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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 22 March 1985Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA
Birth NameJames Joseph Wolk
Nickname Jimmy
Height 6' 1½" (1.87 m)

Mini Bio (1)

James Wolk was born in Farmington Hills, Michigan, to Edie (Elson), an art teacher, and Robert Wolk, a shoe store owner. His family is Jewish. James graduated from North Farmington High School, and worked in his father's store as a teenager. He graduated from the University of Michigan drama school in 2007, and won the role of 'Brad Cohen' in CBS/ Hallmark Hall of Fame's "Front of the Class". Based on the book of the same name, James beautifully portrayed Brad, who has been challenged with Tourette Syndrome from a young age but defied all odds to become a gifted teacher.

In 2009, he landed the title role in the ABC pilot "Solving Charlie" directed by Gregory Hoblit. James plays a young detective who, after his estranged father passes away, learns he has an 11 year old half-brother by the same name. His father's last wish is for Charlie to raise his younger brother.

James played the lead role of 'Robert/Bob Taylor' in the 2010 FOX pilot "Lone Star", directed by Marc Webb. James played a con man who has wives in two different Texas towns and leads a double life. The cast included Eloise Mumford and Adrianne Palicki as Bob's two wives, veteran actor David Keith as Bob's con-artist father, and Oscar winner Jon Voight as a powerful Texas oilman whose daughter is one of Bob's wives.

James also appeared in the 2010 Disney feature film "You Again" with Kristen Bell, Jamie Lee Curtis, Odette Yustman, Sigourney Weaver, and Kristin Chenoweth.

He resides in Los Angeles.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Greenlight

Trivia (21)

Graduated in 2007 from the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance. Other graduates include James Earl Jones, Arthur Miller, Christine Lahti, Gilda Radner and David Paymer.
Graduated from North Farmington High School in 2003. Other graduates include Pam Dawber and Elizabeth Berkley.
Shares his birth name, James Wolk, with a noted set designer who works on the New York stage.
Mother, Edie Wolk, is an art teacher.
Is a fan of old Robert De Niro movies.
Favorite film is Back to the Future (1985).
Loves the 1950s.
Got the script for Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951) - Front of the Class (2008) the night before his audition.
When James was a child, his father was a fan of Frank Sinatra songs and he entertained his parents by singing and dancing to them.
James scored the lead in Lone Star (2010) after passes by Josh Lucas and James Marsden.
Has an older sister named Katie Ray.
Favorite actors are Michael J. Fox and Tom Hanks.
James's father, Robert Wolk, owns a ladies' shoe store and James grew up selling women's footwear. As a result, the first thing James notices about a woman is her shoes.
As a student at the University of Michigan and a struggling actor in New York, James worked as an event d.j., performing at parties, weddings and bar mitzvahs.
Considered studying medicine or law prior to becoming a theatre major at the University of Michigan.
As a student at the University of Michigan's School of Music, Theatre & Dance, James acted in a number of theatrical productions including "The Laramie Project", "You Can't Take It With You", "Arthur Miller Celebration" and the provocative drama, "In Arabia We'd All Be Kings". "The Laramie Project" dealt with the murder of university student Matthew Shepard and the production was picketed by the anti-gay activist, Fred Phelps.
James is on the Board of Directors of the Brad Cohen Tourette Foundation.
James is entirely of Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry (his family immigrated from Poland, Russia, and Lithuania).
His last name means 'cloud' in Dutch.
Has a dog named Flea.

Personal Quotes (3)

Regarding being selected to portray Brad Cohen in 2008's Front of the Class, Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951) - It mobilized my emotions, which makes it so much easier to act. When you feel moved by the story, you want to tell that story.
The Lone Star experience was tough at the time, but it really allowed me to look at things from a 3,000-foot high view. You can think something is the greatest thing in the world, but, as we know, anything can happen. It really taught me that I always want to make choices that I believe in artistically. No one can take that away from you.
[on his film, There's Always Woodstock] I play a young, Jewish doctor... My mom's dream come true.

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