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Also Known As: Died:
Born: April 14, 1973 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor

Biography CLOSE THE FULL BIOGRAPHY

For years, actor Adrien Brody struggled to make a name for himself while appearing in numerous feature films. After making his debut as a 13-year-old orphan from New York City who finds a new life in Nebraska in "Home at Last" (PBS, 1988), Brody looked for that one breakthrough role that could propel him to stardom. He believed he had found that role when he was cast by director Terrence Malick for what he thought was the main character in "The Thin Red Line" (1998). But Malick changed the film's focus in post-production, leaving most of Brody's performance on the cutting room floor. The young actor remained undeterred, however, as he continued to showcase his talent and dedication to craft in several compelling features until finally landing the role of a lifetime in "The Pianist" (2002). A bittersweet look at Jewish piano player Wladyslaw Szpilman's experience of surviving the atrocities of the Krakow ghetto, the film was directed by Roman Polanski and was drawn from his own experiences during the Holocaust. The film earned widespread critical praise and a Best Actor Oscar for Brody, a win that cemented his status as a top leading man capable of turning in riveting performances. ...

For years, actor Adrien Brody struggled to make a name for himself while appearing in numerous feature films. After making his debut as a 13-year-old orphan from New York City who finds a new life in Nebraska in "Home at Last" (PBS, 1988), Brody looked for that one breakthrough role that could propel him to stardom. He believed he had found that role when he was cast by director Terrence Malick for what he thought was the main character in "The Thin Red Line" (1998). But Malick changed the film's focus in post-production, leaving most of Brody's performance on the cutting room floor. The young actor remained undeterred, however, as he continued to showcase his talent and dedication to craft in several compelling features until finally landing the role of a lifetime in "The Pianist" (2002). A bittersweet look at Jewish piano player Wladyslaw Szpilman's experience of surviving the atrocities of the Krakow ghetto, the film was directed by Roman Polanski and was drawn from his own experiences during the Holocaust. The film earned widespread critical praise and a Best Actor Oscar for Brody, a win that cemented his status as a top leading man capable of turning in riveting performances.

Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Third Person (2014)
3.
 Backtrack (2014)
4.
5.
6.
 Motor City (2013)
7.
 Back to 1942 (2012)
8.
 Love, Marilyn (2012)
9.
 Detachment (2011)
10.
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Milestones close milestones

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Raised in the New York City neighborhood of Woodhaven, Queens
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At age six, made amateur acting debut as a dwarf in a summer camp production of "Snow White"
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Appeared in photographs taken by his mother, famed photographer Sylvia Plachy
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Professional acting debut in the Off-Broadway play "Family Pride in the '50s"
1988:
TV acting debut in the PBS production "Home at Last"
1988:
Cast as Mary Tyler Moore's stepson in the short-lived CBS sitcom "Annie McGuire"
1989:
Feature film debut in the Francis Ford Coppola-helmed "Life Without Zoe" segment of the omnibus feature "New York Stories"
1993:
Won critical praise as a teenage con artist in "King of the Hill"
1994:
Featured in the William Friedkin-directed "Jailbreakers" segment of Showtime's "Rebel Highway"
1995:
Garnered rave notices for his star-making role as a gambler in Eric Bross' "Nothing to Lose" (released theatrically in 1998)
1996:
Appeared as a gay Beat poet, loosely based on Alan Ginsburg in the film "The Last Time I Committed Suicide"
1997:
Co-starred in the drama "Six Ways to Sunday" (released 1999)
1998:
Starred in Bross' second feature "Restaurant"; released theatrically in 2000
1998:
Played Corporal Fife in Terrence Malick's "The Thin Red Line" (in the final cut, the part had been reduced to little more than a cameo)
1999:
Co-starred in Spike Lee's "Summer of Sam"
1999:
Appeared in Barry Levinson's "Liberty Heights"
2000:
Starred in Kenneth Loach's gripping labor drama "Bread and Roses"; screened at Cannes
2000:
Featured in the Yugoslavia-set war film "Harrison's Flowers"
2002:
Portrayed Wladyslaw Szpilman, the brilliant pianist in Roman Polanski's "The Pianist"; received leading role nominations for Golden Globe, BAFTA and a SAG Awards
2003:
Played the urban hipster con man, Brody in "Love The Hard Way"
2004:
Co-starred with Joaquin Phoenix and William Hurt in M. Night Shyamalan's "The Village"
2005:
Portrays an institutionalized Gulf War veteran opposite Keira Knightley in "The Jacket"
2005:
Played Jack Driscoll, opposite Jack Black and Naomi Watts, in Peter Jackson's remake of "King Kong"
2006:
Cast as private detective Louis Simo in "Hollywoodland," who investigates the death of actor George Reeves (Ben Affleck)
2007:
Co-starred with Jason Schwartzman and Owen Wilson in director Wes Anderson's "The Darjeeling Limited"
2008:
Portrayed record-company executive Leonard Chess in the musical biopic "Cadillac Records"
2009:
Co-starred with Mark Ruffalo, as brothers who make a living off of swindling millionaires, in the comedy "The Brothers Bloom"
2009:
Voiced the character of Rickity the Field Mouse in the animated feature "Fantastic Mr. Fox"
2010:
Co-starred with Sarah Polley in the sci-fi thriller "Splice"
2010:
Starred in "Predators," a sequel to cult favorites "Predator" (1987) and "Predator 2" (1990) about an elite group of warriors hunted by a merciless alien race
2011:
Cast as Salvador DalĂ­ in Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris"
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Education

American Academy of Dramatic Arts: New York , New York -
Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts: New York , New York - 1991

Notes

"Being phenomonally wealthy is not my main goal."---Adrien Brody quoted in PREMIERE, August 1994.

"Brody, his soulful eyes and gaunt frame reminiscent more of such great classical European stars as Jean-Louis Barrault, Gerard Philippe and Vittorio Gassman than of any current American thesps, is terrifically engaging and charismatic as Chris."---From Todd McCarthy's review of "Restaurant" in VARIETY, May 3, 1998.

"It's great when people appreciate your work, but I don't know how seriously to take it. The amazing thing is that I found something so early that I can support myself doing, and that can even be extremely lucrative, but I love it either way."---Brody quoted to DETOUR, November 1996.

"You try not to play similar types. I've played quite a few Italians, and I've done a lot of period pieces, but I'm not too concerned about typecasting at this point. I'm not even Italian."---Adrien Brody quoted in Los Angeles Magazine, November 1998.

Adrien Brody on his hyped then truncated role in "The Thin Red Line": "On the set [director] Terrence Malick told me I would have been a huge silent-film star. I didn't know that was his way of saying he was going to eliminate all my dialogue."---quoted in New York's Daily News, June 27, 1999.

"It was as if all the things I never had an opportunity to do, in that one moment I was able to do. I did just what my heart desired -- in front of everybody," Brody explains. "I was able to expose myself and the way I feel, you know? Just let it go. I was in the moment, enjoying it and embracing it, and there was Halle, looking beautiful. It was a big, beautiful thank-you. I mean, who knew?"---Brody on kissing Halle Berry, after winning the Oscar for his role in the "Pianist", quoted to GQ, 2003

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Sky Nellor. No longer together.
companion:
Monet Mazur. Dated for about a year; separated in early 2002.
lover:
Michelle Dupont. Dating as of May 2003.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Elliot Brody. Painter, retired schoolteacher.
mother:
Sylvia Plachy. Photographer.

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