Wolk in 2013.
|Born||James Joseph Wolk
March 22, 1985
Farmington Hills, Michigan, U.S.
|Other names||Jimmy Wolk|
|Alma mater||University of Michigan|
Wolk was born in Farmington Hills, Michigan, the son of Edie, an art teacher, and Robert Wolk, a shoe store owner. His family is Jewish, and Wolk was raised in Reform Judaism. During his teenage years, Wolk worked as an emcee at Bar and Bat Mitzvahs. He graduated from North Farmington High School in 2003, and from the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance in 2007.
In 2008, Wolk landed his first television role in Hallmark Hall of Fame's Front of the Class, as Brad Cohen. He subsequently played the title character in the 2009 ABC pilot Solving Charlie. In 2010, Wolk was cast as the lead in the Fox television series Lone Star, as Robert/Bob Allen, a Texas con man married to the daughter of one of his targets, while simultaneously maintaining a relationship in another town. The show was canceled by Fox after only two episodes.
In Fall 2011, Wolk joined the second season cast of the Showtime dramedy Shameless, with the recurring role of Adam. The second season premiered January 8, 2012. Wolk played the recurring role of Grant in three episodes of the ABC comedy Happy Endings, beginning with the first installment on February 8, 2012. In the summer of 2012 Wolk was featured in the USA Network mini-series Political Animals, starring Sigourney Weaver and Ciaran Hinds. Wolk played Douglas Hammond, the "good" son of a former President of the United States (Hinds) and the current Secretary of State (Weaver).
In 2013, Wolk joined the Season 6 cast of Mad Men, playing mysterious junior account man Bob Benson. As the season progressed, Benson became one of the most talked-about characters on the show. As of the fall of 2013, Wolk appears on the CBS sitcom The Crazy Ones, starring Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar. Wolk plays a womanizing creative at the Chicago ad agency headed by Williams and Gellar, marking his second role as a worker at an ad agency after Mad Men.
Film and television
|2006||The Spiral Project||Jordan|
|2008||Forgotten Land||Roll||Short film|
|As the World Turns||Sailor||TV series; 1 episode|
|Front of the Class||Brad Cohen||TV movie|
|2009||Solving Charlie||Charlie Hudson||TV movie|
|8 Easy Steps||HotnRich||Short film|
|2010||You Again||William Olsen|
|Lone Star||Robert Allen||TV series; 5 episodes|
|2011||Georgetown||Andrew Pierce||TV pilot|
|2012||Shameless||Adam||TV series; 3 episodes|
|Happy Endings||Grant||TV series; 3 episodes|
|Political Animals||Doug Hammond||TV miniseries; 6 episodes|
|For a Good Time, Call...||Charlie|
|2013||Mad Men||Bob Benson||TV series|
|The Crazy Ones||Zach Cropper||Main cast|
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- Bloom, Nate (2010-09-13). "From Lonestar to Superstar?". InterfaithFamily.com. Retrieved 2010-09-18.
- Lee, Luane (2010-09-12). "James Wolk has the charm". Tulsa World. Retrieved 2010-09-18.
- Andreeva, Nellie (February 18, 2011). "'Lone Star' Leads Book Pilots: Jimmy Wolk To 'Georgetown', Eloise Mumford To 'River'". Deadline.com. Retrieved February 18, 2011.