Birthplace: New York City, New York, U.S.
Adrien Brody (born April 14, 1973) is an American actor and producer. He received widespread recognition and acclaim after starring in Roman Polanski's The Pianist (2002), for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor at age 29, making him the youngest actor to win in that category. Brody is also the only male American actor to receive the César Award for Best Actor.
Other successful films that Brody has starred in are The Thin Red Line (1998), The Village (2004), King Kong (2005), and Predators (2010). He is a frequent collaborator of Wes Anderson's, and has starred in three of Anderson's films, those being The Darjeeling Limited (2007), Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009), and The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014).
In 2017, he appeared in the fourth series of the BBC historical drama Peaky Blinders.
Brody was born in Woodhaven, Queens, New York, the son of Sylvia Plachy, a photographer, and Elliot Brody, a retired history professor and painter. Brody's father is of Polish Jewish descent; Brody's mother, who was raised as a Catholic, was born in Budapest, Hungary, and is the daughter of a Catholic Hungarian aristocrat father and a Czech Jewish mother. Brody was raised "without a strong connection" to Judaism or Catholicism.
As a child, Brody performed magic shows at children's birthday parties as "The Amazing Adrien". He attended the I.S. 227 Louis Armstrong 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. He attended summer camp at Long Lake Camp for the Arts in the Adirondacks in upstate New York. 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. 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. 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, broke up with his then-girlfriend, 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 César Award for his performance.
Brody appeared on Saturday Night Live on May 10, 2003, his first TV work, controversially giving an improvised introduction, while wearing faux dreadlocks for Jamaican reggae musical guest Sean Paul. 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 in monetary terms. 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".
On January 5, 2006, Brody confirmed speculation that he was interested in playing the role of The Joker in 2008's The Dark Knight. However, Christopher Nolan and Warner Bros. decided instead to cast Heath Ledger in the role. He was also in talks with Paramount to play Spock in J. J. Abrams Star Trek XI, but it ultimately went to Zachary Quinto. 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. Most recently, he played the star role of Royce in Predators (a sequel to the original Predator), directed by Nimród Antal and produced by Robert Rodriguez.
In 2011, Brody starred in a Stella Artois beer ad called "Crying Jean" that premiered right after half-time of the 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. On January 16, 2012, Brody made his debut as a runway model for Prada Men Fall/Winter 2012 show.
In 2014, Brody collaborated again with Wes Anderson in the Academy Award-winning The Grand Budapest Hotel, where he played Dmitri. The following year, he starred as Tiberius in the Chinese film Dragon Blade, which grossed $54.8 million in its opening week in China.
In 2017, it was announced he would join the cast of the fourth season of the BBC crime drama Peaky Blinders.
On August 4, 2017, he received the Leopard Club Award at the Locarno Festival. The Leopard Club Award pays homage to a major film personality whose work has made a lasting impact on the collective imagination.
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; the most recent was during the filming of Summer of Sam.
Brody began dating Spanish actress Elsa Pataky in 2006. For Pataky's 31st birthday in July 2007, Brody purchased 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. The pair broke up in 2009. Brody has been dating model Lara Lieto since 2013.
In 2010, Brody sued the Giallo filmmakers, alleging that they failed to pay his full salary.
|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|
|1996||Ten Benny||Ray Diglovanni|
|1996||Solo||Dr. Bill Stewart|
|1997||The Last Time I Committed Suicide||Ben|
|1997||Six Ways to Sunday||Arnie Finklestein|
|1997||The Undertaker's Wedding||Mario Bellini|
|1998||The Thin Red Line||Cpl. Geoffrey Fife|
|1998||Restaurant||Chris Calloway||Nominated - Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead|
|1999||Liberty Heights||Van Kurtzman|
|1999||Summer of Sam||Richie Tringale|
|2000||Bread and Roses||Sam Shapiro|
|2001||Harrison's Flowers||Kyle Morris|
|2001||The Affair of the Necklace||Count Nicolas De La Motte|
|2001||Love the Hard Way||Jack Grace|
|2002||The Pianist||Władysław 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 - Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama
Nominated - Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated - European Film Award for Best Actor
Nominated - Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
Nominated - Polish Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated - Russian Guild of Film Critics Award for Best Foreign Actor
Nominated - Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
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|
|2005||King Kong||Jack Driscoll|
|2006||Hollywoodland||Louis Simo||Also additional cinematographer|
|2007||The Tehuacan Project||Narrator||Documentary|
|2007||Manolete||Manuel "Manolete" Laureano Rodríguez Sánchez|
|2007||The Darjeeling Limited||Peter Whitman|
|2008||The Brothers Bloom||Bloom|
|2008||Cadillac Records||Leonard Chess||Black Reel Award for Outstanding Ensemble|
|2009||Giallo||Inspector Enzo Lavia||Also producer|
|2009||Fantastic Mr. Fox||Rickity||Voice|
|2010||High School||Edward "Psycho Ed" Highbaugh|
|2010||The Experiment||Travis Cacksmackberg|
|2011||Wrecked||Man||Also executive producer|
|2011||Midnight in Paris||Salvador Dalí||Nominated - Alliance of Women Film Journalists Award for Best Ensemble Cast
Nominated - Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Ensemble Acting
Nominated - San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Performance by an Ensemble
Nominated - Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
|2011||Detachment||Henry Barthes||Also executive producer|
|2012||Back to 1942||Theodore White|
|2013||Inappropriate Comedy||Flirty Harry||Also wrote additional dialogue|
|2013||Third Person||Scott Lowry|
|2014||The Grand Budapest Hotel||Dmitri Desgoffe und Taxis||Nominated - Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Acting Ensemble
Nominated - Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
|2014||American Heist||Frankie Kelly||Also executive producer|
|2015||Stone Barn Castle||N/A||Documentary; director, producer and composer|
|2015||Septembers of Shiraz||Isaac Amin||Also executive producer|
|2016||Manhattan Night||Porter Wren||Also producer|
|2018||Emperor||Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor||Post-production|
|1988||Home at Last||Billy||Television film|
|1988||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||2 episodes
Nominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
Nominated - Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie
|2015||Breakthrough||Narrator||Episode: "Decoding the Brain"|
|2017||Peaky Blinders||Luca Changretta||6 episodes|
|2005||Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie||Jack Driscoll|
|2006||Fade to Red||Tori's lover|
Adrien Brody supports the following charitable cause: AIDS.