Dick Wolf

Producer, Screenwriter, TV commercial producer
A prolific writer and producer who created one of the most successful TV franchises in history, Dick Wolf entered the history books when his creation "Law & Order" (NBC, 1990-2010) tied perennial Western "Gunsmoke" ... Read more »
Born: 12/20/1946 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Producer (46)

Chicago Med 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Chicago Fire 1984 - 1988, 2002 - 2003, 2013 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Showrunner

Chicago PD 1984 - 1989, 1994 - 1996, 2002 - 2003, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Showrunner

Cold Justice 2012 - 2015 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Cold Justice: Sex Crimes 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Dead Again 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Law & Order 1984 - 1991, 1994 - 1998, 2000 - 2004, 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 1984 - 1989, 1994 - 2000, 2002 - 2003, 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Miami Vice 1984 - 1989, 2002 - 2003, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Showrunner

New York Undercover 1984 - 1991, 1994 - 1998, 2002 - 2003, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Nightwatch 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Law & Order: UK 2008 - 2013 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Stars Earn Stripes 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Law & Order: LA 2010 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

When You're Strange 2010 (Movie)

(Producer)

Conviction (NBC) 2006 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Law & Order: Trial by Jury 2005 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

L.A. Dragnet 2002 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Arrest & Trial 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Deadline 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

D.C. 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Players 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Feds 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Swift Justice 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Wright Verdicts 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Crime & Punishment 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

South Beach 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Mann & Machine 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Human Factor 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Easy Come, Easy Go 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

H.E.L.P. 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

In Vino Veritas 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Kill or Be Killed 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Nasty Boys 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Only the Good Die Young 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Kennonite 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Sleep Well, Professor Oliver 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Last Plane From Coramaya 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Tongs 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Masquerade 1988 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

No Man's Land 1987 (Movie)

(Producer)

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Exiled: A Law and Order Movie (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Nasty Boys (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Things That Go Bump in the Night (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Actor (7)

Inside the Actors Studio 2006 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

TV Land Moguls 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Miami Vice: The E! True Hollywood Story 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

NYTV: By the People Who Made It 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Today at Night 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Masquerade 1988 (Movie)

Sedgewick (Actor)
Writer (4)

School Ties 1992 (Movie)

(From Story)

School Ties 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Masquerade 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

No Man's Land 1987 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

A prolific writer and producer who created one of the most successful TV franchises in history, Dick Wolf entered the history books when his creation "Law & Order" (NBC, 1990-2010) tied perennial Western "Gunsmoke" (CBS, 1955-1975) as the longest-running shows on television. After starting his career writing forgettable movies in the late 1970s, Wolf joined the writing staff of "Hill Street Blues" (NBC, 1981-87) before moving on to form his own production company and embark on his signature "Law & Order" franchise, which was unique in breaking up the hour into two halves; the first dedicated to the police investigation of a crime and the second focusing on the courtroom prosecution. Because of the show's ratings success, Wolf had free reign to develop any show he pleased. That resulted in a string of interesting, but ultimately short-lived series failing to last more than a season. He decided instead to expand the "Law & Order" universe into two highly successful shows, "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (NBC, 1999- ) and "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" (NBC, 2001-2011), both of which utilized the original's winning formula. With several characters making crossover appearances, Wolf was able to boost another show's appeal by adding an audience favorite to the cast for an episode, an arc or a season. Though he flopped with "Law & Order: Trial by Jury" (NBC/Court TV, 2005-06) and "Law & Order: Los Angeles" (NBC, 2010-11), Wolf's franchise flourished and underscored the producer's TV dominance for over three decades.

Relationships

Noelle Lippman Actor

Wife
Married June 17, 2006

Christine Marburg

Wife
Married June 29, 1983 Divorced 2005

Susan Scranton Wolf Actor

Wife
Married Sept. 5, 1970 Divorced March 16, 1983

George Wolf

Father

Marie Wolf

Mother

EDUCATION

Phillips Andover Academy

Andover , Massachusetts
Classmates included future US President George W. Bush

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia , Pennsylvania 1969
Member of the Zeta Psi fraternity

Milestones

2013

Inducted into The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' Hall of Fame

2012

Produced NBC drama "Chicago Fire"

2010

Created and produced short-lived spin-off "Law & Order: Los Angeles" (NBC)

2007

Produced award-winning HBO film "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee," adapted from Dee Brown's book of the same name

2005

Produced short-lived spin-off "Law & Order: Trial by Jury" (NBC); cancelled after first season

2003

Produced "Twin Towers," the Academy Award-winning Short Documentary about two brothers, one a policeman and the other a fireman, who lost their lives in the line of duty during 9/11

2002

Produced "Law & Order: Crime & Punishment" (NBC), a reality television spin-off of the Law & Order franchise

2001

Executive produced second spin-off "Law & Order: Criminal Intent"; moved from NBC to USA Network 2007

2000

Created and executive produced syndicated "Arrest & Trial"

1999

Executive produced highly rated spin-off series "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (NBC)

1997

Executive produced and created NBC drama "Players"

1997

Created and executive produced CBS drama series "Feds"

1996

Wrote (also created and executive produced) UPN series "Swift Justice"

1994

Created and executive produced Fox police drama "New York Undercover"

1994

Appeared on NBC news magazine special "Today at Night"

1993

Created (also executive produced and wrote the first episode) short-lived NBC detective drama "Crime and Punishment"

1992

Executive produced short-lived sci-fi detective series "Mann & Machine" (NBC); also wrote first episode

1990

Created, executive produced, and wrote premiere episode of short-lived NBC adventure series "Nasty Boys"

1990

Created, executive produced, and wrote police and courtroom drama series "Law & Order" (NBC); success of show has led to creation of additional shows under "Law & Order" franchise; cancelled after 20 years, narrowly missing out on being crowned longest-ru

1989

Created and executive produced installments of "Christine Cromwell," a recurring series of TV movies within "ABC Saturday Movie" format; also wrote premiere TV movie installment

1989

Executive produced four installments (and wrote the first installment) of "Gideon Oliver," a recurring series within "ABC Mystery Movie" time slot

1988

Formed TV production company Wolf Films

1988

Made feature acting debut with minor role in "Masquerade"; also wrote and executive produced

1987

Returned to feature films after six years to write and produce "No Man's Land"

1985

Joined writing team of police drama "Hill Street Blues" (NBC) as an executive script consultant for its last few seasons; earned Emmy and Writer's Guild nominations for the episode "What Are Friends For"

1978

Produced and wrote screenplay "Skateboard," based on his own original story (credited as Richard A. Wolf)

1968

Began career in advertising business; worked as copywriter and producer for over a dozen nationwide campaigns; helped create such slogans as "You Can't Beat Crest for Fighting Cavities"

Bonus Trivia

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Wolf was inducted into The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' Hall of Fame in 2013.

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