Adrien Brody Biography

Adrien Brody Biography

Adrien Brody, known for his work as a film and stage actor, has appeared in numerous films throughout his career. He is particularly renowned for his portrayal of a Jewish pianist in the 2002 film The Pianist, which earned him the distinction of being the youngest-ever recipient of an Oscar.

Early Life

Born on April 14, 1973, in New York, Adrien Brody’s parents were Elliot Brody, a history professor, and Sylvia Plachy, a photojournalist. Brody demonstrated his creative talent from an early age, assisting his mother in her work. His parents enrolled him in the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, where he performed in several stage productions and magic shows as a child. Brody later attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Art before studying at Stony Brook University following his high school education.

During the early stages of his career, Adrien Brody starred in films such as “Drama King of the Hill” (1993), “Angels in the Outfield” (1994), and “The Last Time I Committed Suicide” (1997), but these roles did not lead to widespread fame. However, in 2002, he was cast by Roman Polanski in the film “The Pianist” as a Jewish musician in Nazi-occupied Poland. Brody’s powerful and captivating performance in this film earned him an Academy Award for Best Actor, making him the youngest actor to receive this prestigious award and propelling him to stardom.

Following his Oscar win, Brody continued to act in films such as “Dummy” (2003), where he played a ventriloquist, and “The Village” (2003), where he portrayed a disabled man. He also appeared in “The Jacket” (2005), “King Kong” (2005), “Hollywoodland” (2006), “Splice” (2010), “Predators” (2010), and “Midnight in Paris” (2011).

In addition to his acting career, Brody also worked as a director and producer. He demonstrated his artistic abilities with his work “Tiger on Last Legs,” which received critical acclaim.

Brody was in a relationship with Spanish actress Elsa Pataky until 2009, and in 2013, he began dating Lara Lieto. Brody also portrayed the great magician Harry Houdini in the History Channel miniseries “Houdini,” for which he received nominations for both an Emmy and a Screen Actors Guild Award.


  • Full Name: Adrien Brody
  • Born: April 14, 1973
  • Birth Place: Woodhaven, New York City, NY, U.S.
  • Height: 6′ 1″
  • Nationality: American
  • Awards: Academy Award for Best Actor, More


Parents: Elliot Brody, Sylvia Plachy

Filmography of Adrien Brody

  • Home at Last(1988)
  • The Boy Who Cried Bitch (1991)
  • Nothing to Lose (1996)
  • The Last Time I Committed Suicide (1997)
  • Liberty Heights (1999)
  • Dummy (2002)
  • The Jacket (2005)
  • Hollywoodland (2006)
  • The Darjeeling Limited (2007)
  • A Matador’s Mistress (2008)
  • The Experiment (2010)
  • Midnight in Paris (2011)
  • Breakthrough (2015)
  • Emperor (2015) (2016)
  • Unchained (2017)

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