Alex Wolff has become one of Hollywood’s best-known actors, appearing in films like Hereditary and Jumanji. Additionally, he recently made his directorial debut with The Cat and the Moon.
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Alex Wolff’s Biography
Alex Wolff was born November 1st, 1997 in New York City to actress Polly Draper and jazz pianist Michael Wolff, with an older brother Nat also working in music and acting. Alex began acting at an early age and has appeared in multiple movies and TV shows. Additionally, he has written and directed some short films and episodes as well.
First appearing in The Sitter (2011), his next roles included Coming Through the Rye (2015) and My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016) – as well as playing terrorist Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in Patriots Day (2016).
He is also an accomplished musician and composer, having played drums in the tween rock band The Naked Brothers Band with brother Nat Wolff. Both the movie and soundtrack albums featured tracks like “Crazy Car,” which peaked at number 83 on Billboard Hot 100 chart. Since then they have both collaborated on other projects.
Wolff has also appeared in two Nickelodeon TV movies (2009): Mr. Troop Mom and Monk; both at the Flea Theater and appearing as himself for What Would Woody Do? Additionally, in 2010 he guest starred on HBO’s medical drama In Treatment as himself.
Alex made his directorial debut with the short film Hair Brained (2013) and has since appeared in two independent films: Stella’s Last Weekend (2018) and Bad Education (2019). Additionally, he collaborated with his mother and brother again for Jumanji: The Next Level (2017).
Alex will appear in several more movies including Pig (2021), Old (2023), and Oppenheimer (2024), as well as co-starring with Dwayne Johnson in Bad Boys for Life (2020). Additionally, he has participated in Acting for a Cause (a live series of classic plays and screenplay readings that raise money for non-profit charities).
Alex Wolff’s Movies
Alex Wolff may only be 21, but he has already established himself as a serious actor. The Hereditary star has appeared in multiple movies ranging from children’s features and horror flicks to comedies. Additionally, he’s established himself as both writer and director; co-writing The Line with brother Nat and creating several short films before even writing for a Nickelodeon series alongside mother Polly Draper.
Wolff stars as Tom, an ambitious working student who joins Kappa Nu Alpha at Sumpter College after being convinced by Mitch (Bo Mitchell) to do so. Once inside, however, Tom realizes the lifestyle is not all it seems; Wolff manages to add an extra level of vulnerability with his performance as one of their frat brothers.
In 2019, he made an impression performance as one of Ari Aster’s leading men in Ari Aster’s slow-burn horror Hereditary. That year, Toni Collette invited him back for the Jumanji sequel Welcome to the Jungle; also, Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart will feature alongside him in the HBO movie Bad Education.
Wolff has directed three short films and the indie drama, The Cat and the Moon. His first feature, The Line, was released in 2020 during an influenza pandemic; depicting an alienated teenager who moves to an unfamiliar city while facing loss, alienation, and new relationships – Wolff gives an unforgettable performance as the lead, while LaVie Owen and Mike Epps standout as two troubled family friends.
Wolff may still be early in his directing career, but already he’s shown himself capable of creating captivating narratives through camerawork. One of Hollywood’s rising young directors to keep an eye on, Wolff promises more daring and challenging films like The Line in his future work.
Alex Wolff’s Extras
Alex Wolff has proven his versatility across genres with work from Hereditary to Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and now The Cat and the Moon as director and star actor alike. Aside from directing, his talent as an actor extends beyond acting – his roles often exude raw emotion that comes through as his performances captivate audiences worldwide. Recently, he spoke with StudioBinder to share how his directing choices bring this truthful storytelling element to his films.
Alex Wolff is an outstanding actor with proven comedic and dramatic chops. He first gained notoriety playing alongside his older brother Nat on the Nickelodeon series The Naked Brothers Band from 2007-2009; later they formed Nat and Alex Wolff duo, which released Black Sheep before turning their attention solely towards acting careers.
Once Wolff found fame in film and television, he established his own production company: Wolff Pictures. Additionally, he wrote and directed several short films such as the award-winning The Shiver of the Vampires and the horror flick Flesh for Fear – each receiving awards from film festivals worldwide.
He’s also an incredible musician – The Backsters, his band, has shared the stage with The Killers and The Strokes during tours – earning them fame thanks to their distinct rock sound and thrilling live shows.
Alex Wolff of Hereditary fame is an actor of multiple talents who can handle everything from horror to family drama. Next up for him will be Jumanji: The Next Level sequel as well as working on a musical project called New York Dolls.
The Line offers a hard, lean examination of fraternity hazing – an issue that annually makes headlines – written and directed by Ethan Berger and starring Hereditary breakout Alex Wolff as Tom. Tense yet convincingly acted, this film doesn’t shy away from exploring racism, sexism, homophobia, and trauma that often pervade privileged communities; its cast excels especially impressively with every KNA frat bro giving their characters life with terrifying authenticity; Lewis Pullman, Halle Bailey, Angus Cloud, and Austin Abrams are among many others who participate.
Alex Wolff may be best known as the tormented son in Ari Aster’s horror hit Hereditary, but he has also proven his directorial talents with The Cat and the Moon released this year. Following Hereditary, which brought him new prominence, this project served as his way to explore writing and directing filmmaking himself. Following that success he set his sights on the Jumanji sequel as well as an upcoming drama featuring Nic Cage called Pig.
Wolff will play the part of a truffle hunter forced back to Portland after his beloved pet pig is abducted, alongside real-life siblings Nat and Polly from A Quiet Place. Director Michael Sarnoski directed him in that 2019 horror flick that became part of popular culture thanks to its groundbreaking concept that relied more heavily on non-human sounds than dialogue to grip audiences and keep them on edge.
Wolff doesn’t give away much about the upcoming sequel; all she will say is that it will take place in the same universe as its predecessor and won’t connect to any of its previous films. She notes that Booksmart star Kaitlyn Dever will return, alongside Stranger Things actress Maya Hawke and Instagram influencer Jessica Barden from Stranger Things and Insta-savvy Brit Jessica Barden from Insta-savvy Brit.
Wolff chose Milos Forman’s 1975 classic One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest as his fifth favorite film. Based on Ken Kesey’s novel of the same name, this classic tells the tale of collective experiences within a psychiatric ward and features Jack Nicholson in an Oscar-worthy performance as Randle McMurphy.
Wolff has an extensive portfolio of projects under his belt and plenty of acting opportunities available to him but admits one aspect he dislikes about acting is jet-setting around and lost luggage.