"It made me have a much greater understanding of loss, of loneliness, and the level of intense tragedy that so many people have experienced in this world. I take a lot less for granted. It's really valuable to gain that, especially at a young age." Adrien Brody referring to his portrayal of Jewish pianist Wladislaw Szpilman, Holocaust survivor.
Adrien Brody was so shocked when he won the Oscar for Best Actor in 2001, many may still remember his impromptu kiss to Halle Berry, the presenter. Brody accepted senior rival nominees' phrase from such greats as Jack Nicholson and Nicholas Cage when he won the Oscar and replaced actor Richard Dreyfuss as the youngest actor to win the award. He also became the only actor to win a Best Actor Oscar when nominated alongside four previous Oscar winners. Since his award-winning role in "The Pianist," Brody has become well known as a peace activist. On March 26, 2003, he asked an audience to pray for a swift and peaceful resolution to war in the world.
Recently, Brody attended a weekend program for young people at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. As a big hip-hop fan, Adrien plans on becoming a producer. He is being mentored by RZA and is also featured in an advertising campaign for Diet Coke. In the Hollywood buzz world, Brody was romantically linked to Nicole Kidman but the actress refused to verify the story.
Brody is ready to prove to the world again his talent in Peter Jackson's upcoming remake of the movie "King Kong." Fans are curious to see what kind of movie it will be since Oscar-winner Adrien Brody will be involved. Co-starring with Naomi Watts and funnyman Jack Black, Brody will hopefully impress audiences with his role. The newest "King Kong" is expected to be one of the most complicated special-effects films of all time.
Childhood and Family:
Adrien Brody was born on April 14, 1973, in the New York City neighborhood of Woodhaven, Queens. He is the son of Elliot Brody, a retired history teacher of Polish-Jewish descent who lost family members in the Holocaust. His mother Sylvia Plachy, a prominent photographer, escaped Communist Hungary as a child during the 1956 revolution against Russia. Adrien's upbringing in an intellectual and open family helped make him a positive, compassionate and warm person.
His close relationship with his parents was reflected in his Oscar-winning statement, "My dad told me, 'It takes fifteen years to be an overnight success,' and it took me seventeen and a half years."
"I was a wild, mischievous kid and I had tremendous imagination. Any experience I had, I'd try to reenact it. I always had an actor within me." Adrien Brody
Brody proclaimed himself a magician named "Amazing Adrien" at age five. "I was an amazing Adrien. I may still be at times. In retrospect, I see that was my first performance. And you know a lot about magic is not just the trick, it's the pattern. It's the delivery. It's the presentation. And this is why you're going to be amazed." Adrien Brody
Adrien took acting classes as a youth. By age 13, he had worked in an off-Broadway play and a PBS-TV-movie. Six-year-old Brody made his amateur acting debut as a dwarf in "Snow White" in a summer camp production. He also appeared in photographs taken by his mother.
Brody lives in New York with his Chihuahua named Ceelo and drives a Hummer. His is dating Sky Nellor, but remains single.
Brody finished his studies at the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Art & the Performing Arts in New York, New York and continued to sharpen his talent at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York.
Adrien became widely recognized when he played punk rocker Ritchie in Spike Lee's "Summer of Sam" (1999). But before this small claim to fame, he had already performed in the television movie "Annie McGuire" and the series "Home at Last." In 1991, he starred in "The Boy Who Cried Bitch" and was seen in "King of the Hill (1993)," "Angels in the Outfield" (1994) and "Jailbreakers" (1994, TV movie). In 1996, Brody appeared in 3 films: "Nothing to Lose," "Solo," and "Bullet." His next work included characters in "The Undertaker's Wedding" (1997), "The Last Time I Committed Suicide" (1997), "Restaurant" (1998) and "The Thin Red Line" (1998). Brody appeared in "Summer of Sam," "Liberty Heights," and "Oxygen" in 1999 and "Harrison's Flowers" in 2000. In 2001, he played Sam Saphiro in "Bread and Roses" and was also seen in "Love the Hard Way" and "The Affair of the Necklace."
The actor again showed his potential stay quality in "Dummy" (2002). Roman Polansky cast Brody in his controversial movie "The Pianist" in 2002. To prepare for his starring role, Brody withdrew for months, gave up his apartment and car, lost weight and learned how to play Chopin on the piano. The film became a tremendous hit and awarded Brody with an Oscar for Best Actor.
Brody has been compared to Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino for his acting skills and soulful looks. After "The Pianist," Brody was seen in "The Singing Detective" (2003) and "The Village" (2004). His role in Peter Jackson's "King Kong" and star character in "The Jacket" will be available for viewing in 2005.
"I've never taken a role for money. I felt it would be wrong... not necessarily a career decision... just wrong." Adrien Brody
- BAFTA Awards Nominee: Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, The Pianist, 2003
- Golden Globe Awards Nominee: Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama, The Pianist, 2003
- Screen Actors Guild Awards Nominee: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role, The Pianist, 2003
- Academy Awards: Best Actor in a Leading Role, The Pianist, 2003
- César Awards: Best Actor, The Pianist, 2003
- National Society of Film Critics Awards: Best Actor, The Pianist, 2003
- Boston Society of Film Critics Awards: Best Actor, The Pianist, 2002