San Diego, California
December 15, 1979
Growing up in suburban San Diego, Adam's first love was surfing. After a year of community college, he dropped out, moved to Hollywood, hired an acting coach, and started catching TV roles instead of waves. Always a bit of a babe magnet, he had a three-year romance with his "OC" co-star Rachel Bilson. Adam's creative streak goes beyond acting: He's penned screenplays and songs (he plays drums in the band Big Japan with actor Bret Harrison), and he even co-wrote a comic book miniseries, "Red Menace." He lives in Newport Beach, where the surf's almost always up.
Adam's first break was winning the role of Barry Williams in the 2000 TV movie "Growing Up Brady." A recurring role on "Gilmore Girls" kept his star rising, but he became an unlikely teen idol -- the L.A. Times called him "TV's sexiest geek" -- thanks to Seth, his character on "The OC." His big-screen work includes turns in the gross-out humor flick "Grind," the satire "Thank You for Smoking," and in "Death in Love," a drama about a woman's lingering trauma after time in a Nazi concentration camp. Quite a change of pace from the slacker skateboarder dude role.
Adam's one wipe-out was his attempt at remaking "Revenge of the Nerds." It was cancelled during early filming.