Alex Wolff

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Alex Wolff
Born
Alexander Draper Wolff

(1997-11-01) November 1, 1997 (age 21)
Occupation
  • Actor
  • musician
Years active2005–present
Parent(s)
Relatives Nat Wolff (brother)
Musical career
Genres
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • drums
  • guitar
  • keyboards
Labels
Associated acts
Website www.natnalex.com

Alexander Draper Wolff (born November 1, 1997) [1] is an American actor and musician.

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He first gained recognition for starring alongside his older brother Nat in the Nickelodeon musical comedy series The Naked Brothers Band (2007–09), which was created by the boys' mother Polly Draper. Wolff and his brother released two soundtrack albums for the series, The Naked Brothers Band and I Don't Want to Go to School , which were co-produced by their father Michael Wolff. Subsequent to the conclusion of the Nickelodeon series, Wolff and his older brother also formed a duo called Nat & Alex Wolff, and they released the album Black Sheep in 2011.

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Personal life

Wolff was born in Manhattan, New York, [1] to actress and writer Polly Draper and jazz pianist Michael Wolff. He is the younger brother of actor and musician Nat Wolff. His father is Jewish [2] [3] [4] and his mother is Christian. [5] Wolff is a maternal grandson of venture capitalist and civic leader William Henry Draper III, [6] a nephew of venture capitalist Tim Draper, [7] a cousin of actress Jesse Draper, [8] and a great-grandson of banker and diplomat William Henry Draper Jr. [9] [10]

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Career

Wolff began his acting career at the age of 6 in the 2005 musical comedy film The Naked Brothers Band: The Movie , written and directed by his mother. It was commissioned by Nickelodeon as the pilot to the television series The Naked Brothers Band (2007–2009) which was also created, produced, written and directed by his mother. [8] [11] He contributed lyrics, vocals, and instrumentation for both the film and series; their father produced and supervised the music. The show released two soundtrack albums and the song "Crazy Car" ranked #83 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts.

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In 2015, he starred in the indie drama Coming Through the Rye . In 2016, he had a supporting role in the comedy sequel My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 and played terrorist Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in the drama Patriots Day , about the Boston Marathon bombing.

In 2018, Wolff starred in the supernatural horror film Hereditary . He will make his directorial debut with The Cat and the Moon , which he is also writing and starring in. [13]

Awards

For Wolff's work on The Naked Brothers Band series and film, he obtained a Broadcast Music, Inc. Cable Award in 2007, Audience Award for a Family Feature Film at the Hamptons International Film Festival in 2005, [14] and was nominated for a Young Artist Award both in 2008 and 2009. [15] [16] He also received a Certificate of Outstanding Achievement for Best Actor at the Brooklyn International Film Festival for his lead role in the film HairBrained in 2013. [17] On October 11, 2018, the actor will receive the Auteur Award at the San Diego International Film Festival. [18]

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
2005 The Naked Brothers Band: The Movie Alex Wolff
2011 From Up on Poppy Hill Riku Matsuzaki (voice)English dub
The Sitter Clayton
2012The Empty RoomAllenShort film
2013 A Birder's Guide to Everything Timmy Barsky
HairBrainedEli Pettifog
2015 Coming Through the Rye Jamie Schwartz
BootsNoahShort film
2016 My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 Bennett
The StandoffZane
Patriots Day Dzhokhar Tsarnaev
2017 Thoroughbreds Party FriendUncredited
The House of Tomorrow Jared Whitcomb
My Friend Dahmer John 'Derf' Backderf
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Spencer Gilpin
2018 Hereditary Peter Graham
Dude Noah
Stella's Last Weekend Oliver
2019 Jumanji: The Next Level Spencer GilpinPost-production
Bad Education Post-production
The Cat and the Moon NickAlso writer and director; Post-production
2020 Human Capital IanPost-production

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
2007-2009 The Naked Brothers Band Alex WolffMain cast
2009 Mr. Troop Mom Alex WolffTV Movie
2009 Monk Brian WillisEpisode: "Mr. Monk Goes Camping"
2010 In Treatment Max Weston7 episodes
2016 Divorce Cole2 episodes
2017 Red Oaks DirectorEpisode: "Summer in the City"
2017Crash & BurnGabrielTV Pilot

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