Adam Scott (actor)

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Adam Scott
BornAdam Paul Scott[1]
(1973-04-03) April 3, 1973 (age 41)
Santa Cruz, California, U.S.
Years active1994–present
Spouse(s)Naomi Sablan (m. 2005)
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Adam Scott
BornAdam Paul Scott[1]
(1973-04-03) April 3, 1973 (age 41)
Santa Cruz, California, U.S.
Years active1994–present
Spouse(s)Naomi Sablan (m. 2005)

Adam Paul Scott (born April 3, 1973) is an American film and television actor. He is perhaps best known for his role as Ben Wyatt in the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation. Scott has also appeared as Derek in the movie Step Brothers, Henry Pollard in the Starz sitcom Party Down, and as FBI Agent McPherson in Torque.

Early life[edit]

Scott was born on April 3, 1973 in Santa Cruz, California,[2] the son of Anne (née Quartara)[3] and Douglas Scott.[4] He has two older siblings, Shannon and David. Scott has said that his brother David "looks like me but is far more cerebral and inherited the intellect of our parents," both of whom are retired teachers.[5] He graduated from Harbor High School[6] and he is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles, California.[7]


One of his earliest roles was in Hellraiser: Bloodline. He has appeared in several feature films, including Who Loves the Sun (2006), Monster-in-Law (2005), The Aviator (2004), Torque (2004), High Crimes (2002), Star Trek: First Contact (1996), and The Lesser Evil (1998). In 2007-08, he had a cameo as a nurse in Knocked Up, and played Will Ferrell's character's biological brother Derek in Step Brothers, as well as Josh in the dot-com drama August. Scott played a supporting role in Alexandre Aja's remake Piranha 3-D,[8] playing a character similar to Bradford Dillman's character from the original. He also played Jeremy in Leap Year. Scott's name appears next to Jon Hamm's in the movie Anchorman in one of the broadcast's credits. In an appearance on G4's Attack of the Show program on April 21, 2011, Scott confirmed that this was due to his and Hamm's friendship with producer Shauna Robertson, who put their names in the credits as an Easter egg. He played Ted Hendricks, Walter Mitty's boss, in the 2013 remake of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.

He appeared in the films Our Idiot Brother (2011) as Jeremy[9] and Bachelorette. He also starred as Jason Fryman in Friends with Kids (2012) alongside real-life friends Jennifer Westfeldt and Hamm.

Alongside recurring Party Down guest star J.K. Simmons, Scott starred as Caleb Sinclaire in the 2009 film The Vicious Kind in a more dramatic role than his previous comedic endeavors. Though the film itself was met with mixed reviews, Scott's own performance was held in much higher regard. For his efforts, Scott won two individual awards at two separate film festivals, with writer and director Lee Toland Krieger winning one as well. Scott starred in the film Passenger Side, released on DVD on October 26, 2010. Who Loves The Sun, the film was his second collaboration with writer-director Matt Bissonnette.[10]

Adam Scott's film A.C.O.D., which co-stars Amy Poehler, premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Scott was quoted saying that Poehler "is one of my favorite people in the world. She's the best" about his television and now, movie co-star.[11]


On television, he appeared as Griff Hawkins in the series Boy Meets World and Josh on Party of Five, as well as David's love interest, Ben Cooper, on Six Feet Under. He played Palek on the HBO drama Tell Me You Love Me (2007). Scott played a cocaine-addicted, delirious baseball front office representative in the first and second seasons of the HBO series, Eastbound & Down. From 2009 to 2010 he appeared on the Starz network show Party Down, created by Rob Thomas. His role as Henry Pollard in Party Down earned him an Entertainment Weekly Ewwy nomination for Best Actor in a Comedy Series in 2009.[12] In 2010 he left Party Down and joined the cast of NBC's Parks and Recreation.[13]

He has appeared in the Adult Swim comedy Childrens Hospital. He was also on the show NTSF:SD:SUV::, in the episode "The Risky Business of Being Alone in Your Home", and the annual Adult Swim special The Greatest Event in Television History. Scott has also appeared in the Comedy Central television show Nick Swardson's Pretend Time, as a newscaster in the episode "Relapse into Refreshment". He has appeared in a series of commercials for ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball.



1994Cityscrapes: Los AngelesJoe
1996Hellraiser: BloodlineJacques
1996The Last Days of Frankie the FlyRace Track Valet
1996Star Trek: First ContactDefiant Conn Officer
1997Dinner and DrivingLarry
1997PaybackAdam StanfillTelevision movie
1998The Lesser EvilYoung George
1998HairshirtFan at Bar
1999SagamoreAlexTelevision movie
1999Winding RoadsBrian CalhounTelevision movie
2001Date SquadFredShort film
2001Seven and a MatchPeter
2002RonnieRonnie Schwann
2002High CrimesLt. Terrence Embry
2002BleachFultonShort film
2003Something MoreSaulShort film
2003Two DaysStu
2004TorqueFBI Agent McPherson
2004Off the LipDavid
2004The AviatorJohnny Meyer
2005The MatadorPhil Garrison
2006Art School ConfidentialMarvin Bushmiller
2006First SnowTom Morelane
2006Who Loves the SunDaniel Bloom
2006The ReturnKurt
2007Knocked UpSamuel - Nurse
2008The Great Buck HowardAlan Berkman
2008AugustJoshua Sterling
2008Corporate AffairsJack Hightower
2008Step BrothersDerek
2008Lovely, StillMike Malone
2009The Vicious KindCaleb SinclaireNominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead
2009Passenger SideMichael
2010Operation: EndgameMagician
2010AIDS: We Did It!UnknownShort film
2010Leap YearJeremy
2010Piranha 3-DNovak
2011Fight for Your Right RevisitedCab DriverShort film
2011The TerrysNarratorShort film
2011Our Idiot BrotherJeremy
2011Friends with KidsJason Fryman
2012HJ GlovesUnknownShort film
2012See Girl RunJason
2012The Guilt TripAndrew Margolis, Jr.
2013The Secret Life of Walter MittyTed Hendricks
2014They Came TogetherSound EngineerCameo
2015Hot Tub Time Machine 2Adam Yates Jr.Post-production
2015Black MassRobert FitzpatrickFilming
2015Sleeping with Other PeopleFilming


1994Dead at 21DanEpisode: "Pilot"
1994Boy Meets WorldBand MemberEpisode: "Band on the Run"
1995ERDavid KerstetterEpisode: "Full Moon, Saturday Night"
1995Boy Meets WorldGriffin Hawkins3 episodes
1995Murder OneSydney Schneider6 episodes
1996NYPD BlueGordon PuterbaughEpisode: "The Nutty Confessor"
1998–1999Party of FiveJosh Macon7 episodes
1999WastelandPhillip the Coffee Boy7 episodes
2002Glory DaysHoward DichotskyEpisode: "Everybody Loves Rudy"
2002Six Feet UnderBen Cooper2 episodes
2004CSI: MiamiDanny CatoEpisode: "Stalkerazzi"
2005Veronica MarsMr. RooksEpisode: "Mars vs. Mars"
2006Law & OrderRobbie HowellEpisode: "America, Inc."
2007Tell Me You Love MePalek10 episodes
2009–2010Party DownHenry Pollard20 episodes
2009–2010Eastbound & DownPat Anderson2 episodes
2010Childrens HospitalLt. D'Ghor KoruEpisode: "Joke Overload"
2010The Wonderful MaladysAlice's ex-boyfriendPilot
2010–presentParks and RecreationBen Wyatt85 episodes
Nominated—Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actor in a Comedy Series (2013, 2014)
2011NTSF:SD:SUV::Van DammEpisode: "The Risky Business of Being Alone in Your Home"
2012Burning LoveDamien Assante6 episodes
2012Comedy Bang! Bang!HimselfEpisode: "Adam Scott Wears A Red Oxford Shirt & Jeans"
2012–2014The Greatest Event in Television HistoryHimself4 episodes
2013Drunk HistoryJohn Wilkes BoothEpisode: "Washington D.C."


Scott is the co-host and co-creator of the podcast U Talkin' U2 To Me? with Scott Aukerman.[14] Though the series is introduced at the outset of each episode as "the comprehensive and encyclopedic compendium of all things U2," it is in fact largely devoted to conversations and anecdotes that have nothing to do with the Irish rock band. While Scott and Aukerman's quite intentional avoidance of performing the sole task they have set for themselves forms the comedic backbone of U Talkin' U2 To Me, most episodes do in fact contain some portion where the hosts actually discuss their mutual love of U2, band member names, and each individual record in the band's discography.

Scott has been a guest on numerous podcasts, including Comedy Bang Bang, How Did This Get Made?, and Who Charted.[15]


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