Adrien Brody (born April 14th, 1973) is an Academy Award-winning American actor and producer. Brody grew up in Queens, New York City. His mother is Sylvia Plachy, a renowned Hungarian photographer who Brody credits with making him comfortable being in front of the camera. Brody remained on the cusp of stardom for many years until he was launched into recognition with Roman Polanski's 2002 film, The Pianist, a biopic of Władysław Szpilman during World War II which earned Brody much critical acclaim and an Academy Award for Best Actor, as well as nominations for a Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and BAFTA award. Brody holds the distinction of being the youngest ever winner of the Best Actor Oscar and the only American to ever win a Cesar, the French equivalent to an Oscar.Brody is known for his unconventional looks and even more unconventional roles, appearing in such films as The Thin Red Line, Predators, The Brothers Bloom, The Darjeeling Limited, Summer of Sam, King Kong (2005), The Village, The Jacket, Hollywoodland, and Splice, and he has worked with such directors as M. Night Shyamalan, Terrence Malick, Spike Lee, Wes Anderson, Dario Argento, Woody Allen, Peter Jackson and Steven Soderbergh. He has also appeared in commercials for Diet Coke, Schweppes, Stella Artois and Gillette razors.
- Funny Character, Boring Actor: Inverted. He has a tendency to play solemn, stoic characters who perpetually seem to be at the verge of tears. He accepted his Academy Award by planting a Big Damn Kiss on Halle Berry, and appeared at the next year's ceremony to present the Academy Award for Best Actress with breath spray in hand.
- Gag Nose: His large, angular hooter is a major contributor to his distinctive appearance.
- Persona Non Grata: He's been banned from hosting Saturday Night Live because he improvised an introduction for musical guest Sean Paul in which he was dressed in dreadlocks and rambled in a Jamaican accent. While most viewers did consider this the high point of the episode, Lorne Michaels' Berserk Button for guests is doing a bit without his express permission.