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Adrien Brody
Brody in 2023
Born (1973-04-14) April 14, 1973 (age 51)
Alma mater
Years active1989–present

Adrien Nicholas Brody (born April 14, 1973) [1] is an American actor. He is known for his portrayal of Władysław Szpilman in Roman Polanski's war drama The Pianist (2002), for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor at age 29, becoming the youngest actor to win in that category. He also became the second American male actor to win the César Award for Best Actor for the same film. He has starred in several other films and has received several other awards including nominations for a Golden Globe Award and a Primetime Emmy Award.

Brody has also starred in The Thin Red Line (1998), The Village (2004), King Kong (2005), Hollywoodland (2006), Cadillac Records (2008), Predators (2010) and See How They Run (2022). He has frequently collaborated with filmmaker Wes Anderson, appearing in his films The Darjeeling Limited (2007), Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009), The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014), The French Dispatch (2021), and Asteroid City (2023). He portrayed Salvador Dali in Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris (2011), and Arthur Miller in Andrew Dominik's Blonde (2022).

In television, he has played Luca Changretta in the fourth season of the BBC series Peaky Blinders (2017), and Pat Riley in the HBO sports drama series Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty (2022–2023). He earned Primetime Emmy Award nominations for his roles as Harry Houdini in the History Channel miniseries Houdini (2014), and investor Josh Aaronson in the HBO series Succession (2021).

Early life

Brody was born in Woodhaven, Queens, New York City, the son of Sylvia Plachy, a photographer, and Elliot Brody, a retired history professor and painter. [2] Brody's father is of Polish Jewish descent; [3] [4] [5] Brody's mother, who was raised Catholic, was born in Budapest, Hungary, and is the daughter of a Catholic Hungarian aristocrat father and a Czech Jewish mother, [6] [7] [8] although Brody says he was raised "without a strong connection" to either Judaism or Christianity. [9]

As a child, Brody performed magic shows at children's birthday parties as "The Amazing Adrien". [10] He attended I.S. 145 Joseph Pulitzer Middle School and New York's Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts. His parents enrolled him in acting classes to distance him from the dangerous children with whom he associated. [11] He attended summer camp at Long Lake Camp for the Arts in the Adirondacks in upstate New York. [12] Brody attended Stony Brook University before transferring to Queens College for a semester.


Taking acting classes as a child, by age thirteen, he appeared in an Off-Broadway play and a PBS television film. [13] After appearing in Bullet in 1996 with Tupac Shakur and Mickey Rourke, 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. [14] One day, Roman Polanski watched Brody's performance in Harrison's Flowers (2000), and then Polanski decided to offer Brody the leading role of The Pianist (2002). [15] To prepare for the role, Brody withdrew for months, gave up his apartment and his car, broke up with his then-girlfriend, [13] and took piano lessons for four hours a day until he could master passages from some of Chopin's finest works. At 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) tall, he lost 30 pounds (14 kg), dropping him to 130 lb (59 kg). The role won him an Academy Award for Best Actor, making him, at age twenty-nine, the youngest actor ever to win the award, and, to date, the only winner under the age of thirty. He also won a César Award for his performance. [16]

Brody appeared on Saturday Night Live on May 10, 2003, his first TV work. During this appearance, he controversially gave an introduction for Jamaican reggae musical guest Sean Paul, while wearing faux dreadlocks and using a Jamaican accent. It was reported at the time that he had improvised the bit, causing him to be banned from Saturday Night Live, however, it was later revealed it was part of the dress rehearsal too. [17] 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 films. In Dummy (released in 2003, but originally shot in 2000, just prior to his work in The Pianist), he portrayed Steven Schoichet, a socially awkward aspiring ventriloquist in pursuit of a love interest (his employment counsellor). He learned ventriloquism and puppetry for the role (under the tutelage of actor/ventriloquist Alan Semok) convincingly enough to perform all of the voice stunts and puppet manipulation live on set in real time, with no subsequent post dubbing. He played Noah Percy, a mentally disabled young man, in the film 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 both a critical and box office success—it grossed $550 million worldwide, and is Brody's most successful film to date, financially. He reprised his role voicing Driscoll in the video game adaptation of the film. Additionally, Brody played a detective in Hollywoodland. He has also appeared in Diet Coke and Schweppes commercials, as well as Tori Amos' music video for " A Sorta Fairytale". [18]

Brody at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival

On January 5, 2006, Brody confirmed speculation that he was interested in playing the role of The Joker in 2008's The Dark Knight, and also met with director Christopher Nolan. However, Nolan and Warner Bros. decided instead to cast Heath Ledger in the role. [19] [20] He was also in talks with Paramount to play Spock in J. J. Abrams' Star Trek, but it ultimately went to Zachary Quinto. [21] [22] In 2009, he starred in Splice, a science-fiction film written and directed by Vincenzo Natali. Originally a Sundance film, Splice was adopted by Dark Castle Entertainment and distributed by Warner Bros. In 2010, he played the star role of Royce in Predators (a sequel to the original Predator), directed by Nimród Antal and produced by Robert Rodriguez. [23]

In 2011, Brody starred in a Stella Artois beer ad called "Crying Jean" that premiered right after half-time of Super Bowl XLV as part of Stella's "She Is a Thing of Beauty" campaign. He appeared in Woody Allen's 2011 Academy Award-winning comedy, Midnight in Paris as Salvador Dalí. [24] On January 16, 2012, Brody made his debut as a runway model for Prada Men Fall/Winter 2012 show. [25]

In 2014, Brody collaborated again with Wes Anderson in the Academy Award-winning The Grand Budapest Hotel, where he played Dmitri. He received an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or in a Movie for portraying the title character in Houdini a History miniseries. The same year, Brody was cast as the title role of Lee Tamahori's action epic Emperor, about a young woman seeking revenge for the execution of her father by Holy Roman Emperor Charles V, [26] [27] opposite Sophie Cookson. [28] The movie was finished and screened at Cannes in 2017 [29] but its release has been held up by legal challenges. [30]

In 2015, he starred as Tiberius in the Chinese film Dragon Blade, which grossed $54.8 million in its opening week in China. [31] He also received the Cinema Vanguard award at the San Diego Film Festival the same year. [32]

In 2017, it was announced that he would join the cast of the fourth season of the BBC crime drama Peaky Blinders. [33] On August 4, 2017, he received the Leopard Club Award at the Locarno Festival. [34] The Leopard Club Award pays homage to a major film personality whose work has made a lasting impact on the collective imagination.

In 2019, Brody left Paradigm to sign with CAA Creative Artists Agency. [35]

In 2021, he received the Vanguard Award at SCAD's Savannah Film Festival. [36]

Personal life

In 1992, Brody was seriously hurt in a motorcycle accident in which he was thrown over a car and crashed head-first into a crosswalk. [37] He spent months recuperating. He has broken his nose three times doing stunts, including during the filming of Summer of Sam. [38]

Brody began dating Spanish actress and model Elsa Pataky in 2006. For Pataky's 31st birthday in July 2007, Brody purchased for her a 19th-century farm in Central New York state that was remodeled to look like a castle. Brody and Pataky were featured at their New York home in a 35-page spread for HELLO! magazine in October 2008. [39] The pair broke up in 2009. [40]

In 2010, Brody sued makers of the film Giallo, alleging they failed to pay his full salary. [41]

In February 2020, it was reported that he was in a relationship with English fashion designer and actress Georgina Chapman. [42]


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Year Title Role Notes
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
Natural Born Killers Gale's Camerman Uncredited
1995 Ten Benny Ray Diglovanni
1996 Bullet Ruby Stein
Solo Dr. Bill Stewart
1997 The Last Time I Committed Suicide Ben
The Undertaker's Wedding Mario Bellini
Six Ways to Sunday Arnie Finklestein
1998 Restaurant Chris Calloway
The Thin Red Line Cpl. Geoffrey Fife
1999 Summer of Sam Richie Tringale
Oxygen Harry Houdini
Liberty Heights Van Kurtzman
2000 Bread and Roses Sam Shapiro
Harrison's Flowers Kyle Morris
2001 Love the Hard Way Jack Grace
The Affair of the Necklace Count Nicolas De La Motte
2002 Dummy Steven Schoichet
The Pianist Władysław Szpilman
2003 The Singing Detective First Hood
2004 The Village Noah Percy
2005 The Jacket Jack Starks
King Kong Jack Driscoll
2006 Hollywoodland Louis Simo Also additional cinematographer
2007 The Darjeeling Limited Peter Whitman
2008 Manolete Manolete
The Brothers Bloom Bloom
Cadillac Records Leonard Chess
2009 Giallo Inspector Enzo Lavia Also producer
Splice Clive Nicoli
Fantastic Mr. Fox Rickity Voice
2010 High School Edward "Psycho Ed" Highbaugh
Predators Royce
The Experiment Travis Cacksmackberg
Wrecked Man Also executive producer
2011 Detachment Henry Barthes Also executive producer
Midnight in Paris Salvador Dalí
2012 Back to 1942 Theodore White
2013 Inappropriate Comedy Flirty Harry Also wrote additional dialogue
Third Person Scott Lowry
2014 The Grand Budapest Hotel Dmitri Desgoffe und Taxis
American Heist Frankie Kelly Also executive producer
2015 Dragon Blade Tiberius
Stone Barn Castle Documentary;
director, producer and composer
Backtrack Peter Bower
Septembers of Shiraz Isaac Amin Also executive producer
2016 Manhattan Night Porter Wren Also producer
2017 Bullet Head Stacy
2018 Air Strike Steve
2021 Clean Clean Also co-writer, producer and composer
The French Dispatch Julien Cadazio
2022 See How They Run Leo Köpernick
Blonde Arthur Miller
2023 Manodrome Dad Dan
Ghosted Leveque
Fool's Paradise Chad Luxt
Asteroid City Schubert Green [43]
TBA The Brutalist László Tóth Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1988 Home at Last Billy Television film
Annie McGuire Lenny McGuire Episode: "Annie and the Brooklyn Bridge"
1994 Rebel Highway Skinny Episode: " Jailbreakers"
1996 Bullet Hearts Chuckie Bragg Pilot
1999 Split Screen Harry Episode: "Waiting for Star Wars"
2003 Saturday Night Live Himself (host) Episode: "Adrien Brody/ Sean Paul, Wayne Wonder"
2014 Houdini Harry Houdini Miniseries; 2 episodes
2015 Breakthrough Narrator Episode: "Decoding the Brain" [44] [45]
2016 Dice Himself Episode: "Ego"
2017 Peaky Blinders Luca Changretta 6 episodes
2021 Chapelwaite Captain Charles Boone 10 episodes
Succession Josh Aaronson 2 episodes
2022–2023 Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty Pat Riley 15 episodes
2023 Poker Face Sterling Frost Jr. 2 episodes

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2005 Peter Jackson's King Kong Jack Driscoll Voice; Spike Video Game Award for Best Cast

Music videos

Year Title Role Notes
2002 " A Sorta Fairytale" Tori's lover
2010 " Brodyquest" as himself

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Project Result Ref.
1998 Independent Spirit Award Best Male Lead Restaurant Nominated
2002 Academy Award Best Actor The Pianist Won
BAFTA Award Best Actor in a Leading Role Nominated
Golden Globe Award Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Actor in a Leading Role Nominated
César Award Best Actor Won
National Society of Film Critics Best Actor Won
Boston Society of Film Critics Best Actor Won
Chicago Film Critics Association Best Actor Nominated
Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association Best Actor Nominated
2011 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture Midnight in Paris Nominated
Alliance of Women Film Journalists Award Best Ensemble Cast Nominated
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award Best Ensemble Acting Nominated
San Diego Film Critics Society Best Performance by an Ensemble Nominated
2014 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture The Grand Budapest Hotel Nominated
Critics' Choice Movie Award Best Acting Ensemble Nominated
2014 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie Houdini Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie Nominated
2021 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series Succession Nominated


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