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Richard Anthony Wolf (born December 20, 1946) is an American television producer, best known as the creator and executive producer of the Law & Order franchise, which since 1990 has included six police/courtroom dramas and four international spinoffs, as well as a creator and executive producer of the Chicago franchise, which since 2012 has included four Chicago-based police, courtroom, fire, and medical dramas. Wolf has won numerous awards, including an Emmy Award and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Wolf has also authored four books. The first, nonfiction Law & Order: Crime Scenes, is a companion to the Law & Order television series.[2] The Intercept, The Execution, and The Ultimatum are volumes in a thriller series with N.Y.P.D. Detective
Detective
Jeremy Fisk.[3]

Contents

1 Early life 2 Career 3 Filmography 4 References 5 External links

Early life[edit] Wolf was born in New York City, the son of Marie G. (née Gaffney), a homemaker, and George Wolf, an advertising executive.[4] His father was Jewish, and his mother was Roman Catholic
Roman Catholic
of Irish descent. He was an altar boy[5] and attended Saint David's School, The Gunnery,[6][7] and the University of Pennsylvania
University of Pennsylvania
(class of 1969), where he belonged to the Zeta Psi
Zeta Psi
fraternity.[8] He also attended Phillips Academy.[9] Career[edit] Wolf worked as an advertising copywriter at Benton & Bowles creating commercials for Crest toothpaste, including the slogan "You can't beat Crest for fighting cavities". He is also credited with the campaign "I'm Cheryl, fly me" for National Airlines. Yet despite his success in copywriting, all the while he was writing screenplays in the hopes of a film career. It was at this time that he briefly collaborated on a screenplay with Oliver Stone, who was a struggling screenwriter at the time. He moved to Los Angeles
Los Angeles
after a few years and had three screenplays produced; one of these films, Masquerade (1988) starring Rob Lowe
Rob Lowe
and Meg Tilly, was well received. He started his television career as a staff writer on Hill Street Blues
Hill Street Blues
and was nominated for his first Emmy for an episode entitled "What Are Friends For?", on which he was the only writer. While working on Hill Street Blues, Wolf became close friends with Tom Fontana, then writing for the series St. Elsewhere, produced in the same building, at the same time.[10] Wolf moved from Hill Street Blues
Hill Street Blues
to Miami Vice, where he was a writer and co-producer for the third and fourth seasons.[11] Wolf's Law & Order, which ran from 1990 to 2010, tied Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke
for the longest-running dramatic show in television history, making it one of television's most successful franchises. It has been nominated for the most consecutive Emmy Awards of any primetime drama series. Wolf serves as creator and executive producer of the current Law & Order drama series from Wolf Films and NBC Universal
NBC Universal
Television – Law & Order: Special
Special
Victims Unit – and did so for the four that have been cancelled – Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order: Trial by Jury, Law & Order: UK, and Law & Order: Los Angeles.[12] Along with Kevin Arkadie, he co-created the police drama, New York Undercover
New York Undercover
which ran on the Fox Broadcasting Company
Fox Broadcasting Company
Network from 1994 to 1998. He also served as Executive Producer to the series. He was the creator and executive producer of NBC's courtroom reality series Crime & Punishment, which chronicled real-life cases prosecuted by the San Diego
San Diego
District Attorney’s office. Many of Wolf's series have intersected with the Law & Order franchise in some fashion, and the Law & Order series have been adapted into several foreign versions. Wolf's company also produced Twin Towers, the 2003 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 on September 11, 2001. Wolf was also involved with the production of a theatrical documentary about the popular rock group The Doors, titled When You're Strange.[citation needed] Wolf developed Chicago Fire, a drama about a group of men and women working at the Chicago Fire Department. The series was picked up by NBC in May 2012,[13] and premiered on October 10, 2012, with meek numbers in the ratings and minimal reviews in the first few weeks before spiking to NBC's #2 scripted drama series, under Revolution.[14] In March 2013, NBC announced intentions for a spin-off of Chicago Fire, revolving around the Chicago Police Department.[15] Derek Haas, Michael W. Brandt, and Matt Olmstead are executive producers under Wolf.[16] Afterwards, Wolf developed the unscripted show Cold Justice, a documentary drama, for TNT.[17] Wolf's personal honors include the Award of Excellence from the Banff Television Festival, the 2002 Creative Achievement Award from NATPE; the Anti-Defamation League's Distinguished Entertainment Industry Award, the Leadership and Inspiration Award from the Entertainment Industries Council, the Governor's Award by the New York Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the 1997 achievement award from the Caucus for Producers, Writers, and Directors, the 1998 Television Showman of the Year Award from the Publicists Guild of America, the 2002 Tribute from the Museum of Television and Radio, and a 2003 Special
Special
Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America. On March 29, 2007, Wolf received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Hollywood Walk of Fame
at 7040 Hollywood Boulevard.[18] In 2013 Wolf was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame. Wolf is also an Honorary Consul general
Consul general
of Monaco[19] and is actively involved in the principality’s prestigious annual Television Festival, and is its primary liaison with the entertainment community.[citation needed] In addition to having been a classmate of former U.S. President George W. Bush, Wolf was an employer of Fred Thompson, who sought the Republican nomination for President in 2008 with help of the national attention he gained playing the district attorney on Law & Order. Wolf supported Thompson in his bid, as did Bush. It was reported that Wolf contributed to Thompson's campaign before he officially announced he was running.[20] Wolf's future projects for NBC are an American adaption of the United Kingdom psychological legal drama series Injustice[21] as well as a drama series revolving around a satanic cult, tentatively titled The Church. Wolf is writing the latter project with Howard Franklin.[22][23] Wolf also has an untitled pilot about an insurance investigator on USA Network.[24] With Wolf pursuing projects other than Law & Order, he and current Law & Order: Special
Special
Victims Unit show runner/executive producer Warren Leight
Warren Leight
sometimes discuss the future of the Law & Order franchise and revitalizing it; Leight commenting "( Dick Wolf
Dick Wolf
and I) sometimes talk in general terms of where (the franchise) could go. I'm curious to see if there's another iteration somewhere down the line."[25] Filmography[edit]

Skateboard (1978) Miami Vice
Miami Vice
(1984–1989) TV series Hill Street Blues
Hill Street Blues
(1985–1987) TV series No Man's Land (1987) Masquerade (1988) Gideon Oliver (1989) TV series Christine Cromwell
Christine Cromwell
(1989) TV series Nasty Boys (1990) TV series H.E.L.P. (1990) TV series Law & Order (1990–2010) TV series School Ties
School Ties
(1992) Mann & Machine (1992) TV series The Human Factor (1992) TV series South Beach (1993) TV series New York Undercover
New York Undercover
(1994–1998) TV series The Wright Verdicts (1995) TV series Swift Justice (1996) TV series Feds (1997) TV series Players (1997–1998) TV series Exiled: A Law & Order Movie (1998) (TV) The Invisible Man
The Invisible Man
(1998) (TV) Law & Order: Special
Special
Victims Unit (1999–present) TV series D.C. (2000) TV series Deadline (2000–2001) TV series Arrest & Trial (2000) TV series Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2001–2011) TV series Twin Towers (2003) film Dragnet (2003) TV series; Universal Network Television/ABC Fatherhood (2004–2005) TV series Law & Order: Trial by Jury (2005–2006) TV series Conviction (2006) TV series Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (2007) film Paris enquêtes criminelles
Paris enquêtes criminelles
(2007–2008) TV series Law & Order: UK (2009–2014) TV series Law & Order: Los Angeles
Los Angeles
(2010–2011) TV series Community ("Basic Lupine Urology", 2012) TV series Chicago Fire (2012–present) TV series Family Guy
Family Guy
(2012); Guest voice in "Ratings Guy", TV series Chicago P.D. (2013–present) TV series Cold Justice
Cold Justice
(2013–present) TV series Nightwatch (2015–present) TV series; A&E Network/NBC Universal Cold Justice: Sex Crimes (2015) TV series 3AM (2015) TV series Chicago Med
Chicago Med
(2015–present) TV series Chicago Justice
Chicago Justice
(2017) TV series Inside The FBI: New York (2017) TV docuseries, USA Network[26] Criminal Confessions (2017) TV docuseries, Oxygen[27] 77 (TBA) film[28] F.B.I. (2018-beyond) TV series

References[edit]

^ "Dick Wolf, wife welcome baby girl - USATODAY.com". Usatoday30.usatoday.com. 2007-09-23. Retrieved 2017-01-25.  ^ "LAW & ORDER: Crime Scenes". Publishers Weekly. 15 September 2003. Retrieved October 29, 2012.  ^ DeSilva, Bruce (October 22, 2012). "The Intercept". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 29 October 2012.  ^ Dick Wolf
Dick Wolf
profile, FilmReference.com; accessed February 1, 2014. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/2002/05/07/arts/church-woes-are-invading-tv-pilots-story-lines-mirror-public-disenchantment-with.html ^ https://explorewashingtonct.com/things_to_do/the-gunnery/ ^ http://frostsnow.com/dick-wolf ^ Eshman, Rob (October 16, 1997). "A Wolf Among 'Sheep'". Jewish Journal. Retrieved October 24, 2012.  ^ http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/dialogue-dick-wolf-133061 ^ " Dick Wolf
Dick Wolf
Interview". Archive of American Television. Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation. 2013-04-21. Retrieved 2016-05-10.  ^ Dick Wolf, Interview, Archive of American Television, 2008, Accessed March 16, 2017 ^ Weiner, Allison Hope (May 23, 2005). "Case Closed". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 15, 2010.  ^ Andreeva, Nellie (May 9, 2012). "NBC Renews 'Law & Order: SVU, Picks Up 'Chicago Fire', Inks New Deal With Dick Wolf". Deadline.com. Retrieved May 9, 2012.  ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (October 11, 2012). "Wednesday Final Ratings: 'The X Factor', 'Survivor', 'The Neighbors' & 'Modern Family' Adjusted Up; No Adjustments for 'Arrow'". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on October 13, 2012. Retrieved October 11, 2012.  ^ Andreeva, Nellie (March 27, 2013). "NBC Eyes 'Chicago Fire' Spinoff Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 27, 2013.  ^ Slezak, Michael (March 27, 2013). "Chicago Fire Spreading? NBC Considering Police-Centric Spinoff Series". TV Line. Retrieved March 27, 2013.  ^ Goldberg, Lesley (May 16, 2012). "Upfronts 2012: TNT Developing Shows From Steven Bochco, Dick Wolf, Matthew McConaughey, More". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 16, 2012.  ^ Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. " Hollywood Walk of Fame
Hollywood Walk of Fame
Recent Ceremonies". Archived from the original on 2007-03-29. Retrieved 2007-04-04.  ^ "Consulate of Monaco
Monaco
in Los Angeles, United States". Embassypages.com. Retrieved 2017-01-25.  ^ "Thompson's 'Candidacy' Draws Variety of Supporters". Memphis Daily News. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-08-05.  ^ Andreeva, Nellie (September 4, 2012). " Dick Wolf
Dick Wolf
& David Hudgins To Adapt British Series 'Injustice' For NBC". Deadline. Retrieved October 16, 2012.  ^ Ng, Philiana (October 12, 2012). " Dick Wolf
Dick Wolf
Developing Cult Drama 'Church' at NBC". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 16, 2012.  ^ " Dick Wolf
Dick Wolf
of 'Law & Order' will try a new genre with drama 'The Church'". New York Daily News. October 15, 2012. Retrieved October 16, 2012.  ^ Rose, Lacey (May 17, 2012). "Upfronts 2012: Bryan Fuller, Dick Wolf, Kelsey Grammer Projects Join USA's Scripted Development Slate". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 16, 2012.  ^ Jodha, Michael (October 3, 2012). "There's no shortage of crimes for 'SVU,' says executive producer". CTV. Retrieved October 4, 2012.  ^ http://ew.com/tv/2017/03/25/inside-the-fbi-new-york-promo-premiere-dick-wolf/ ^ http://deadline.com/2017/08/criminal-confessions-dick-wolf-oxygen-media-reality-series-premiere-date-trailer-1202153359 ^ Pedersen, Erik. "Jared Leto To Direct James Ellroy Thriller '77' For Paramount". Deadline. Retrieved 16 February 2017. 

External links[edit]

Dick Wolf
Dick Wolf
on IMDb Interview with Wolf on NPR's Fresh Air
Fresh Air
(March 11, 2005) Behind the Scenes of Dick Wolf's "Nasty Boys"[permanent dead link] Dick Wolf
Dick Wolf
interview video at the Archive of American Television New York Times article: " Dick Wolf
Dick Wolf
Breaks and Enters With 'Law and Order' on NBC" by Bruce Weber, March 1, 1992.

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Television series created by Dick Wolf

Gideon Oliver (1989) Christine Cromwell
Christine Cromwell
(1989) Nasty Boys (1990) H.E.L.P. (1990) Law & Order (1990–2010) The Human Factor (1992) Mann & Machine (1992) South Beach (1993) New York Undercover
New York Undercover
(1994–98) The Wright Verdicts (1995) Swift Justice (1996) Feds (1997) Players (1997–98) Law & Order: Special
Special
Victims Unit (1999–present) D.C. (2000) Deadline (2000–01) Arrest & Trial (2000) Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2001–2011) Crime & Punishment (2002–04) Dragnet (2003–04) Law & Order: Trial by Jury (2005) Conviction (2006) Law & Order: LA (2010–11) Chicago Fire (2012–present) Cold Justice
Cold Justice
(2013–present) Chicago P.D. (2014–present) Chicago Med
Chicago Med
(2015–present) Chicago Justice
Chicago Justice
(2017) Law & Order True Crime (2017–)

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International Emmy Founders Award

Jim Henson
Jim Henson
(1980) Shaun Sutton / Roone Arledge (1981) Michael Landon
Michael Landon
(1982) Herbert Brodkin (1983) David L. Wolper (1984) David Attenborough
David Attenborough
(1985) Donald L. Taffner (1986) Jacques Cousteau
Jacques Cousteau
(1987) Goar Mestre (1988) Paul Fox (1989) Joan Ganz Cooney
Joan Ganz Cooney
(1990) Adrian Cowell (1991) Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby
(1992) Richard Dunn (1993) Film on Four (1994) Don Hewitt
Don Hewitt
(1995) Reg Grundy
Reg Grundy
(1996) Jac Venza
Jac Venza
(1997) Robert Halmi Sr. (1998) Hisashi Hieda
Hisashi Hieda
(1999) John Hendricks (2000) Pierre Lescure
Pierre Lescure
(2001) Howard Stringer
Howard Stringer
(2002) HBO
HBO
(2003) MTV International
MTV International
(2004) Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey
(2005) Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
(2006) Al Gore
Al Gore
(2007) Dick Wolf
Dick Wolf
(2008) David Frost
David Frost
(2009) Simon Cowell
Simon Cowell
(2010) Nigel Lythgoe
Nigel Lythgoe
(2011) Ryan Murphy / Norman Lear
Norman Lear
/ Alan Alda
Alan Alda
(2012) J. J. Abrams
J. J. Abrams
(2013) Matthew Weiner
Matthew Weiner
(2014) Julian Fellowes
Julian Fellowes
(2015) Shonda Rhimes
Shonda Rhimes
(2016)

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Television Hall of Fame Class of 2013

Philo Farnsworth Ron Howard Al Michaels Leslie Moonves Bob Schieffer Dick Wolf

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WorldCat Identities VIAF: 7596442 LCCN: no99074143 ISNI: 0000 0000 7840 0216 GND: 140596399 SUDOC: 169841421 BNF: cb1414

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