Jami Gertz

Actress
A wide-eyed, dark-haired performer, Jami Gertz won a nationwide talent search sponsored by producer Norman Lear and was cast at age 16 in the breakout role of preppy Muffy Tepperman in the short-lived CBS sitcom "Square ... Read more »
Born: 10/28/1965 in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Actor (47)

The Neighbors 2012 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Dealin' With Idiots 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

Modern Family 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Entourage 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Keeping Up With The Steins 2006 (Movie)

Joanne Fielder (Actor)

Shark 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Still Standing 2002 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2004 (Tv Show)

Guest

The 30th Annual People's Choice Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Funny Flubs & Screw-Ups XII 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The 29th Annual People's Choice Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Ally McBeal 2000 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Gilda Radner: It's Always Something 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2001 Creative Arts Emmy Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Presenter

Kat and Allison 2000 (Movie)

Kat (Actor)

Seven Girlfriends 2000 (Movie)

Lisa (Actor)

ER 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hudson Street 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Twister 1996 (Movie)

Melissa (Actor)

Related By Birth 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

This Can't Be Love 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Jersey Girl 1993 (Movie)

Toby Mastallone (Actor)

Sibs 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

TGIF Comedy Preview 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Don't Tell Her It's Me 1990 (Movie)

Emily (Actor)

Sibling Rivalry 1990 (Movie)

Jeanine (Actor)

Silence Like Glass 1990 (Movie)

Eva Martin (Actor)

Listen to Me 1989 (Movie)

Monica Tomanski (Actor)

Renegades 1989 (Movie)

Barbara (Actor)

The Facts of Life 1979 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Less Than Zero 1987 (Movie)

Blair (Actor)

The Lost Boys 1987 (Movie)

Star (Actor)

Crossroads 1986 (Movie)

Frances (Actor)

Quicksilver 1986 (Movie)

Terri (Actor)

Solarbabies 1986 (Movie)

Terra (Actor)

Dreams 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Mischief 1985 (Movie)

Rosalie (Actor)

Alphabet City 1984 (Movie)

Sophia (Actor)

Sixteen Candles 1984 (Movie)

Robin (Actor)

Square Pegs 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Endless Love 1981 (Movie)

Patty (Actor)

Dream On (TV Show)

Actor

For Members Only (TV Show)

Actor

Undercover Christmas (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A wide-eyed, dark-haired performer, Jami Gertz won a nationwide talent search sponsored by producer Norman Lear and was cast at age 16 in the breakout role of preppy Muffy Tepperman in the short-lived CBS sitcom "Square Pegs" (1982-83) featuring Sarah Jessica Parker. With her parents' permission, the young actress left her home in Illinois and settled in L.A. to play the snobbish Muffy. Following the demise of "Square Pegs," Gertz went on to a recurring role on NBC's "The Facts of Life" in 1983 and a co-starring berth on the equally short-lived John Stamos vehicle "Dreams" (CBS, 1984). Although she had made her feature film debut in the notorious bomb "Endless Love" (1981) and had supporting roles in "Sixteen Candles" and "Alphabet City" (both 1984), the actress landed her first starring role opposite Kevin Bacon in "Quicksilver" (1986). Later that year, Gertz was seen both on stage (in "Out of Gas on Lover's Leap" in L.A.) and on screen (in "Solarbabies") opposite Jason Patric, with whom she also co-starred in "The Lost Boys" (1987), Joel Schumacher's stylish vampire thriller. She went on to do fine work in films that didn't click with either critics or the public. Gertz was impressive as a vacuous, rich party girl in the drug-soaked world of "Less Than Zero" (1987), as Kirk Cameron's fellow college debate team member in "Listen to Me" (1989) and as Kirstie Alley's critical sister in "Sibling Rivalry" (1990).

Relationships

Sharon Gertz

Mother

Walter Gertz

Father

Tony Ressler

Husband
Married in 1989 was misdiagnosed with a brain tumor in September 1995

Nicholas Ressler

Son
Born February 17, 1995 father, Tony Ressler

Oliver Ressler

Son
Born May 6, 1992 father, Tony Ressler

Theo Ressler

Son
Born c. 1998 father, Tony Ressler

EDUCATION

New York University

New York , New York

The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute

New York , New York

Milestones

2009

Joined HBO's "Entourage" in a recurring role as Marlo, the wife of Ari Gold's new business partner

2006

Cast in the indie comedy "Keeping Up with the Steins," playing the wife of Jeremy Piven

2002

Played Judy Miller in the CBS sitcom, "Still Standing"

2002

Portrayed the late comedy legend Gilda Radner in the ABC movie, "Gilda Radner: It's Always Something"

2001

Played a heroin addict in "Lip Service"

2000

Played a recurring role of a prissy lawyer on the FOX comedy, "Ally McBeal"; garnered an Emmy nomination

1999

Played one of the titular "Seven Girlfriends"

1997

Had recurring role as a psychologist on the hit NBC series, "ER"

1996

Co-starred as Melissa, the fiancee of a storm chaser (Bill Paxton), in "Twister"

1994

Had memorable guest role as a woman who wouldn't share toilet paper with Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) on "Seinfeld" (NBC)

1994

Made TV-movie debut in "This Can't Be Love" (CBS), starring Katharine Hepburn and Anthony Quinn

1992

Played title role in the feature comedy "Jersey Girl"

1991

Returned to series TV as the youngest of three sisters in the ABC sitcom, "Sibs"

1990

Played Kirstie Alley's sister in "Sibling Rivalry"

1989

Co-starred with Kirk Cameron as college debaters in "Listen to Me"

1987

Portrayed rich girl Blair, opposite Robert Downey Jr. and Andrew McCarthy in the film adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis' novel, "Less Than Zero"

1987

Again collaborated with Jason Patric in "The Lost Boys"

1986

Had featured role alongside Jason Patric in "Solarbabies"

1986

Leading role debut, "Quicksilver"

1986

First collaboration with Jason Patric, the Los Angeles production of "Outta Gas on Lover's Leap"

1984

Appeared in the John Hughes-directed, "Sixteen Candles"

1983

Played the recurring role of Boots St. Clair on the NBC series, "The Facts of Life"

1982

Regular series debut, playing the popular Muffy Tepperman in the CBS sitcom, "Square Pegs"

1981

Made film debut in "Endless Love"

Raised in Glenview, Illinois

First acting role was playing Dorothy in "The Wizard of Oz" in the fifth grade

Bonus Trivia

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Gertz was reportedly offered the role of Monica Geller on "Friends" but turned it down because she wanted to have a second child.

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