A Red Oxford Shirt & Jeans"
2012 See Girl Run Jason
2012 A.C.O.D. Carter
2012 The Guilt Trip Andrew Margolis, Jr.
2012–present The Greatest Event in Television History Himself
2013 Drunk History John Wilkes Booth Episode 1: Washington D.C.
2013 The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Ted Hendricks
2014 Hot Tub Time Machine 2 Adam Filming


Scott co-hosts the podcast U Talkin' U2 To Me? with Scott Aukerman[14]. Though the series is introduced at the outset of each episode as "the comprehensive and encyclopedic compendium of all things U2," it is in fact largely devoted to conversations and anecdotes that have nothing to do with the Irish rock band. While Scott and Aukerman's quite intentional avoidance of performing the sole task they have set for themselves forms the comedic backbone of U Talkin' U2 To Me, most episodes do in fact contain some portion where the hosts actually discuss their mutual love of U2, and each individual record in the band's discography.

Scott has been a guest on numerous podcasts, including Comedy Bang Bang, How Did This Get Made, and Who Charted[15].


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