James Wolk

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James Wolk
James Wolk 2014 (cropped).jpg
Wolk in 2014
Born James Joseph Wolk
(1985-03-22) March 22, 1985 (age 30)
Farmington Hills, Michigan, U.S.
Other names Jimmy Wolk
Alma mater University of Michigan
Occupation Actor
Years active 2006–present
Spouse(s) Elizabeth Jae Byrd (m. 2015)

James Joseph Wolk (born March 22, 1985) is an American actor.

Personal 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 June 2015, he married Elizabeth Jae Byrd, during a ceremony that was held at Crossroads Estate, Firestone Winery in Los Olivos, California.[9][10]


In 2008, Wolk landed his first television role in Hallmark Hall of Fame's Front of the Class, as Brad Cohen.[11] 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.[12]

Wolk had a role as Will in the movie You Again.[13] Wolk played a presidential speechwriter named Andrew Pierce in Georgetown,[14] 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.[15] 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).[16]

In 2013, Wolk joined the Season 6 cast of Mad Men, playing mysterious junior account man Bob Benson.[17] 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.[18] 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.

In November 2014, Wolk was cast in the starring role of the CBS summer drama Zoo, based on the novel by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge.[19] Zoo premiered in June 2015. Wolk had roles in movies Are You Joking? and The Standford Prison Experiment.[20] In 2015, Wolk starred as Philip in the indie comedy movie This Is Happening.[21]



Year Film Role Notes
2006 The Spiral Project Jordan
2008 Forgotten Land Roll Short film
2008 Front of the Class Brad Cohen Television movie
2009 Solving Charlie Charlie Hudson Television movie
2009 8 Easy Steps HotnRich Short film
2010 You Again William Olsen
2012 For a Good Time, Call... Charlie
2014 Always Woodstock Noah
2015 The Stanford Prison Experiment Mike Penny
2015 This Is Happening Philip


Year Film Role Notes
2008 As the World Turns Sailor Episode: "#1.13205"
2010 Lone Star Robert Allen 5 episodes
2011 Georgetown Andrew Pierce Unsold TV pilot
2012 Shameless Adam 3 episodes
2012 Happy Endings Grant 3 episodes
2012 Political Animals Doug Hammond 6 episodes
2013–2014 Mad Men Bob Benson 12 episodes
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
2013–2014 The Crazy Ones Zach Cropper 22 episodes
2015-present Zoo Jackson Oz 13 episodes


  1. ^ Madden Toby, Mekeisha (2010-09-17). "'Lone Star' ups ante for Farmington Hills' James Wolk". The Detroit News. Retrieved 2010-09-18. 
  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. 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. ^ Wolk, James (2015-06-22). "My Mrs. Wolk". Instagram. Retrieved 2015-06-22. 
  10. ^ Sadie Gennis (2015-07-03). "James Wolk is Married!". TV Guide. Retrieved 2015-07-09. 
  11. ^ "It’s Time to Meet Jimmy Wolk, Playing Brad Cohen, in Front of the Class | Class Performance". www.classperformance.com. Retrieved 2015-09-17. 
  12. ^ "It's official: Fox cancels 'Lone Star'". EW.com. Retrieved 27 October 2014. 
  13. ^ "James Wolk Interview LONE STAR". Retrieved 2015-09-17. 
  14. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (February 18, 2011). "'Lone Star' Leads Book Pilots: Jimmy Wolk To 'Georgetown', Eloise Mumford To 'River'". Deadline.com. Retrieved February 18, 2011. 
  15. ^ "Showtime Casting: 'Shameless' Gets James Wolk and More". Retrieved 2015-09-17. 
  16. ^ "Emmy Watch: James Wolk on 'Political Animals'". Retrieved 2015-09-17. 
  17. ^ "'Mad Men' Actor James Wolk on the Mystery of Bob Benson". Retrieved 2015-09-17. 
  18. ^ "James Wolk Stays Sane on ‘The Crazy Ones’". Retrieved 2015-09-17. 
  19. ^ Ng, Philiana (November 11, 2014). "James Wolk to Star in CBS' 'Zoo'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 12, 2014. 
  20. ^ "Stanford Prison Experiment holds place in pop psyche decades on". Retrieved 2015-09-17. 
  21. ^ Yamato, Jen. "'Jem' Star Joins 'Equals'; Comedy 'This Is Happening' Sets Cloris Leachman & More". Retrieved 2015-09-17. 

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