Apr. 14th, 1973
New York City, New York, USA
Adrien Brody's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles
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The son of Hungarian-born photographer Sylvia Plachy and retired history professor Elliot Brody, Adrien Brody grew up an only child in the Woodhaven section of Queens, New York, where he accompanied his mother on assignments for the Village Voice. He credits her with making him feel comfortable in front of the camera. He attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts in New York.
Despite a strong performance in The Thin Red Line (1998), time constraints forced the director to edit out much of Adrien's part. In spite of his later work with Spike Lee and Barry Levinson (I), he never became the star many expected he would become until Roman Polanski called on him to play a celebrated Jewish pianist in Nazi-occupied Warsaw. He pulled off a brilliant performance in The Pianist (2002), drawing on the heritage and rare dialect of his Polish grandmother, as well as his father, who lost family members during the Holocaust, and his mother, who fled Communist Hungary as a child during the 1956 uprising against the Soviet Union.
- To prepare for his title role in _The Pianist (2002)_ (qv), he learned to play Chopin on the piano and shed 30 pounds off his already-thin frame. He cut himself off from his real life by giving up his car and apartment because he felt responsible to those Polish Jews who had suffered greatly and wanted to connect, to some small degree, with their hurt and despair.
- In 2004, Esquire Magazine named him the Best Dressed Man in America.
- Close friends with 'Asia Argento' (qv).
- Grew up in the Woodhaven section of Queens in New York.
- Taking acting classes as a youth, by age 13 he had done an off-Broadway play and a PBS-TV movie.
- Admits a shot of his parents in a passionate, back-bending embrace inspired his famous kiss with 'Halle Berry' (qv) at the Oscars in 2003.
- Is a big hip-hop fan and plans on becoming a producer. He is being mentored by The 'RZA (I)' (qv).
- He signed on to make _Bread and Roses (2000)_ (qv) without a script because he trusted the director 'Ken Loach' (qv). Prior to filming, he also went undercover to research life as a union member in Los Angeles, California. He went to conventions and sat in on strike talks. A couple of the members recognized him, but Brody persuaded them not to blow his cover.