From Farmington Hills, Michigan, actor James Wolk is a graduate of the University of Michigan drama school. He finished in 2007, later moving on to pursue a career in acting. At first, he experienced difficulty earning roles. He was first seen on 2006’s The Spiral Project, where he was credited as Jimmy Wolk. He used the name for his performance on Forgotten Land and on an episode of the soap opera As the World Turns. He then won the role of Brad Cohen on CBS/ Hallmark Hall of Fame's "Front of the Class".
His performance there earned him notice because of the character, a man challenged with Tourette Syndrome from a young age but defied all odds to become a gifted teacher. Wolk then found himself playing the title character in the pilot for Solving Charlie, which was commissioned by ABC. There, the actor was cast as a young detective who learns he has an 11 year old half-brother who shares his name. When his father dies, he tells Charlie Hudson to raise the young boy. The series didn’t last long, enabling Wolk to move on to other projects. He was then seen on 8 Easy Steps, before it was announced that he was cast on ABC’s Lonestar.
On the fall 2010 series, James Wolk portrays con man Robert/Bob Taylor. He leads a double life in Texas, going back and forth with his wife and girlfriend, all while doing his best to manipulate the city’s oil industry for his benefit. Lonestar is packed with a stellar cast, from Eloise Mumford and Adrianne Palicki, to Oscar winner Jon Voight.
Also that year, Wolk was booked for a role in the Disney feature film You Again, where he stars alongside Kristen Bell, Jamie Lee Curtis, Odette Yustman, Sigourney Weaver, and Kristin Chenoweth.