Patrick Johannes Adams (born August 27, 1981) is a Canadian actor. He is best known for playing Mike Ross, a brilliant college dropout turned unlicensed lawyer in USA Network’s hit TV series Suits. He is also an avid photographer, with many of his photos getting more recognition after Suits’ Behind The Lens and #PJAGallery events.
Adams was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. His father is journalist Claude Adams. He attended Northern Secondary School.
Following his parents’ divorce, Adams moved from Toronto to Los Angeles at age 19, where he attended the University of Southern California, earning a B.F.A. After earning the Jack Nicholson Award in 2004, which provided scholarships directly funded by the eponymous actor to outstanding performers at the school and earning his BFA, he immediately began working on a production of Edward Albee’s The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? at the Mark Taper Forum.
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A “master artist” according to Variety and “tour-de-force” according to Backstage, Patrick J. Adams has starred as a fraudulent lawyer, a superhero, a veteran, a pro tennis player, and dozens of other memorable characters on stage and screen. For six seasons Adams has charmed audiences worldwide, as Mike Ross in USA’s hit drama, “Suits,” a role which garnered him a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination in the category of Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series.
In 2016, Patrick starred opposite Troian Bellisario in the Old Globe Theatre’s world premiere production of Anna Ziegler’s “The Last Match,” earning critical praise for his performance as Tim, an incredibly talented but deeply flawed pro tennis player. He also stepped off the Waverider as ‘Hourman’ in The CW/Berlanti/DC action series “Legends of Tomorrow,” on which he now recurs. Patrick will star in the rom-com digital series “Pillow Talk,” executive produced by “Catastrophe”‘s Sharon Horgan, and the indie feature comedy “Room For Rent,” alongside comedy luminaries Brett Gelman, Mark Little, Stephanie Weir & Mark McKinney.
With Zoe Saldana & Jason Isaacs, Adams starred in the 2014 television miniseries “Rosemary’s Baby” directed by Agnieska Holland. Additional television credits include Michael Mann and David Milch’s acclaimed series “Luck” opposite Dustin Hoffman and Michael Gambon, season two of the hit series “Orphan Black” opposite Tatiana Maslany, “Lost,” “Friday Night Lights,” “Pretty Little Liars,” “N.C.I.S.,” “Lie To Me” and “Flash Forward.”
Adams co-starred in films including the hit comedy “Old School,” directed by Todd Phillips and 2009 Berlin Film Festival competitor “Rage” directed by internationally renowned filmmaker Sally Potter, in which he appeared alongside Judi Dench, Jude Law, Dianne Wiest and Steve Buscemi. Additionally, Adams starred in indie films such as, “The Waterhole,” 2009 Slamdance entry “Weather Girl,” “6 Month Rule” directed by Blayne Weaver and “Car Dogs” opposite Academy Award winning actress Octavia Spencer.
Adams maintains strong ties to Southern California theatre. He produced and starred in writer Bill Cain’s (“House of Cards”) acclaimed production of “9 Circles” at the Bootleg Theatre in Los Angeles for which he was awarded a Backstage Garland Award for Best Performance in a Play and nominated for a 2012 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle award for Lead Performance. He is a member of the Ojai Playwrights Conference, starring in new works by established and developing playwrights. Cain’s “Equivocation” was developed at Ojai and Adams subsequently starred in the celebrated Geffen Playhouse production, which was honored with the 2010 Best Production at the LA Ovation Awards. He made his professional stage debut in the landmark, West Coast premiere of Edward Albee’s “The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?” at The Mark Taper Forum, which also took home Best Play at the Ovation Awards. Adams also produced and directed a hit revival of “Marat/Sade,” for which he accepted Best Production at the L.A. Weekly Theatre Awards.
Originally from Toronto, Adams is a graduate of the University of Southern California.
Patrick J. Adams stars as Mike Ross in SUITS.
For his role, Adams garnered a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination in the category of Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor is a Drama Series earlier this year.
On television, Adams was most recently seen HBO’s “Luck,” in the role of Nathan Israel opposite Dustin Hoffman. The series was created by David Milch and directed by Michael Mann. Adams has also appeared in landmark series such as “Lost,” “Friday Night Lights,” “Pretty Little Liars,” “N.C.I.S.,” “Lie To Me,” “Flash Forward,” among others. Additionally, Adams starred as twin brothers in the 2008 ABC pilot “Good Behavior,” executive produced by “Veronica Mars” creator Rob Thomas, directed by Emmy Award-winning director Charles McDougall; and starred in the pilot “The Dealership,” opposite Tricia Helfer and William Devane.
In film, Adams has held various supporting roles in the hit comedy “Old School,” directed by Todd Phillips and 2009 Berlin Film Festival competitor “Rage,” directed by internationally-renowned filmmaker Sally Potter, in which Adams appeared alongside Judi Dench, Jude Law, Dianne Weist and Steve Buscemi. Additionally, Adams starred in indie films such as, “The Waterhole,” 2009 Slamdance entry “Weather Girl,” and most recently, “6 Month Rule,” directed by Blayne Weaver.
In addition to his work on screen, Adams continues to maintain a connection to theatre as well. This year, Adams starred in Bill Cain’s production of “Nine Circles” at the Bootleg Theatre in Los Angeles. Adams was awarded a 2012 BACK STAGE Garland Award for Performance in a Play’ and was also nominated for a 2012 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle award for Lead Performance.’ He appears yearly at the Ojai Playwrights Conference, starring in new works by established and developing playwrights. Bill Cain’s “Equivocation” was developed at Ojai and Patrick subsequently starred in the celebrated Geffen Playhouse production. It was honored with 2010 Best Production at the LA Ovation Awards.
Adams made his professional stage debut in the landmark, West Coast premiere of Edward Albee’s “The Goat, Or Who Is Sylvia?,” at The Mark Taper Forum, which took home Best Play at the Ovation Awards. He also produced and directed a hit revival of “Marat/Sade,” for which he accepted Best Production at the L.A. Weekly Theatre Awards.
Originally from Toronto, Canada, Adams currently resides in Los Angeles and is a graduate of the University of Southern California where he earned a degree in theater.
Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams) was blessed with a brilliant mind and a good heart, but some bad luck and worse choices derailed his plan to go into law. However, a chance meeting with Harvey Specter brought Mike’s considerable gifts to one of the top law firms in New York, and gave him a second chance to get his life on track.
Since then, Mike has learned to win big cases the Harvey Specter way and become a formidable lawyer in his own right, while going to any lengths necessary to hide the fact that he doesn’t have a degree. The formerly rudderless young man has also built a surrogate family with his colleagues at Pearson Specter, and found true love with Rachel Zane.
More recently, Mike made a stab at going legit as an investment banker, but fate (and ego) nearly conspired to take away everything, including the woman he loves. Now, Mike is back by Harvey’s side and picking up the pieces with Rachel. However, the weight of his secret still hangs heavy around his neck, and Louis’s recent discovery of the truth promises to make it all the heavier.
-via USA Network
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