Alexander Draper Wolff|
November 1, 1997
New York City, U.S.
|Relatives||Nat Wolff (brother)|
Alexander Draper Wolff (born November 1, 1997) is an American actor and musician.
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.
Later on, Wolff began focusing his career on further acting roles. He portrayed Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in Patriots Day (2016) and John "Derf" Backderf in My Friend Dahmer (2017). Other acting roles include My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016), Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017), and Hereditary (2018). He is also co-starring with his brother in his mother's film Stella's Last Weekend (2018) and in his directorial debut The Cat and the Moon (2019).
Wolff was born in Manhattan, New York, 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 and his mother is Christian. Wolff is a maternal grandson of venture capitalist and civic leader William Henry Draper III, a nephew of venture capitalist Tim Draper, a cousin of actress Jesse Draper, and a great-grandson of banker and diplomat William Henry Draper Jr.
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. He contributed lyrics, vocals, and instrumentation for both the film and series; their father produced and supervised the music. The show released two albums and the song "Crazy Car" ranked #23 on the Top 200 Billboard Charts.
In 2007, he portrayed the young boy in the Fall Out Boy music video "The Take Over, The Breaks Over". Wolff made a cameo in the Nickelodeon TV movie Mr. Troop Mom and the USA police-procedural, comedic television drama Monk, both in 2009. He also starred in his playwriting What Would Woody Do? at The Flea Theater—which was directed by his mother—and the HBO medical drama In Treatment, both in 2010. Wolff later appeared in the comedy film The Sitter (2011) and starred alongside Brendan Fraser in the independent film HairBrained (2012).
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.
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, and was nominated for a Young Artist Award both in 2008 and 2009. 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. On October 11, 2018, the actor will receive the Auteur Award at the San Diego International Film Festival.
|2005||The Naked Brothers Band: The Movie||Alex Wolff|
|2011||From Up on Poppy Hill||Riku Matsuzaki (voice)||English dub|
|2012||The Empty Room||Allen||Short film|
|2013||A Birder's Guide to Everything||Timmy Barsky|
|2015||Coming Through the Rye||Jamie Schwartz|
|2016||My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2||Bennett|
|2016||Patriots Day||Dzhokhar Tsarnaev|
|2017||The House of Tomorrow||Jared Whitcomb|
|2017||My Friend Dahmer||John 'Derf' Backderf|
|2017||Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle||Spencer Gilpin||Credited as 'Young Spencer'|
|2018||Stella's Last Weekend||Oliver|
|2019||The Cat and the Moon||Nick||Also writing and directing|
|2007-2009||The Naked Brothers Band||Alex Wolff||Main cast|
|2009||Mr. Troop Mom||Alex Wolff||TV Movie|
|2009||Monk||Brian Willis||Episode: "Mr. Monk Goes Camping"|
|2010||In Treatment||Max Weston||7 episodes|
|2017||Red Oaks||Director||Episode: "Summer in the City"|
|2017||Crash & Burn||Gabriel||TV Pilot|
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