Adam Scott

Active - 1996 - Present  |   Born - Apr 3, 1973 in Santa Cruz, California, United States  |   Genres - Comedy, Drama, Thriller, Comedy Drama

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A native of Santa Cruz, CA, who was born in 1973, actor Adam Scott first encountered acting in elementary school, on a decidedly negative note (thanks to a not-so-pleasant experience in a science play), but by mid-adolescence changed his views about the craft and aggressively pursued a career in drama. He applied, and was accepted to, the American Academy of Dramatic Art in Pasadena, then made the short move west to Hollywood with several buddies. The actor took his bow with a guest bit on the series Dead at 21, and thereafter largely divided his time between television and the theatrical stage. In the television venue, guest roles followed on series including ER and NYPD Blue, as well as a recurring parts on Murder One, Party of Five, and on the Friday-night ABC sitcom Boy Meets World as high school senior Griff Hawkins.

Scott moved into features in the late '90s and scored supporting roles in A-list Hollywood features; thereafter, the roles arrived quickly and furiously. Projects included Payback (1997), The Aviator (2004), Art School Confidential (2006), Knocked Up (2007), and Step Brothers (2008). Small-screen enthusiasts may also remember Scott for his role as Palek, one of the troubled husbands on the racy HBO relationship drama series Tell Me You Love Me (2007). He appeared in Step Brothers, but started to generate buzz as the lead in the made for cable comedy series Party Down. He joined the cast of Parks and Recreation in that show's second season which led quickly to roles in a number of big-screen comedies including Leap Year, Our Idiot Brother, and Friends With Kids.

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  • Appeared in music videos for R.E.M. and Tia Carrere.  Made his TV debut in 1994 on MTV's Dead at 21. First regular TV series role was on ABC's Boy Meets World in 1995, playing Griff. Starred in the short-lived HBO drama Tell Me You Love Me in 2007. Played Henry Pollard, a former actor who works for a catering company, in the Starz series Party Down and was also one of the show's producers.  Earned a 2010 Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Male Lead for The Vicious Kind.   Guest-starred on two episodes of Parks and Recreation before joining the show as a series regular in the show's third season.