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James Wolk (born March 22, 1985) is an American actor. He is known for various roles in film and television, including his starring role as Jackson Oz in the drama series Zoo, Charlie in the 2012 comedy film For a Good Time, Call..., Zach Cropper in the CBS sitcom The Crazy Ones, and Jordan Evans in the CBS All Access psychological thriller series Tell Me a Story.

Early life & education

Wolk was born in Farmington Hills, Michigan, the son of Edie, an art teacher, and Robert Wolk, a shoe store owner. His family is Jewish, and Wolk was raised in Reform Judaism.[1] During his teenage years, Wolk worked as an emcee at bar and bat mitzvahs. [2] [3] He graduated North Farmington High School in 2003 and from the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance in 2007.


In 2008, Wolk landed his first television role in Hallmark Hall of Fame's Front of the Class, as Brad Cohen. [4] 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. Fox canceled the show after only two episodes.[5] Wolk also had a role as Will in the romantic comedy movie You Again. [6] Wolk played a presidential speechwriter named Andrew Pierce in Georgetown,a 2011 ABC pilot which did not go to air.[7] In Fall 2011, Wolk joined the second-season cast of the Showtime dramedy Shameless, with the recurring role of Adam. 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.[8] In the summer of 2012 Wolk was featured in the USA Network miniseries Political Animals, starring opposite Sigourney Weaver, Sebastian Stan and Ciarán Hinds. Wolk played Douglas Hammond, the "good" son of a former President of the United States (i.e. Hinds) and the current Secretary of State (i.e. Weaver).[9] Wolk also played the role of Craig in the film Are You Joking? (2014), and then in 2015 starred as Mike Penny in the thriller The Stanford Prison Experiment, [10] and Philip in the indie comedy film This Is Happening,which is about an estranged brother and sister who go on a road trip to find their runaway grandmother.[11] In 2016, Wolk starred as Brad in the thriller film Mercy, which was written and directed by Chris Sparling. [12] In 2017, he guest starred as Craig Heidecker, an innovative young tech billionaire, in multiple episodes of Showtime's Billions. [13] In 2018, Wolk guessed-starred as FBI Special Agent Jeff Clayton in the Amazon's drama series Goliath.[14]

Personal Life

Wolk is on the Board of Directors of the Brad Cohen Tourette Foundation.[15] He also volunteers at Camp Twitch and Shout, which is a camp in Winder, Georgia for children (ages 7–17) who have Tourette syndrome.

Wolk met Elizabeth Jae Lynch, a schoolteacher, while the two of them were volunteering at Camp Twitch and Shout. In June 2015 the two were married, in a ceremony that was held at Crossroads Estate, Firestone Winery in Los Olivos, California. They welcomed their first child, a boy, in early 2017.[16] [17]

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