Adam Keefe Horovitz (born October 31, 1966),[1][2] popularly known as Ad-Rock, is an American rapper, guitarist and actor. He was a member of the hip hop group Beastie Boys. He is married to musician and feminist activist Kathleen Hanna.[3]

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Background information
Birth nameAdam Keefe Horovitz
Also known as
  • Ad-Rock
  • King Ad-Rock
  • Shadrach
Born (1966-10-31) October 31, 1966 (age 55)
New York City, U.S.
  • Rapper
  • musician
  • songwriter
  • actor
Years active1982–present
Associated acts
Horovitz with the Beastie Boys in Barcelona, Spain on September 5, 2007.

Early lifeEdit

Horovitz was born and raised on Park Avenue, Manhattan, New York, the son of Doris (née Keefe) and playwright Israel Horovitz.[4] His sister is film producer Rachael Horovitz. His father is Jewish, whereas his mother, who was of Irish descent, was Roman Catholic.[5][6] He had a secular upbringing.[7]


Horovitz began his music career with a stint in the punk rock band The Young and the Useless, who often performed with Beastie Boys. In 1982, Beastie Boys guitarist John Berry quit and Horovitz replaced him. He was only 16 at the time.[8] After Horovitz joined the band, Beastie Boys changed their sound, evolving from a hardcore punk band to a more hip-hop oriented group. The band was signed to Def Jam, and released their debut album Licensed to Ill in 1986. The album was a huge commercial success, and spawned six hit singles. Seven albums followed, and by 2010 Beastie Boys had sold 22 million records in the United States alone, and 40 million worldwide. In 2012, Beastie Boys were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

In addition to his work with Beastie Boys, Horovitz also remixes numerous tracks for other artists under the alias 41 Small Stars.[9] He plays bass in The Tender Moments, the backing band of New York-based cabaret performer Bridget Everett.[10]

Horovitz has acted in several motion pictures and television shows. Some of his roles include Tim 'Chino' Doolan in Lost Angels (1989), Sam in Roadside Prophets (1992), Repulski in Godspeed (2007), Fletcher in While We're Young (2014), and Nick in Golden Exits (2017).

In 2020, he was featured in the documentary Have a Good Trip.[11]

Personal lifeEdit

In the late 1980s, Horovitz was in a relationship with American actress Molly Ringwald. They met on the set of The Pick-up Artist.[12][13]

Horovitz was married to actress Ione Skye from 1992 to 1995. They separated in 1995 and divorced in 1999.

Since 1996 he has been involved with riot grrrl artist Kathleen Hanna; they married in 2006.[3] Horovitz is featured prominently in The Punk Singer, a 2013 documentary film about Hanna's life and career, even shooting scenes himself.[14]

Horovitz began to wear a medical alert bracelet following the tonic–clonic seizure he experienced in 2003.[15]

In November 2018, Horovitz purchased a house in South Pasadena, California and currently splits his time between New York City and California.[16]


with Beastie Boys
with BS 2000



  1. ^ "Ad-Rock biography". Allmusic Rovi Corporation. Retrieved December 16, 2009.
  2. ^ Beastie Boys (1986). The New Style (song). Def Jam Recordings. October 31st, that is my date of birth
  3. ^ a b "'The Punk Singer' director on capturing the essence of Bikini Kill's Kathleen Hanna". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved February 21, 2015.
  4. ^ Israel Horovitz Biography (1939-), Film Reference, accessed March 24, 2011.
  5. ^ Susan Jacobs. "Israel Horovitz on art and religion". Wakefield Observer. Archived from the original on October 22, 2013. Retrieved May 5, 2012.
  6. ^ "How studio exec-turned-producer pitched 'Moneyball' – The Ticket". Jewish Journal. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved May 5, 2012.
  7. ^ Bloom, Nate (December 15, 2011). "Jewish Stars 12/16". Cleveland Jewish News. His father, famous playwright Israel Horovitz, 72, said a few years ago that he regretted raising Adam secular
  8. ^ Diamond, Michael (1994), Some Old Bullshit album liner notes
  9. ^ "41 Small Stars". Retrieved April 15, 2015.
  10. ^ Arman, Marcus (November 30, 2012). "Bridget Everett and Ad-Rock Get Raunchy". LA Weekly. Archived from the original on October 16, 2014. Retrieved October 10, 2014.
  11. ^ Relix
  12. ^ Barshad, Amos (April 24, 2011). "Rude Boys". New York. Retrieved April 15, 2015.
  13. ^ Mehera Bonner. "Molly Ringwald's Relationship History: Who Has She Dated?". Wetpaint. Archived from the original on September 15, 2014. Retrieved August 26, 2014.
  14. ^ Valby, Karen (March 12, 2013). "Bikini Kill's Kathleen Hanna reveals illness, reconfirms awesomeness in 'The Punk Singer'". Entertainment Weekly.
  15. ^ "Beastie Boys: Twilight of the Brats". Spin. July 2004.
  16. ^ "Musician Adam Horovitz of Beastie Boys Fame Buys in South Pasadena at $1.7M". American Luxury.

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