Adrien Brody

Adrien Brody is an American actor and producer. He received widespread recognition and acclaim after starring in Roman Polanski's The Pianist, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor at age twenty-nine, making him the youngest actor to win in that category. Brody is the second male American actor to receive the César Award for Best Actor.
Other successful films that Brody has starred in are The Thin Red Line, The Village, King Kong, and Predators. He is a frequent collaborator of Wes Anderson's, having starred in four of Anderson's films, The Darjeeling Limited, Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Grand Budapest Hotel, and The French Dispatch.
In 2017, he appeared in the fourth series of the BBC historical drama Peaky Blinders.

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. 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 either Judaism or Catholicism.
As a child, Brody performed magic shows at children's birthday parties as "The Amazing Adrien". He attended 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. 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; at 6'1" tall, he lost thirty pounds, dropping him to 130 lbs. 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.
Brody appeared on Saturday Night Live on May 10, 2003, his first TV work, during which he controversially gave an improvised introduction, while wearing faux dreadlocks and a Jamaican accent for Jamaican reggae musical guest Sean Paul, causing him to be banned. 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, he portrayed Steven Schoichet, a socially awkward aspiring ventriloquist in pursuit of a love interest. He learned ventriloquism and puppetry for the role 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 also voiced Jack Driscoll in the video game adaptation. 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. In 2010, he played the star role of Royce in Predators, 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 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. He received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or in a Movie for portraying the titular character in Houdini, a History channel miniseries. 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 that 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 2019, Brody left Paradigm to sign with CAA Creative Artists Agency.

Personal life

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.
He dated Michelle Dupont, a music industry personal assistant, from 2003 to 2006. She was his date to the 2003 Oscars.
Brody began dating Spanish actress 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. The pair broke up in 2009.
In 2010, Brody sued the Giallo filmmakers, alleging that they failed to pay his full salary.
In February 2020, it was reported that he was dating Georgina Chapman.

Oscar kiss controversy

At the 75th Academy Awards in 2003, Brody forcibly kissed actress Halle Berry, who presented him with the Oscar for Best Actor for his work in The Pianist. In a 2017 interview with Andy Cohen, Berry confirmed that the kiss was unplanned, stating "I knew nothing about it." USA Today has since called the moment "cringeworthy," particularly "in light of the sexual harassment allegations that have rocked Hollywood". Good Housekeeping has ranked it among the biggest scandals in Oscar history.



1989New York StoriesMel
1991The Boy Who Cried BitchEddie
1993King of the HillLester Silverstone
1994Angels in the OutfieldDanny Hemmerling
1995Ten BennyRay Diglovanni
1996BulletRuby Stein
1996SoloDr. Bill Stewart
1997The Last Time I Committed SuicideBen
1997The Undertaker's WeddingMario Bellini
1997Six Ways to SundayArnie Finklestein
1998RestaurantChris CallowayNominated – Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead
1998The Thin Red LineCpl. Geoffrey Fife
1999Summer of SamRichie Tringale
1999OxygenHarry Houdini
1999Liberty HeightsVan Kurtzman
2000Bread and RosesSam Shapiro
2000Harrison's FlowersKyle Morris
2001Love the Hard WayJack Grace
2001The Affair of the NecklaceCount Nicolas De La Motte
2002DummySteven Schoichet
2002The PianistWładysław SzpilmanAcademy 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
2003The Singing DetectiveFirst Hood
2004The VillageNoah Percy
2005The JacketJack Starks
2005King KongJack Driscoll
2006HollywoodlandLouis SimoAlso additional cinematographer
2007The Tehuacan ProjectNarratorDocumentary
2007The Darjeeling LimitedPeter Whitman
2008ManoleteManuel "Manolete" Laureano Rodríguez Sánchez
2008The Brothers BloomBloom
2008Cadillac RecordsLeonard ChessBlack Reel Award for Outstanding Ensemble
2009GialloInspector Enzo LaviaAlso producer
2009SpliceClive Nicoli
2009Fantastic Mr. FoxRickityVoice
2010High SchoolEdward "Psycho Ed" Highbaugh
2010The ExperimentTravis Cacksmackberg
2010WreckedManAlso executive producer
2011DetachmentHenry BarthesAlso executive producer
2011Midnight in ParisSalvador DalíNominated – 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
2012Back to 1942Theodore White
2013Inappropriate ComedyFlirty HarryAlso wrote additional dialogue
2013Third PersonScott Lowry
2014The Grand Budapest HotelDmitri Desgoffe und TaxisNominated – Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Acting Ensemble
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2014American HeistFrankie KellyAlso executive producer
2015Dragon BladeTiberius
2015Stone Barn CastleDocumentary; director, producer and composer
2015BacktrackPeter Bower
2015Septembers of ShirazIsaac AminAlso executive producer
2016Manhattan NightPorter WrenAlso producer
2017Bullet HeadStacy
2018Air StrikeSteve
TBAThe French DispatchJulien CadazioPost-production
TBAEl TontoPost-production


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