Nat Wolff

Page semi-protected
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Nat Wolff
Nat Wolff by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Wolff at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con
Nathaniel Marvin Wolff

(1994-12-17) December 17, 1994 (age 28)
  • Actor
  • musician
Years active2003–present
RelativesAlex Wolff (brother)
Musical career
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • keyboards

Nathaniel Marvin Wolff (born December 17, 1994)[1] is an American actor and musician. He gained recognition for composing the music for The Naked Brothers Band (2007–2009), a Nickelodeon television series he starred in with his younger brother, Alex, that was created by their actress mother, Polly Draper. Wolff's jazz pianist father, Michael Wolff, coproduced the series' soundtrack albums, The Naked Brothers Band (2007) and I Don't Want to Go to School (2008), both of which ranked the 23rd spot on the Top 200 Billboard Charts.

Following the ending of the Nickelodeon series, Wolff and his brother formed the music duo Nat & Alex Wolff, and they released the album Black Sheep in 2011. He later became known for his lead role in the film Paper Towns (2015), and other films such as Admission, Behaving Badly, and Palo Alto, each of which premiered in 2013. Wolff also co-starred in the highly successful theatrical film, The Fault in Our Stars (2014) before portraying Ed in the film Ashby in 2015. He portrayed Light Turner in the Netflix adaptation of Death Note (2017).[2]

He and his younger brother starred in the 2018 film Stella's Last Weekend, which was written and directed by their mother, who also starred in the film.[3]

Early life

Wolff was born in Los Angeles, California, to jazz pianist Michael Wolff and actress Polly Draper.[1] He is the older brother of actor/musician and singer-songwriter Alex Wolff. His maternal grandfather is venture capitalist and civic leader William Henry Draper III,[4] and he is also a nephew of venture capitalist Timothy C. Draper,[5] cousin to actress Jesse Draper,[6] and a great-grandson of banker and diplomat William Henry Draper, Jr.[7][8] His father is Jewish,[9][10] while his mother is from a Christian background; Wolff was brought up "culturally Jewish."[11][12]


When Nat and his younger brother, Alex, were toddlers, they arose from the bathtub shouting, "We're the naked brothers band!" Their father tells of Nat teaching himself to play major and minor chords on the piano when he was four years old. As his father recalls: "I asked him, 'How did you learn them?' He said, 'Dad, they're right here.' I said, 'What are those chords?' He said, 'These are my proud chords.'"[13] By age five, Wolff had started writing his own songs, and by the time he was in preschool, he constructed a band called The Silver Boulders with his best friends.[6]

Nat first gained notice in the wake of the September 11 attacks when he held his birthday party outside his apartment, which is where he performed his composition titled "Firefighters". The benefit concert was a success; it raised over $46,000 and was donated to the children of New York City Fire Department's Squad 18.[14] Alex eventually joined the band as the drummer; both boys were emboldened by The Beatles. When Wolff was young, he put signs on his bedroom door stating: "I want to be a child actor!" At first, his mother refused because she did not want her children exposed to stardom when they were young. As a result, Draper decided to appease Nat by letting him film his own sitcom called Don't Eat Off My Plate.[15]

"Having our life turned into a mockumentary wasn't as big a deal as some would think. We took all the friendships, Alex's one liners, and my music and put it into a storyline; it was a heightened reality... The show created a great audience for us..."

He began his acting career Off-Broadway with a minor role in his mother's play Getting Into Heaven (2003) and in the Off-Broadway production of Heartbeat to Baghdad (2004), both at The Flea Theater. He later gained recognition, at the age of nine, for starring in and contributing lead vocals, instrumentation, and lyrics for the 2005 musical comedy film The Naked Brothers Band: The Movie, which was written and directed by his mother, and obtained the Audience Award for a Family Feature Film at the Hamptons International Film Festival. The film was bought by Nickelodeon as the pilot to the television series of the same name (2007–09) which was created, written, produced and directed by his mother, while his father co-starred and produced and supervised the music. Moreover, Nat's younger brother was featured in the ensemble cast and also wrote and performed the music.[6][17]

The series earned him one BMI Cable Award for composing the series' music, as well as two Young Artist Award nominations and one KCA nomination for Best TV Actor. The show produced two soundtrack albums and the single "Crazy Car" reached #83 on the Top 100 Billboard Charts. Wolff, who was six when he wrote the song, is believed to be the youngest person ever to compose a charting song on the Billboard charts. His unreleased song "Yes We Can", in honor of President Barack Obama, was heard by the President and his two daughters who enjoyed it and called him.[18] Prior to the encounter, Nat had the occasion of meeting Obama, who emboldened him to write the composition.[18]

Wolff's other film credits include appearing in the Nickelodeon television film special Mr. Troop Mom (2009), the romantic comedy New Year's Eve (2011), and the independent comedic drama Peace, Love & Misunderstanding (2011). In 2010, he starred in his brother's play What Would Woody Do? at the Flea Theater. Wolff co-starred in the comedy film Admission (2013), Palo Alto (2013), and the comedy film Behaving Badly (2014). That same year, his supporting role in the drama film The Fault in Our Stars earned him two Teen Choice Awards in the categories of Choice Movie: Scene Stealer and Choice Movie: Chemistry.[19]

In 2015, Wolff starred in Paper Towns, his second film adaptation of a John Green novel following The Fault in Our Stars. He played the lead role, Quentin "Q" Jacobsen, a teenage boy in love with his neighbor (played Cara Delevingne). Writing for Variety, critic Justin Chang stated: "Wolff, who's present in just about every scene, manages to hold the center as a young man who isn't overly concerned about either standing out or fitting in, and whose behavior can often be as hesitant as it is impulsive."[20] He starred in the off-Broadway revival of Sam Shepard's play Buried Child with Ed Harris and Taissa Farmiga, from February 2 through March 13, 2016.[21]

In 2017, Wolff starred in Death Note, a Netflix film based on the manga of the same name,[22] and the romantic comedy Home Again.[23][24] In 2018, he appeared in the independent thriller Rosy, directed by Jess Bond,[25][26] and the drama Stella's Last Weekend, directed by his mother, Polly Draper, and costarring his brother, Alex. In 2019, he appeared in Good Posture, directed by Dolly Wells,[27] and in 2020 appeared in Mortal, directed by André Øvredal.[28]



Year Title Role Notes
2005 The Naked Brothers Band: The Movie Nat Wolff / Himself
2011 New Year's Eve Walter
2011 Special Things To Do Cliff Finley Short film
2011 Peace, Love & Misunderstanding Jake Hudson
2012 Stuck in Love Rusty Borgens
2013 Admission Jeremiah Balakian
2013 The Last Keepers Simon
2013 Palo Alto Fred
2014 The Fault in Our Stars Isaac
2014 Behaving Badly Rick Stevens
2015 Grandma Cam
2015 Ashby Ed Wallis
2015 Paper Towns Quentin "Q" Jacobsen
2015 The Intern Justin
2016 In Dubious Battle Jim Nolan
2017 Leap! Victor Voice role
2017 Death Note Light Turner
2017 Home Again Teddy Dorsey
2018 Rosy Doug
2018 Stella's Last Weekend Jack
2019 The Kill Team Adam Winfeld
2019 Good Posture Jon
2019 Semper Fi Oyster
2020 Mortal Eric
2020 Body Cam Danny
2020 Mainstream Jake
2021 The Great Gatsby Live Read! Jay Gatsby
2022 Murder at Yellowstone City Young Jim Ambrose
2023 Justice League x RWBY: Super Heroes & Huntsmen, Part One Batman / Bruce Wayne Voice role[29]


Year Title Role Notes
2007–2009 The Naked Brothers Band Nat Wolff / Himself Main cast; 42 episodes
2009 Mr. Troop Mom Nat Wolff / Himself Television film
2017 Room 104 Elder Joseph Episode: "The Missionaries"
2020 The Stand Lloyd Henreid Television miniseries; main cast
2022 Joe vs. Carole Travis Maldonado Limited series[30]
2023 The Consultant Craig Main cast; 8 episodes


Year Title Role Location
2016 Buried Child Vince The New Group, Off-Broadway


Soundtrack albums as part of the TV series The Naked Brothers Band

Studio albums as duo Nat & Alex Wolff

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Work Result
2005 Hamptons International Film Festival Audience Award – Family Feature Film The Naked Brothers Band: The Movie Won
2007 BMI Awards Cable Award The Naked Brothers Band Won
2008 Young Artist Awards Best Young Ensemble Performance in a TV Series Nominated
2009 Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) – Leading Young Actor Nominated
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Television Actor Nominated
2010 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) – Leading Young Actor Nominated
2014 Young Hollywood Awards Breakthrough Actor Himself Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Scene Stealer The Fault in Our Stars Won
Choice Movie: Chemistry (with Ansel Elgort and Shailene Woodley) Won
2015 Choice Summer Movie Star: Male Paper Towns Nominated
CinemaCon Awards Rising Star Himself Won


  1. ^ a b "Nat Wolff Biography". TV Guide. Archived from the original on March 9, 2014. Retrieved March 9, 2014.
  2. ^ Tedder, Michael (August 18, 2017). "Nat Wolff Talks Jumping Into Horror at 'Death Note' New York Premiere". Variety. Archived from the original on February 23, 2018. Retrieved February 22, 2018.
  3. ^ Draper, Polly (2018), Stella's Last Weekend, Nat Wolff, Alex Wolff, Polly Draper, archived from the original on September 27, 2018, retrieved July 23, 2018
  4. ^ Europa Publications (2003). The International Who's Who 2004. Routledge. p. 454. ISBN 1857432177.
  5. ^ Saracevic, Al (January 26, 2007). "The Technology Chronicles: Six degrees of Tim Draper". SFGate. Archived from the original on February 2, 2009. Retrieved January 16, 2012.
  6. ^ a b c Lee, Felicia R. (January 25, 2007). "A TV Family Bound by Blood and a Band". The New York Times. Archived from the original on June 5, 2015. Retrieved November 17, 2007.
  7. ^ Lim, Jason (June 3, 2011). "Baidu Early Investor, Tim Draper is the Risk Master". TechNode. Archived from the original on January 24, 2012. Retrieved January 16, 2012.
  8. ^ PV, Sahad (October 16, 2008). "Next Tech Giant Will Be A Cellphone Application Company: Tim Draper". VCCircle. Archived from the original on March 16, 2016. Retrieved January 16, 2012.
  9. ^ Seidel, Mitchell (September 1, 2007). "Michael Wolff". JazzTimes. Archived from the original on June 17, 2018. Retrieved May 12, 2018.
  10. ^ "Celebrity Jews". J. The Jewish News of Northern California. May 18, 2007. Archived from the original on May 13, 2018. Retrieved May 12, 2018.
  11. ^ Smason, Alan (November 3, 2006). "Cleveland set to enjoy smooth jazz stylings of Michael Wolff". Cleveland Jewish News. Archived from the original on January 16, 2016. Retrieved February 16, 2007.
  12. ^ Smason, Alan (March 8, 2013). "Jeff Berlin to join Wolff and Clark Expedition here". Crescent City Jewish News. Archived from the original on June 17, 2018. Retrieved March 10, 2014.
  13. ^ Seidel, Mitchell (September 2007). "Michael Wolff". Jazz Times. Archived from the original on March 10, 2014. Retrieved March 10, 2014.
  14. ^ Dagostino, Mark (November 5, 2007). "Hanging Out with ... the Naked Brothers Band: For These Tween Stars and Their Famous Parents, Making Music—and Hit TV Shows—Runs in the Family". People. Archived from the original on June 2, 2009. Retrieved March 10, 2014.
  15. ^ Ryan, Suzanne C. (January 7, 2007). "Getting with the program". The Boston Globe. Archived from the original on February 26, 2009. Retrieved December 9, 2007.
  16. ^ Sutton, Judy (August 11, 2009). "Chatting with the Wolff brothers of the Naked Brothers Band". Time Out Chicago. Archived from the original on March 12, 2010. Retrieved September 3, 2010.
  17. ^ Steinberg, Jacques (September 22, 2007). "Famous for Playing Rock Stars". The New York Times. Archived from the original on August 26, 2017. Retrieved March 10, 2014.
  18. ^ a b Fekadu, Mesfin (December 11, 2008). "Tween TV star inspired by Obama". The Huffington Post. Archived from the original on January 6, 2014. Retrieved September 14, 2012.
  19. ^ "2014 Teen Choice Awards - Movies - Vote Every Day". Teen Choice Awards. Archived from the original on March 16, 2015. Retrieved March 3, 2015.
  20. ^ Chang, Justin (July 4, 2015). "Film Review: 'Paper Towns'". Variety. Archived from the original on July 28, 2015. Retrieved July 21, 2015.
  21. ^ Clemet, Olivia (December 3, 2015). ""Mad Men" Star Rich Sommer Joins Cast of Upcoming Off-Broadway Revival of Sam Shepard's Buried Child". Playbill. Archived from the original on January 6, 2016. Retrieved December 9, 2015.
  22. ^ Kroll, Justin (September 29, 2015). "Paper Towns Nat Wolff to Star in Adam Wingard's Death Note". Variety.
  23. ^ Galuppo, Mia (November 2, 2016). "'SNL' Alum Jon Rudnitsky Joins Reese Witherspoon in 'Home Again' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on November 8, 2016. Retrieved November 9, 2016.
  24. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (November 8, 2016). "Reese Witherspoon's 'Home Again' Adds Pico Alexander". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on November 10, 2016. Retrieved November 9, 2016.
  25. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (November 17, 2015). "Nat Wolff Set To Star In Jessica Manafort-Helmed Indie 'Rosy'". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on December 23, 2015. Retrieved December 9, 2015.
  26. ^ Boone, John (June 19, 2018). "Nat Wolff Plays a Kidnapper Looking for Love in Twisted 'Rosy' Trailer (Exclusive)". Entertainment Tonight. Archived from the original on June 19, 2018. Retrieved June 20, 2018.
  27. ^ Grater, Tom (December 22, 2017). "Emily Mortimer, Grace Van Patten wrap US comedy-drama 'Good Posture'". ScreenDaily. Archived from the original on June 21, 2018. Retrieved June 20, 2018.
  28. ^ Ritman, Alex (May 20, 2017). "Cannes: Nat Wolff Joins Fantasy Adventure 'Mortal' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on June 21, 2018. Retrieved June 20, 2018.
  29. ^ Couch, Aaron (December 15, 2022). "'Justice League x RWBY' Movie Unveils Voice Cast (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter.
  30. ^ Otterson, Joe (June 24, 2021). "'Joe Exotic' Peacock Series Casts Dean Winters as Jeff Lowe". Variety. Retrieved June 24, 2021.

External links