Gerald I Wolff on The Jimmy Star Show
Industry Type: Film / TV Industry, Music Industry
Gerald I Wolff is an American casting director and producer with over 25 years in the industry and more than 450 feature films to his credit. His access to top executives and stars include Mickey Rourke, James Spader, Christopher Walken, Alec Baldwin, Martin Sheen, Charlie Sheen, Kiefer Sutherland, Nicolas Cage, Sylvester Stallone, Ving Rhames, and many […]
Gerald I Wolff is an American casting director and producer with over 25 years in the industry and more than 450 feature films to his credit. His access to top executives and stars include Mickey Rourke, James Spader, Christopher Walken, Alec Baldwin, Martin Sheen, Charlie Sheen, Kiefer Sutherland, Nicolas Cage, Sylvester Stallone, Ving Rhames, and many more.
Born into a show business family, Gerald I. Wolff started his career in New York at the age of four. His study of tap, ballet, and modern jazz with Donald O’ Conner, Joe Vilane and Joe Tremaine soon made him a favorite performer on television’s “The Howdy Doody Show”, “The Rootie Kazootie Show”, “Star Time Kids”, “The Merry Mailman”, “Mr. I. Magination” and many others. Mr. Wolff joined the Performing Arts Group at George Gershwin Junior High where was a standout in musical theater productions from “HMS Pinafore” to “Damn Yankees”. There, young Gerry was scouted by Ira Gershwin and Paul Whiteman and was hired as the Tap Dance Kid on NBC-TV’s “Breakfast With Bee”, starring Peggy King and Art Carney. During the same period, he also appeared on “The Danny Kaye Show”. Admitted to the Academy of the Performing Arts in New York, Gerry capped his freshman year with “Gerry Wolff’s One Man Show”, which played to sold-out audiences at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Mr. Wolff’s performing career peaked when he appeared in the Broadway hit show “Best Foot Forward” with Liza Minnelli and Christopher Walken, and then traveled abroad to appear in several shows at The Palladium Theatre in London.
Mr. Wolff first began to learn the business side of show business at United Artists, during the period when legendary giant Elia Kazan was its Board Chairman and Darryl F. Zanuck was its leading independent producer. Mr. Wolff worked directly for Kazan as his Executive Assistant. At the same time, Mr. Wolff was privileged to learn the basics of feature film distribution from his uncle, Nat Wolff, who had founded the Commercial Film Exchange, the Denver-based hub of all West Coast distribution for the films by RKO Pictures and United Artists.
When Nat Wolff formed Wolff-Reismiller Artist Management in the mid-1960s, Mr. Wolff joined to help manage the careers of Tony Orlando and Dawn, Alice Cooper, Dusty Springfield, Nancy Wilson, Ozzy Osbourne, Donnie and Marie Osmond, Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, Dionne Warwick, Linda Ronstadt and many other top music stars. Jerry Wolff was a Talent Coordinator for Donnie and Marie’s “Children’s Miracle Network Telethon”, and many other telethons. He also helped to create the “Us Festival”, California’s answer to Woodstock. Next, Mr. Wolff began to produce live shows such as “The World Tour” for Tony Orlando and Dawn, Muhammad Ali’s “Children’s Peace March”, and the Los Angeles Mental Health Association’s “Tribute to Jerry Buss”. Meanwhile, Mr. Wolff was tapped as Production Advisor on Michael Jackson‘s “Thriller” album and video, working with director John Landis.
Next Mr. Wolff would go on to found Premier Financial Entertainment, a personal business management company with a clientele of 80’s superstars and up-and-coming stars. Premier’s roster included Aldo Ray, Adam West, Burt Ward, Morey Amsterdam and Rosemarie, Jack Carter, Edward Albert, Kelly McGillis and more.
Currently Mr. Wolff’s company is Gerald I Wolff and Associates, and he is producing two films, and casting five films, including the highly anticipated Hallow Pointe directed by Thomas J. Churchill.