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Alex Wolff
Birth name Alexander Draper Wolff
Born (1997-11-01) November 1, 1997 (age 19)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Genres Pop, rock, indie, bubblegum pop
Occupation(s) 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 "Alex" Draper Wolff (born November 1, 1997)[1] is an American actor, musician, and composer. He first gained recognition for starring alongside his older brother Nat in the Nickelodeon musical comedy television 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.

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 a maternal grandson of venture capitalist and civic leader William Henry Draper III,[3] a nephew of venture capitalist Tim Draper,[4] a cousin of actress Jesse Draper,[5] and a great-grandson of banker and diplomat William Henry Draper, Jr.[6][7]

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.[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.

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), starred alongside Brendan Fraser in the independent film HairBrained (2012).[9]

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.

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]

Filmography

References

  1. ^ a b "Alex Wolff: Biography". TVGuide.com. Archived from the original on April 1, 2016. Retrieved March 10, 2014. 
  2. ^ 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. 
  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. ^ 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. 
  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. Archived from the original on July 6, 2008. Retrieved March 10, 2014. 
  12. ^ "30th Annual 2009 Nominations and Recipients". Young Artist Awards. Archived from the original on July 19, 2011. Retrieved March 10, 2014. 
  13. ^ "2013 Winners". Brooklyn International Film Festival. Retrieved March 10, 2014. 

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