James Joseph Wolk (D.O.B- March 22, 1985) is a television and film actor from America, most famous for his character of Bob Benson in the American period drama Mad Men. Born and brought up in the Farmington Hills, Michigan, to Edie, a drawing teacher and Robert Wolk, a footwear businessman, Wolk spent most of his childhood there. He has an elder sister named Katie Ray. Hailing from a Jewish family, he was raised in Liberal Judaism. When James was a child, his father being a fan of Frank Sinatra songs, he performed the songs for his parents. After graduating from North Farmington High school, he worked in his father’s store as a teenager. After considering medicine or law as a career, he finally attended the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance, graduating in 2007. 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. He landed the role of ‘Brad Cohen’ in “Front of the Class”, right after his graduation. James portrayed the character beautifully, accurately depicting the struggle of the character with Tourette Syndrome and how he defies all odds to become a teacher. He played the titular role of a young detective in the ABC series “Solving Charlie” in 2009.
Later in 2010, he played the title character in the Fox TV show “Lone Star”, in which he plays a conman who married to two different women in two different Texas towns, thus leading a double life. He gained widespread acclaim, when he starred in the sixth season of “Mad Men”, playing a mysterious junior accountant, Bob Benson. His was one of the most talked about characters on the show. Later in 2014, he was a cast member of the TV series Zoo, based on the book by
James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge. He has also starred in numerous movies including
You Again, Are You Joking and The Stanford Prison Experiment, among others. James is an avid fan of old Robert de Niro movies, but his favorite actors are Michael J.Fox and
Tom Hanks. His favorite movie is Back to the Future (1985). Wolk is on the Board of Directors of the Brad Cohen Tourette Foundation. He does a lot of volunteering work for "Camp Twitch and Shout," which is a camp for children (ages 7–17) with Tourette syndrome, in Georgia. He is married to Elizabeth Jae Byrd since 2015, and they have a pet dog named Flea. Currently, he is based in Los Angeles. He is a young talent and an acting powerhouse, slowly and steadily rising the heights. 5