Birth: 14-04-1973 , Queens, New York, U.S.A.
Brody was born in Woodhaven, Queens, New York, the son of Sylvia Plachy, a photojournalist, and Elliot Brody, a retired history professor and painter. Brody's father is of Polish-Jewish descent; Brody's mother - who was raised Catholic - was born in Budapest, Hungary, the daughter of a Catholic Hungarian aristocrat father and a Czech Jewish mother. Brody was raised "without a strong connection to" Judaism and Catholicism. As a child, he performed magic shows at children's birthday parties as "The Amazing Adrien". He attended the I.S. 145 Joseph Pulitzer middle school and New York's Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts (famous as the inspiration for television's 'Fame'). His parents enrolled him in acting classes to distance him from the dangerous children with whom he associated. He attended summer camp at Long Lake Camp for the Arts in the Adirondacks in upstate New York. Brody attended New York's Queens College from 1991 to 1993, majoring in Performance Art, but returned to acting before graduation.

In 1992, Brody was seriously hurt in a motorcycle accident in which he flew over a car and crashed head-first into a crosswalk. He spent months recuperating. He has broken his nose three times doing stunts. His nose was broken once again during the filming of 'Summer of Sam'.

Taking acting classes as a youth, by age thirteen, he had done an Off-Broadway play and a PBS-TV-movie. Brody hovered on the brink of stardom, receiving an Independent Spirit Award nomination for his role in the 1998 film Restaurant and later praise for his roles in Spike Lee's 'Summer of Sam' and Terrence Malick's 'The Thin Red Line'. He received widespread recognition when he was cast as the lead in Roman Polanski's 'The Pianist' (2002). To prepare for the role, Brody withdrew for months, gave up his apartment and his car, was left by his then-girlfriend, learned how to play Chopin on the piano, and lost 29 lbs (13 kg). The role won him an Academy Award for Best Actor, making him, at 29, the youngest actor ever to win the award and to date the only winner under the age of 30. He also won a César Award for his performance. He is also widely known for giving presenter Halle Berry a back-breaking kiss before accepting his Best Actor Oscar and as the spokesman for fashion brand Ermenegildo Zegna.

Brody appeared on Saturday Night Live on May 10, 2003, his first TV work, but he was banned from the show after giving an improvised introduction while wearing faux dreadlocks for Jamaican reggae musical guest Sean Paul (the show's producer, Lorne Michaels, is notorious for hating unscripted performances). However, the unscripted intro remains in reruns of the episode. Other TV appearances include NBC's 'The Today Show' and on MTV's 'Punk'd' after being tricked by Ashton Kutcher.

After 'The Pianist', Brody appeared in four very different movies. In 'Dummy' (released in 2003 but originally shot in 2000, just prior to his work in 'The Pianist') he portrayed Steven Schoichet, a socially awkward aspiring ventriloquist in pursuit of a love interest (his employment counsellor). He learned ventriloquism and puppetry for the role (under the tutelage of actor/ventriloquist Alan Semok) convincingly enough to perform all of the voice stunts and puppet manipulation live on set in real time, with no subsequent post dubbing. He played Noah Percy, a mentally disabled young man, in the movie 'The Village, by M. Night Shyamalan, shell-shocked war veteran Jack Starks in 'The Jacket', writer Jack Driscoll in the 2005' King Kong' remake and father-to-be Peter Whitman in 'The Darjeeling Limited' by Wes Anderson. 'King Kong' was both critical and box office success. Additionally, Brody played a detective in 'Hollywoodland'. He has also appeared in Diet Coke and Schweppes commercials as well as Tori Amos' music video for "A Sorta Fairytale".

On January 5, 2006, Brody confirmed speculation that he indeed was interested and very willing to play the role of The Joker in 2008's 'The Dark Knight'. However, Christopher Nolan and Warner Bros. decided instead to cast Heath Ledger in the role. He was also in talks with Paramount to play Spock in J. J. Abrams 'Star Trek XI' but it ultimately went to Zachary Quinto. Brody starred with Mark Ruffalo as gentlemen con men in Rian Johnson's 'The Brothers Bloom, released in May 2009. Also in 2009 was the box-office release of 'Splice', a science fiction film written and directed by Vincenzo Natali. Most recently, he played the star role of Royce in 'Predators' (a sequel to the original Predator), directed by Nimród Antal and produced by Robert Rodriguez.

In 2011, Brody starred in a Stella Artois beer ad called “Crying Jean,” that premiered right after half-time of the Super Bowl XLV as part of Stella's "She Is a Thing of Beauty” campaign.