John Buffalo Mailer

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John Buffalo Mailer
John Buffalo Mailer in 2013
Born (1978-04-16) April 16, 1978 (age 46)
Occupation(s)Author, playwright, actor, producer, journalist
SpouseClaudia Maree Mailer
Parent(s)Norman Mailer
Norris Church Mailer
RelativesSusan Mailer (half-sister)
Kate Mailer (half-sister)
Michael Mailer (half-brother)
Stephen Mailer (half-brother)

John Buffalo Mailer (born April 16, 1978) is an American author, playwright, actor, producer, and journalist.

Life and career[edit]

Mailer was born in Brooklyn, the youngest child of novelist Norman Mailer and author Norris Church Mailer.[1] Mailer is a graduate of Wesleyan University. He has written several screenplays and is a freelance journalist. In 2006 he co-wrote The Big Empty (Nation Books, February '06) with his father.[2]

Mailer founded Back House Productions in New York City with three other Wesleyan grads in October 2000.[3] The following year, Back House became the resident theater company of The Drama Bookshop's Arthur Seelan Theater, and developed, among many plays, the 2008 Tony winner for Best Musical, In The Heights. On being involved in theatre, Mailer says: "I think theater will always be a powerful force because we need that human touch, particularly as we spend more and more time with machines, cell phones, computers we start to lose our humanity."[4]

In 2001, Mailer's first play, Hello Herman, had its New York Premiere at the Grove Street Playhouse and nine years later, its West Coast Premiere at the Edgemar Center for the Arts in Los Angeles with Mailer in the lead role. The result was Dramatists Play Services publishing the play in the Spring of 2010. Mailer's second play, Crazy Eyes, premiered in Athens, Greece in 2005.

Mailer portrays the character Robby Mancins, an Options trader and the best friend of Shia LaBeouf's character Jake Moore, in Oliver Stone's Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps. He is a member of The Dramatists' Guild, Actor's Equity Association, SAG and The Actors Studio, has lectured at the University of Notre Dame, Wesleyan, the University of Athens, Syracuse University, The New York Society for Ethical Culture, The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, Long Island University, and has appeared on Hannity and Combs, Air America, Democracy Now, WNYC, CSPAN's Book TV, and He has freelanced for Playboy, New York Magazine, Provincetown Arts, Lid, Stop Smiling, Corriera De La Sera, The Norman Mailer Review, ESPN Books and The American Conservative.

Mailer's work can be seen on screen in the film Hello Herman directed by Michelle Danner, which opened nationwide and on-demand on June 7, 2013.[5]

Mailer was included as one of People Magazine's men "On the Verge" in 2002.[6] He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Claudia Maree Mailer.


  • Hello Herman (2001)
  • Crazy Eyes
  • Dracula on Stage

Filmography, as an actor[edit]

As producer[edit]

As writer[edit]

  • 2002: Up to the Roof
  • 2011: Hello, Herman Film Adaptation


  1. ^ "Father to Son: What I've Learned About Rage".
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-02-28. Retrieved 2010-06-19.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "VIP Reality Project : Blog". Archived from the original on 2011-07-16. Retrieved 2010-06-19.
  4. ^ "NthWORD Shorts". Archived from the original on 2011-07-14. Retrieved 2010-06-19.
  5. ^ "Watch Hello Herman The Movie". Retrieved 2013-06-12.
  6. ^ "On the Verge". People. Vol. 58, no. 23. December 2, 2002. p. 136.

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