Who is Adrien Brody?
Adrien Brody has managed to prove his acting prowess through some unforgettable roles in films like ‘The Pianist’ and ‘The Thin Red Line’. Adrien did complete justice to both these strong scripts through his fine performances, and managed to sweep both the audiences and the critics off their feet. In a career spanning almost three decades, Brody has acted in approximately 40 movies, and been nominated for more than a dozen awards for various roles. He remains the youngest actor till date to win the prestigious Academy Award, at the age of 29. Many movie buffs and critics also consider him to be in the same league as legendary actors Al Pacino and Robert De Niro for his unconventional looks and acting skills. Regarding his entry into the field of acting, Adrien says that his parents had turned him towards performing arts at a young age to ‘get rid of his bad company’. Other than acting, hip-hop music is something Brody really adores.
Childhood & Early Life
Adrien Brody was born on April 14, 1973 to parents Elliot Brody and Sylvia Plachy at New York. While father Eliot worked as a history professor and painter, Adrien’s mother was a photojournalist. Though Adrien was half-Jewish and half-Catholic by birth, he wasn’t closely connected to either religion.
As a child Adrien used to accompany his mother on various assignments for the weekly newspaper ‘Village Voice’ where she worked. He feels that this exposure makes him comfortable in front of the camera.
Adrien first joined the ‘I.S 145 Joseph Pulitzer Middle School’ and later moved to the ‘Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School For Performing Arts’ where he pursued acting classes.
Adrien pursued his higher studies from the ‘Stony Brook University’, except for one semester where he went to Queen’s College in New York.
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At the age of thirteen, Adrien appeared in a play which was shown at the ‘Off-Broadway’ theatre in New York. Soon later he was also seen in a film which was aired on ‘PBS Television’.
Adrien’s first feature film appearance was in the 1989 film ‘New York Stories’. Though his role was of less significance, Adrien was lucky to get an opportunity to work on this movie directed by the legendary filmmakers Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, and Woody Allen.
In the early 1990s Adrien was see in supporting roles in various movies such as ‘The Boy Who Cried Bitch’, ‘King of The Hill’, ‘Natural Born Killers’, and ‘Jailbreakers’.
The project which brought Adrien into the limelight was the 1998 war movie ‘The Thin Red Line’. This movie, which was based on an episode which took place during the World War II, saw Adrien essay the role of Colonel Jeffrey Fife, a character of great importance. The movie went on to win many academy awards and won Adrien accolades for his acting.
In 1999, Adrien was seen in the movie ‘Summer of Sam’ which was directed by the famous Hollywood director Spike Lee. Though the movie received mixed reviews by critics and audiences, Adrien’s work was appreciated.
He then appeared in films such as ‘Bread and Roses’, ‘Oxygen’, ‘Harrison’s Flowers’, and ‘The Affair of The Necklace’. However, he’s remembered till date for his role in the 2002 movie ‘The Pianist’. The movie won more than a dozen awards and earned Adrien many accolades including an Oscar.
Adrien was later signed by noted Hollywood director M. Night Shyamalan, known for famous thrillers such as ‘The Sixth Sense’, for the latter’s 2004 psychological thriller film ‘The Village’. Brody played the character ‘Noah Percy’ which was of great significance. The movie went on to become a top grosser at the box office, and was nominated for many awards.
The Very next year Adrien was seen in the high-budget magnum-opus ‘King Kong’, which was a remake of a 1933 movie of the same name. Brody’s character ‘Jack Driscoll’ is the love interest of famous actress Naomi Watts, who played the lead role. ‘King Kong’ went on to become one of the highest grossers of 2005, and earned a little more than $500 Million at the box office.
Adrien shared screen space with noted Hollywood actor Owen Wilson in the 2007 comedy drama film ‘The Darjeeling Limited’. Yet again, Adrien succeeded in winning the hearts of the audiences and critics alike through his portrayal of Peter Whitman.
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In the later years of the 2000s, Adrien starred in various films such as ‘High School’, ‘The Experiment’, ‘Splice’, and ‘Predators’.
A role through which Adrien grabbed the attention of audiences across the world was ‘The Pianist’. Brody won the prestigious Academy award in the ‘Best Actor’ category for his role in the film. Adrien became the first actor under 30 to bad an Oscar, a record which remains unbroken till date.
Awards & Achievements
Adrien shared the ‘Satellite Award’ for ‘Outstanding Motion Picture Ensemble’ in 1999 for the film ‘The Thin Red Line’ along with the other members of the movie’s cast.
Adrien was honoured by the ‘Boston Society Film Critics’ association with an award in the ‘Best Actor’ category in 2002, for his role in ‘The Pianist’.
In 2003, Adrien won the Prestigious Academy award in the ‘Best Actor’ category for his role in the movie ‘The Pianist’. Adrien, who was 29 back then, continues to hold the record for being the youngest actor to bag the honour.
The Same year he was also nominated for a ‘BAFTA award’, a ‘Golden Globe’, and a ‘Chicago Film Critic Association Award’ respectively for his role in the movie ‘The Pianist’.
Adrien was nominated in the ‘Best Ensemble Acting’ category for his films ‘Midnight in Paris’ and ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’, during the years 2011 and 2014 respectively.
He was named the ‘Best Dressed Man in America’ in 2004 by ‘Esquire Magazine’.
Personal Life & Legacy
Adrien met with a motorcycle accident in the year 1992. The impact was devastating and could have even cost Brody his career. However, he recovered after resting for a few months. Since then Adrien has been famous for injuries. He hurt his nose on several occasions, the latest one being during the shoot of the movie ‘Summer of Sam’.
Other than his acting assignments, Brody was also known for his relationship with noted Spanish actress Elsa Pataky. Love blossomed between the two during 2006. Brody even purchased a farm for his then lady love. However, the relationship turned sour later and the couple split in 2009.
Before becoming an actor, Adrien was well-known amongst kids near his home as ‘Amazing Adrien’. The young Adrien used to perform at various birthday parties, and entertain everyone with his magic tricks.