Adam Jared Brody (born December 15, 1979) is an American film and television actor and part-time musician. He began his career in 1995, appearing on Gilmore Girls as Dave Rygalski and other series, and subsequently came to fame for his role as Seth Cohen on The O.C. Brody later appeared in several film roles, including Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Thank You for Smoking, Jennifer's Body, In the Land of Women, Cop Out, and Scream 4.
Brody was born in Carlsbad, San Diego County, California, the oldest son of Valerie (née Siefman), a graphic artist, and Mark Brody, a lawyer. His parents, both Jewish, were originally from Detroit, Michigan. He has younger twin brothers, Sean and Matt. Brody attended Wangenheim Middle School and Scripps Ranch High School, receiving "poor grades", and grew up in suburban San Diego, spending time surfing. He has said that while he was not a "Casanova", he had "cute girlfriends" and "pretty much lived at the beach". Brody attended community college for one year and dropped out at the age of nineteen, moving to Hollywood in order to become an actor. He subsequently hired an acting coach and signed with a manager.
Brody lives in Los Angeles.
Brody plays drums for the band Big Japan with actor Bret Harrison. He writes screenplays and songs during his spare time and has co-written, along with Danny Bilson and Paul DiMeo, a comic book miniseries for Wildstorm Comics called Red Menace. Brody has also volunteered as an actor with the Young Storytellers Program, which is dedicated to developing literacy, self-expression and self-esteem in elementary school children.
Brody has described himself as a "fake intellectual" and his sense of humor as sarcastic. He is a secular Jew and has stated that he "couldn't be less religious".
Brody has said that when he moved to Hollywood he became "more nerdy" and embraced his "neurotic side"
He dated The O.C. co-star Rachel Bilson for three years. The relationship ended in December 2006. He dated screenwriter Lorene Scafaria from 2010 to 2011. In February 2013, it was reported that Brody had been dating The Oranges co-star Leighton Meester "for weeks."