For more than a decade, the Queens native Brody has been known as a reliable supporting figure in films such as Steven Soderbergh’s King of the Hill, Barry Levinson’s Liberty Heights and Spike Lee’s Summer of Sam. Then Roman Polanski cast him as Władysław Szpilman, a Polish Jewish musician trying to survive in Warsaw, in The Pianist, and everything changed. Brody got an Oscar Kissed Halle Berry in one of the most famous Oscars momentsand became one of the most sought-after actors in Hollywood.
Since then, Brody has worked with the likes of Peter Jackson on his King Kong remake, M. Night Shyamalan on The Village, Woody Allen on Midnight in Paris, but also stumbled on The Jacket from time to time. Splice, Predators, Bullet Head, and other films best forgotten. His most frequent partner was Wes Anderson, who starred in four of the director’s films: The Darjeeling Limited, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Fantastic Mr. “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and “The French Dispatcher”.
Apart from his work in a feature film and occasional spin-offs as one of the “masters of style”, Brody also dabbled in television, making guest appearances on shows such as Peaky Blinders and The Descendants. Starring as Captain Charles Boone, Brody starred in Chapelwaite, based on the Stephen King short story “Jerusalem Lot,” and then played Pat Riley in “Victory Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty.” In 2014, Brody played the role of Harry Houdini in the History miniseries Houdini, for which he was nominated for an Emmy Award.