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Overview (3)

Born in Waterloo, Iowa, USA
Birth NameAdam Patrick DeVine
Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Adam Devine was born on November 7, 1983 in Waterloo, Iowa, USA as Adam Patrick DeVine. He is an actor and writer, known for Pitch Perfect (2012), Workaholics (2011) and Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016).

Trade Mark (3)

Playing characters younger than his age
Baby face
Dimpled smile

Trivia (19)

Was born in Iowa but raised in Nebraska.
He graduated from Millard South High School in Omaha, Nebraska.
He attended Orange Coast College along with friend and fellow Workaholics cast member Blake Anderson.
Moved to Los Angeles to be a stand-up comedian.
DeVine and the other Workaholics co-creators (Blake Anderson, Anders Holm, and Kyle Newacheck) formed the sketch-comedy group Mail Order Comedy.
His mother is named Penny.
Has an younger sister named Brittani DeVine.
Lived in the house that Workaholics is filmed in originally with Blake Anderson and Kyle Newacheck. The house is now used for filming.
Is a close friend of Pitch Perfect co-stars Brittany Snow and Skylar Astin.
His father's ancestry is one half Dutch, three eighths Irish, and one eighth German.
Had a horrific accident in 1995 when he was 11. He was hit by a 42-tonne cement truck and broke all the bones in his legs. It took him 2 years before he could fully walk again.
For his role in Modern Family, Adam played a character 10 years younger than his actual age.
Has played 2 characters called Andy for Disney: Modern Family (2009) and Magic Camp.
Has played a love interest to Rebel Wilson 4 times: Workaholics (2011), Pitch Perfect (2012), Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) and Isn't It Romantic (2019).
Very close to his Modern Family co-star Sarah Hyland.
Was in a relationship with Pitch Perfect co-star, Kelley Jakle, from 2012-2014. As of April 2018, Adam is in a relationship with actress Chloe Bridges, whom he met on set of The Final Girls (2014).
Became close with Zac Efron after starring as brothers in Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates. So much so, that they consider themselves brothers.
Seldom shows his legs because he required extensive skin grafting on his legs following his accident, which resulted in brutal scarring, swelling and discoloration that can rarely be covered with make-up.
Back when he was a teenager and still living in Omaha, he worked at the grocery store that About Schmidt (2002) was filmed at. He was kicked off the set because he couldn't stop starring at Jack Nicholson and making sure his face was on camera.

Personal Quotes (44)

Even as a kid, I was a businessman. I figured out that if you plucked all the berries off my neighbor's tree and smashed them up, they made a Nickelodeon Gak-type consistency. I sold them to all the neighborhood kids and made stacks of quarters. Of course, the berries were poisonous, and I got in all types of trouble.
I sang the National Anthem at Dodger Stadium - at a baseball game - which was crazy; there was, like, 60,000 people there, which is a huge deal in America - singing the National Anthem.
I think making friends is not being afraid to look stupid, because everyone wants a friend who is willing to be stupid and fun. If you try and be too cool, it only works in high school. After that, being uncool is a very cool thing to do. So just have fun, and don't worry what other people think of you and people will want to be your friends.
I always wanted to be a comedic actor - that's what I wanted from the job - to do comedy and to create my own comedy. But I still love doing stand-up and will probably be doing it forever. I'd love to be an old guy who can't really walk, can't really stand-up, and I have to sit on the stool and tell jokes.
Jealousy is the worst trait in any person.
That's another piece of advice: Don't go to college; follow your dreams. Unless you're a doctor - then go to college.
I still haven't found the humor in getting hit by a cement truck. My knees still hurt when I think about it, so no jokes about that yet.
I tend to have a lot of jokes about ex-girlfriends. They always ask me if they will be the subject of a joke, and I always tell them they won't. Unless they do something crazy. They all tend to, so you know where that goes. There are no closed doors. The 'art' will suffer.
The thing that I think a lot of guys need to know how to do is not take your mother's advice about honesty being the best policy. Listen to your cool, drunk uncle who tells you to lie. Those are the relationships that last.
Be yourself. I had this three-week period where I wore this straw fedora. I thought it was what chicks wanted. And then it dawned on me that I was trying to be something that I wasn't, so I took the fedora off. So be yourself.
People want to be friends with someone who likes to have a good time.
I loved Adam Sandler's early stuff. I thought it was so cool how irreverent and weird he would get.
I tried out for my basketball team every year and I never made it. You had to buy the shoes before you knew if you were on the team because it took a few weeks for them to ship. I bought the shoes every year, never once made the team, had a ton of high school basketball shoes.
There's not one thing that inspires me the most. Me and my friends joke around with each other and hang out so much that whatever makes us laugh really hard makes it into 'Workaholics.' But the characters that I think are funny are guys that are confidently stupid.
In a perfect world, I would like to do as many seasons of 'Workaholics' as possible, as long as people still like the show and Comedy Central will still have us. And doing movies, writing my own movies and doing movies with my friends. I think that would be such a dream to be someone like Will Ferrell or Ben Stiller. Do one or two movies a year.
When I was a teenager, I was an umpire for a competitive league for 8- to 9-year-olds. I was really bad at it because I didn't know all the rules, and all these kids were better athletes than me. I made a bad call, and this dad snapped on me. Then he dumped his trash from his cooler, and I had to kick him out of the stands.
I did telemarketing for years, starting at the age of 16, just selling steak knives to old people. Old people go through a weird amount of steak knives. I also sold straight meat over the telephone.
I always wanted to be a stand-up comedian, even as a kid. Me and my dad would watch 'Evening at the Improv' on A&E.
After 'Pitch Perfect,' I only want to be in sequels. No. 2 of whatever.
My parents are very cool and wildly supportive - maybe almost too much. I want to tell them to chill out.
I like Louis C.K., Chris Rock. Old schools like Richard Pryor and Eddie Murphy.
If you like stand up and decide that it's overtaking your life and want to hate it, watch 1,000 stand up comedians who are trying to get on a TV show.
The American school system's a little warped, so anyone can get a degree if they have a little money.
When I was 15, I worked as a bag boy in a grocery store. I also needed to walk old ladies to their car and put their bags in the car, and they would give me two dollars. I felt like the richest man in the world.
I don't really write jokes down. I tend to have a premise that I work out and test on stage.
I sold steaks over the phone in Omaha, Nebraska. Marbling, fantastic. That's what makes a great steak; a lot of people don't know.
I'm such a huge 'Arrested Development' fan.
I like the guys who wrote their own stuff and were able to perform it, like Seth Rogen. He popped off so young. When he did 'The 40-Year-Old Virgin,' and he was a co-producer on the movie, I was like, 'Oh my God: that's exactly what I want to do.'
My senior year of high school, I got into UCLA, but my family couldn't afford it.
When telemarketers call me now, I won't get the blow-horn. I'm more polite than the average person.
I don't want any competition; I've finally made it! I don't want any young bucks knocking me off and taking my job, so stay in school! Stay in school and get a nice job working in an office!
As far as stand-ups go, I always loved Richard Pryor, Chris Rock, and Sinbad. Basically, I love black comedians because they're the funniest. I wish I were a black comedian, actually.
I'm not a good rapper. For whatever reason, my brain does not work that way. I just do the beginning, like, 'Yeah, yeah! Ha ha! Woo! What up? Come on! Get at me!' I'm Captain Hook.
My favorite sequels are basically all Mike Myers films - 'Wayne's World 2,' 'Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me,' 'Shrek 2.' Anything he does, it's best the second time around. He needs to do 'So I Married an Axe Murderer 2.'
When I auditioned for 'Pitch Perfect,' I didn't know it was a singing movie. I didn't read the script. I go to the audition, and I'm like, 'Oh, it's a baseball movie.' But then I'm reading the lines, and I'm like, 'This doesn't seem like a baseball movie.'
I sold a bunch of stuff. I sold Omaha Steaks, vacation packages... the worst, though, was Time Life Books, because no one wants Time Life Books. No one wants an 'Encyclopedia Brittanica' showing up at their house.
What's so cool about movies is once you're done with the movie, you put it away and come up with a whole new different idea with different characters and a different world. But in TV, you build these characters, and you build this world, and then you're there for however long you do the show.
You want to be excited about what you're doing. So whenever I get tired, I think, 'Would ten-year-old Adam be pretty stoked on what I'm doing and what's happening?' So I just live my life as if I'm using my ten-year-old brain.
[The accident] was really tough, because I had to relearn how to walk, stand up, sit up and everything. The legs were totally mangled. I think the experience helped me realise that anything is possible.
Do what you are passionate about.
They said the reason I wasn't killed [after being hit by the cement truck] was because the bike was on my right side. The truck took the bike first, and then took me under the first two wheels and spit me out.
There's two things in life, in order to be successful, that you need. That is, the ability to smile through adversity and laugh through the pain, and also be able to work harder than anyone you know.
[People] might have been going through a hard time in their life, and your movies, your TV shows, or your comedy show might have gotten them through something. That's pretty rewarding.
As an actor, you get pigeonholed into doing one thing, and that's all you can do. I've been lucky that, with Pitch Perfect and Modern Family, they give me a shot to show a sweeter side.

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