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Adam Jared Brody (born December 15, 1979)[1] is an American actor, writer, musician, and producer. He is best known for his role as Seth Cohen on The O.C..[2] Brody has appeared in the films Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005), Thank You for Smoking (2006), In the Land of Women (2007), Jennifer's Body (2009), Cop Out (2010), Scream 4 (2011), Lovelace (2013), Life Partners (2014), Sleeping with Other People (2015), StartUp (2016), and Shazam! (2019).

Adam Brody
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Adam Jared Brody

(1979-12-15) December 15, 1979 (age 39)
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.
  • Actor
  • writer
  • musician
  • producer
Years active1995–present
Leighton Meester (m. 2014)

Early lifeEdit

Brody was born in San Diego, California, to Valerie Jill (née Siefman),[3] a graphic artist, and Mark Alan Brody, an attorney.[4] He has younger twin brothers, Sean and Matthew (born 1985).[5] His parents, both Jewish, are originally from Detroit, Michigan. Brody had a Bar Mitzvah ceremony and was raised celebrating Hanukkah.[6][7]

Brody attended Wangenheim Middle School and Scripps Ranch High School, receiving "poor grades,"[8] and grew up in suburban San Diego, where he spent his time surfing.[9] He has said that he "pretty much lived at the beach."[8] Brody attended community college for one year, dropped out at the age of nineteen, and moved to Hollywood to become an actor.[2] He subsequently hired an acting coach and signed with a talent manager.[10]

Acting careerEdit

After a year of training and auditioning, Brody landed the role of Barry Williams in the television film Growing Up Brady (2000). He also appeared in the Canadian comedy series The Sausage Factory. In 2001, he played a minor role in American Pie 2. Brody's first major role in a television series came in 2002, when he was cast in a recurring role on the comedy-drama series Gilmore Girls, portraying Dave Rygalski, Lane's bandmate and love interest.

In 2003, he appeared in the movie Grind, and the music video for "Too Bad About Your Girl" by The Donnas. The same year, Brody was cast in his breakout role as Seth Cohen on the teen drama series The O.C.. Brody is reported to have improvised some of the character's comedic dialogue.[9] The role turned him into a teen idol, with the character having been described by the Los Angeles Times as "TV's sexiest geek"[9] and by Time as having "redefined" the screen persona of "unapologetic" nerdiness.[2] Brody was the first male on the cover of Elle Girl.[2][11]

In 2005, Brody appeared in a supporting role alongside Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt in the film Mr. & Mrs. Smith, and played a Hollywood studio assistant in the film adaptation of Thank You for Smoking (2006). His next film role was in the romantic comedy In the Land of Women (2007), starring Meg Ryan and Kristen Stewart. Brody played a writer who returns to his mother's Michigan hometown to take care of his sick grandmother. He 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 he wanted Brody to star.[9][11] The O.C. ended its run in 2007 after four seasons. Brody had said that he was "not unhappy" with the show's cancellation,[11] and that although he was "fortunate" to be on a successful series, he was also glad to "not be on it for 10 years."[2]

After the end of The O.C.'s run, Brody turned to a full-time film career.[9] The same year, Brody appeared in supporting roles in the films Smiley Face and The Ten.[9] In 2009, he co-starred with Josh Lucas in Boaz Yakin's drama Death in Love, and in Diablo Cody's horror film Jennifer's Body, co-starring Megan Fox. In 2010, he appeared in Kevin Smith's film Cop Out, which co-starred Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan, and then in The Romantics alongside Katie Holmes and Josh Duhamel. In July 2010, it was announced that Brody landed the role of Detective Hoss in Scream 4,[12] released in April 2011. In 2011, Brody voiced Woodie in the MTV animated series Good Vibes.[13] The same year, Brody appeared in The Oranges alongside Leighton Meester and Hugh Laurie.

In January 2012, it was announced that he had joined the cast of Lovelace a biopic about the late 1970s porn star Linda Lovelace, directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, and starring Amanda Seyfried. Brody portrayed Harry Reems.[14] He then co-starred with Meester again in Life Partners (2014).[15] In 2015, he appeared in Sleeping with Other People, and began starring as Billy Jones in Direct TV's sitcom Billy and Billie.[16][17][18]

Brody played the older version of Jack Dylan Grazer's character in the superhero film Shazam, and co-starred with Samara Weaving, Andie MacDowell and Mark O'Brien in the thriller Ready or Not, the latter directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett for Fox Searchlight.[19] The films were released in April and August 2019, respectively, both to positive reviews. Brody has also appeared as Max Larssen in the eight-part drama Curfew, beginning in February 2019.[20]

Other worksEdit

Aside from acting, Brody is credited as a musician and writer, stating that he "writes screenplays and songs during [his] spare time."[21] In 2003, Brody wrote and produced the short film Home Security.[22]

In 2005, Brody, along with Nathaniel Castro, Bret Harrison, and Brad Babinski, formed the Los Angeles-based rock band Big Japan, with Brody as the lead drummer.[22] Big Japan's first release, Music for Dummies, was digitally released through Nightshift Records on August 23, 2005. The four-piece indie band played gigs at pubs and festivals from 2005 to 2007 such as The Knitting Factory, Bamboozle Left, The Roxy, Spaceland, and The Viper Room.

In 2007, he, along with Danny Bilson and Paul De Meo, co-wrote a comic book miniseries for DC's Wildstorm Comics titled Red Menace.[23] The limited series had six issues and was collected into a trade paperback. Since 2010, Brody has played the drums in the project band The Shortcoats. They released their first EP, This Time Last Year, on October 4, 2011. Their song, "Morning, Shipwreck," which Brody co-wrote, is featured in the sitcom Ben and Kate and the 2015 film The Meddler.

Personal lifeEdit

Brody is a secular Jew and is non-religious.[24] He has described himself as being a "faux intellectual" and "beach mood" person.[25][26][27]

In March 2010, Brody met actress Leighton Meester while filming The Oranges in Westchester, New York.[28][29] They became engaged in November 2013, and married in a private ceremony on February 15, 2014.[30][31][32] Their first child, a daughter named Arlo Day Brody, was born on August 4, 2015, in Whittier, California.[33]



Year Title Role Notes
2000 Neverland Jack
The Silencing Karl
Roadside Assistance Rusty
American Pie 2 High School Guy Unrated version
According to Spencer Tommy
2002 The Ring Male Teen #1
2003 Home Security Greg Short film; also writer and producer
Grind Dustin Knight
Missing Brendan Patrick Calden
2005 Mr. & Mrs. Smith Benjamin Danz
Thank You for Smoking Jack Bein
2007 The Ten Stephen Montgomery
Smiley Face Steve the Dealer
In the Land of Women Carter Webb
2008 Death in Love Talent Agent
2009 Jennifer's Body Nikolai Wolf
2010 The Romantics Jake
Cop Out Barry Mangold
2011 Scream 4 Deputy Ross Hoss
The Oranges Toby Walling
Damsels in Distress Charlie Walker
2012 Revenge for Jolly! Danny Fidazzo
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World Owen
2013 Lovelace Harry Reems
Some Girl(s) The Man
Welcome to the Jungle Chris
Baggage Claim Sam
2014 Life Partners Tim
Growing Up And Other Lies Rocks
Think Like a Man Too Isaac
2015 Sleeping with Other People Sam
2016 Yoga Hosers Ichabod
Showing Roots Bud
2017 CHiPs Clay Allen
2018 Isabelle Matt Kane
2019 Shazam! Super Hero Freddy Shared role with Jack Dylan Grazer
Ready or Not Daniel Le Domas
2020 Promising Young Woman Jez Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1999 The Amanda Show Greg Brady Episode: "When Brady's Attack"
2000 Growing Up Brady Barry Williams Television film
City Guys Customer #1 Episode: "Makin' Up is Hard to Do"
Undressed Lucas 3 episodes
Judging Amy Barry 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 3 episodes
2000–2002 The Sausage Factory Zack Altman 13 episodes
2001–2004 Grounded for Life Brian 2 episodes
2002 Smallville Justin Gaines Episode: "Crush"
2002–2003 Gilmore Girls Dave Rygalski 9 episodes
2003–2007 The O.C. Seth Cohen 92 episodes
2004 MADtv Seth Cohen Episode 9.22
2006 The Loop Keith MacDonald Episode: "The Rusty Trombone"
2011 Good Vibes Woodie Stone Voice role; 12 episodes
2013 Kroll Show Joel Faizon Episode: "Ice Dating"
House of Lies Nate Hyatt 3 episodes
The League Ted Rappaport 4 episodes
Burning Love Max 10 episodes
2014 New Girl Berkley Episode: "Exes"
2015 Billy and Billie Billy Jones 11 episodes
2016–present StartUp Nick Talman 30 episodes; also producer
2018 Urban Myths Jack Lemmon Episode: "Marilyn Monroe and Billy Wilder"
2019 Single Parents Derek 3 Episodes
2019 Curfew Max Larssen 6 episodes

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2004 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actor: Drama The O.C Won [34]
Choice TV: Breakout Actor Nominated [35]
2005 Choice TV: Chemistry (shared with Rachel Bilson) Won [36]
Choice TV Actor: Drama Won
2006 Choice TV Actor: Drama Won [37]
2010 Choice Movie Actor: Horror/Thriller Jennifer's Body Nominated [38]


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