Adam Scott (actor)

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Adam Scott
BornAdam Paul Scott[1]
(1973-04-03) April 3, 1973 (age 40)
Santa Cruz, California, U.S.
Years active1994–present
Spouse(s)Naomi Sablan (2005–present)
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Adam Scott
BornAdam Paul Scott[1]
(1973-04-03) April 3, 1973 (age 40)
Santa Cruz, California, U.S.
Years active1994–present
Spouse(s)Naomi Sablan (2005–present)

Adam Paul Scott is an American film and television actor. He is known for his roles as Derek in the movie Step Brothers, Henry Pollard in the Starz comedy series Party Down, and as Ben Wyatt in the NBC comedy Parks and Recreation.

Early life[edit]

Scott was born on April 3, 1973 in Santa Cruz, California,[2] the son of Anne (nee 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 is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles, California.[6]


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 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,[7] 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 appeared in the films Our Idiot Brother (2011) as Jeremy[8] 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.[9]


On television, he appeared as Griff 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.[10] In 2010 he left Party Down and joined the cast of NBC's Parks and Recreation.[11]

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.


1996Hellraiser: BloodlineJacques
1996The Last Days of Frankie the FlyRace Track Valet
1996Star Trek: First ContactDefiant Conn Officer
1997Dinner and DrivingLarry
1997PaybackAdam StanfillTV Movie
1998The Lesser EvilYoung George
1998HairshirtFan at Bar
1999Winding RoadsBrian CalhounTV movie
2001Date SquadFredShort
2001Seven and a MatchPeter
2002Six Feet UnderBen Cooper
2002RonnieRonnie Schwann
2002High CrimesLt. Terrence Embry
2003Something MoreSaulShort
2003Two DaysStu
2004TorqueFBI Agent McPherson
2004Off the LipDavid
2004The AviatorJohnny Meyer
2005Veronica MarsMr. Rooks1 Episode
2005The MatadorPhil Garrison
2006Art School ConfidentialMarvin Bushmiller
2006First SnowTom Morelane
2006Who Loves the SunDaniel Bloom
2006The ReturnKurt
2007Knocked UpSamuel-Male Nurse
2007Tell Me You Love MePalekSeries Regular
2008The Great Buck HowardAlan Berkman
2008AugustJoshua Sterling
2008Corporate AffairsJack Hightower
2008Step BrothersDerek
2008Lovely, StillMike Malone
2009The Vicious KindCaleb Sinclaire
2009Passenger SideMichael
2009–2010Party DownHenry PollardSeries Regular
2010Operation: EndgameMagician
2010The Wonderful MaladysTV Movie
2010Childrens HospitalLt. D'Ghor Koru1 Episode
2010AIDS: We Did It!Short
2010Leap YearJeremy
2010Piranha 3-DNovak
2010–presentParks and RecreationBen WyattSeries Regular
2011Fight for Your Right RevisitedCab DriverShort
2011The TerrysNarratorShort
2011Our Idiot BrotherJeremy
2011Friends with KidsJason Fryman
2012HJ GlovesShort
2012See Girl RunJason
2012The Guilt TripAndrew Margolis, Jr.
2012–presentThe Greatest Event in Television HistoryHimself
2013Drunk HistoryJohn Wilkes BoothEpisode 1: Washington D.C.
2013The Secret Life of Walter MittyMitty's BossPost-production
2014Hot Tub Time Machine 2AdamFilming


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