Adam Jared Brody (born December 15, 1979) is an American actor, writer, musician, and producer. He is known for his role as Seth Cohen on the 2003 television series The O.C.. Brody has appeared in the films Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005), Thank You for Smoking (2006), In the Land of Women (2007), Jennifer's Body (2009), Cop Out (2010), Scream 4 (2011), Lovelace (2013), Life Partners (2014), Sleeping with Other People (2015), StartUp (2016), and Shazam! (2019).
Brody was born in San Diego, California, to Valerie Jill (née Siefman), a graphic artist, and Mark Alan Brody, an attorney. He has younger twin brothers, Sean and Matthew (born 1985). His parents, both Jewish, are originally from Detroit, Michigan. Brody had a Bar Mitzvah ceremony and was raised celebrating Hanukkah.
Brody attended Wangenheim Middle School and Scripps Ranch High School, receiving "poor grades," and grew up in suburban San Diego, where he spent his time surfing. He has said that he "pretty much lived at the beach." Brody attended community college for one year, dropped out at the age of nineteen, and moved to Hollywood to become an actor. He subsequently hired an acting coach and signed with a talent manager.