Adrien Brody - Rotten Tomatoes

Adrien Brody

Highest Rated:   97% King of the Hill (1993)
Lowest Rated:   0% InAPPropriate Comedy (2013)
Birthplace:   Queens, New York, USA
An actor who hovered far too long on the brink of stardom before getting his due recognition, Adrien Brody spent much of his early career falling victim to the slings and arrows of outrageous PR. Possessing undeniable talent and looks that recall both the wasted elegance of an Aubrey Beardsley illustration and a young and hungry Al Pacino, Brody spent much of the 1990s as a candidate for his generation's "next big thing." But despite roles in two high-profile movies -- Terrence Malick's The Thin Red Line (1998) and Spike Lee's Summer of Sam (1999) -- and the publicity that accompanied them, it was not until Brody was cast as the lead in Roman Polanski's The Pianist (2002) that he won the recognition which had previously eluded him.Born on April 14, 1973, in New York City, Brody was raised in Queens. The son of a schoolteacher and a celebrated photojournalist, he was drawn to acting from an early age. Brody's first taste of show business came when he was 12-years-old and performed as a magician at children's parties; with his mother's encouragement, he subsequently enrolled in acting classes, attending both the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and the High School for the Performing Arts. He found his earliest work in off-Broadway productions, and made his television debut in 1998 with a PBS movie and a turn as Mary Tyler Moore's son in the comedienne's ill-fated sitcom Annie McGuire. Following his professional debut, the actor returned to school and attended a year of college before being cast in Steven Soderbergh's 1993 Depression-era drama King of the Hill. The film, which cast Brody as its protagonist's delinquent mentor, met with wide critical acclaim and presented him with new opportunities. He won roles in several films, including 1994's Angels in the Outfield and 1997's The Last Time I Committed Suicide, a paean to the beat generation that co-starred Keanu Reeves, Gretchen Mol, and Claire Forlani. That same year, Brody had lead parts in The Undertaker's Wedding and Six Ways to Sunday, two fairly obscure films that paved the way for both more high-profile work and a turn as one of Vanity Fair's "Hot, Young, and Full of Fun" cover boys. With the 1999 cover and principal roles in two highly anticipated films, The Thin Red Line and Summer of Sam, Brody seemed perfectly positioned to step into the limelight. Unfortunately, his scenes in the former ended up on the cutting room floor, victims of time constraints. But Brody's turn as a bisexual punk in the latter earned positive notices, and was hailed by numerous critics as one of the strongest points in Lee's flawed but compelling film. Brody continued to do solid work in films like Barry Levinson's Liberty Heights (1999) and Ken Loach's Bread and Roses (2000), but it wasn't until he was cast as the eponymous protagonist of Roman Polanksi's The Pianist that critics -- and the Academy -- really took notice of his work. For his portrayal of the real-life Wladyslaw Szpilman, a Polish pianist struggling to survive the Holocaust in the Warsaw Ghetto, Brody invested himself mentally, emotionally, and physically in the role, and was rewarded for his dedication with numerous honors, including the French César and an Oscar that made him the youngest-ever recipient of the Best Actor award. Many observers felt the quality of his performance in the film was matched by that of his acceptance speech, given only days after the U.S. went to war with Iraq: after bestowing a long kiss on a very surprised Halle Berry, who presented him with the award, he went on to give a speech that managed to combine heartfelt gratitude with an eloquent plea for peace and goodwill. It was an accomplishment that brought much of the ceremony's audience to a standing ovation and ensured that although fame had eluded him in the past, Brody had finally and deservedly won his time in the limelight.Brody followed up his triumph as The Village idiot in M. Night Shyamalan's allegorical film, and starred in the little-


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Air Strike
  • Steve
31% Enemy Territory (Septembers Of Shiraz)
  • Executive Producer
  • Isaac
36% Manhattan Night (Manhattan Nocturne)
  • Porter Wren
  • Producer
29% Backtrack
  • Peter Bower
35% Dragon Blade (Tian jiang xiong shi)
  • Tiberius
$72.9k 2015
13% American Heist
  • Frankie
24% Third Person
  • Scott
$0.7M 2014
91% The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Dmitri
$57M 2014
No Score Yet Houdini
  • Harry Houdini
No Score Yet Motor City
  • Actor
0% InAPPropriate Comedy
  • Flirty Harry ('Flirty Harry')
$0.2M 2013
64% Love, Marilyn
  • Actor
$2.9k 2012
36% Back to 1942
  • Theodore E. White
$0.3M 2012
26% High School
  • Psycho Ed
$0.1M 2012
57% Detachment
  • Henry Barthes
$49.4k 2012
93% Midnight in Paris
  • Salvador Dali
$55.5M 2011
48% Wrecked
  • The Man
  • Executive Producer
$5.3k 2011
65% Predators
  • Royce
$52.1M 2010
75% Splice
  • Clive Nicoli
$17M 2010
No Score Yet The Experiment
  • Travis
No Score Yet Courier
  • Executive Producer
  • Actor
92% Fantastic Mr. Fox
  • Field Mouse
$21.1M 2009
No Score Yet A Matador's Mistress (Manolete)
  • Manuel Rodriguez Sanchez 'Manolete'
67% The Brothers Bloom
  • Bloom
$3.5M 2009
No Score Yet Giallo
  • Det. Enzo Avolfi
  • Executive Producer
66% Cadillac Records
  • Leonard Chess
$8.2M 2008
69% The Darjeeling Limited
  • Peter
$11.9M 2007
68% Hollywoodland
  • Louis Simo
$14.3M 2006
No Score Yet The Doctor, the Tornado & the Kentucky Kid
  • Actor
No Score Yet Fade to Red
  • Actor
84% King Kong
  • Jack Driscoll
$218.2M 2005
No Score Yet King Kong: Peter Jackson's Production Diaries
  • Actor
44% The Jacket
  • Jack Starks
$6.3M 2005
No Score Yet Gumball 3000: 6 Days in May
  • Actor
44% The Village
  • Noah Percy
$114.2M 2004
No Score Yet Buried Secret Of M. Night Shyamalan
  • Actor
39% The Singing Detective
  • First Hood
$0.3M 2003
70% Dummy
  • Steven Schoichet
28% Love the Hard Way
  • Jack
95% The Pianist
  • Wladyslaw Szpilman
$32.6M 2002
49% Harrison's Flowers
  • Eric Kyle
$1.7M 2002
15% The Affair of the Necklace
  • Count Nicolas de la Motte
67% Bread and Roses
  • Sam
77% Restaurant
  • Chris Calloway
87% Liberty Heights
  • Van Kurtzman
77% Oxygen
  • Harry
51% Summer of Sam
  • Ritchie
36% Six Ways to Sunday
  • Arnie Finklestein
80% The Thin Red Line
  • Cpl. Fife
No Score Yet The Undertaker's Wedding
  • Mario Bellini
No Score Yet Bullet
  • Ruby
6% Solo
  • Bill Stewart
No Score Yet The Last Time I Committed Suicide
  • Ben
No Score Yet Bullet Hearts
  • Actor
44% Ten Benny
  • Ray
33% Angels in the Outfield
  • Danny Hemmerling
97% King of the Hill
  • Lester
73% New York Stories
  • Mel
$10.8M 1989
No Score Yet Home at Last
  • Billy


95% Peaky Blinders
  • Luca Changretta
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
  • Guest
  • 2016
44% Houdini
  • Harry Houdini
  • 2014
No Score Yet The View
  • Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
  • Guest
  • 2010
  • 2004
  • 2003
No Score Yet Punk'd
  • Appearing
  • 2005
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
  • Guest
  • 2005
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
  • Host
  • Guest
  • 2003

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