Scott David Mechlowicz (born January 17, 1981) is an American actor. Mechlowicz began his professional career in 2003, and is best known for his lead roles in the films EuroTrip, Mean Creek, Peaceful Warrior, Gone, Undocumented, Cat Run, and Eden.

Early life

Mechlowicz was born in New York City, the son of Susan (Lehrman), a respiratory therapist, and Morris Mechlowicz.[1][2] He was raised in a “tight-knit” Jewish family.[3][4] He grew up in Plano, Texas, where he graduated from Plano Senior High School in 1999, and attended the University of Texas at Austin for one semester. He subsequently moved to Los Angeles, California, where he studied at UCLA and graduated in 2003, with honors, from the Conservatory Acting Program.[5]


Mechlowicz made his film debut in the raunchy teen comedy EuroTrip, which opened on February 20, 2004 and quickly became a cult classic.[6] The same year, he also starred in the independent film Mean Creek, which was filmed in 2003 but not given a limited theatrical release until August 20, 2004. In the film, which was a dark teenage drama, Mechlowicz played the oldest of a group of teenagers. The film received a positive critical reception.[7] Mechlowicz also received an Independent Spirit Award for his acting in Mean Creek. In 2004, he made a small appearance in the video for Gavin Degraw's hit song "I don't want to be", in which he plays the romantic interest of Shiri Appleby. In 2005, Mechlowicz guest starred in an episode of the television series House M.D.

Mechlowicz also starred, opposite Nick Nolte and Amy Smart, in the drama Peaceful Warrior (based on the book Way of the Peaceful Warrior), in which he plays the lead role of Dan Millman, a rings gymnast who is an olympic hopeful. The story is based on the life of the book's author. His next film was the thriller Gone, filmed in 2005 and released in 2007 co-starring Amelia Warner. In 2010, Mechlowicz released two films, Waiting for Forever, co-starring Rachel Bilson, Blythe Danner, Richard Jenkins, and Tom Sturridge, and the dark suspense drama Undocumented starring Scott and notorious movie villain Peter Stormare. On April 1, 2011, Mechlowicz's film Cat Run, opened in theaters. Cat Run starred Mechlowicz, Paz Vega, and Janet McTeer. In March 2012, Scott's most recent film Eden debuted at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas. In Eden, Mechlowicz took another dark turn, as the boyishly charming bait luring young girls into a sex trafficking ring, based on a true story. Eden costars Beau Bridges and Jamie Chung and was directed by Megan Griffiths.


Year Title Role Notes
2014 Cat Run 2 Anthony
Demonic Bryan
2012 Eden Jesse
2011 Waiting for Forever Jim
Cat Run Anthony
2010 Undocumented Travis
2007 Gone Taylor
2006 Peaceful Warrior Dan Millman
2004 Mean Creek Marty
EuroTrip Scott Thomas
House M.D. Dan Episode: "Paternity"


  1. ^ Wuntch, Philip. "Diving right into Hollywood 'Mean Creek' star takes fond memories of Texas childhood with him". 
  2. ^ Barlow, Helen. "Where the bloody hell are you?". Sydney Morning Herald. 
  3. ^ "MovieWeb". INTERVIEW: Nick Nolte and Scott Mechlowicz Heed Dan Millman's Words Of Wisdom in Peaceful Warrior. Retrieved June 1, 2006. 
  4. ^ Bloom, Nate (2006-06-16). "Buff Jew plays buff Jew". j. weekly. Retrieved 2010-08-04. 'Warrior' marks the first starring role for hunky Jewish actor Scott Mechlowicz, 25. Scott modestly told a reporter that he's "'an unathletic Jewish kid'... 
  5. ^ "NOTABLE ALUMNI ACTORS". UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. Retrieved September 29, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Rotten". Eurotrip (2004). Retrieved May 24, 2006. 
  7. ^ "Rotten". Mean Creek (2004). Retrieved May 24, 2006.