Adam Brody Net Worth and Salary: Adam Brody is an American film and television actor and part-time musician who has a net worth of $16 million. This is a net worth combined with his wife, actress Leighton Meester. Adam began his career with television appearances on shows such as “Once and Again” and “Gilmore Girls.” His most prominent television role was as Seth Cohen on The O.C., which ran for four years. Since then he has appeared in films such as ‘Land of Women’, ‘Mr and Mrs Smith’ and ‘Cop Out’. As a musician, Brody co-founded Los Angeles indie rock band Big Japan. He is the main drummer.
Early life and career beginnings: Adam Brody was born in 1979 in San Diego, California to graphic artist Valerie and attorney Mark, Jewish parents originally from Detroit, Michigan. Brody’s twin brothers, Matthew and Sean, were born in 1985. Growing up in suburban San Diego, he attended Wangenheim Middle School and Scripps Ranch High School, mostly getting poor grades. He later attended a year of community college, eventually dropping out at 19 to pursue an acting career in Hollywood.
In 1999, Brody made his film debut with a small role in “Random Acts of Violence” and appeared on television for the first time in an episode of Nickelodeon’s “The Amanda Show.” In 2000, after a year of training and auditions, he was cast in the lead role of Barry Williams in the television movie Growing Up Brady, about the production of the ABC sitcom The Brady Bunch. Also in 2000, Brody appeared in episodes of the sitcoms “City Guys” and “Go Fish,” the legal dramas “Family Law” and “Judging Amy,” and the MTV anthology series “Undressed.”
Early TV Career and “The OC”: In 2002, Brody had a starring role in the sitcom “The Sausage Factory”; Originally released in Canada, it aired in the US on MTV. After this, Brody was in episodes of the Fox sitcom “Grounded for Life” and the superhero series “Smallville”. His first major role in a television series came when he was cast in the recurring role of Dave Rygalski on The WB’s Gilmore Girls. However, it was in 2003 that Brody had his real breakout role, playing the socially awkward but quick-tempered Seth Cohen on Fox’s teen drama The OC. consequently, he became the first man on the cover of Elle Girl magazine.
Film career: While still on “The OC,” Brody began appearing more in movies. His credits at the time included the skateboarding comedy “Grind”; action comedy with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie “Mr. & Mrs. Smith”; the satire “Thanks for Smoking”; and the romantic drama In the Land of Women, in which he played a writer who comes to Michigan to care for his ailing grandmother. Brody was also in the cannabis comedy ‘Smiley Face’ and the anthology film ‘The Ten’.
After “The OC” ended, Brody moved on to a full-time career in film. In 2008, he played a talent agent in the erotic thriller “Death in Love”, and in 2009, he played the male lead Nikolai Wolf in the comedy horror film “Jennifer’s Body”. Films followed including Cop Out, an action comedy starring Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan; the Romanian comedy “The Romantics”; the Whit Stillman comedy “Damsels in Distress”; the ensemble romcom “The Oranges”; horror sequel “Scream 4”; and the apocalyptic drama “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World,” starring Keira Knightley and Steve Carell. Brody’s later credits included ‘Baggage Claim’, ‘Lovelace’, ‘Welcome to the Jungle’
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Later television career: In 2011, Brody lent his voice to the adult animated sitcom Good Vibes, which ran on MTV for one season before being canceled. Brody later had a big year on television in 2013. He appeared in an episode of the sketch comedy ‘Kroll Show’ and had recurring roles on the sitcom ‘The League’ and the Showtime comedy series ‘House of Lies’ , in which he played the CEO of a sex toy company. That same year, Brody starred in 10 episodes of “Burning Love,” a series that parodies reality dating competition shows.
Brody’s subsequent television credits included “New Girl,” “Billy and Billie,” “Urban Myths” and the Hulu original miniseries “Mrs. America”. From 2016 to 2018, he starred in and produced the streaming series ‘StartUp’. Brody also had recurring roles on the short-lived ABC sitcom “Single Parents” and the dystopian action series “Curfew,” which features a large ensemble cast.
Big Japan and Comics Writing: Outside of acting, Brody is the lead drummer for the indie band Big Japan, which he founded in 2005 with Brad Babinski, Nathaniel Castro and Bret Harrison. The band’s debut release, “Music for Dummies”, was released digitally that year. From 2005 to 2007, Big Japan played at various festivals and pubs including Bamboozle Left, The Roxy and Spaceland. In 2010, Brody began playing drums in the band The Shortcoats; his first EP, This Time Last Year, was released in 2011.
Along with Danny Bilson and Paul De Meo, Brody contributed to the comic book miniseries “Red Menace” in 2007. Produced for DC’s Wildstorm Comics, the limited series ran for six issues.
Personal life: Adam dated his OC co-star Rachel Bilson for several years during and after the show ended.
While filming “The Oranges” in Westchester, New York in 2010, Brody met and began dating actress Leighton Meester. The two got engaged in 2013 and married in early 2014. The following year, they had a daughter, Arlo. Brody and Meester welcomed their second child, a son, in 2020.
immobility : In 2014, shortly after their marriage, the Brody-Meesters spent $2.4 million on a three-acre property in the mountains above Malibu. Technically located in the town of Topanga, they listed this home for sale in February 2020 for $3.25 million. In December 2019, Adam and Leighton spent $6.5 million on a nearly 6,000-square-foot home in the Pacific Palisades neighborhood of Los Angeles.