James Wolk

"Lone Star" Los Angeles Premiere - Arrivals

Wolk in 2010, image via Prphotos.com

Birth Name: James Joseph Wolk

Place of Birth: Farmington Hills, Michigan, U.S.

Date of Birth: March 22, 1985

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

James Wolk is an American actor. His roles include television’s Front of the Class, Lone Star, The Crazy Ones, Mad Men, Zoo, Tell Me a Story, Watchmen, and Harley Quinn, and the films You Again, For a Good Time, Call…, There’s Always Woodstock, The Stanford Prison Experiment, and Mercy (2016). He has also been credited as Jimmy Wolk.

James’s parents are both Jewish. His father’s family was from Poland and Russia, and his mother’s family was from Russia/Poland, Lithuania, and Latvia. James was raised in Reform Judaism and had a Bar Mitzvah ceremony.

He is married to Jae Lynch, with whom he has two children.

James’s paternal grandfather was David Lewis Wolk (the son of Jacob Wolk/Volk and Rose Greenberg). David was born in Ohio, to Polish Jewish parents. Jacob was born in Biała, Bialystok, the son of Shlomo Wolk.

James’s paternal grandmother was Shirley King (originally Khanovich, the daughter of David Khanovich/King and Julia Bluestein). Shirley was born in Michigan, to Russian Jewish/Polish Jewish parents. David was the son of Harry/Herszel Kanowicz and Etta/Jenta Gitel Sarack. Julia was born in Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovian Voivodeship, Poland, the daughter of Israel David Bluestein and Bella Zweiback.

James’s maternal grandfather was Harold Elson (the son of William Elson and Eva Kendler/Kantor). Harold was born in Michigan; his parents were Jewish emigrants, from either Poland/Lithuania or Russia/Latvia, respectively (depending on the record). William was the son of Ben Elson and Simmie. Eva was the daughter of Morris Kendler/Kantor and Celia.

James’s maternal grandmother is Thelma R. Pais (the daughter of Morris Pais and Mary/Ann Soroko). Thelma was born in Illinois, to Lithuanian Jewish parents. Mary/Ann was the daughter of Morris Soroko and Gesed.

Sources: Interview with James Wolk – http://www.theatermania.com

Genealogy of James Wolk – http://www.geni.com

James’s paternal grandfather, David Lewis “Dave” Wolk, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

James’s paternal grandmother, Shirley King, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

James’s maternal grandfather, Harold Elson, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

James’s maternal grandfather, Thelma R. Pais, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

14 Responses

  1. celebfan says:

    He’s an interesting actor. I wonder if he’ll go on to bigger things?

  2. anon says:

    J.J., are you a man or a woman?

  3. J.J. says:

    he has gorgeous eyes

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