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Adrien Brody (born April 14, 1973) is an Americanmarker actor. He received widespread recognition and subsequent acclaim after starring in Roman Polanski's The Pianist (2002). He is notable as the youngest actor ever to receive an Academy Award for Best Actor and the only American actor ever to win a César Award.

Early life

Brody was born in Woodhaven, Queens, New Yorkmarker, the son of Sylvia Plachy, a photojournalist, and Elliot Brody, a retired history professor and painter. Brody's father is of Polish-Jewish descent, and Brody's mother was born in Budapest, Hungarymarker to a Catholic father and Jewish mother. As a child, Brody performed magic shows at children's birthday parties as "The Amazing Adrien". Brody attended New Yorkmarker's Fiorello H.marker LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Artsmarker (famous as the inspiration for television's Fame). His parents enrolled him in acting classes to distance him from the dangerous kids with whom he associated.He attended summer camp at Long Lake Camp for the Arts in the Adirondacks in upstate New York.

In 1992, Brody was seriously hurt in a motorcycle accident in which he flew over a car and crashed head-first into a crosswalk. He spent months recuperating. He has broken his nose three times doing stunts. His nose was broken once again during the filming of Summer of Sam.


Taking acting classes as a youth, by age thirteen, he had done an off-Broadway play and a PBS-TV-movie. Brody hovered on the brink of stardom, receiving an Independent Spirit Award nomination for his role in the 1998 film Restaurant and later praise for his roles in Spike Lee's Summer of Sam and Terrence Malick's The Thin Red Line. He received widespread recognition when he was cast as the lead in Roman Polanski's The Pianist (2002). To prepare for the role, Brody withdrew for months, gave up his apartment and his car, learned how to play Chopin on the piano, and lost 29 lbs (13 kg). The role won him an Academy Award for Best Actor, making him, at 29, the youngest actor ever to win the award, and to date the only winner under the age of 30. He also won a C√©sar Award for his performance, becoming the only American actor to win one. Throughout his career, Brody has been compared to Al Pacino for his unique looks and method acting. He is also widely known for giving presenter Halle Berry a back-breaking kiss before accepting his Best Actor Oscar, and as the spokesman for fashion brand Ermenegildo Zegna.

Brody appeared on Saturday Night Live on May 10, 2003, his first TV work, but he was banned from the show after giving an improvised introduction while wearing faux dreadlocks for Jamaicanmarker reggae musical guest Sean Paul (the show's producer, Lorne Michaels, is notorious for hating unscripted performances). However, the unscripted intro remains in reruns of the episode. Other TV appearances include NBC's The Today Show and on MTV's Punk'd after being tricked by Ashton Kutcher.

After The Pianist Brody appeared in four very different movies. He played Noah Percy, a mentally disabled young man, in the movie The Village, by M. Night Shyamalan, shell-shocked war veteran Jack Starks in The Jacket, writer Jack Driscoll in the 2005 King Kong remake, and father-to-be Peter Whitman in The Darjeeling Limited by Wes Anderson. King Kong was a box office success; it grossed $550 million worldwide and is Brody's most successful movie to date in monetary terms. He also played a detective in Hollywoodland. He has also appeared in Diet Coke commercials and Tori Amos' music video for "A Sorta Fairytale".

On January 5, 2006, Brody confirmed speculation that he indeed was interested and very willing to play the role of The Joker in 2008's The Dark Knight. However, Christopher Nolan and Warner Bros. eventually decided to cast Heath Ledger as The Joker. He was also in talks with Paramount to play Spock in J. J. Abrams Star Trek XI, but it ultimately went to Zachary Quinto. Brody also starred as a con man named "Bloom" in Rian Johnson's The Brothers Bloom, released in May 2009. Brody will star in Splice, a science fiction film directed by Vincenzo Natali that is slated for a 2009 release. He will also play the lead role of Royce in Predators (a reboot of the popular science fiction franchise) which will be directed by Nimrod Antal and produced by Robert Rodriguez.

Personal life

In May of 2009, Adrien Brody and Elsa Pataky ended their two-year relationship.


Year Film Role Notes
1988 Home at Last Billy
1989 New York Stories Mel
1991 The Boy Who Cried Bitch Eddie
1993 King of the Hill Lester Silverstone
1994 Angels in the Outfield Danny Hemmerling
Jailbreakers Skinny
1996 Nothing to Lose Ray Diglovanni aka Ten Benny
Solo Dr. Bill Stewart, Solo's Designer
Bullet Ruby
1997 The Last Time I Committed Suicide Ben
Six Ways to Sunday Arnie Finklestein
1998 The Thin Red Line Cpl. Fife
The Undertaker's Wedding Mario Bellini
Restaurant Chris Calloway Nominated - Independent Spirit Award for Best Lead Male
1999 Oxygen Harry
Liberty Heights Van Kurtzman
Summer of Sam Richie Tringale
2000 Bread and Roses Sam Shapiro
Harrison's Flowers Kyle Morris
2001 The Affair of the Necklace Count Nicolas De La Motte
Love the Hard Way Jack Grace VFAA Award for Best Actor
2002 Dummy Steven
The Pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman Academy Award for Best Actor

Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor

César Award for Best Actor

National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor

Nominated - BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role

Nominated - Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor

Nominated - European Film Award for Best Actor

Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Actor

Nominated - Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor

Nominated - Polish Academy Award for Best Actor

Nominated - Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actor

Nominated - Vancouver Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor
2003 The Singing Detective First Hood
2004 The Village Noah Percy
2005 The Jacket Jack Starks
King Kong Jack Driscoll
2006 Hollywoodland Louis Simo
2007 The Tehuacan Project Narrator
Manolete Manuel Rodríguez Sánchez "Manolete"
The Darjeeling Limited Peter Whitman
2008 The Brothers Bloom Bloom
Cadillac Records Leonard Chess
2009 Splice Clive
Giallo Inspector Enzo Lavia
Fantastic Mr. Fox Rickity voice
2010 High School Psycho Ed post-production
The Experiment Travis post-production
Predators Royce filming


  1. The Village Voice

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