Adam Brody

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Adam Brody
Adam Brody 2009.jpg
Born Adam Jared Brody
(1979-12-15) December 15, 1979 (age 36)
San Diego, California, US
Occupation Actor
Years active 1995–present
Spouse(s) Leighton Meester (m. 2014)
Children 1

Adam Jared Brody (born December 15, 1979)[1] is an American film and television actor and musician. He is best known for his role as Seth Cohen on The O.C.[2] Brody has appeared in many films, including Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Thank You for Smoking, Jennifer's Body, In the Land of Women, Cop Out, and Scream 4.[3]

Early life[edit]

Brody was born in San Diego, California, to Valerie (Siefman)[4] and Mark Brody.[5] He has younger twin brothers, Sean and Matt.[6] His parents, both Jewish, are originally from Detroit, Michigan, and Brody had a Bar Mitzvah ceremony.[7][8] Brody attended Wangenheim Middle School and Scripps Ranch High School, receiving "poor grades",[9] and grew up in suburban San Diego, spending time surfing.[10] He has said that while he was not a "Casanova", he had "cute girlfriends" and "pretty much lived at the beach".[9] Brody attended community college for one year and dropped out at the age of nineteen, moving to Hollywood in order to become an actor.[2] He subsequently hired an acting coach and signed with a manager.[11]

Acting career[edit]

After a year of training and auditioning, Brody landed the role of Barry Williams in the television movie Growing Up Brady (2000). He also appeared in the Canadian comedy television series The Sausage Factory. In 2001, he played a minor role in American Pie 2, named as "high school guy". Brody's major role in a television series came in 2002, when he was cast in a recurring role on Gilmore Girls as Dave Rygalski, Lane's bandmate and love interest.

Brody at the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival

In 2003, he appeared in the feature film Grind and a music video for a song called "Too Bad About Your Girl" by The Donnas. The same year, Brody was cast in his breakout role as Seth Cohen on the television show The O.C.. Brody is reported to have improvised some of the character's comedic dialogue.[10] The role turned him into a teen idol, with the character having been described by the Los Angeles Times as "TV's sexiest geek"[10] and by Time Magazine as having "redefined" the screen persona of "unapologetic" nerdiness.[2] 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,[12] was twice placed on Teen People's annual list of "25 Sexiest Stars under 25", ranked No. 1 as Elle Girl Magazine Coolest Guy Celeb and Coolest TV Star in 2005, voted No. 1 in UK CosmoGIRL as pin-up sex-symbol beating out Johnny Depp in 2005,[13] chosen as one of the People Magazine Sexiest Man Alive in 2004–2006 and posed on the cover of mainstream magazines, including GQ, Nylon Guys, Entertainment Weekly, Teen Vogue, and TV Guide. Brody was the first male on the cover of Elle Girl.[2][14][14]

In 2005, Brody appeared in a supporting role alongside Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt in the film Mr. & Mrs. Smith, and played a Hollywood studio assistant in the film adaptation of Thank You for Smoking (2006). His next film role was in a romantic comedy entitled In the Land of Women (2007), starring Meg Ryan and Kristen Stewart. Brody plays 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.[10][14] The O.C. ended its run in February 2007 after the network announced its official cancellation. Brody has said that he is "not unhappy" with the show's cancellation[14] and that although he was "fortunate" to be on a successful series, he was also glad to "not be on it for 10 years".[2]

Brody with Greta Gerwig and Analeigh Tipton at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival

After the end of The O.C.'s run, Brody turned to a full-time film career.[10] The same year, Brody also appeared in supporting roles in the independent films, Smiley Face and The Ten.[10] In 2009, he co-starred with Josh Lucas in Boaz Yakin's drama, Death in Love, and in Diablo Cody's 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,[3] released in April 2011. In 2011, Brody voiced "Woodie" in the MTV animated series Good Vibes.[15] 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 (2013), a biopic about the late '70s porn star Linda Lovelace which was directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman and starred Amanda Seyfried. Brody portrayed Harry Reems.[16] Brody co-starred with Meester again in Life Partners (2014).[17] In 2015, he appeared in Sleeping with Other People and began starring as Billy Jones in Direct TV's sitcom Billy and Billie.[18][19][20]

Other works[edit]

See also: Big Japan

Aside from acting, Brody is credited as a musician and writer, stating that he "writes screenplays and songs during spare time".[21] In 2003, Brody wrote a short entitled "Home Security".[22] Two years later in 2005, Brody, along with Nathaniel Castro, Bret Harrison and Brad Babinski formed Los Angeles-based rock band Big Japan with Brody as lead drummer.[22] Big Japan's first release, Music for Dummies, was digitally released through Nightshift Records on August 23, 2005. The four-piece indie band played gigs at pubs and festivals from 2005 to 2007 such as The Knitting Factory, Bamboozle Left, The Roxy, Spaceland and The Viper Room.

In 2006, he returned to writing and by January 2007, he co-wrote along with Danny Bilson and Paul De Meo, a comic book miniseries for DC's Wildstorm Comics called Red Menace.[23] The limited series had six issues and was collected into a trade paperback, Red Menace (144 pages, October 2007, ISBN 978-1-4012-1383-1). Since 2010, Brody played drums under the project band, The Shortcoats. They released the EP, This Time Last Year in 2011.

His drum equipment includes Sabian cymbals, Zidjidan drumsticks and Pearl SSC drums with custom illustration on the bass.[24][25][26]

Personal life[edit]

After moving to Hollywood, he said that he embraced his "neurotic side".[27] He is a secular Jew and is non-religious.[28] He has described himself as being a "faux intellectual" and "beach mood" person.[29][30][31] In 2010, Brody met and lived with actress Leighton Meester while filming The Oranges in Westchester, New York.[32][33] They became engaged in November 2013 and married in a private ceremony in February 2014.[34][35][36] They have a daughter, Arlo, born on August 4, 2015 in Whittier, California.[37]



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[38]
2012 Seeking a Friend for the End of the World Owen
2012 Revenge for Jolly! Danny
2013 Some Girl(s) Man
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
2015 Sleeping with Other People Sam
2016 Yoga Hosers Ichabod
2016 CHiPs Filming


Year Title Role Notes
1995 Now What Unknown
1999 The Amanda Show Greg Brady Episode: "When Brady's Attack"
2000 Growing Up Brady Barry Williams Television film
2000 City Guys Customer No. 1 Episode: "Makin' Up is Hard to Do"
2000 Undressed Lucas 3 episodes
2000 Judging Amy Barry "Romeo" Gilmore Episode: "Romeo and Juliet Must Die – Well, Maybe Just Juliet"
2000 Go Fish Billy Episode: "Go Student Council"
2000 Family Law Noel Johnson Episode: "My Brother's Keeper"
2000–01 Once and Again Coop 3 episodes
2000–02 The Sausage Factory Zack Altman 13 episodes
2001–04 Grounded for Life Brian 2 episodes
2002 Smallville Justin Gaines Episode: "Crush"
2002 The Andy Dick Show Himself Episode: "The Garage Sale"
2002–03 Gilmore Girls Dave Rygalski 9 episodes
2003–07 The O.C. Seth Cohen Main Role
92 episodes
2004 MADtv Seth Cohen
2006 The Loop Keith Episode: "The Rusty Trombone"
2011 Good Vibes Woodie Voice
12 episodes
2013 Kroll Show Joel Faizon
2013 House of Lies Nate 3 episodes
2013 The League Ted 4 episodes
2013 Burning Love Max Main role
10 episodes
2014 New Girl Berkley Episode: "Exes"
2015 Billy and Billie Billy Jones Main role
10 episodes
2016 StartUp Nick Talman Main role
10 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2004 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actor – Drama/Action Adventure[39] The O.C Won
Choice Breakout TV Star Male[40] Nominated
2005 Choice TV Chemistry (shared with Rachel Bilson)[41] Won
Choice TV Actor: Drama[41] Won
2006 Choice TV Actor: Drama/Action Adventure[42] Won
2010 Choice Movie Actor: Horror/Thriller[43] Jennifer's Body Nominated


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