Who is Adam Lamberg?
Born on 14th September 1984, in New York City, USA, Adam Lamberg is a former actor known for his work in the popular Disney Channel series “Lizzie McGuire”, starring Hilary Duff. The handsome Virgo is 5ft 4in (1.62m) tall and weighs 128lbs (58kgs), vital statistics unknown.
Before fame, Adam enjoyed a normal childhood in the Big Apple and attended P.S 183 Robert Louis Stevenson School. His parents, Marc and Suzanne, were Jewish and French-Canadian respectively, which led to Adam calling himself a “cultural Jew” in an interview. At the young age of 7, he attended the casting for an American Express commercial, and was given the part, thus marking the beginnings of what would be a long and fruitful career in showbiz.
Other interests included tennis and basketball, although Adam has also confessed to being a huge Broadway and Kevin Spacey fan when younger.
Four years after winning the role in his first commercial, Adam played Billy Dugan in an episode of the drama romcom series “Another World”, which ran from 1964 to 1999 and was nominated for almost 200 awards. Appearing in the popular show, set in Bay City, Michigan, helped Adam find more work and expand his creative horizons, as the following year he played the brattish Stewie Goodman in “Radiant City”, an inspiring movie about a woman who seeks inner fulfilment after years of dealing with her unloving husband and ungrateful brood of children.
Other 1996 projects included a bit part in the Western miniseries “Dead Man’s Walk”, starring Jennifer Garner and Jonny Lee Miller, and another minor role in “I’m Not Rappaport”, a heartwarming family-friendly comedy about two pensioners who strike up a friendship on a New York park bench. On the verge of being discovered by Disney, Adam played Thomas Lincoln in “The Day Lincoln Was Shot”, then took a three-year hiatus, possibly to focus on his studies.
In January 2001, “Lizzie McGuire” premiered on the Disney channel and catapulted a young Adam to fame, as millions of viewers fell in love with his intelligent and bitingly sarcastic character, David ‘Gordo’ Gordon.
A non-conformist straight-A student with dreams of becoming a movie director, Gordo was considered the responsible friend whose practical advice helped Lizzie and Miranda, played by Hilary Duff and Lalaine, in several sticky situations. Despite a lack of character evolution, Gordo was a fan favorite, and was given more of a backstory as the show progressed, as one episode shows him celebrating his bar mitzvah, and in another, Lizzie confesses to having a crush on him in fourth grade, thus leaving the door open for a possible romantic relationship. “Lizzie McGuire” came to an end after two seasons and a total of 65 episodes, but “The Lizzie McGuire Movie” was announced shortly afterwards, as Disney wished to capitalize on the show’s success and tie up all the loose ends, and was released in May 2003 by Buena Vista Pictures.
The events of the movie take place while the characters prepare for their junior-high graduation. Despite being one of the show’s protagonists, Miranda was absent, with most of the screentime going to Lizzie and Gordo as they enjoy their graduation ceremony, and their subsequent trip to Rome with the rest of their classmates. In a twist of fate, Lizzie is approached by an Italian pop star while visiting the famous Trevi Fountain, and is convinced to perform with him at the International Music Video Awards in lieu of his singing partner. As a result of covering up for Lizzie when she sneaks out to rehearse for the performance, Gordo is punished and sent back home, much to her dismay.
However, the movie ends on a high note with Gordon flying back to Italy and sharing a kiss with Lizzie, thus marking the end of an era for the show’s cast and its fans. The movie performed well at the box office, raking in $55.5 million against a $17 million budget, and receiving positive reviews from fans and critics alike. A “Lizzie McGuire” reboot was announced by Disney+ in 2019 with much fanfare, but cancelled later for unknown reasons, with Hillary finally explaining in December 2020 that the idea was scrapped due to creative disagreements. Things got off to a rocky start, as fans were dismayed to find out that two months into shooting the reboot, the show’s original runner, Terri Minsky, was fired.
Hillary herself suggested that Disney move the show to Hulu, saying: “I’d be doing a disservice to everyone by limiting the realities of a 30-year-old’s journey under the ceiling of a PG rating”, suggesting that the reboot was too mature. Other cast members as well as fans around the globe expressed their disappointment at Disney+’s decision, and branded it “ridiculous” and “disappointing”, but Adam remained quiet throughout.
Despite working steadily between seasons of “Lizzie McGuire”, Adam only appeared in two other projects after the movie premiered, and went on to leave Hollywood behind and fade into obscurity.
Later on, it emerged that Adam had been studying at University of California, Berkeley, graduating in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in Geography, and subsequently enrolling in Baruch College to obtain his master’s degree in public communications. After enjoying his college experience, the former actor switched careers and began working at New York City’s Irish Arts Center as an assistant event co-ordinator in July 2012. Adam dated the indie singer Jessica Goodman from February 2005 to October 2008, but the relationship failed for undisclosed reasons.
Neither party has been linked to anyone else since then, and if there’s anyone special in Adam’s life, he’s keeping her/him under wraps for the time being.
Adam is said to be worth $1.5 million, thanks largely to his work on the vast “Lizzie McGuire” franchise, which includes a varied merchandise line, box sets, and even video games, although most of the royalties are enjoyed by Hilary, the show’s star.