Wolf is known for his Law & Order franchise.
|Born||Richard Anthony Wolf
December 20, 1946
New York City, New York, United States
|Other names||Richard A. Wolf
|Alma mater||University of Pennsylvania|
|Occupation||Television writer, director, executive producer, creator|
|Known for||Crime Stories|
|Home town||New York, New York|
(September 5, 1970 – March 16, 1983; divorced)
(June 29, 1983–2005; divorced; 3 children)
(June 17, 2006—present; 2 children)
Richard Anthony "Dick" Wolf (born December 20, 1946) is an American producer, specializing in crime dramas such as Miami Vice and the Law & Order franchise. Throughout his career he has won several awards including an Emmy Award and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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 Irish Catholic; he was raised in a secular home. He went to Saint David's School in New York City. Wolf was enrolled at Phillips Academy and graduated from The Gunnery. He enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania, graduating in 1969. He was a member of Penn's chapter of the Zeta Psi fraternity.
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 also a struggling screenwriter at the time. He moved to Los Angeles after a few years and had three screenplays produced; one of these films, Masquerade starring Rob Lowe and Meg Tilly, was well received. He started his television career as a staff writer on Hill Street Blues 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 Miami Vice, where he was a supervising producer.
Wolf's Law & Order, which ran from 1990 to 2010, tied Gunsmoke 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 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 – Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Law & Order: UK – and did so for the three that have been cancelled – Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order: Trial by Jury and Law & Order: Los Angeles. In addition, he was the creator and executive producer of NBC's courtroom reality series Crime & Punishment, which chronicled real-life cases prosecuted by the 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 Twin Towers, the 2003 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 The Doors, titled When You're Strange.
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 & 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. In 2013 Wolf was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame.
In addition to having been a classmate of former US 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, as it has been reported that he contributed money to Thompson even before he officially announced he was running.
Wolf developed Chicago Fire, a drama about a group of men and women working at the 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 Revolution.
Wolf's future projects are an American adaption of the United Kingdom psychological legal drama series Injustice (Wolf's version airing on NBC, pending it being picked up to series), as well as a drama series revolving around a satanic cult, tenatively titled The Church, for NBC as well. Wolf is writing the project with Howard Franklin. Wolf also has an untitled pilot about an insurance investigator on USA Network, and an unscripted pilot titled Cold Justice, a documentary drama, for TNT.
With Wolf pursuing other projects as well, he and current Law & Order: Special Victims Unit show runner/executive producer Warren Leight 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," he says. "We try hard to maintain a certain level of quality which I think is why the shows sustained in reruns so well. And I'd like to believe there's room for another generation in some way." In March 2013, NBC announced intentions for a spin-off to Wolf's fire-fighter drama, Chicago Fire, which would revolve around the Chicago Police Department. Derek Haas, Michael W. Brandt, and Matt Olmstead would be executive producers of the series under Wolf.
- "I've never understood the obsession with younger writers and dramas. Comedies I understand, but how do you write drama at 23; you haven't experienced anything. You know about 23-year-olds. It's kind of hard to write about 60 year old EADAs [Executive Assistant District Attorneys]. Only a couple of us are 60 years old so far, but there are not many 23-year-olds who can write about life-changing situations unless it's medical. That sounds weird, but there's not the mileage on the odometer to get under the surface. There are exceptions that prove the rule—(Charles) Dickens wasn't bad at 23."
- Skateboard (1978)
- Miami Vice (1984–1989) TV series
- No Man's Land (1987)
- Masquerade (1988)
- Gideon Oliver (1989) TV series
- Christine Cromwell (1989) TV series
- Nasty Boys (1990) TV series
- H.E.L.P. (1990) TV series
- Law & Order (1990–2010) TV series
- School Ties (1992)
- Mann & Machine (1992) TV series
- The Human Factor (1992) TV series
- South Beach (1993) TV series
- New York Undercover (1994–1998) TV series
- The Wright Verdicts (1995) TV series
- Swift Justice (1996) TV series
- Feds (1997) TV series
- Players (1997–1998) TV series
- Exiled: A Law & Order Movie (1998) (TV)
- The Invisible Man (1998) (TV)
- Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999—present) TV series
- D.C. (2000) TV series
- Deadline (2000–2001) TV series
- Arrest & Trial (2000) TV series
- Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2001–2011) TV series
- Crime & Punishment (2002–2004) TV series
- Twin Towers (2003)
- Dragnet (2003) TV series Universal Network Television ABC
- Law & Order: Trial by Jury (2005–2006) TV series
- Conviction (2006) TV series
- Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (2007)
- Paris enquêtes criminelles (2007–2008) TV series
- Law & Order: UK (2009—present) TV series
- Law & Order: Los Angeles (2010—2011) TV series
- Community (Basic Lupine Urology, 2012) TV series
- Chicago Fire (2012—present) TV series
- Family Guy (2012) Guest voice in Ratings Guy, TV series
- Chicago PD (2013-present) TV series
- USA Today
- Dick Wolf Biography (1946-)
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- 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 (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 (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.
- 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.
- Jodha, Michael (October 3, 2012). "There’s no shortage of crimes for ‘SVU,’ says executive producer". CTV. Retrieved October 4, 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.
- "LAW & ORDER: Crime Scenes". Publishers Weekly. 15 September 2003. Retrieved 29 October 2012.
- DeSilva, Bruce (22 October 2012). "The Intercept". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 29 October 2012.
- Green, Susan; Randee Dawn; [foreword by Dick Wolf] (2009). Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Unofficial Companion: unofficial companion. Dallas, TX: BenBella Books. p. 40. ISBN 9781933771885. Retrieved 31 July 2012.
- Dick Wolf at the Internet Movie Database
- Interview with Wolf on NPR's Fresh Air (March 11, 2005)
- Behind the Scenes of Dick Wolf's "Nasty Boys"
- New York Times. "Dick Wolf Breaks and Enters With 'Law and Order' on NBC" by Bruce Weber. March 1, 1992.