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Alex Wolff
Born Alexander Draper Wolff
(1997-11-01) November 1, 1997 (age 20)
New York City, U.S.
Occupation
  • Actor
  • musician
Years active 2005–present
Parent(s)
Relatives Nat Wolff (brother)
Musical career
Genres
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • drums
  • guitar
  • keyboards
Labels
Associated acts
Website www.natandalex.com

Alexander Draper Wolff (born November 1, 1997)[1] is an American actor and musician.

He first gained recognition for starring alongside his older brother Nat in the Nickelodeon musical comedy series The Naked Brothers Band (2007–09), which was created by the boys' mother Polly Draper. Wolff and his brother released two soundtrack albums for the series, The Naked Brothers Band and I Don't Want to Go to School, which were co-produced by their father Michael Wolff. Subsequent to the conclusion of the Nickelodeon series, Wolff and his older brother also formed a duo called Nat & Alex Wolff, and they released the album Black Sheep in 2011.

Later on, Wolff began focusing his career on further acting roles. He portrayed Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in Patriots Day (2016) and John "Derf" Backderf in My Friend Dahmer (2017). He also starred in My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016), Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017), and Hereditary (2018).

Personal life

Wolff was born in Manhattan, New York,[1] to actress and writer Polly Draper and jazz pianist Michael Wolff. He is the younger brother of actor and musician Nat Wolff. His father is Jewish[2][3][4] and his mother is Christian.[5] Wolff is a maternal grandson of venture capitalist and civic leader William Henry Draper III,[6] a nephew of venture capitalist Tim Draper,[7] a cousin of actress Jesse Draper,[8] and a great-grandson of banker and diplomat William Henry Draper Jr.[9][10]

Career

Wolff began his acting career at the age of 6 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.[8][11] 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.

In 2007, he portrayed the young boy in the Fall Out Boy music video "The Take Over, The Breaks Over". Wolff made a cameo in the Nickelodeon TV movie Mr. Troop Mom and the USA police-procedural, comedic television drama Monk, both in 2009. He also starred in his playwriting What Would Woody Do? at The Flea Theater—which was directed by his mother—and the HBO medical drama In Treatment, both in 2010. Wolff later appeared in the comedy film The Sitter (2011) and starred alongside Brendan Fraser in the independent film HairBrained (2012).[12]

In 2015, he starred in the indie drama Coming Through the Rye. In 2016, he had a supporting role in the comedy sequel My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 and played terrorist Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in the drama Patriots Day, about the Boston Marathon bombing.

In 2018, Wolff starred in the supernatural horror film Hereditary. He will make his directorial debut with The Cat and the Moon.[13]

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,[14] and was nominated for a Young Artist Award both in 2008 and 2009.[15][16] 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.[17]

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2005 The Naked Brothers Band: The Movie Alex Wolff
2011 From Up on Poppy Hill Riku Matsuzaki (voice) English dub
2011 The Sitter Clayton
2012 The Empty Room Allen Short film
2013 A Birder's Guide to Everything Timmy Barsky
2013 HairBrained Eli Pettifog
2015 Coming Through the Rye Jamie Schwartz
2015 Boots Noah Short film
2016 My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 Bennett
2016 The Standoff Zane
2016 Patriots Day Dzhokhar Tsarnaev
2017 Thoroughbreds Party Friend Uncredited
2017 The House of Tomorrow Jared Whitcomb
2017 My Friend Dahmer John 'Derf' Backderf
2017 Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Spencer Gilpin Credited as 'Young Spencer'
2018 Hereditary Peter Graham
2018 Dude Noah
2018 Stella's Last Weekend Oliver
2019 The Cat and the Moon Nick

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2007-2009 The Naked Brothers Band Alex Wolff Main cast
2009 Mr. Troop Mom Alex Wolff TV Movie
2009 Monk Brian Willis Episode: "Mr. Monk Goes Camping"
2010 In Treatment Max Weston 7 episodes
2016 Divorce Cole 2 episodes
2017 Red Oaks Director Episode: "Summer in the City"
2017 Crash & Burn Gabriel TV Pilot

References

  1. ^ a b "Alex Wolff: Biography". TVGuide.com. Archived from the original on April 1, 2016. Retrieved March 10, 2014. 
  2. ^ Seidel, Mitchell (September 1, 2007). "Michael Wolff". JazzTimes. Retrieved May 12, 2018. 
  3. ^ "Celebrity Jews". J. The Jewish News of Northern California. May 18, 2007. Retrieved May 12, 2018. 
  4. ^ Smason, Alan (March 8, 2013). "Jeff Berlin to join Wolff and Clark Expedition here". Crescent City Jewish News. Retrieved May 12, 2018. 
  5. ^ Smason, Alan (2006-11-02). "Cleveland set to enjoy smooth jazz stylings of Michael Wolff". Cleveland Jewish News. Archived from the original on April 5, 2016. Retrieved 2007-02-16. 
  6. ^ Europa Publications (2003). The International Who's Who 2004. Routledge. p. 454. ISBN 1857432177. 
  7. ^ Saracevic, Al (January 26, 2007). "The Technology Chronicles: Six degrees of Tim Draper". SFGate. Retrieved January 16, 2012. 
  8. ^ 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. 
  9. ^ Lim, Jason (June 3, 2011). "Baidu Early Investor, Tim Draper is the Risk Master". TechNode.com. Retrieved January 16, 2012. 
  10. ^ P.V, Sahad (October 16, 2008). "Next Tech Giant Will Be A Cellphone Application Company: Tim Draper". VCCircle.com. Archived from the original on March 16, 2016. Retrieved January 16, 2012. 
  11. ^ Steinberg, Jacques (September 22, 2007). "Famous for Playing Rock Stars". The New York Times. Retrieved March 10, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Alex Wolff – Filmography". Baseline / All Media Guide via The New York Times. Retrieved March 10, 2014. 
  13. ^ Wolff Sets Cast for Directorial Debut 'The Cat and the Moon' (Exclusive) The Hollywood Reporter. 12 March 2018
  14. ^ "Naked Brothers Band TV Movie: Awards". The New York Times. Retrieved March 10, 2014. 
  15. ^ "29th Annual Awards 2008". Young Artist Awards. Archived from the original on July 6, 2008. Retrieved March 10, 2014. 
  16. ^ "30th Annual 2009 Nominations and Recipients". Young Artist Awards. Archived from the original on July 19, 2011. Retrieved March 10, 2014. 
  17. ^ "2013 Winners". Brooklyn International Film Festival. Retrieved March 10, 2014. 

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