Despite often playing irreverent and smarmy characters in critically acclaimed films and on television, actor Adam Scott never lost the ability to connect with an audience due to equal parts charm and skill. He enthralled as one-half of a barren couple pushed to desperation on the provocative and sexually charged HBO drama series Tell Me You Love Me (2007), while his sad sack character on Party Down (Starz, 2009-2010), about wannabe actors stuck working for tips while waiting to be discovered, resonated with anyone who had ever worked a dead end job. In 2009, Scott took Hollywood by storm with an award-worthy performance in the feature film The Vicious Kind. His portrayal of a misanthropic scholar on the brink of a breakdown and obsessed with his brother’s girlfriend was chilling to watch as he delved deep inside the madman’s psyche. He further amplified his star power as an inexperienced state auditor on the hit sitcom, Parks and Recreation (NBC, 2009- ), which helped establish Scott as one of the most compelling and versatile of actors working on television.
Adam Scott hails from Santa Cruz, CA. He graduated from his hometown’s Harbor High School before attending the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles. Scott made his acting debut in Cityscrapes: Los Angeles (1994), a highly stylized film with 10 intertwined stories about young and hip Angelenos, in which the newcomer appeared alongside Ione Skye, Balthazar Getty, and the Beastie Boys’ Adam Horovitz. That same year, Scott also appeared on the small screen, playing high school bully Griffin “Griff” Hawkins on the coming-of-age comedy series, Boy Meets World (ABC, 1993-2000). He made the move to dramatic acting with recurring roles on the Steven Bochco-created crime drama Murder One (ABC, 1995-97) and on the sappy hit series Party of Five (Fox, 1994-2000). In 1997, Scott acted alongside Hollywood veterans Mary Tyler Moore and Ed Asner in the ABC made-for-television movie Payback. He played the son of a small town restaurant owner (Moore) who witnesses the brutal beating of a man by the police and who is later terrorized by the sergeant who engineered the crime. The actor had a notable two-episode arc on Six Feet Under (HBO, 2001-05) as a public defender and lover to Michael C. Hall’s character.
Scott transitioned into feature film acting in the early 2000s with appearances in independent projects including the thriller Ronnie (2002) and the dark comedy Two Days (2003), about a failed actor (Paul Rudd) who plans to film his suicide as a desperate and final act. Scott’s career kicked into high gear after joining the all-star cast of The Aviator (2004), the Martin Scorsese-directed biopic about aviation pioneer and reclusive filmmaker Howard Hughes (Leonardo DiCaprio). Scott played Hughes’ press agent, Johnny Meyer. Continuing to star opposite A-list talent, his co-stars in the 2005 comedy Monster-in-Law were two of Hollywood’s biggest stars, Jennifer Lopez and Jane Fonda. In the hit film, Scott played Remy, the witty gay best friend to a starry-eyed “temp” worker (Lopez) who butts heads with her fiancé’s domineering and conniving mother (Fonda) while planning her dream wedding. Even though the film centered around two strong women squaring off, Scott managed to rise above his supporting role to deliver a delightful performance nonetheless. With his boyish good looks, the actor managed to illicit laughs while playing the most selfish of characters, from his minor role as Katherine Heigl’s unsympathetic male nurse in Judd Apatow’s Knocked Up (2007) to Will Ferrell’s insult-spewing and creepy sibling in Step Brothers (2008).
In 2010, Scott starred alongside Zach Galifianakis and Emilie de Ravin in the action-packed Rogue’s Gallery, about a group of government enlisted spies who turn on one another other after their boss’ assassination. That same year, he also played Sarah Michelle Gellar’s ex-boyfriend on The Wonderful Maladys (HBO, 2010- ), and starred in the Irish-inspired romantic comedy “Leap Year,” appearing opposite Amy Adams and Matthew Goode. With both comedy and drama roles under his belt, Scott took on the action/horror genre in Piranha 3-D (2010), in which prehistoric piranhas living in Lake Victoria terrorize the local townsfolk. Meanwhile, he had a small supporting role in the comedy Our Idiot Brother (2011), starring Paul Rudd and Elizabeth Banks, which earned considerable attention and a $7 million payday from The Weinstein Company at that year’s Sundance Film Festival.
Party Down with Party Down
Saturday, February 9th, 4pm, Cobb’s Comedy Club