James Wolk

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James Wolk
James Wolk 2014 (cropped).jpg
Wolk in 2014
Born (1985-03-22) March 22, 1985 (age 34)
Other namesJimmy Wolk
Alma materUniversity of Michigan
Years active2006–present
Jae Lynch (m. 2015)

James Wolk (born March 22, 1985) is an American actor. He is known for various roles in film and television, including his starring role as Jackson Oz in the drama series Zoo, Charlie in the 2012 comedy film For a Good Time, Call..., Zach Cropper in the CBS sitcom The Crazy Ones, and Jordan Evans in the CBS All Access psychological thriller series Tell Me a Story.

Early life[edit]

Wolk was born in Farmington Hills, Michigan, the son of Edie, an art teacher, and Robert Wolk, a shoe store owner.[1] His family is Jewish, and Wolk was raised in Reform Judaism.[2][3][4] During his teenage years, Wolk worked as an emcee at bar and bat mitzvahs.[5][6] He graduated from North Farmington High School in 2003, and from the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance[7] in 2007. Wolk is on the Board of Directors of the Brad Cohen Tourette Foundation.[8] He also volunteers at "Camp Twitch and Shout," which is a camp for children (ages 7–17) with Tourette syndrome in Georgia.


In 2008, Wolk landed his first television role in Hallmark Hall of Fame's Front of the Class, as Brad Cohen.[9] 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.[10]

Wolk had a role as Will in the romantic comedy movie You Again.[11] Wolk played a presidential speechwriter named Andrew Pierce in Georgetown,[12] a 2011 ABC pilot which did not go to air.

In Fall 2011, Wolk joined the second-season cast of the Showtime dramedy Shameless, with the recurring role of Adam.[13] 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.[14] In the summer of 2012 Wolk was featured in the USA Network mini-series Political Animals, starring Sigourney Weaver and Ciarán Hinds. Wolk played Douglas Hammond, the "good" son of a former President of the United States (Hinds) and the current Secretary of State (Weaver).[15]

In 2013, Wolk joined the Season 6 cast of Mad Men, playing mysterious junior account man Bob Benson.[16] As the season progressed, Benson became one of the most talked-about characters on the show. In the 2013-14 television season, Wolk was part of the cast of the CBS sitcom The Crazy Ones, starring Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar.[17] Wolk plays a womanizing creative at the Chicago ad agency headed by Williams and Gellar, his second role as a worker at an ad agency after Mad Men.

In November 2014, Wolk was cast as the lead in the CBS summer drama Zoo, based on the novel by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge.[18] Zoo premiered in June 2015. Wolk also played the role of Craig in the film Are You Joking? (2014), and then in 2015 starred as Mike Penny in the thriller The Stanford Prison Experiment[19] and Philip in the indie comedy film This Is Happening,[20] which is about an estranged brother and sister who go on a road trip to find their runaway grandmother.

In 2016, Wolk starred as Brad in the thriller film Mercy, which was written and directed by Chris Sparling.[21] In 2017, he guest starred as Craig Heidecker, an innovative young tech billionaire, in multiple episodes of Showtime's Billions.[22] In 2018, Wolk will guest star as FBI Special Agent Jeff Clayton in the Amazon's drama series Goliath.[23] Wolk starred in the CBS psychological thriller Tell Me a Story, anthology series that gives classic fairy tales a modern horror spin.[24] In late-2018 he was cast in a recurring role on the upcoming HBO series Watchmen, based on the DC Comics limited series of the same name.[25]

Personal life[edit]

In the summer of 2009 he met Elizabeth Jae Lynch, a schoolteacher, while the two of them were volunteering at Camp Twitch and Shout in Winder, Georgia. They began dating shortly after, and in June 2015 the two were married,[26] during a ceremony that was held at Crossroads Estate, Firestone Winery in Los Olivos, California. They welcomed their first child, a boy, in early 2017.[27][28]



Year Title Role Notes
2006 The Spiral Project Jordan
2008 Forgotten Land Roll Short
2009 8 Easy Steps HotnRich Short
2010 You Again Will Olsen
2012 For a Good Time, Call... Charlie
2014 Always Woodstock Noah Bernstein
2014 Are You Joking? Craig
2015 The Stanford Prison Experiment Mike Penny
2015 This Is Happening Philip
2016 Mercy Brad
TBA Spinning Gold Filming


Year Title Role Notes
2008 Front of the Class Brad Cohen TV film
2009 Solving Charlie Charlie Hudson TV film
2010 Lone Star Robert "Bob" Allen Main role; 5 episodes
2011 Georgetown Andrew Pierce TV film
2012 Shameless Adam "Summertime", "A Beautiful Mess", "Can I Have a Mother"
2012 Happy Endings Grant "The St. Valentine's Day Maxssacre", "Everybody Loves Grant", "Cocktails & Dreams"
2012 Political Animals Douglas Hammond TV miniseries; 6 episodes
2012 Vanessa & Jan Geyer TV series
2013–14 The Crazy Ones Zach Cropper Main role; 22 episodes
2013–14 Mad Men Bob Benson Recurring role; 12 episodes
2015 Robot Chicken (voice) 1 episode
2015–17 Zoo Jackson Oz Main role; 39 episodes
2017 Billions Craig Heidecker "The Oath", "Victory Lap"
2018 Goliath Jeff Clayton 6 episodes
2018–19 Tell Me a Story Jordan Evans Main role; 10 episodes (season 1)
2019 Watchmen Senator Keane Main role


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  2. ^ "Must-see TV: Sitcoms, sex top Fall lineup - Fall Preview". Jewish Journal. Retrieved 27 October 2014.
  3. ^ Bloom, Nate (2010-09-13). "From Lonestar to Superstar?". InterfaithFamily.com. Retrieved 2010-09-18.
  4. ^ Brian Scott Lipton (27 October 2011). "James Wolk Takes the Fall - Theater News - Oct 27, 2011". theatermania. Retrieved 27 October 2014.
  5. ^ "'Mad Men': James Wolk on the Mystery of Bob Benson - Rolling Stone". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 27 October 2014.
  6. ^ Denise Martin (21 June 2013). "Mad Men's James Wolk on the Bob Benson Reveal -- Vulture". Vulture. Archived from the original on January 1, 2014. Retrieved 27 October 2014.
  7. ^ Lee, Luane (2010-09-12). "James Wolk has the charm". Tulsa World. Retrieved 2010-09-18.
  8. ^ "Board of Directors". Retrieved 27 October 2014.
  9. ^ "It's Time to Meet Jimmy Wolk, Playing Brad Cohen, in Front of the Class | Class Performance". www.classperformance.com. Retrieved 2015-09-17.
  10. ^ "It's official: Fox cancels 'Lone Star'". EW.com. Archived from the original on 29 September 2010. Retrieved 27 October 2014.
  11. ^ "James Wolk Interview LONE STAR". Retrieved 2015-09-17.
  12. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (February 18, 2011). "'Lone Star' Leads Book Pilots: Jimmy Wolk To 'Georgetown', Eloise Mumford To 'River'". Deadline.com. Retrieved February 18, 2011.
  13. ^ "Showtime Casting: 'Shameless' Gets James Wolk and More". Retrieved 2015-09-17.
  14. ^ "'Happy Endings' guest star James Wolk talks Max romance". Retrieved 2016-08-30.
  15. ^ "Emmy Watch: James Wolk on 'Political Animals'". Retrieved 2015-09-17.
  16. ^ "'Mad Men' Actor James Wolk on the Mystery of Bob Benson". Retrieved 2015-09-17.
  17. ^ "James Wolk Stays Sane on 'The Crazy Ones'". Retrieved 2015-09-17.
  18. ^ Ng, Philiana (November 11, 2014). "James Wolk to Star in CBS' 'Zoo'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 12, 2014.
  19. ^ "Stanford Prison Experiment holds place in pop psyche decades on". Retrieved 2015-09-17.
  20. ^ Yamato, Jen. "'Jem' Star Joins 'Equals'; Comedy 'This Is Happening' Sets Cloris Leachman & More". Retrieved 2015-09-17.
  21. ^ "Netflix Nabs Chris Sparling's 'Mercy,' 'Girlfriend's Day' With Bob Odenkirk (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2016-10-22.
  22. ^ Prudom, Laura (2016-08-12). "'Billions' Taps 'Zoo' Star James Wolk for Season 2 Guest Role (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 2017-03-05.
  23. ^ Petski, Denise (2017-07-31). "'Goliath': James Wolk Set To Recur In Season 2 Of Amazon Drama Series". Deadline. Retrieved 2017-11-22.
  24. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2018-06-12). "'Tell Me A Story': James Wolk To Star In Kevin Williamson's CBS All Access Series". Deadline. Retrieved 2018-10-02.
  25. ^ Franklin, Garth (2018-11-06). "James Wolk Joins HBO's "Watchmen" Series". Dark Horizons. Retrieved 2019-03-28.
  26. ^ https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2312345/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm
  27. ^ Wolk, James (2015-06-22). "My Mrs. Wolk". Instagram. Retrieved 2015-06-22.
  28. ^ Sadie Gennis (2015-07-03). "James Wolk is Married!". TV Guide. Retrieved 2015-07-09.

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