|Other names||Jimmy Wolk|
|Alma mater||University of Michigan|
Elizabeth Jae Byrd
James Wolk (born March 22, 1985) is an American actor. He is known for his starring roles in the CBS comedy series The Crazy Ones (2013–2014), the AMC period drama series Mad Men (2013–2014), the CBS drama thriller series Zoo (2015–2017), the CBS All Access psychological thriller series Tell Me a Story (2018–2019), and the HBO superhero limited series Watchmen (2019).
Early life and education
Wolk was born in Farmington Hills, Michigan, the son of Edie, an art teacher, and Robert Wolk, a shoe store owner (Sundance Shoes West Bloomfield & Birmingham MI). His family is Jewish, and Wolk was raised in Reform Judaism. During his teenage years, Wolk worked as an emcee (MC) at Bar and Bat Mitzvahs. He graduated North Farmington High School in 2003 and from the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance in 2007.
In 2008, Wolk landed his first starring television role in Hallmark Hall of Fame's drama film 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 drama 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. Fox canceled the series after two episodes.
In the fall of 2011, Wolk joined the second season cast of the Showtime dramedy series Shameless, in 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 series Happy Endings, beginning with the first installment on February 8, 2012. In 2012, Wolk starred in the USA Network miniseries Political Animals, co-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).
In 2013, Wolk joined the sixth-season cast of the AMC period drama series 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, and Wolk received a Satellite Award nomination. 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. He played a womanizing creative at the Chicago ad agency headed by Williams and Gellar, his second role as an ad agency worker after Mad Men.
In November 2014, Wolk was cast as the lead in the CBS drama thriller series Zoo, based on the novel by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge. Zoo premiered in June 2015 and aired for three seasons. Wolk also starred as Craig in the 2014 comedy film Are You Joking?, as Noah Bernstein in the 2014 comedy-drama film There's Always Woodstock, and as Mike Penny in the 2015 drama thriller film The Stanford Prison Experiment. He also starred as Philip in the independent comedy film This Is Happening, which focuses on 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. In 2017, he guest-starred as Craig Heidecker, an innovative young tech billionaire, in multiple episodes of the Showtime drama series Billions. In 2018, Wolk guest-starred as FBI Special Agent Jeff Clayton in the Amazon drama series Goliath. He starred in the first season of the CBS All Access psychological thriller series Tell Me a Story, an anthology series adapting classic fairy tales with a modern horror spin. In late 2018, Wolk was cast as Senator Joe Keene Jr. in the HBO superhero limited series Watchmen, based on the DC Comics series of the same name. The series debuted on October 20, 2019, to universal acclaim.
Wolk is on the Board of Directors of the Brad Cohen Tourette Foundation. From 2009 to 2012, he also volunteered at Camp Twitch and Shout, which is a camp in Winder, Georgia, for children, ages 7 to 17, who have Tourette syndrome.
Wolk met Elizabeth Jae Lynch, a schoolteacher, while the two of them were volunteering at Camp Twitch and Shout. In June 2015, the two were married in a ceremony that was held at Crossroads Estate, Firestone Winery in Los Olivos, California. They welcomed their first child, a boy, in early 2017, and also have a daughter.
|Denotes films that have not yet been released|
|2006||The Spiral Project||Jordan|
|2008||Zack's Life||Michael Jenkins|
|2008||Forgotten Land||Roll||Short film|
|2008||Front of the Class||Brad Cohen|
|2009||8 Easy Steps||HotnRich||Short film|
|2010||You Again||Will Olsen|
|2012||For a Good Time, Call...||Charlie|
|2014||There's Always Woodstock||Noah Bernstein|
|2014||Are You Joking?||Craig|
|2015||The Stanford Prison Experiment||Mike Penny|
|2015||This Is Happening||Philip|
|2019||Jake and Kyle Get Wedding Dates||Eric Watson (voice)||Direct-to-video|
|TBA||Spinning Gold||Larry Harris||Post-production|
|TBA||The Boys in the Boat||Tom Bolles||Filming|
|2008||As the World Turns||Sailor||Episode: "#1.13205"|
|2008||Front of the Class||Brad Cohen||Television film|
|2008||Killer in the Family||Brian||Pilot|
|2009||Solving Charlie||Charlie Hudson||Television film|
|2010||Lone Star||Robert "Bob" Allen||Main role; 5 episodes|
|2012||Happy Endings||Grant||3 episodes|
|2012||Political Animals||Douglas Hammond||Miniseries; 6 episodes|
|2012||Vanessa & Jan||Geyer||4 episodes|
|2013–2014||The Crazy Ones||Zach Cropper||Main role; 22 episodes|
|2013–2014||Mad Men||Bob Benson||12 episodes|
|2015||Robot Chicken||Del Griffith / Elf (voice)||Episode: "Robot Chicken Christmas Special: X-Mas United"|
|2015–2017||Zoo||Jackson Oz||Main role; 39 episodes|
|2017||Billions||Craig Heidecker||2 episodes|
|2018||Goliath||Jeff Clayton||6 episodes|
|2018–2019||Tell Me a Story||Jordan Evans||Main role; 10 episodes|
|2019||Watchmen||Joe Keene Jr.||6 episodes|
|2019–2020||Harley Quinn||Superman (voice)||6 episodes|
|2021–2022||Ordinary Joe||Joe Kimbreau||Main role|
Awards and nominations
|2013||Satellite Awards||Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film||Mad Men||Nominated|
|Gold Derby Awards||Best Drama Guest Actor||Won|
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