Wolf in 2010
Richard Anthony Wolf
December 20, 1946
New York City, New York, U.S.
Richard A. Wolf
University of Pennsylvania
Television writer, director, executive producer, creator
New York City, New York, U.S.
Spouse(s) Susan Scranton
(September 5, 1970 – March 16, 1983) (divorced)
(June 29, 1983 – 2005) (divorced)
(June 17, 2006 – present) [1 ]
Richard Anthony "Dick" Wolf (born December 20, 1946) is an American television producer, specializing in crime dramas such as and the Miami Vice . He has won several awards including an Law & Order franchise Emmy Award and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Wolf has also authored three books. The first, nonfiction
Law & Order: Crime Scenes, is a companion to the Law & Order television series. [2 ] The Intercept and The Execution are the first volumes in a new thriller series with N.Y.P.D. Detective Jeremy Fisk. [3 ]
Early life [ edit ]
Wolf was born in New York City, the son of Marie G. (
née Gaffney), a homemaker, and George Wolf, an advertising executive. His father was Jewish, and his mother was [4 ] Roman Catholic of Irish descent.
He was an
altar boy and attended Saint David's School, The Gunnery, and the University of Pennsylvania (class of 1969), where he belonged to the Zeta Psi fraternity. He also attended [5 ] Phillips Academy.
Wolf worked as an
advertising copywriter at Benton & Bowles creating commercials for Crest toothpaste, all the while writing screenplays in the hopes of a film career. It was at this time that he briefly collaborated on a screenplay with Oliver Stone, who was a struggling screenwriter at the time. He moved to Los Angeles, after a few years and had three screenplays produced; one of these films, starring Masquerade (1988) Rob Lowe and Meg Tilly, was well received. He started his television career as a staff writer on and was nominated for his first Emmy for an episode entitled "What Are Friends For?", on which he was the only writer. He moved from there to Hill Street Blues , where he was a supervising producer. Miami Vice
, which ran from 1990 to 2010, tied Law & Order for the longest-running dramatic show in television history, making it one of television's most successful franchises. It has been nominated for the most consecutive Gunsmoke Emmy Awards of any primetime drama series. Wolf serves as creator and executive producer of the two current Law & Order drama series from Wolf Films and NBC Universal Television – and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit – and did so for the three that have been cancelled – Law & Order: UK , Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Law & Order: Trial by Jury . Law & Order: Los Angeles Along with Kevin Arkadie, he co-created the police drama, [6 ] which ran on the New York Undercover Network from 1994 to 1998. He also served as Executive Producer to the series. He was the creator and executive producer of NBC's courtroom reality series Fox Broadcasting Company , which chronicled real-life cases prosecuted by the Crime & Punishment San Diego District Attorney’s office. Many of Wolf's series have intersected with the Law & Order franchise in some fashion, and Law & Order itself has been adapted into several foreign versions. Wolf's company also produced , the 2003 Twin Towers Academy Award-winning Short Documentary about two brothers, one a policeman and the other a fireman, who lost their lives in the line of duty on September 11, 2001. Wolf was also involved with the production of a theatrical documentary about the popular rock group , titled The Doors . When You're Strange
, a drama about a group of men and women working at the Chicago Fire Chicago Fire Department. The series was picked up by NBC in May 2012, and premiered on October 10, 2012, with meek numbers in the ratings and minimal reviews in the first few weeks before spiking to NBC's #2 scripted drama series, under [7 ] . Revolution In March 2013, NBC announced intentions for a spin-off of [8 ] Chicago Fire, revolving around the Chicago Police Department. [9 ] Derek Haas, Michael W. Brandt, and Matt Olmstead are executive producers under Wolf. Afterwards, Wolf developed the unscripted show [10 ] Cold Justice, a documentary drama, for TNT. [11 ]
Wolf's personal honors include the Award of Excellence from the
Banff Television Festival, the 2002 Creative Achievement Award from NATPE; the Anti-Defamation League's Distinguished Entertainment Industry Award, the Leadership and Inspiration Award from the Entertainment Industries Council, the Governor's Award by the New York Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the 1997 achievement award from the Caucus for Producers, Writers, and Directors, the 1998 Television Showman of the Year Award from the Publicists Guild of America, the 2002 Tribute from the Museum of Television and Radio, and a 2003 Special Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America. On March 29, 2007, Wolf received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7040 Hollywood Boulevard. In 2013 Wolf was inducted into the [12 ] Television Academy Hall of Fame. Wolf is also an Honorary Consul general of Monaco and is actively involved in the principality’s prestigious annual Television Festival, and is its primary liaison with the entertainment community.
In addition to having been a classmate of former U.S. President
George W. Bush, Wolf was an employer of Fred Thompson, who sought the Republican nomination for President in 2008 with help of the national attention he gained playing the district attorney on Law & Order. Wolf supported Thompson in his bid, as he did Bush. It was reported that Wolf contributed to Thompson's campaign before he officially announced he was running. [13 ]
Wolf's future projects for NBC are an American adaption of the United Kingdom psychological
legal drama series Injustice as well as a drama series revolving around a satanic cult, tentatively titled [14 ] The Church. Wolf is writing the latter project with Howard Franklin. [15 ] Wolf also has an untitled pilot about an insurance investigator on [16 ] USA Network. [17 ]
With Wolf pursuing projects other than
Law & Order, he and current Law & Order: Special Victims Unit show runner/executive producer Warren Leight sometimes discuss the future of the Law & Order franchise and revitalizing it; Leight commenting "(Dick Wolf and I) sometimes talk in general terms of where (the franchise) could go. I'm curious to see if there's another iteration somewhere down the line." [18 ]
As of 2015, Wolf serves as the
honorary consul of Monaco in Los Angeles. [19 ]
Filmography [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
^ USA Today
^ "LAW & ORDER: Crime Scenes". . 15 September 2003 Publishers Weekly . Retrieved . October 29, 2012
^ DeSilva, Bruce (October 22, 2012). "The Intercept". Publishers Weekly . Retrieved . 29 October 2012
^ Dick Wolf profile, FilmReference.com; accessed February 1, 2014.
^ Eshman, Rob (October 16, 1997). "A Wolf Among ‘Sheep’". Jewish Journal . Retrieved . October 24, 2012
^ Weiner, Allison Hope (May 23, 2005). "Case Closed". Entertainment Weekly . Retrieved . May 15, 2010
^ Andreeva, Nellie (May 9, 2012). "NBC Renews 'Law & Order: SVU'’, Picks Up 'Chicago Fire', Inks New Deal With Dick Wolf". Deadline.com . Retrieved . May 9, 2012
^ Kondolojy, Amanda (October 11, 2012). "Wednesday Final Ratings: 'The X Factor', 'Survivor', 'The Neighbors' & 'Modern Family' Adjusted Up; No Adjustments for 'Arrow. '" TV by the Numbers . Retrieved . October 11, 2012
^ Andreeva, Nellie (March 27, 2013). "NBC Eyes 'Chicago Fire' Spinoff Series". Deadline Hollywood . Retrieved . March 27, 2013
^ Slezak, Michael (March 27, 2013). "Chicago Fire Spreading? NBC Considering Police-Centric Spinoff Series". TV Line . Retrieved . March 27, 2013
^ Goldberg, Lesley (May 16, 2012). "Upfronts 2012: TNT Developing Shows From Steven Bochco, Dick Wolf, Matthew McConaughey, More". The Hollywood Reporter . Retrieved . October 16, 2012
^ Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. "Hollywood Walk of Fame Recent Ceremonies". Archived from the original on 2007-03-29 . Retrieved . 2007-04-04
^ "Thompson's 'Candidacy' Draws Variety of Supporters". Memphis Daily News . Retrieved . 2007-08-05
^ Andreeva, Nellie (September 4, 2012). "Dick Wolf & David Hudgins To Adapt British Series ‘Injustice’ For NBC". Deadline . Retrieved . October 16, 2012
^ Ng, Philiana (October 12, 2012). "Dick Wolf Developing Cult Drama 'Church' at NBC". The Hollywood Reporter . Retrieved . October 16, 2012
^ "Dick Wolf of ‘Law & Order’ will try a new genre with drama ‘The Church’". New York Daily News. October 15, 2012 . Retrieved . October 16, 2012
^ Rose, Lacey (May 17, 2012). "Upfronts 2012: Bryan Fuller, Dick Wolf, Kelsey Grammer Projects Join USA's Scripted Development Slate". The Hollywood Reporter . Retrieved . October 16, 2012
^ Jodha, Michael (October 3, 2012). "There’s no shortage of crimes for ‘SVU,’ says executive producer". CTV . Retrieved . October 4, 2012
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