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Dick Wolf

Biography

American producer who specific in crime dramas such as for example Miami Vice and regulations & Purchase franchise. He graduated through the University of Pa. He won several honours for his function, including an Emmy Honor and a celebrity within the Hollywood Walk of Popularity. He wedded Susan Scranton on Sept 5, 1970, after that Christine Marburg on June 29, 1983, and Noelle Lippman on June 17, 2006. His focus on Miami Vice brought him into cooperation with series celebrity Don Johnson.

Quick Facts


Full Name Dick Wolf
Date Of Birth December 20, 1946
Place Of Birth New York City, NY
Height 1.93 m
Profession TV Producer
Education University of Pennsylvania, Phillips Academy
Nationality American
Spouse Noelle Lippman, Christine Marburg, Susan Scranton
Children Olivia Wolf, Rex Wolf, Elliot Wolf, Serena Wolf
Parents George Wolf, Marie G.
Awards Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Television Movie, International Emmy Founders Award, Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television, Grammy Award for Best Music Film, Producers Guild of America Award - David L. Wolper Producer of the Year Award in Long-Form Television, Special Edgars Award, PGA Television Producer of the Year Award - Episodic
Nominations Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Non-fiction Series, TCA Career Achievement Award, Writers Guild of America Award for Television: Episodic Drama, Edgar Award for Best Motion Picture Screenplay
Movies The Doors: When You're Strange, Exiled: A Law & Order Movie, School Ties, Masquerade, No Man's Land, Gas, Skateboard, Home is Where You Find It, Twin Towers, The Last Plane from Coramaya
TV Shows Law & Order, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Chicago P.D., Chicago Med, Chicago Justice, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order: LA, Law & Order: Trial by Jury, Crime & Punishment, New York Undercover, Law & Order: UK, Arrest & Trial, Mann & Machine, Swift Justice, Gideon Oliver, The Wright Verdicts, Nasty Boys, Conviction, Christine Cromwell, Feds, Players, Stars Earn Stripes, Deadline, South Beach, Paris enquêtes criminelles, 3AM, The Human Factor, D.C., H.E.L.P., Crime & Punishment (1993), Law & Order True Crime
Star Sign Sagittarius

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#Fact
1Classmate of George W. Bush at Phillips Academy, Andover (Class of '64). Named to Andover's list of notable alumni.
2Claims the scariest movie he has ever seen is Roman Polanski's Repulsion (1965).
3Has four children in all, three with his wife Christine Marburg, Elliot, Olivia and Serena, and one with Noelle Lippman, a newborn in 2007.
4In 1995, was presented with the Governors Award by the New York chapter of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for being "a creative force in television for 25+ years".
5Was a member of Zeta Psi fraternity while a student at the University of Pennsylvania.
6Ranked #50 in the Power Rankings and #12 in the Money Rankings on Forbes' 2006 Celebrity 100 list, with $70 million in earnings, primarily from the syndication of the various "Law & Order" shows.
7Is a close friend of famous crime novelist James Ellroy. Wolf even hired Ellroy's best friend, LAPD Homicide Detective William Stoner, as a technical advisor on his TV show Dragnet (2003).
8Was an altar boy at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York back when Cardinal Spellman was Archbishop.
9Producer Dick Wolf is old friends with producer Tom Fontana. They often use actors from each other's TV series, usually resulting in the actors working on two shows at once. Examples are J.K. Simmons on Law & Order (1990) and Oz (1997), Christopher Meloni and Dean Winters on Oz (1997) and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999) and Kathryn Erbe on Oz (1997) and Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2001). Richard Belzer famously leaped from producers' show to show as "Detective John Munch".
10Worked as copywriter and/or producer of over 100 TV commercials, 1969-1976.Children: Olivia, Sarina and Elliot.
11Father was an advertising executive, mother a housewife.
12Attended prep school, which served as basis later for his School Ties (1992) screenplay; also attended University of Pennsylvania.


Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Chicago Justice2017TV Series created by - 2 episodes announced
Chicago Med2015-2017TV Series created by - 32 episodes
Law & Order: Special Victims UnitTV Series created by - 402 episodes, 1999 - 2017 story by - 3 episodes, 2000 - 2014 written by - 1 episode, 1999
Chicago P.D.TV Series created by - 73 episodes, 2014 - 2017 story by - 4 episodes, 2014 - 2016
Cold Justice: Sex Crimes2015TV Series created by - 10 episodes
Cold Justice2013-2015TV Series created by - 49 episodes
Chicago Fire2013-2015TV Series story by - 6 episodes
Law & Order: UK2009-2014TV Series original series created by - 53 episodes
Law & Order: LATV Series created by - 22 episodes, 2010 - 2011 story by - 1 episode, 2010
Law & Order: Criminal IntentTV Series created by - 195 episodes, 2001 - 2011 story by - 2 episodes, 2001 - 2002
Law & OrderTV Series created by - 456 episodes, 1990 - 2010 story by - 10 episodes, 1990 - 2004 written by - 1 episode, 1990
Paris enquêtes criminellesTV Series creator - 10 episodes, 2007 - 2008 idea - 6 episodes, 2007 - 2008 writer - 1 episode, 2008
Zakon & poryadok: Prestupnyy umysel2008TV Series original story - 1 episode
Law & Order: Division of Field Investigation2007TV Series creator
Conviction2006TV Series created by - 13 episodes
Law & Order: Trial by JuryTV Series created by - 13 episodes, 2005 - 2006 written by - 1 episode, 2005
Law & Order: Justice Is Served2004Video Game creator "Law & Order"
Crime & Punishment2002-2004TV Series documentary created by - 23 episodes
Law & Order II: Double or Nothing2003Video Game creator "Law & Order"
Dragnet2003TV Series creator
Law & Order: Dead on the Money2002Video Game creator "Law & Order"
Arrest & Trial2000-2001TV Series documentary created by - 16 episodes
DeadlineTV Series created by - 13 episodes, 2000 - 2001 story by - 4 episodes, 2000 - 2001 teleplay by - 1 episode, 2000
New York UndercoverTV Series created by - 89 episodes, 1994 - 1999 story by - 2 episodes, 1994 - 1996
Exiled1998TV Movie character
Players1997-1998TV Series created by - 18 episodes
Feds1997TV Series co-creator - 6 episodes
Swift Justice1996TV Series created by - 13 episodes
South BeachTV Series created by - 7 episodes, 1993 story by - 1 episode, 1993
School Ties1992screenplay / story
Mann & MachineTV Series created by - 9 episodes, 1992 story by - 1 episode, 1992
Nasty Boys1990TV Series created by - 13 episodes
H.E.L.P.TV Series created by - 6 episodes, 1990 story by - 2 episodes, 1990
Christine Cromwell1989-1990TV Series created by - 4 episodes
Gideon OliverTV Series created by - 5 episodes, 1989 written by - 1 episode, 1989
Miami ViceTV Series story - 12 episodes, 1986 - 1988 teleplay - 5 episodes, 1986 - 1987 excerpts - 1 episode, 1988
Masquerade1988written by
No Man's Land1987written by
Hill Street BluesTV Series teleplay by - 5 episodes, 1986 story by - 3 episodes, 1986 written by - 2 episodes, 1985
Gas1981screenplay - as Richard Wolf / story - as Richard Wolf
Skateboard1978screenplay - as Richard A. Wolf / story - as Richard A. Wolf

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Super2017executive producer / producer post-production
Chicago Justice2017TV Series executive producer - 2 episodes announced
Chicago P.D.2014-2017TV Series executive producer - 73 episodes
Chicago Med2015-2017TV Series executive producer - 26 episodes
Chicago Fire2012-2017TV Series executive producer - 95 episodes
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit1999-2017TV Series executive producer - 398 episodes
Cold Justice2013-2015TV Series executive producer - 29 episodes
Cold Justice: Sex Crimes2015TV Series executive producer - 7 episodes
Cold Justice: Justice Served2015TV Movie executive producer
The Jim Gaffigan Show2015TV Series executive producer - 1 episode
3AM2015TV Series executive producer
Nightwatch2015TV Series executive producer
Dead Again2014TV Series executive producer - 1 episode
Stars Earn Stripes2012TV Series executive producer
Law & Order: UK2009-2011TV Series executive producer - 30 episodes
Law & Order: LA2010-2011TV Series executive producer - 22 episodes
Law & Order: Criminal Intent2001-2011TV Series executive producer - 195 episodes
Law & Order1990-2010TV Series executive producer - 456 episodes
Lost & Found2009TV Movie executive producer
Home Is Where You Find It2009Documentary short producer
The Doors: When You're Strange2009Documentary producer
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee2007TV Movie executive producer
Conviction2006TV Series executive producer - 13 episodes
Law & Order: Trial by Jury2005-2006TV Series executive producer - 13 episodes
Dragnet2003-2004TV Series executive producer - 22 episodes
Twin Towers2003Short producer
Crime & Punishment2002TV Series documentary executive producer
Deadline2000-2001TV Series executive producer - 13 episodes
D.C.2000TV Series executive producer
Arrest & Trial2000TV Series documentary executive producer - 3 episodes
New York Undercover1994-1999TV Series executive producer - 88 episodes
The Invisible Man1998TV Movie executive producer
Exiled1998TV Movie executive producer
Players1997TV Series executive producer
Feds1997TV Series executive producer - 1 episode
Swift Justice1996TV Series executive producer - 13 episodes
The Wright Verdicts1995TV Series executive producer - 1 episode
South Beach1993TV Series executive producer - 7 episodes
Crime & Punishment1993TV Series executive producer - 1 episode
Mann & Machine1992TV Series executive producer - 9 episodes
The Human Factor1992TV Series executive producer
H.E.L.P.1990TV Series executive producer
Christine Cromwell1989TV Series executive producer
Gideon Oliver1989TV Series executive producer - 1 episode
The Last Plane from Coramaya1989Video producer
Miami ViceTV Series co-producer - 24 episodes, 1986 - 1987 co-executive producer - 15 episodes, 1987 - 1988
Masquerade1988executive producer
No Man's Land1987producer
Skateboard1978producer - as Richard A. Wolf

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hill Street Blues1985-1986TV Series executive script consultant - 18 episodes

Art Department

Art Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Paris enquêtes criminelles2007-2008TV Series artistic advisor - 15 episodes

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Family Guy2012TV SeriesDick Wolf
Masquerade1988Sedgewick

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Community2012TV Series special thanks - 1 episode
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Police Sketch: Dann Florek2004Video documentary short special thanks
Law & Order: The First 3 Years2004Video documentary short special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Paley Center Salutes NBC's 90th Anniversary2017TV SpecialHimself
Today2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Law & Order Goes West2011Video shortHimself
Media City2011TV SeriesHimself
Séries express2008-2009TV SeriesHimself
TV Land Moguls2009TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
E! True Hollywood Story2008TV Series documentaryHimself
The 59th Primetime Emmy Awards2007TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Outstanding Made for Television Movie
Tavis Smiley2007TV SeriesHimself
Forbes Celebrity 100: Who Made Bank?2006TV MovieHimself
Inside the Actors Studio2006TV SeriesHimself
Criminal Intent: The Beginning2003Video shortHimself
SVU: The Beginning2003Video shortHimself
Inside TV Land: Cops on Camera2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
TV's Most Censored Moments2002TV Special documentaryHimself
'Law & Order': The Beginning2002Video documentary shortHimself
60 Minutes2001TV Series documentaryHimself - TV Producer (segment "Smart TV")
NY TV: By the People Who Made It - Part I & II1998TV Movie documentaryHimself
Intimate Portrait1998TV Series documentary

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2012OFTA TV Hall of FameOnline Film & Television AssociationBehind the Scenes
2011Career Achievement AwardCasting Society of America, USA
2011GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Long Form Music VideoThe Doors: When You're Strange (2009)· Tom DiCillo (video director)
· John Beug (video producer)
· Jeff Jampol (video producer)
· Peter Jankowski (video producer)
2008Founders AwardInternational Emmy Awards
2008Honorary Golden NymphMonte-Carlo TV Festival
2008PGA AwardPGA AwardsOutstanding Producer of Long-Form TelevisionBury My Heart at Wounded Knee (2007)· Tom Thayer
· Clara George
2008Lifetime Achievement Award in TelevisionPGA Awards
2007Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Made for Television MovieBury My Heart at Wounded Knee (2007)· Tom Thayer (executive producer)
· Yves Simoneau (co-executive producer)
· Clara George (produced by)
2007Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameTelevisionOn 29 March. At 7040 Hollywood Blvd.
2003Special EdgarEdgar Allan Poe AwardsLaw & Order (1990)
2000Award of ExcellenceBanff Television Festival
1999MonitorInternational Monitor AwardsFilm Originated Television Series - Best AchievementLaw & Order (1990)· Edwin Sherin
· Rene Balcer
· Jeffrey M. Hayes
· Billy Fox
1998Showmanship AwardPublicists Guild of AmericaTelevision
1997Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Drama SeriesLaw & Order (1990)· Rene Balcer (executive producer)
· Edwin Sherin (executive producer)
· Ed Zuckerman (co-executive producer)
· Jeffrey M. Hayes (producer)
· Lewis Gould (producer)
· Billy Fox (producer)
· Jeremy R. Littman (co-producer)
· Arthur W. Forney (supervising producer)
· Gardner Stern (supervising producer)
1997Distinguished Entertainment Industry AwardAnti-Defamation League
1997PGA AwardPGA AwardsOutstanding Producer of Episodic TelevisionLaw & Order (1990)· Edwin Sherin
· Michael S. Chernuchin
· Rene Balcer
· Ed Zuckerman
· Arthur W. Forney
· Gardner Stern
· Jeffrey M. Hayes
· Lewis Gould
· Billy Fox
· Jeremy R. Littman
1995Governors AwardNew York Emmy Awards"Creator/Producer - A creative force in television for 25+ years."

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2010Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Nonfiction SeriesAmerican Masters (1985)· Susan Lacy (executive producer)
· Prudence Glass (series producer)
· Julie Sacks (supervising producer)
· John Beug (producer)
· Jeff Jampol (producer)
· Peter Jankowski (produced by)
2010Career Achievement AwardTelevision Critics Association Awards
2009TV Quick AwardTV Quick Awards, UKBest New DramaLaw & Order: UK (2009)· Jane Featherstone
2006Best Series or SerialReims International Television DaysLaw & Order: Criminal Intent (2001)· Rene Balcer (developer, executive producer)
2002Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Drama SeriesLaw & Order (1990)· Barry Schindel (executive producer)
· Jeffrey M. Hayes (executive producer)
· Peter Jankowski (executive producer)
· Lewis Gould (co-executive producer)
· Richard Sweren (co-executive producer)
· Arthur W. Forney (co-executive producer)
· Eric Ellis Overmyer (co-executive producer)
· William N. Fordes (supervising producer)
· Kati Johnston (produced by)
· Gary Karr (producer)
· Wendy Battles (producer)
· Roz Weinman (producer)
2001Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Drama SeriesLaw & Order (1990)· Barry Schindel (executive producer)
· Jeffrey M. Hayes (executive producer)
· Arthur Penn (executive producer)
· William M. Finkelstein (executive producer)
· Kathy McCormick (co-executive producer)
· Lewis Gould (producer)
· Richard Sweren (co-executive producer)
· Arthur W. Forney (co-executive producer)
· William N. Fordes (supervising producer)
· Lynn Mamet (supervising producer)
· Kati Johnston (producer)
· Gary Karr (producer)
2000Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Drama SeriesLaw & Order (1990)· Rene Balcer (executive producer)
· Edwin Sherin (executive producer)
· Kathy McCormick (co-executive producer)
· Jeffrey M. Hayes (co-executive producer)
· Lewis Gould (produced by)
· Billy Fox (supervising producer)
· Richard Sweren (supervising producer)
· Lynn Mamet
· William N. Fordes
· Barry Schindel
2000PGA AwardPGA AwardsOutstanding Producer of Episodic TelevisionLaw & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999)· Robert Palm (executive)
2000Career Achievement AwardTelevision Critics Association Awards
1999Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Drama SeriesLaw & Order (1990)· Edwin Sherin (executive producer)
· Rene Balcer (executive producer)
· Kathy McCormick (co-executive producer)
· Jeffrey M. Hayes (co-executive producer)
· Lewis Gould
· Billy Fox
· Richard Sweren
· William N. Fordes
· Ed Zuckerman (consulting producer)
· David Shore (supervising producer)
1998Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Drama SeriesLaw & Order (1990)· Edwin Sherin (executive producer)
· Rene Balcer (executive producer)
· Kathy McCormick (co-executive producer)
· Jeffrey M. Hayes
· Lewis Gould
· David Shore
· Billy Fox
· Arthur W. Forney (supervising producer)
· David Black (consulting producer)
· I.C. Rapoport (co-producer)
· Richard Sweren (co-producer)
· William N. Fordes (co-producer)
1996Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Drama SeriesLaw & Order (1990)· Edwin Sherin (executive producer)
· Michael S. Chernuchin (executive producer)
· Rene Balcer (co-executive producer)
· Arthur W. Forney (supervising producer)
· Ed Zuckerman (supervising producer)
· Jeffrey M. Hayes
· Lewis Gould
· Billy Fox (co-producer)
· Morgan Gendel (co-producer)
1995Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Drama SeriesLaw & Order (1990)· Edwin Sherin (executive producer)
· Michael S. Chernuchin (co-executive producer)
· Jeffrey M. Hayes (producer)
· Arthur W. Forney (producer)
· Rene Balcer (producer)
· Lewis Gould (producer)
· Mark B. Perry (supervising producer)
· Ed Zuckerman (co-producer)
1994Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Drama SeriesLaw & Order (1990)· Walon Green (co-executive producer)
· Edwin Sherin (co-executive producer)
· Robert Nathan (supervising producer)
· Jeffrey M. Hayes (producer)
· Michael S. Chernuchin (producer)
· Arthur W. Forney (producer)
· Rene Balcer (co-producer)
· Lewis Gould (co-producer)
1993Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Drama SeriesLaw & Order (1990)· Joseph Stern (executive producer)
· Walon Green (co-executive producer)
· Jeffrey M. Hayes (producer)
· Robert Nathan (producer)
· Michael S. Chernuchin (co-producer)
· Arthur W. Forney (co-producer)
1992Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Drama SeriesLaw & Order (1990)· Joseph Stern (co-executive producer)
· Michael Duggan (supervising producer)
· David Black (supervising producer)
· Robert Palm (producer)
· Daniel Sackheim (producer)
· Robert Nathan (co-producer)
· Jeffrey M. Hayes (co-producer)
1992WGA Award (TV)Writers Guild of America, USAEpisodic DramaLaw & Order (1990)
1989EdgarEdgar Allan Poe AwardsBest Motion PictureMasquerade (1988)
1987WGA Award (TV)Writers Guild of America, USAEpisodic DramaHill Street Blues (1981)
1986Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Writing in a Drama SeriesHill Street Blues (1981)


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#Quote
1I've never understood the obsession with younger writers and dramas. Comedies I understand, but how do you write drama at 23; you haven't experienced anything. You know about 23-year-olds. It's kind of hard to write about 60 year old EADAs [Executive Assistant District Attorneys]. Only a couple of us are 60 years old so far, but there are not many 23-year-olds who can write about life-changing situations unless it's medical. That sounds weird, but there's not the mileage on the odometer to get under the surface. There are exceptions that prove the rule-Dickens wasn't bad at 23.
2If you're going to the theater and the actor does not have a 'Law & Order' credit on the Playbill, it means he's just got off the bus [to New York], or is really a bad actor.
3Desperate Housewives is a cultural phenomenon. But, in my mind, it's a sprinter. These shows (the Law & Order shows) are marathon runners. These shows are designed to run for unreasonable periods of time.
4(talking to critics about his 'Law and Order' franchise) "You guys don't report the financial aspects of how successful the brand is. The only reason the brand is that successful -- it's show business. No show, no business. You've got an actress sitting up here (Mariska Hargitay) who has received two consecutive Emmy nominations for a show ("Law & Order: Special Victims Unit") that everybody would describe as mature. I didn't see that much fuss made about it. You read about who's hot, who's not. These shows are never mentioned. We're not looking to be the hot show. That's not what the 'Law & Order' brand is about. It's about longevity and about repeatability and about staying on the air and being a profit center for NBC for years to come."

#Trademark
1Frequently bases Stories on Real-Life Events
2Does not like to use establishing shots in his shows. He believes that this gets in the way of dialogue and fitting a good story into an episode.
3Often uses guest appearances as springboards for actors into regular cast roles.

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