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Adam Jared Brody

(1979-12-15) December 15, 1979 (age 43)
  • Actor
  • writer
  • musician
  • producer
Years active 1999–present
(m. 2014)
Children 2

Adam Jared Brody (born December 15, 1979) is an American actor, writer, musician, and producer. He is known for his breakthrough role as Seth Cohen on the Fox television series The O.C., which premiered in 2003. Subsequently, Brody appeared in films including Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005), Thank You for Smoking (2005), In the Land of Women (2007), and Jennifer's Body (2009).

In the 2010s, Brody had supporting roles in comedies like Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012) and Sleeping with Other People (2015), as well as more serious films like Lovelace (2013). He appeared in a number of television series during this time, and starred in and was a producer of the television series StartUp (2016–2018).

Brody has appeared in the DC superhero film Shazam! (2019) and will appear in its 2023 sequel, in the thriller Ready or Not (2019), and in the film Promising Young Woman (2020). He starred in the indie dramedy The Kid Detective in 2020 and will be part of the main cast of the upcoming Hulu miniseries Fleishman Is in Trouble.

Early life

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

Brody grew up in suburban San Diego, where he attended Wangenheim Middle School and Scripps Ranch High School, receiving "poor grades". He spent much of his time surfing, saying of himself that he "pretty much lived at the beach".

Brody attended community college for one year, dropping out at the age of 19, then moving to Hollywood to become an actor.

Acting career

Adam Brody (2005)
Brody at the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival.

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, Brody 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. The role turned him into a teen idol, with the character having been described by Time as having "redefined" the screen persona of "unapologetic" nerdiness. Brody was the first male on the cover of Elle Girl.

In 2005, Brody appeared in a supporting role 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). 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. The O.C. ended its run in 2007 after four seasons. Brody had said that he was "not unhappy" with the show's cancellation, and that although he was "fortunate" to be on a successful series, he was also glad to "not be on it for 10 years".

After the end of The O.C.'s run, Brody turned to a full-time film career. The same year, Brody appeared in supporting roles in the films Smiley Face and The Ten. In 2009, he starred in Boaz Yakin's drama Death in Love and in Diablo Cody's horror film Jennifer's Body. In 2010, he appeared in Kevin Smith's film Cop Out, and then in The Romantics. In July 2010, it was announced that Brody landed the role of Detective Hoss in Scream 4, released in April 2011. In 2011, Brody voiced Woodie in the MTV animated series Good Vibes. The same year, Brody appeared in The Oranges.

In January 2012, it was announced that Brody had joined the cast of Lovelace, directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman. Brody portrayed Harry Reems. Brody starred in Some Girl(s), which premiered at the 2013 SXSW Festival. He then appeared in Life Partners (2014). In 2015, he appeared in Sleeping with Other People and began starring as Billy Jones in Direct TV's sitcom Billy and Billie.

In 2016, Brody began starring in Sony Crackle's drama series StartUp. Brody played the older version of Jack Dylan Grazer's character in the superhero film Shazam and starred in the thriller Ready or Not, the latter directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett for Fox Searchlight. 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.

Other works

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

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. 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, Brody, along with Danny Bilson and Paul De Meo, co-wrote a comic book miniseries for DC's Wildstorm Comics titled Red Menace. 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 life

Brody is a secular Jew and is non-religious. He has described himself as being a "faux intellectual", and is a member of the Democratic Party. He has joined voting action campaigns including Swing Left.

In March 2010, Brody met actress Leighton Meester while filming The Oranges in Westchester, New York. They became engaged in November 2013, and married in a private ceremony on February 15, 2014. Their first child, a daughter, was born in 2015. In 2020, the couple revealed they were expecting their second child, a son who was born later that year.



Year Title Role Notes
1999 Random Acts of Violence Student
2001 According to Spencer Tommy
American Pie 2 High school guy Unrated version
2002 The Ring Male teen #1 / "Kellen"
2003 Grind Dustin Knight
Home Security Greg Short film; also writer and producer
Missing Brendan Patrick Calden
2005 Mr. & Mrs. Smith Benjamin Danz
Thank You for Smoking Jack Bein
2007 In the Land of Women Carter Webb
Smiley Face Steve the Dealer
The Ten Stephen Montgomery
2008 Death in Love Talent agent
2009 Jennifer's Body Nikolai Wolf
2010 Cop Out Barry Mangold
The Romantics Jake
2011 Damsels in Distress Charlie Walker
The Oranges Toby Walling
Scream 4 Deputy Hoss
2012 Seeking a Friend for the End of the World Owen
Revenge for Jolly! Danny Fidazzo
2013 Baggage Claim Sam
Lovelace Harry Reems
Some Girl(s) The Man
Welcome to the Jungle Chris
2014 Growing Up and Other Lies Rocks
Life Partners Tim
Think Like a Man Too Isaac
2015 Sleeping with Other People Sam
2016 Showing Roots Bud
Yoga Hosers Ichabod
2017 CHiPs Clay Allen
Big Bear Eric
2018 Isabelle Matt Kane
2019 Jay and Silent Bob Reboot Chronic-Con Hot Topic salesman
Ready or Not Daniel Le Domas
Shazam! Freddy Freeman (adult) Shared role with Jack Dylan Grazer
2020 The Kid Detective Abe Applebaum
Promising Young Woman Jerry
The Last Blockbuster Himself
2022 Scream Partygoer Voice cameo
My Father's Dragon Bob Voice; post-production
2023 Shazam! Fury of the Gods Freddy Freeman (adult) Post-production; shared role with Jack Dylan Grazer


Year Title Role Notes
1999 The Amanda Show Greg Brady Episode: "When Brady's Attack"
2000 City Guys Customer #1 Episode: "Makin' Up is Hard to Do"
Family Law Noel Johnson Episode: "My Brother's Keeper"
Go Fish Billy Episode: "Go Student Council"
Growing Up Brady Barry Williams Television film
Judging Amy Barry Gilmore Episode: "Romeo and Juliet Must Die – Well, Maybe Just Juliet"
Undressed Lucas 3 episodes
2000–2001 Once and Again Coop 3 episodes
2000–2002 The Sausage Factory Zack Altman Main role
2001–2004 Grounded for Life Brian 2 episodes
2002 Smallville Justin Gaines Episode: "Crush"
2002–2003 Gilmore Girls Dave Rygalski Recurring role (season 3)
2003–2007 The O.C. Seth Cohen Main role
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 Burning Love Max Main role (season 2)
House of Lies Nate Hyatt 3 episodes
Kroll Show Joel Faizon Episode: "Ice Dating"
The League Ted Rappaport 4 episodes
2014 New Girl Berkley Episode: "Exes"
2015 Billy and Billie Billy Jones Main role
2016–2018 StartUp Nick Talman Main role; also producer
2018 Urban Myths Jack Lemmon Episode: "Marilyn Monroe and Billy Wilder"
2019–2020 Single Parents Derek Guest role (season 1); recurring role (season 2)
2019 Curfew Max Larssen 4 episodes
2020 Mrs. America Marc Feigen Fasteau Episode: "Phyllis & Fred & Brenda & Marc"
2022 Fleishman Is in Trouble Seth Upcoming miniseries

Awards and nominations

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

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