Jeff Wadlow

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Jeff Wadlow
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Wadlow at San Diego Comic-Con 2013
Jeffrey Clark Wadlow

(1976-03-02) March 2, 1976 (age 47)
Alma materDartmouth College
University of Southern California School of Cinema-Television
Occupation(s)Film director, screenwriter, producer
Years active1996–present
Parent(s)Emily Couric (mother)
R. Clark Wadlow (father)
FamilyKatie Couric (aunt)

Jeffrey Clark Wadlow (born March 2, 1976) is an American writer, producer and director. Feature films that he has both written and directed include Truth or Dare, Kick-Ass 2 and Fantasy Island.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Wadlow was born in Arlington, Virginia, the son of Emily Couric, a state senator, and R. Clark Wadlow. His mother's sister is journalist Katie Couric.[2] He has a sister, Dr. Anne Drogula, who teaches Latin at Ohio University. Wadlow attended Dartmouth College, graduating with a BA in History and Film modified by Drama and a citation for outstanding work in Animation. The following year, he attended the University of Southern California School of Cinema-Television after being Awarded a USC Associates Endowment Scholarship for academic achievement, Wadlow went on to graduate in 2001. While there, he made The Tower of Babble (2002), which he conceived, co-wrote, acted in and directed. He received more than two dozen awards for the short, including Best Short Film at the New York International Independent Film & Video Festival and at the St. Louis International Film Festival, the George Méliès Cinematography Award at the Taos Talking Picture Festival, and a Student Award at USA Film Festival.[3]

He went on to receive the Short Film Prize at the Wine Country Film Festival for Manual Labor (2002) and the Best Animated Short at the New Haven Film Fest for Catching Kringle (2004). Having won the short film division at the 2002 Chrysler Million Dollar Film Competition for Living the Lie (2002), he aspired to enter the competition with a feature film.

In 2005, Wadlow and Beau Bauman came up with the idea for Wadlow's theatrical directorial debut Cry Wolf with the money Wadlow won in the 2002 Chrysler Million Dollar Film Competition for his short film, Living the Lie.[4] Along with co-writer Beau Bauman, created a five-minute presentation piece starring Topher Grace and Estella Warren that won a top prize at the Toronto Film Festival.

As an actor, he has played a small role in Pearl Harbor and a professor on an episode of the sci-fi TV series Roswell, which aired May 7, 2001. Wadlow also founded The Adrenaline Film Project, a program to help aspiring filmmakers of all ages conceive and complete a short film in just 72 hours.[1]

He directed the film Never Back Down, which was released on March 14, 2008, and starred Djimon Hounsou and Sean Faris.[3] The movie went on to beat out big budget competition to win the MTV movie award for "Best Fight." Wadlow also wrote and directed Kick-Ass 2, the sequel to the 2010 black comedy superhero film Kick-Ass.[5]


Short films[edit]

Year Title Director Writer Notes
2002 The Tower of Babble Yes Story George Méliès Cinematography Award
NYIIFV Grand Jury Prize for Best Short Film
SLIFF Award for Best Dramatic Short
Student Award
Nominated – Deauville Film Festival – Best Short Film
Manual Labor Yes Yes Also editor;
Wine Country Film Festival – Best Short Film (Domestic)
2004 Catching Kringle Yes Story Jury Award for Best Short Film – Animated

Feature films[edit]

Year Title Director Writer Producer Notes
2005 Cry Wolf Yes Yes No
2007 Prey No Yes No
2008 Never Back Down Yes No No
2013 Kick-Ass 2 Yes Yes No
2014 Non-Stop No No Executive
2016 True Memoirs of an International Assassin Yes Yes No
2018 Truth or Dare Yes Yes Executive
2020 Fantasy Island Yes Yes Yes Nominated – Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Picture
Nominated – Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Screenplay
Bloodshot No Yes No
2022 The Curse of Bridge Hollow Yes No Executive


Year Title Director Writer Executive
2010 The Odds No Yes Yes
2011 Hail Mary No Yes Yes
2013 Bates Motel No Yes Yes Consulting producer, 6 episodes
Writer, episodes "Ocean View" and "What's Wrong with Norman"
2015 Agent X Yes No No Episode: "Long Walk Home"
2017 The Strain No Yes Yes 10 episodes
Writer, episode "Belly of the Beast"
2019 Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television Yes No Yes 8 episodes
2021 Are You Afraid of the Dark?: Curse of the Shadows Yes No Yes 4 episodes[6]

Acting roles[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2001 Pearl Harbor Next Guy In Line #1
Roswell Professor Episode: "Baby, It's You"
2002 The Tower of Babble Derek
2007 I'm Through with White Girls Billy

Other credits[edit]

Year Title Notes
1996 The Pallbearer Office production assistant (as Jeffrey Clark Wadlow)
1999 The Big Kahuna Set production assistant (as Jeffrey C. Wadlow)


  1. ^ a b "Jeff Wadlow". Virginia Film Festival. February 4, 2020. Retrieved November 19, 2022.
  2. ^ "Jeff Wadlow News & Biography". Retrieved November 19, 2022.
  3. ^ a b Jeff Wadlow biography and filmography
  4. ^ "Nightmare Anniversary: "CRY_WOLF" and The AIM Alternate Reality Game!". Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved February 24, 2015.
  5. ^ Kit, Borys (May 8, 2012). "Universal in Talks for 'Kick-Ass 2'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 9, 2012.
  6. ^ "'Are You Afraid Of The Dark?' Gets Season 2 Trailer & Premiere Date On Nickelodeon". Deadline Hollywood. January 8, 2021. Retrieved March 10, 2021.

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