Dramatic actor who won an Oscar for Best Actor in 2003 for his role in The Pianist, becoming the first actor under the age of thirty to win the award. He also played Steven Schoichet in the 2003 film, Dummy.
Raised in Queens, New York, he attended the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Art. He performed as a child Magician under the name The Amazing Adrien.
When he won the Oscar for Best Actor, he kissed Halle Berry on stage, a move that caused controversy.
He won an Academy Award for his role in The Pianist, directed by Roman Polanski.