|Full Name||Adam Paul Scott|
|Birthday||April 3, 1973|
|Birth Place||Santa Cruz, California, United States|
|Occupation||Actor, Comedian, Producer|
|Spouse||Naomi Sablan (m. 2005)|
|Height||5‘ 10" (1.78 m)|
|Net worth||$8 million|
|Social media||Twitter, Instagram, Facebook|
Adam Scott is an acclaimed American actor, comedian, producer, and director best known for his starring comedic roles on hit TV shows like Parks and Recreation, Party Down, and Big Little Lies. With his quick wit, charismatic charm, and impressive range, Scott has won over audiences for nearly 30 years.
Early Life and Background
Adam Paul Scott was born on April 3, 1973 in Santa Cruz, California. His mother, Anne, worked as a producer while his father, Douglas, was an environmental lobbyist. Scott has a twin brother named Matthew who is also an actor.
Scott grew up in the small Northern California beach town with his hippie parents, who were heavily involved in the local theater scene. As a child, he caught the acting bug early by participating in local plays. After graduating from Harbor High School in 1991, he enrolled at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Pasadena, California to study acting.
Even from a young age, Scott knew he wanted to make a career as a performer. He graduated from the Academy in 1995 eager to break into Hollywood.
Breaking into TV and Film in the 1990s
In 1994, Scott landed his first ever TV role at age 19 – a guest appearance on the hit sitcom Boy Meets World. This kicked off a series of parts on TV shows like Murder One, Party of Five (1995-1999), and Spin City.
Scott‘s first major recurring TV role came on the Fox drama Party of Five from 1995 to 1999, playing Griffin Holbrook. Through the late 90s, he also made small appearances in films like The Blair Witch Project (1999) and High Crimes (2002).
His big breakout film role came in 2006, when Scott co-starred opposite Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly in the buddy comedy Step Brothers. As Derek Huff, the wealthy, arrogant brother of Ferrell‘s character, Scott got to fully showcase his talents for deadpan humor. Step Brothers became a massive box office hit and catapulted Scott‘s fame.
Rise to Stardom on Parks and Recreation
Scott‘s career reached new heights when he landed the role of Ben Wyatt on NBC‘s hit sitcom Parks and Recreation in 2009. As the nerdy, straight-laced state auditor who arrives to evaluate Pawnee‘s funds, Scott‘s character was the perfect grounded foil to Amy Poehler and the show‘s wacky cast.
Ben Wyatt quickly became a fan favorite thanks to Scott‘s lovable charm, endearing chemistry with Poehler, and knack for delivering sharp, witty lines with a deadpan panache. Scott remained on the acclaimed series for its entire 7 season run and earned two Critics‘ Choice Television Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.
Recent Acclaimed TV and Film Roles
After Parks and Rec ended in 2015, Scott went on to land major roles in several other buzzworthy TV shows:
- The Good Place (2016-2019) as Trevor
- Big Little Lies (2017-2019) as Ed Mackenzie
- Black Mirror "Smithereens" episode (2019) as Father Paul
- Severance (2022) as Mark Scout
Some of Scott‘s most recent roles demonstrating his impressive range include the multiverse film Everything Everywhere All At Once (2022) and Apple TV+‘s The Shrink Next Door (2021).
On the film side, Scott has shown his talents in movies like Krampus (2015), Ghostbusters (2016), Fun Mom Dinner (2017), and many more.
Directing and Producing
A multi-talented performer, Scott has also established himself as a director and producer over the years. He made his directorial debut in 2004 with an episode of Starved and has gone on to direct episodes of acclaimed shows like Party Down, Parks and Recreation, The Good Place, and more.
As a producer, Scott served as an executive producer on Party Down and has produced films like The Overnight (2015), Black Mass (2015), and Flower (2017). He also co-founded the production company Gettin‘ Rad Productions with his wife.
Scott has been happily married to his wife Naomi Sablan since 2005. Together they have two children, Frank and Graham, and reside in Los Angeles, California.
Outside of acting, Scott has a passion for music and plays guitar in the band The Black Math Experiment. He is also an avid tennis player and major NBA fan. Scott actively supports charities like The Nature Conservancy, UNICEF, and Surfers Healing.
By all accounts, he is known as a humble, down-to-earth guy who doesn‘t take himself too seriously. Scott is truly one of Hollywood‘s nice guys.
Why Adam Scott is So Lovable
There are many reasons Adam Scott has become such a beloved comedic actor over the past two decades:
- He‘s incredibly talented at both comedy and drama
- He has natural charismatic charm and wit
- He fully embodies roles with heart and authenticity
- He has range to play any character – hero to villain
- He has an effortless likability on and off-screen
Scott just seems like a guy you‘d love to grab a beer with!
6 Fun Adam Scott Facts
- His first major TV role was playing Griffin Holbrook on Party of Five
- He has a twin brother named Matthew who is also an actor
- Scott is passionate about music and plays guitar in a band
- He studied improv comedy early in his career at Second City in Chicago
- Scott has been close friends with Amy Poehler since the 90s
- He voiced the character Tony on an episode of Family Guy
Scott‘s Lasting Legacy
With a career spanning over 25 years so far, Adam Scott has certainly left his mark on Hollywood. While often recognized for his comedy chops, Scott has proven he can excel in dramatic roles as well.
Though he has shined in many parts, Scott will likely always be best remembered for his iconic role as Ben Wyatt on Parks and Recreation – the lovable, nerdy, good-natured character who captured hearts.
As his sharp career continues, Scott‘s legacy as a versatile comedic actor with authentic charm and wit is set. He has brought smile after smile to audiences over the decades – and will surely continue doing so for years to come!