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Adrien Brody

Adrien Brody won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of real-life Holocaust survivor Wladislaw Szpilman in Roman Polanski's The Pianist, to date the youngest person garnering the Oscar in that category. Brody's performance also earned him Best Actor honors from the National Society of Film Critics and the Boston Society of Film Critics, and nominations for a Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and BAFTA Award. He is also the only non-French citizen to win the prestigious C├ęsar Award, France's equivalent to the Oscar.

Brody has recently completed work on several features awaiting release, including director Nimrod Antal's action film Predators, playing the lead role of Royce; starring as Spain's most famous bullfighter in writer/director Menno Meyjes romantic drama Manolete, with Penelope Cruz; the comedy High School, for writer/director John Stalberg Jr., playing Psycho Ed; writer/director Paul Scheuring's drama The Experiment, starring as Travis Hunt opposite Forest Whitaker; and the thriller Wrecked, for director Michael Greenspan, in the lead role of The Man.

Brody was born and raised in New York City, where he studied drama at LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He first came to prominence playing a leading role in director Steven Soderbergh's feature King of the Hill, as well as starring in director Eric Bross' features Ten Benny and Restaurant. The latter earned Brody an Independent Spirit Award nomination.

He has worked with some of the most highly regarded directors in the industry, and played leading roles in more than 25 films, including Terrence Malick's The Thin Red Line, Spike Lee's Summer of Sam, Barry Levinson's Liberty Heights, Ken Loach's Bread and Roses, Elie Chouraqui's Harrison's Flowers, Peter Sehr's Love the Hard Way, John Maybury's The Jacket, Peter Jackson's King Kong, Allen Coulter's Hollywoodland, Wes Anderson's The Darjeeling Limited, Darnell Martin's Cadillac Records and Rian Johnson's The Brothers Bloom.

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Adrien Brody Facts

BirthdayApril 14, 1973 (50)
BirthplaceNew York, New York, USA
Height6' 1½" (1m87)  How tall is Adrien Brody compared to you?
Awards2003 Academy Awards: Best Actor (for The Pianist)

Selected Filmography

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