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Adrien Brody

Adrien Brody's powerful performance in a Thin Red Line was mostly edited out but not before Roman Polanski had seen the potential of the man. Polanski offered him the lead in the Pianist and got him his first Oscar nomination for Best Actor.

india Updated: Mar 22, 2003 16:54 IST

His mother is the Hungarian-born photo journalist Sylvia Plachy, and he attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and High School for the Performing Arts. Adrien grew up an only child in Woodhaven, Queens, where he accompanied his mother on assignments for the Village Voice. He credits his mother with making him feel comfortable in front of the camera.

Despite a strong performance in The Thin Red Line, the film's time constraints forced the director to edit out much of Adrien's parts and despite his later work with Spike Lee and Barry Levinson, he never became the star many expected he would become... until Roman Polanski called on him to play a celebrated Jewish pianist in the Nazi-occupied Warsaw. He has pulled off a brilliant performance in The Pianist drawing on the heritage (and rare dialect) of his Polish grandmother.

Certainly an actor to watch out for in the coming years for this nomination is likely to be first of many which will come his way.

First Published: Mar 21, 2003 13:45 IST