Alex Wolff

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Alex Wolff
Birth name Alexander Draper Wolff
Born (1997-11-01) November 1, 1997 (age 16)
New York, New York, U.S.
Genres Pop, rock, indie, bubblegum pop
Occupations Actor, musician, songwriter
Instruments Vocals, drums, guitar, keyboards
Years active 2005–present
Labels Columbia Records (2007-2008)
Nick Records (2007-2008)
Sony BMG Music Entertainment (2007-2008)
SaddleUp Records (2011-present)
RED Music (2011-present)
Website natnalex.com

Alexander Draper Wolff (born November 1, 1997),[1] better known by his stage name Alex Wolff, is an American actor, drummer, guitarist, and singer-songwriter. He first gained recognition for his starring role in the Nickelodeon musical comedy series The Naked Brothers Band (2007-09) which was created and produced by his mother Polly Draper, and also starred in the TV medical drama In Treatment (2010).

Wolff and his older brother released two soundtrack albums, The Naked Brothers Band and I Don't Want to Go to School, which was produced by their father Michael Wolff. He and his older brother also formed a trio called Nat & Alex Wolff and released an album called Black Sheep in 2011.

Personal life

Wolff was born in Manhattan, New York,[1] to actress and writer Polly Draper and jazz pianist Michael Wolff, and is the younger brother of actor and musician Nat Wolff. His father is Jewish and mother is Christian.[2] Wolff is the maternal grandson of venture capitalist and civic leader William Henry Draper III,[3] nephew of venture capitalist Tim Draper,[4] cousin of actress Jesse Draper,[5] and great grandson of banker and diplomat William Henry Draper, Jr.[6][7]

Career

Wolff began his acting career at age 8 in the 2005 musical comedy film The Naked Brothers Band: The Movie, written and directed by his mother. It was commissioned by Nickelodeon as the pilot to the television series The Naked Brothers Band (2007-2009) which was also created, produced, written and directed by his mother.[5][8] He contributed lyrics, vocals, and instrumentation for both the film and series; their father produced and supervised the music. The show released two albums and the song "Crazy Car" ranked #23 on the Top 200 Billboard Charts.

He also portrayed the young boy in the Fall Out Boy music video "The Take Over, The Breaks Over" (2007). In 2009, Wolff made a cameo in the Nickelodeon TV movie Mr. Troop Mom and the USA police-procedural, comedic television drama Monk. He acted in his playwright What Would Woody Do? at The Flea Theater—which was directed by his mother—and the HBO medical drama In Treatment, both in 2010. He also appeared in the comedy film The Sitter (2011) and starred in HairBrained (2012).[9]

Awards

For Wolff's work on The Naked Brothers Band series and film, he obtained a Broadcast Music, Inc. Cable Award in 2007, Audience Award for a Family Feature Film at the Hamptons International Film Festival in 2005,[10] and was nominated for a Young Artist Award both in 2008 and 2009.[11][12] He also received a Certificate of Outstanding Achievement for Best Actor at the Brooklyn International Film Festival for his lead role in the film HairBrained in 2013.[13]

References

  1. ^ a b "Alex Wolff: Biography". TVGuide.com. Retrieved March 10, 2014. 
  2. ^ Smason, Alan (2006-11-02). "Cleveland set to enjoy smooth jazz stylings of Michael Wolff". Cleveland Jewish News. Retrieved 2007-02-16.  (subscription required)
  3. ^ Europa Publications (2003). The International Who's Who 2004. Routledge. p. 454. ISBN 1857432177. 
  4. ^ Saracevic, Al (January 26, 2007). "The Technology Chronicles: Six degrees of Tim Draper". SFGate. Retrieved January 16, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Lee, Felicia R. (January 25, 2007). "A TV Family Bound by Blood and a Band". The New York Times. Retrieved March 10, 2014. 
  6. ^ Lim, Jason (June 3, 2011). "Baidu Early Investor, Tim Draper is the Risk Master". TechNode.com. Retrieved January 16, 2012. 
  7. ^ PV, Sahad (October 16, 2008). "Next Tech Giant Will Be A Cellphone Application Company: Tim Draper". VCCircle. Retrieved January 16, 2012. 
  8. ^ Steinberg, Jacques (September 22, 2007). "Famous for Playing Rock Stars". The New York Times. Retrieved March 10, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Alex Wolff - Filmography". Baseline / All Media Guide via The New York Times. Retrieved March 10, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Naked Brothers Band TV Movie: Awards". The New York Times. Retrieved March 10, 2014. 
  11. ^ "29th Annual Awards 2008". Young Artist Awards. Retrieved March 10, 2014. 
  12. ^ "30th Annual 2009 Nominations and Recipients". Young Artist Awards. Retrieved March 10, 2014. 
  13. ^ "2013 Winners". Brooklyn International Film Festival. Retrieved March 10, 2014. 

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