Scott Mechlowicz is an American actor, best known for his performance as 'Scott "Scotty" Thomas' in the classic teen sex comedy 'EuroTrip.' An alumnus of the 'University of Los Angeles, California' (UCLA), he has appeared in only a handful of projects. However, Mechlowicz’s projects speak volumes of his talent. Even though he does not have a long filmography, his performances have been diverse. He has been part of movies of different genres. Mechlowicz has convincingly played the real-life aspiring gymnast Dan Millman in 'Peaceful Warrior,' the evil 'Jesse' in 'Eden,' and the mysterious 'Taylor' in 'Gone.' He has been outstanding in each of the characters and has displayed his versatility as an actor.
Childhood & Early Life
Scott David Mechlowicz was born on January 17, 1981, in New York City, U.S., to Susan Lehrman, a respiratory therapist, and Morris Mechlowicz. He grew up in Plano, Texas. His was a close-knit Jewish family.
Scott attended the 'Plano Senior High School' and graduated in 1999. He then studied at the 'University of Texas' in Austin, for one semester. Mechlowicz then joined the ‘UCLA’ and graduated in 2003, with an honors degree from the 'Conservatory Acting Program.'
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Mechlowicz made his acting debut with the 2004 teen sex comedy 'EuroTrip,' which is regarded as one of cult classics in its genre. The movie was nominated in the 'Movie Your Parents Don't Want You to See' category at the 'Teen Choice Awards.' The movie featured him as 'Scott "Scotty" Thomas,' a fresh high-school graduate who, in the movie, mistakenly considered his German pen pal 'Mieke' as homosexual.
He starred in the independent, dark, coming-of-age psychological drama 'Mean Creek,' as 'Marty Blank,' the oldest in the group of teenagers in the film. 'Mean Creek' was filmed in 2003 but had a limited theatrical release on August 20, 2004. The film was largely applauded by critics, and Mechlowicz bagged an 'Independent Spirit Award' for his performance.
In 2004, he briefly featured as the love interest of Shiri Appleby in the music video for the song 'I Don't Want to Be' sung by Gavin Degraw. That year, he guest-starred in an episode of the premier season of the 'Fox' medical drama 'House.' Mechlowicz was seen playing 'Dan,' a young lacrosse player, hallucinating after suffering a head injury.
Mechlowicz starred in the 2006 drama film 'Peaceful Warrior,' alongside Nick Nolte and Amy Smart. He portrayed real-life American author, lecturer, and high-school gymnast Dan Millman. Millman wrote the book 'Way of the Peaceful Warrior,' which inspired the film. The film revolved around his life as a gymnast aspiring to win a 'National Championship' competition. To get into the skin of the character, Mechlowicz underwent rigorous athletic training, which was grueling for someone non-athletic like him.
His next release was the 2007 British–Australian psychological thriller 'Gone,' starring alongside Amelia Warner. The film featured him as 'Taylor,' a mysterious and charismatic American, turning into a suspect for forcefully imposing friendship on a group of tourists.
He starred (as 'Travis') along with Alona Tal, Yancey Arias, Kevin Weisman, and Peter Stormare in the 2010 independent horror–thriller 'Undocumented.' They played filmmakers filming a documentary on illegal Mexican immigrants.
That year, Mechlowicz also appeared in the romantic drama 'Waiting for Forever,' in which he played Tom Sturridge's ('Will Donner') brother, 'Jim.'
He starred alongside Paz Vega and Janet McTeer in the 2011 comedy–action film 'Cat Run.' He played 'Anthony Hester' in the film and reprised the role in its 2014 direct-to-video sequel.
Mechlowicz also starred alongside Beau Bridges and Jamie Chung in the 2012 drama film 'Eden' (also known as 'Abduction of Eden'), which revolved around the alarming issue of human trafficking and was based on a true story. The movie was featured at the 'South by Southwest Film Festival' in Austin, Texas, in March that year. The film featured him as ‘Jesse,’ a charming boy used as a bait to lure young girls into sex trafficking.
He played 'Bryan' in the 2015 supernatural horror feature 'Demonic' and 'Phil' in the 2018 film 'Mad Genius.'