Jerry Zaks

Director, Actor, Dialogue coach
This acclaimed stage actor and director has lately been delving into films as well. Born in Germany, Zaks was appearing on the New York stage by the mid-1970s. The curly-haired, diminutive actor made a splash as Kenicke ... Read more »
Born: 09/07/1946 in Germany

Filmography

Actor (11)

The Beat 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Husbands and Wives 1992 (Movie)

Dinner Party Guest (Actor)

Crimes and Misdemeanors 1989 (Movie)

Man on Campus (Actor)

The 43rd Annual Tony Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Performer

Outrageous Fortune 1987 (Movie)

Tobacco Clerk (Actor)

The Edge of Night 1955 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The Wall 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

The Gentleman Bandit 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

M*A*S*H 1973 (Tv Show)

Actor

Attica (TV Show)

Actor
Director (8)

Who Do You Love 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

Two and a Half Men 2006 (Tv Show)

Director

Everybody Loves Raymond 2001 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Director

Kristin 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Director

Smokey Joe's Cafe: The Songs of Leiber & Stoller 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Director

The Man Who Came to Dinner 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Director

Marvin's Room 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

The House of Blue Leaves 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Director
Other (1)

Private School 1983 (Movie)

(Consultant)

Biography

This acclaimed stage actor and director has lately been delving into films as well. Born in Germany, Zaks was appearing on the New York stage by the mid-1970s. The curly-haired, diminutive actor made a splash as Kenicke in the long-running hit musical "Grease" and subsequently alternated between musicals and plays, including "Once in a Lifetime" (1977), "Tintypes" (1980), Lanford Wilson's "Talley's Folly" (1982) and "Isn't It Romantic?" (1983). In 1994, he made a rare return to acting, handling the title role in of a concert version of "Fiorello!" (1994). His film acting career has consisted mostly of cameos in "Outrageous Fortune" (1987), Woody Allen's "Crimes and Misdemeanors" (1989) and "Husbands and Wives" (1992). Zaks has also acted in the TV-movies "Attica" (ABC, 1980), "The Gentleman Bandit" (CBS, 1981) and "The Wall" (CBS, 1982).

Relationships

Emma Rose Zaks

Daughter

Jill Rose

Wife
married on January 14, 1979

Sy Zaks

Father
Holocaust survivor

Lily Zaks

Mother
Holocaust survivor

EDUCATION

Smith College

Northampton , Massachusetts 1969

Dartmouth College

Hanover , New Hampshire 1967
(AB)

Milestones

2001

Directed the Neil Simon comedy "45 Seconds from Broadway"

2000

Staged the Broadway revival of "The Man Who Came to Dinner", starring Nathan Lane

1999

Directed the stage comedy "Epic Proportions", starring Kristen Chenoweth

1999

Experienced another flop with the musical "The Civil War"

1998

Oversaw the production of the ill-fated Broadway musical "The Capeman", composed by Paul Simon

1996

Directed first feature film, "Marvin's Room", adapted from the off-Broadway play and starring Diane Keaton, Meryl Streep and Robert De Niro

1996

Staged the revival of the Larry Gelbart-Stephen Sondheim musical "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum", starring Nathan Lane

1992

Had biggest stage success as director with the revival of "Guys and Dolls", starring Peter Gallagher, Nathan Lane and Faith Prince

1990

Hired by Jujamcin Theaters as a consultant

1987

First film appearance, in "Outrageous Fortune"

1987

Directed first musical revival, Cole Porter's "Anything Goes"

1986

Made Broadway debut as director, "The House of Blue Leaves", a revival of John Guare's comedy

1983

Served as dialogue coach for film "Private School"

1983

Was again visiting professor at Dartmouth

1982

Directed touring company of "Tintypes"

1982

First big hit as director, the double bill of one-act plays, "Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You" and "The Actor's Nightmare", both by Christopher Durang

1981

New York debut as director, "Beyond Therapy"

1980

First TV appearance, in "Attica" (ABC)

1980

Co-starred in the stage musical "Tintypes"

1977

Visiting professor at Dartmouth College

1974

Played Kenicke in the long-running musical "Grease"

1970

Began acting with Ensemble Studio Theater, New York

Born in Germany

Family moved to the USA and settled in Paterson, New Jersey

Was resident director of the Lincoln Center Theater

Appeared on Broadway as Motel the tailor opposite Zero Mostel's Tevye in the Broadway hit "Fiddler on the Roof"

Bonus Trivia

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Zaks was honored by the Drama League in 1996.

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He received an honorary doctorate from Dartmouth College.

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