Adam Paul Scott (born April 3, 1973) is an American actor, comedian, producer, and pod-caster. He is known for his role as Ben Wyatt in the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation. He starred in the movie A.C.O.D, as Carter. He has also appeared as Derek in the film Step Brothers, Johnny Meyer in The Aviator, Henry Pollard in the Starz sitcom Party Down, Ed Mackenzie in the HBO series Big Little Lies, and Trevor in The Good Place.Scott was born in Santa Cruz, California, to Anne (born Quartararo) and Greg Dougald Scott, both of whom are retired teachers. He is of one quarter Sicilian descent, on his mother's side. He has two older siblings, Shannon and David. He graduated from Harbor High School and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles, California.