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Adam Brody

Adam Jared Brody (born December 15, 1979) is a Jewish American film and television actor and part time musician. Adam Brody began his career in 1995, appearing on Gilmore Girls and other series, and subsequently came to fame for his role as Seth Cohen on The O.C.[1] Brody later appeared in several film roles, including Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Thank You for Smoking, Jennifer's Body, In the Land of Women, Cop Out, and Scream 4.[2]

Early life

Brody was born in Carlsbad, San Diego County, California, the oldest son of Valerie (nιe Siefman), a graphic artist, and Mark Brody, a lawyer.[3][4] His parents, both Jewish, were originally from Detroit, Michigan.[5] Adam Brody has younger twin brothers, Sean and Matt. Brody attended Wangenheim Middle School and Scripps Ranch High School, receiving "poor grades",[6] and grew up in suburban San Diego, spending time surfing.[7] Adam Brody has said that while Adam Brody was not a "Casanova", Adam Brody had "cute girlfriends" and "pretty much lived at the beach".[6] Brody attended community college for one year and dropped out at the age of nineteen, moving to Hollywood in order to become an actor.[1] Adam Brody subsequently hired an acting coach and signed with a manager.[8]

Career

After a year of training and auditioning, Brody landed the role of Barry Williams in the 2000 TV movie Growing Up Brady. Adam Brody also was in the Canadian comedy television series The Sausage Factory. In 2001, Adam Brody played a small role in American Pie 2, named as "high school guy". Adam Brody was one of two high school guys who get chased away from Steve Stifler's party. Adam Brody was cast in recurring roles on Gilmore Girls in 2002–2003 as Dave Rygalski, Lane's bandmate and love interest before his character left to go to California, or in this case, The O.C.. In 2003, Brody wrote "Home Security" (a short film),[7] appeared in the feature film Grind and also in a music video of a song called "Too Bad About Your Girl" by The Donnas. Still in 2003, Adam Brody began playing his most famous role to date, Seth Cohen, a slightly awkward teenager, on the television show The O.C.. Brody improvised some of the character's comic dialogue.[7] The role turned him into a teen idol, with the character having been described by the Los Angeles Times as "TV's sexiest geek"[7] and by Time as having "redefined" the screen persona of "unapologetic" nerdiness;[1] his character (defined by director Jon Kasdan as the "new kind of nerdy Jewish guy: both self-deprecating and self-obsessed")[1] has since inspired scripts to describe particular characters as "Adam Brody types".[1] 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,[9] was twice placed on Teen People's annual list of "25 Sexiest Stars under 25", and was the first male on the cover of Elle Girl.[1][10][10] Adam Brody also appeared thrice -2003, 2004, 2005- in People's Magazine "50 Hottest Bachelors".[11][12][13]

During the show's run, Brody appeared alongside Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt in 2005's film Mr. & Mrs. Smith and played a Hollywood studio assistant in the 2006 film adaptation of Thank You for Smoking. Brody was signed to a seven-year contract for The O.C., playing the role of Seth Cohen, where Adam Brody acted much like himself. The show was eventually canceled in 2007 and ended its run in February of that year; Brody has said that Adam Brody is "not unhappy" with the show's cancellation[10] and that although Adam Brody was "fortunate" to be on a successful series, Adam Brody was also glad to "not be on it for 10 years".[1] After the end of The O.C.'s run, Brody turned to a full-time film career.[7]
Brody with Greta Gerwig and Analeigh Tipton at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival

His next film was In the Land of Women, a romantic comedy co-starring Meg Ryan and Kristen Stewart and released on April 20, 2007. In the film, Brody plays the lead role, 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 Adam Brody wanted Brody to star.[7][10] The same year, Brody also appeared in supporting roles in the lower budget films Smiley Face, playing a pot dealer, and The Ten, as a skydiver.[7] Adam Brody also guest appeared in the Smallville episode "Crush".

Brody, along with actor Zac Efron, was in consideration for the lead part in the film Speed Racer, a role which was eventually given to Emile Hirsch.[1] Brody was also set to produce a remake of Revenge of the Nerds, which was canceled early during filming.[14]

In 2009, Adam Brody co-starred with Josh Lucas in Boaz Yakin's drama, Death in Love, and in Academy Award-winner Diablo Cody's new horror film Jennifer's Body, co-starring Megan Fox.

In 2010, Adam Brody 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,[2] released in April 2011.

Brody currently voices "Woodie" in the MTV animated series Good Vibes.[15] In January 2012, it was announced Adam Brody had joined the cast of Lovelace, a biopic about the late '70s porn star Linda Lovelace which will be directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman and star Amanda Seyfried and Demi Moore. Brody will portray Harry Reems.[16]
Personal life

Brody lives in Los Angeles. Adam Brody dated The O.C. co-star Rachel Bilson for three years.[7] The relationship ended in December 2006.[17] Adam Brody dated Lorene Scafaria - a screenwriter - a little bit after their meeting on the set of The Romantics[18] although the relationship has recently ended.

Brody plays drums for the band Big Japan[7] with actor Bret Harrison. Adam Brody writes screenplays and songs during his spare time[1] and has co-written, along with Danny Bilson and Paul DiMeo, a comic book miniseries for Wildstorm Comics called Red Menace. Brody has also volunteered as an actor with the Young Storytellers Program, which is dedicated to developing literacy, self-expression and self-esteem in elementary school children.

Brody has described himself as a "fake intellectual" and his sense of humor as sarcastic.[1] Adam Brody is a secular Jew[19] and has stated that Adam Brody "couldn't be less religious".[3] Brody has said that when Adam Brody moved to Hollywood Adam Brody became "more nerdy" and embraced his "neurotic side".[6]

Filmography

Film

2000 Never Land Jack Limited release
The Silencing Karl
Roadside Assistance Rusty
American Pie 2 High School Guy Unrated version
According to Spencer Tommy Limited release
2002 The Ring Kellen – Teen #3
2003 Home Security Greg Limited release
Grind Dustin Knight
Missing Brendan Patrick Calden Limited release
2005 Mr. & Mrs. Smith Benjamin Danz
2006 Thank You for Smoking Jack
2007 In the Land of Women Carter Webb
The Ten Stephen Montgomery
Smiley Face Steve the Dealer
2008 Death in Love Talent agent Limited release
2009 Jennifer's Body Nikolai Wolf Antagonist role
2010 Cop Out Barry Mangold Supporting Role
The Romantics Jake
2011 Scream 4 Deputy Ross Hoss
The Oranges Toby Walling
Damsels in Distress[20] Charlie
2012 Seeking a Friend for the End of the World Owen
2013 Welcome to the Jungle Chris Filming
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1995 Now What MTV TV series
1999 The Amanda Show Greg Brady Episode: "When Brady's Attack"
2000 Growing Up Brady Barry Williams TV Film
City Guys Customer #1 Episode: "Makin' Up is Hard to Do"
Undressed Lucas Episodes: #317, #318 and #321
Judging Amy Barry "Romeo" Gilmore Episode: "Romeo and Juliet Must Die – Well, Maybe Just Juliet"
Go Fish Billy Episode: "Go Student Council"
Family Law Noel Johnson Episode: "My Brother's Keeper"
2000–2001 Once and Again Coop Three episodes
2000–2002 The Sausage Factory Zack Altman Thirteen episodes
2001–2004 Grounded for Life Brian Two episodes
2002 Smallville Justin Gaines Episode: "Crush"
2002–2003 Gilmore Girls Dave Rygalski Nine episodes in Season 3
2003–2007 The O.C. Seth Cohen Main Role (Seasons 1–4; 2003–2007; 92 episodes)
2004 MADtv Seth Cohen Episode: #922
2006 The Loop Keith Episode: "The Rusty Trombone"
2011 Good Vibes Woodie Voice, Main Role
Accolades
Year Award Category Nominated work Result Notes
2004 Teen Choice Awards Choice Breakout TV Star Male[21] The O.C Nominated
Choice TV Actor - Drama/Action Adventure[22] Won
2005 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Chemistry[23] Won (shared with: Rachel Bilson
Choice TV Actor: Drama[23] Won
2006 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actor: Drama/Action Adventure[24] Won
2010 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actor: Horror/Thriller[25] 

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Stein, Joel (April 12, 2007). "Looking for Mr. Adorkable". Time. Archived from the original on 19 May 2007. Retrieved April 15, 2007.
  2. ^ a b "Three More Join Scream 4". comingsoon.net. Archived from the original on 2 July 2010. Retrieved July 1, 2010.
  3. ^ a b Reuven, Shmuel (April 15, 2007). "EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW: Adam Brody in the Land of Men". Jew Review.net. Archived from the original on 23 April 2007. Retrieved April 16, 2007.
  4. ^ "ElleGirl". Adam Brody! (Need We Say More?). Archived from the original on 10 June 2006. Retrieved May 25, 2006.
  5. ^ Yuan, Jada (April 5, 2012). "Adam Brody on Damsels in Distress and Having Enough Time on His Hands to Study Whit Stillman". Vulture.com. Retrieved April 5, 2012.
  6. ^ a b c Gillard, Honey (April 19, 2007). "Adam Brody Goes ‘Live With Regis & Kelly’". Blogger News Network. Archived from the original on 1 May 2007. Retrieved April 23, 2007.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i Lytal, Cristy (April 15, 2007). "Coming up from 'The O.C.'". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on October 14, 2007. Retrieved April 15, 2007.
  8. ^ http://notedguys.com/adam-brody/
  9. ^ "Introducing world's sexiest men: Bloom, Pitt...and Cameron". The Independent. February 2, 2006. Retrieved August 14, 2011.
  10. ^ a b c d Lawson, Terry (April 15, 2007). "MOVIE MEN: Adam Brody plays a Michigan-bred screenwriter in Jonathan Kasdan's autobiographical 'In the Land of Women'". Detroit Free Press. Archived from the original on September 27, 2007. Retrieved April 15, 2007.
  11. ^ "People Magazine's Hottest Bachelors - 2003". 2003. Retrieved August 14, 2011.
  12. ^ "People Magazine's Hottest Bachelors - 2004". 2004. Retrieved August 14, 2011.
  13. ^ "People Magazine's Hottest Bachelors - 2005". 2005. Retrieved August 14, 2011.
  14. ^ Dicker, Ron (April 16, 2007). "Adam Brody Building Equity In Film". Hartford Courant. Retrieved April 16, 2007.
  15. ^ Ross, Robyn (November 16, 2011). "Adam Brody Calls His MTV Series Good Vibes the "Grungier" O.C. -- With Horny Surfers". TV Guide. Retrieved December 5, 2011.
  16. ^ "Demi Moore and Adam Brody bone up for porn star biopic 'Lovelace' starring Amanda Seyfried". HitFix. January 2, 2011. Retrieved January 9, 2012.
  17. ^ Rachel Bilson and Adam Brody split Accessed November 15, 2009.
  18. ^ "Adam Brody and girlfriend Lorene Scafaria". April 29, 2010. Retrieved January 9, 2012.
  19. ^ Engelberg, Keren (October 31, 2003). "Young Creator Spells Success ‘O.C.’". The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles. Retrieved December 13, 2006.
  20. ^ Adam Brody Rescues 'Damsel In Distress': Welcome To Leading-Man Status! MTV. 13 October 2010
  21. ^ "The Teen Choice Awards". hollywoodAuditions. Retrieved August 7, 2011.
  22. ^ Bowen, Kit (August 9, 2004). "Lindsay Lohan Tops Teen Choice Awards". Hollywood.com. Retrieved August 7, 2011.
  23. ^ a b Marder, Brian (August 5, 2005). "'Notebook' Big Winner at Teen Choice Awards". Hollywood.com. Retrieved August 7, 2011.
  24. ^ Thomas, Rachel. "2006 Teen Choice Award Nominees and Winners". about.com. Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved August 7, 2011.
  25. ^ "Teen Choice Awards 2010: Winners and Nominees - Choice Movie Actor: Horror/Thriller". zap2it. Retrieved August 7, 2011.

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