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Adrien Brody


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Birth Date: Saturday, April 14, 1973
Gender: Male

Actor Biography

Adrien Brody is an Oscar-winning American actor best known for his lead role in the movie The Pianist (2002).

He was born in New York to Elliot Brody (a retired history professor) and Sylvia Plachy (a photojournalist).

His father is Jewish and his mother, who was born in Hungary, was raised Catholic, although Brody's maternal grandmother was also Jewish.

Brody attended 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 kids with whom he associated.

In 1992, Brody was seriously hurt in a motorcycle accident in which he flew over a car and crashed feet-first into a crosswalk. He spent months recuperating. An avid daredevil, he has broken his nose several times doing off-the-wall stunts.

Brody hovered on the brink of stardom, receiving praise for his roles in Spike Lee's Summer of Sam and Terrence Malick's The Thin Red Line.

He finally received widespread recognition when he was cast as the lead in Roman Polanski's The Pianist (2002). The role won him an Academy Award for Best Actor, the youngest actor ever to win the award.

To prepare for the role, Brody withdrew for months, gave up his apartment and his car, learned how to play Chopin on the piano, and lost 13 kg (29 lb). The stress of filming also reportedly led him to break up with his then long-term girlfriend.

He played Noah Percy, a mentally disabled young man in the movie The Village by M. Night Shyamalan, shell-shocked war veteran Jack Starks in The Jacet, and writer Jack Driscoll, in the 2005 King Kong remake by Peter Jackson.

He has also appeared in Diet Coke commercials.

Some critics have argued Brody's choices of roles do not reflect a sufficient maturity for an Oscar winner. Brody for his part has said he simply chooses roles that "look like fun."

Actor Trivia

*Brody appeared on Saturday Night Live on May 10, 2003, his first TV work, but he was banned from the show after giving an improvised introduction for musical guest Sean Paul (the show's producer, Lorne Michaels, is infamous for hating unscripted performances)

*Has great appreciation for hip-hop. Like Beatnuts, one of his favorite groups, Brody is also from Queens.

*In 2004, Esquire Magazine named him the Best Dressed Man in America.

*Owned and drove a 'Hummer', which is famous in Hollywood for being Arnold Schwartzenegger's favorite vehicle. It did ten miles per gallon, and was originally designed for warfare.

*His father, Elliot Brody, is a retired history teacher of Polish-Jewish descent who lost family members in the Holocaust. His mother Sylvia Plachy, the renown photographer, fled Communist Hungary as a child during the 1956 revolution against Russia.

*Admits a shot of his parents in a passionate, back-bending embrace inspired his famous kiss with Halle Berry at the Oscars.

*Has been compared to Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino for his unconventional acting skills and unique looks.

*He was furious when his nose was broken during the final fight in "Summer of Sam", but when he had it fixed, he didn't change it. That nose is now Brody's most identifying feature and sets him apart from other actors.
Character Show
Jack Driscoll King Kong (2005)
Jack Starks The Jacket - Season 1
Wladyslaw Szpilman The Pianist - Season 1

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