Adam Scott (actor)

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Scott at the 2015 San Diego Comic Con
Adam Paul Scott

(1973-04-03) April 3, 1973 (age 47)
Alma materAmerican Academy of Dramatic Arts
OccupationActor, director, screenwriter, producer, comedian
Years active1994–present
Naomi Sablan (m. 2005)

Adam Paul Scott[1] (born April 3, 1973)[2] is an American actor, comedian, producer, and podcaster. He is known for his role as Ben Wyatt in the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation for which he was nominated for the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actor in a Comedy Series in 2013. He has also appeared as Derek in the film Step Brothers, Johnny Meyer in The Aviator, Henry Pollard in the Starz sitcom Party Down, Ed Mackenzie in the HBO series Big Little Lies, Adam Yates, Jr. in Hot Tub Time Machine 2, and Trevor in the NBC series The Good Place.

Early life[edit]

Scott was born in Santa Cruz, California,[3] to Anne (born Quartararo)[3] and Simon Dougald Scott,[4] both of whom are retired teachers.[5][6] He is of one quarter Sicilian descent, on his mother's side.[7] He has two older siblings, Shannon and David.[5] He graduated from Harbor High School[8] and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles, California.[9]



Scott at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival

Scott has appeared in several feature films, including Hellraiser: Bloodline (1996), Star Trek: First Contact (1996), The Lesser Evil (1998), High Crimes (2002), The Aviator (2004), Torque (2004), Monster-in-Law (2005), Who Loves the Sun (2006), Knocked Up (2007), Step Brothers (2008), August (2008), Piranha 3D (2010),[10] and Leap Year (2010).

Scott's name appears next to Jon Hamm's name in the film Anchorman in one of the broadcast's credits. In an appearance on G4's Attack of the Show! program on April 21, 2011, he 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 detestable corporate boss, in the 2013 remake of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.

Scott appeared in the films Our Idiot Brother (2011) as Jeremy[11] and Bachelorette. He also starred as Jason Fryman in Friends with Kids (2012). He starred as Caleb Sinclaire in the 2010 film The Vicious Kind, a more dramatic role than his previous comedic endeavors, for which Scott was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for best actor. The film itself received positive reviews, and he won two individual awards at two separate film festivals. He starred in the film Passenger Side, released on DVD on October 26, 2010.[12]

Scott's film A.C.O.D. premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.[13] In 2015, he worked as executive producer on, and portrayed Alex in, the comedy film The Overnight,[14] and also co-starred in the Christmas comedy slasher film Krampus.[15]


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. His role in Party Down earned him an Entertainment Weekly Ewwy nomination for Best Actor in a Comedy Series in 2009.[16]

In 2010, Scott joined the cast of NBC's acclaimed comedy series Parks and Recreation, in which he played Ben Wyatt, a state auditor who arrives in the fictional town of Pawnee, Indiana to evaluate the town's funds.[17] He appeared as a guest star along with Rob Lowe in the second season before becoming a main character for the remainder of the series. The show's seventh and final season concluded in February 2015.

Scott 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, which he also created and produced. 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.

Starting in November 2016, Scott took on a recurring guest star role in The Good Place as Trevor.

In 2017, Scott appeared in HBO's Big Little Lies as Ed Mackenzie, the husband of main character Madeline Mackenzie, played by Reese Witherspoon. Scott co-starred with Craig Robinson in the sitcom Ghosted,[18] which premiered on October 1, 2017 on Fox, lasting just one season.[19]


With Scott Aukerman, Scott is the co-host and co-creator of the Earwolf podcast U Talkin' U2 To Me, launched in February 2014.[20] The series is introduced at the outset of each episode as "the comprehensive and encyclopedic compendium of all things U2," but it generally uses discussion of the band as a jumping off point for improv and absurdist humor. In February 2018 Scott and Scott launched another podcast in the same format, this time covering the career and work of the band R.E.M., titled R U Talkin' R.E.M. Re: Me?.

Scott has also been a guest on numerous podcasts, including Comedy Bang! Bang!, How Did This Get Made?, Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard, and Kevin Pollak's Chat Show.[21]

Personal life[edit]

Scott married Naomi Sablan in 2005. They have two children.[22]

Scott is a "die-hard" fan of the band R.E.M.[22] In 1992, he appeared as an extra in the music video to their song "Drive".[23]

During an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Scott revealed he invited actor Mark Hamill to his seventh birthday party. Guest host Kristen Bell surprised Scott with the guest appearance of Hamill wielding a lightsaber in observance of Star Wars Day.[24]



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
1998 Girl Scott
1998 The Lesser Evil Young George
1998 Hairshirt Fan at Bar
1999 Winding Roads Brian Calhoun
2001 Date Squad Fred Short film
2001 Seven and a Match Peter
2002 Ronnie Ronnie Schwann
2002 High Crimes Lieutenant 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 Nurse Samuel
2008 The Great Buck Howard Alan Berkman
2008 August Joshua Sterling
2008 Corporate Affairs Jack Hightower
2008 Step Brothers Derek Huff
2008 Lovely, Still Mike Malone
2009 The Vicious Kind Caleb Sinclaire Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead
2009 Passenger Side Michael Brown Also executive producer
2010 Operation: Endgame The Magician
2010 AIDS: We Did It! Man Short film
2010 Leap Year Jeremy Sloane
2010 Piranha 3D Novak Radzinsky
2011 Fight for Your Right Revisited Cab Driver Short film
2011 The Terrys Narrator Short film
2011 Our Idiot Brother Jeremy Horne
2011 Friends with Kids Jason Fryman
2012 Bachelorette Clyde Goddard
2012 HJ Gloves Man #2 Short film
2012 See Girl Run Jason
2012 The Guilt Trip Andrew Margolis, Jr.
2013 A.C.O.D. Carter Also executive producer
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 Dr. Matthew Sobvechik
2015 Hot Tub Time Machine 2 Adam Yates, Jr.
2015 Black Mass Robert Fitzpatrick
2015 Krampus Tom Engel
2016 Other People Producer
2016 My Blind Brother Robbie
2017 Fun Mom Dinner Tom Also executive producer
2017 The Disaster Artist Himself Cameo
2017 The Most Hated Woman in America Jack Ferguson
2017 Flower Will Jordan
2017 Little Evil Gary Bloom
2019 Between Two Ferns: The Movie Himself


Year Title Role Notes
1994 Dead at 21 Dan Episode: "Pilot"
1994–1995 Boy Meets World Band Member/Griffin Hawkins 4 episodes
1995 ER David Kerstetter Episode: "Full Moon, Saturday Night"
1995 Murder One Sydney Schneider 6 episodes
1996 NYPD Blue Gordon Puterbaugh Episode: "The Nutty Confessor"
1997 Payback Adam Stanfill Television film
1998–1999 Party of Five Josh Macon 7 episodes
1999 Wasteland Phillip the Coffee Boy 7 episodes
1999 Sagamore Alex Television film
1999 Winding Roads Brian Calhoun Television film
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 Trust Me Josh Burkett 2 episodes
2009–2010 Eastbound & Down Pat Anderson 2 episodes
2009–2010 Party Down Henry Pollard 20 episodes
Also producer
2010 The Sarah Silverman Program Agent Schroeder Episode: "Just Breve"
2010 Childrens Hospital Lt. D'Ghor Koru Episode: "Joke Overload"
2010 Pretend Time News Anchor Episode: "Mudslide Junction"
2010 The Wonderful Maladys Alice's Ex-Boyfriend Pilot
2010 American Dad! Marshall Voice
Episode: "The People vs. Martin Sugar"
2010–2015, 2020 Parks and Recreation Ben Wyatt 98 episodes
Nominated—Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actor in a Comedy Series (2013–2014)
2011 Funny or Die Presents Narrator Episode #2.10
2011 NTSF:SD:SUV:: Van Damm Episode: "The Risky Business of Being Alone in Your Home"
2012–2013 Burning Love Damien Assante 6 episodes
2012–2014 The Greatest Event in Television History Himself 4 episodes
Also creator, director and executive producer
2012–2016 Comedy Bang! Bang! Himself / Plumber Pierre 4 episodes
2013 Robot Chicken Care Bear / Father Voice
Episode: "Botched Jewel Heist"
2013 Maron Himself Episode: "Mexican Angel"
2013 Drunk History John Wilkes Booth Episode: "Washington D.C."
2013 Timms Valley US Marshal Lonny Voice
2016 Angie Tribeca Surgeon Episode: "The Wedding Planner Did It"
2016 Animals. Shane Voice
Episode: "Cats."
2016 Bajillion Dollar Propertie$ Johnny Dunne Episode: "Meet Platinum"
2016 The Adult Swim Golf Classic Adam Scott TV special
2016–2018 The Good Place Trevor 5 episodes
Nominated - Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Villain (2019)
2017 Michael Bolton's Big, Sexy Valentine's Day Special Himself Variety special
2017–2019 Big Little Lies Ed Mackenzie 14 episodes
2017 Veep Tonight Show Host Episode: "A Woman First"
2017 Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later Ben 7 episodes
2017–2018 Ghosted Max Jennifer 16 episodes; also executive producer
2017 Do You Want To See a Dead Body? Himself Episode: "A Body and a Puddle"
2018 I Love You, America with Sarah Silverman George Washington Episode: "Hall of Presidents"
2019 I'm Sorry Dr. Steve Goldberg Episode: "These Are My Fingers"
2019 The Twilight Zone Justin Sanderson Episode: "Nightmare at 30,000 Feet"
2020 Nailed It! Himself/Guest Judge Season 4 Episode 6: "Howdy Failure"
2020 Celebrity Escape Room Himself
2020 Don't Himself/Host


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