Patrick J. Adams

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Patrick J. Adams
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Adams at a promotional event of Suits in 2013
Born Patrick Johannes Adams[1]
(1981-08-27) August 27, 1981 (age 36)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Nationality Canadian
Alma mater University of Southern California
Occupation Actor, photographer, director
Years active 2001–present
Spouse(s) Troian Bellisario (m. 2016)

Patrick Johannes Adams (born August 27, 1981) is a Canadian actor and director. He is best known for playing Mike Ross, a brilliant college dropout turned unlicensed lawyer in USA Network's hit TV series Suits.[2] He is also an avid photographer, with many of his photos getting more recognition after Suits' Behind The Lens and #PJAGallery events.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Adams was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. His father is journalist Claude Adams.[4] He attended Northern Secondary School.[5]

Following his parents' divorce, Adams moved from Toronto to Los Angeles at age 19, where he attended the University of Southern California, earning a B.F.A.[5] After earning the Jack Nicholson Award in 2004, which provided scholarships directly funded by the eponymous actor to outstanding performers at the school and earning his BFA, he immediately began working on a production of Edward Albee's The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? at the Mark Taper Forum.[6]

Acting career[edit]


Adams appeared in episodes of Cold Case', 'Pretty Little Liars, Jack and Bobby, and has since had roles in Lost, Friday Night Lights, Without a Trace, Commander in Chief, Heartland, Ghost Whisperer, NCIS, Cupid, Luck, Raising the Bar Legends of Tomorrow, Lie To Me and Suits.[7] He starred as twin brothers in the 2008 ABC pilot Good Behavior, executive produced by Rob Thomas.[citation needed]In 2009, he signed for the male lead in the one-hour drama The Dealership, starring opposite Tricia Helfer and William Devane.[8] His television appearances grew over the next few years, from guest appearances on Numb3rs to a recurring role as a love interest for Adrianne Palicki on Friday Night Lights and leads in TV features like the romantic comedy Christmas in Boston.[9]

In 2007, he moved up to guest appearances on top-rated shows like Lost, where he played a young man who sought out John Locke (played by Terry O'Quinn), while maintaining his presence in the Los Angeles theater scene, most notably with an award-winning production of "Marat/Sade," which he produced and directed for the Blue House Theatre Company.[10]

In 2010, Adams guest starred in Pretty Little Liars, in the 5th episode; "Reality Bites Me" as Ezra Fitz's college friend, Hardy. In summer 2011, he began starring in the co-lead role of Mike Ross in Suits on the basic-cable USA Network, after being fired from the pilot of NBC's Friends With Benefits.[11] He garnered much acclaim for his role in the series which has continued into its seventh season in 2017–18. Since Season 3, Adams has been listed as a co-producer of Suits (with co-star Gabriel Macht) and has directed some episodes. He appeared in HBO's 2012 TV series Luck as recurring character Nathan Israel.[12]

In 2016, Adams was cast as Hourman in the TV show Legends of Tomorrow. He made an appearance in the end of Season 1 as Rex Tyler.[13]


His work in film includes supporting roles in Old School and Two: Thirteen, and lead roles in Weather Girl (a 2009 Slamdance entry) and the 2009 Berlin International Film Festival competitor Rage, directed by Sally Potter.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Adams started dating Pretty Little Liars star Troian Bellisario after they met in 2009 when they were cast opposite each other in the play Equivocation.[14] Prior to his appearance on Pretty Little Liars, Adams and Bellisario had broken up; but, after Adams' guest appearance on Pretty Little Liars in 2010, the two have since gotten back together.[15][16] On February 24, 2014, it was confirmed that Bellisario and Adams had become engaged;[17] on December 10, 2016, they married in California.[18]

Adams endorsed Democratic Candidate Bernie Sanders in the run-up to the 2016 US Presidential Election.[19]

Adams was awarded Honorary Life Membership of UCD Law Society in September 2013.[20][21][22] Adams plays the guitar and is an avid photographer who owns over 25 cameras.[23]



Year Title Role Notes
2001 For the Record Patrick Short film
2003 Old School Patch
2005 Christmas in Boston Seth
2007 Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story The Kid Uncredited
2008 The Butcher's Daughter Ellis McArthur Short film
3 Days Gone Doug Corss Short film
Extreme Movie Male voice
2009 2:13 Carter Pullman at 19
Weather Girl Byron
Rage Dwight Angel
The Waterhole Miller
2011 6 Month Rule Julian
2012 The Come Up Steve Short film
2017 Car Dogs[24] Mark Chamberlain


Year Title Role Notes
2004 Jack & Bobby Matt Kramer Episode: Lost Boys
Cold Case Dean Lang 1953 Episode: Red Glare
Strong Medicine Brandon Episode: Code
2005 Close to Home Paul the Paralegal Episode: Under Threat
Christmas in Boston Seth TV movie
2006 Orpheus Barry TV movie
Numb3rs Adam Bennett Episode: Protest
Commander in Chief Colin James 2 episodes
2006–07 Friday Night Lights Connor Hayes 2 episodes
2007 Without a Trace Adam Clark Episode: Primed
Lost Peter Talbot Episode: The Man From Tallahassee
Heartland Henry Gilliam Episode: I Make Myself Into Something New
2008 Good Behavior Van/Haden West TV movie
NCIS Tommy Doyle Episode: Murder 2.0
2009 The Dealership Jack Carson TV movie
Ghost Whisperer Linus Van Horn Episode: Ghost Busted
Cupid Joe Adams Episode: Shipping Out
Lie to Me Lou Nemeroff Episode: Control Factor
Raising the Bar James Parsons Episode: Oh, Say You Can Pee
2010 FlashForward Ed Episode: Future Shock
Pretty Little Liars Hardy Episode: Reality Bites Me
2011–present Suits Mike Ross Lead Role
2012 Luck Nathan Israel 4 episodes
2014 Rosemary's Baby Guy Woodhouse Miniseries
2014–15 Orphan Black Jesse 2 episodes
2015 Talking Marriage with Ryan Bailey Himself 1 episode
2016 Legends of Tomorrow Rex Tyler 2 Episodes


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  2. ^ Christina Radish (November 12, 2012). "Patrick J. Adams Talks SUITS, Joining the Show, Challenging Scenes, Improv on Set and Fan Expectations for the Rest of Season 2". Retrieved June 25, 2015. 
  3. ^ USA Network (February 12, 2015). "PJA Gallery, Suits Behind the Lens". Retrieved June 25, 2015. 
  4. ^ Profile,; accessed June 25, 2015.
  5. ^ a b Sheri Block (August 22, 2011). "Toronto-native Patrick J. Adams scores 'breakout role' in new legal drama series 'Suits'". The Insider. CTV. Retrieved June 25, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Patrick J. Adams". USC School of Dramatic Arts. Retrieved 18 August 2017. 
  7. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "Patrick J. Adams To Star In 'A Legal Mind'; Mark Pellegrino Joins 'Being Human'". Retrieved 2013-01-11. 
  8. ^ "Canwest's new drama pilot 'The Dealership' signs Tricia Helfer, William Devane & Patrick J. Adams". March 18, 2009. Retrieved June 25, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Christmas in Boston". Retrieved 1 October 2016. 
  10. ^ "Patrick J. Adams biography". Retrieved June 25, 2015. 
  11. ^ Mandi Bierly (December 14, 2011). "'Suits' star Patrick J. Adams on his surprise SAG nomination and the role that stopped him from quitting the business". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved June 25, 2015. 
  12. ^ "SAG-Awards: Patrick J. Adams discusses his nomination surprise". 2011-12-14. Retrieved 2013-01-11. 
  13. ^ Abrams, Natalie (May 19, 2016). "Legends of Tomorrow to introduce Justice Society of America in season 2". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 19, 2016. 
  14. ^ Pamela Tan (March 4, 2013). "Patrick J Adams in Sg: Talks Suits and girlfriend Troian Bellisario". 
  15. ^ Suits Star Patrick Adams Talks Love, Lawyers, and His Stroke of Luck on YouTube
  16. ^ Marinel R. Cruz (February 28, 2013). "‘Pretty Little Liars' star likens love, fame to ‘thrilling roller-coaster ride’". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved November 11, 2013. Troian Bellisario is in town with actor boyfriend Patrick J. Adams 
  17. ^ Murphy, Shaunna. "‘Pretty Little Liars’ Star Troian Bellisario Engaged To Patrick Adams". Hollywood Life. Retrieved February 24, 2014. 
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  20. ^ "LawSoc Presents Patrick J. Adams with Honorary Life Membership to the Society". Retrieved June 25, 2015. 
  21. ^ "Patrick J. Adams honoured by Lawsoc". University College Dublin Student Societies. September 11, 2013. Retrieved June 25, 2015. 
  22. ^ "LawSoc Presents Patrick J. Adams with Honorary Life Membership to the Society". LawSoc. Retrieved June 25, 2015. 
  23. ^ "The Morning Show on Global". Retrieved June 25, 2015. 
  24. ^ Jeff Sneider (14 November 2013). "Cory Hardrict to Star in ‘Car Dogs’ With George Lopez, Octavia Spencer (Exclusive)". The Wrap. 

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