Jami Gertz

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Jami Gertz
Jami Gertz 2008.jpg
Gertz arrives at the Opening of the Broad Contemporary Art Museum, February 9, 2008, in Los Angeles, CA.
BornJami Beth Gertz
(1965-10-28) October 28, 1965 (age 49)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A
Years active1981–present
Spouse(s)Antony Ressler (1989–present; 3 children)
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Jami Gertz
Jami Gertz 2008.jpg
Gertz arrives at the Opening of the Broad Contemporary Art Museum, February 9, 2008, in Los Angeles, CA.
BornJami Beth Gertz
(1965-10-28) October 28, 1965 (age 49)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A
Years active1981–present
Spouse(s)Antony Ressler (1989–present; 3 children)

Jami Beth Gertz (born October 28, 1965) is an American actress. Gertz is known for her early roles in the films Sixteen Candles, Crossroads, The Lost Boys, Less Than Zero and Quicksilver, the 1980s TV series Square Pegs with Sarah Jessica Parker, and 1996's Twister, as well as for her roles as Judy Miller in the CBS sitcom Still Standing, and as Debbie Weaver in the ABC sitcom The Neighbors.

Early life[edit]

Gertz was born in Chicago, Illinois, and lived in the city's nearby suburb of Glenview.[1] Her parents are Sharyn and Walter Gertz, who was a builder and contractor,[2][3] and she has two brothers, Michael and Scott. Gertz, who is Jewish, was raised in Conservative Judaism.[4][5][6] She graduated from Maine East High School.[7]


She was discovered in a nationwide talent search by Norman Lear and studied drama at NYU.[8] As a child actor, Gertz was in one episode of Diff'rent Strokes along with Andrew Dice Clay. She also had a recurring role on The Facts of Life as Blair's friend and fellow schoolmate Boots St. Clair. Gertz made her film debut in the 1981 romance film Endless Love, which was followed by a co-starring role in the 1982-83 TV series Square Pegs. After its cancellation, she appeared in the teen movie Sixteen Candles in 1984. She gained more significant attention with a starring role in 1987's Less Than Zero, as the friend of a doomed drug addict played by Robert Downey, Jr. She also starred in the 1987 film The Lost Boys as Star, the "half vampire" girlfriend, with Kiefer Sutherland and Jason Patric.

After working in Paris as a scent designer for Lanvin, Gertz returned to the United States and landed a key supporting role in the 1996 blockbuster Twister after other films including 1986's Solarbabies and Crossroads also the 1989 film Listen to Me with Kirk Cameron and 1992's Jersey Girl. In the 1994 episode of Seinfeld, "The Stall", she appeared as one of Jerry's girlfriends who works as a phone sex operator and can't "spare a square" of toilet paper to Elaine in the restroom. Gertz later played the recurring character Dr. Nina Pomerantz during the 1997 season of ER. She reportedly was offered, but declined, the role of Rachel Green, during pre-production of Friends.[9]

In 2000, Gertz took up a recurring role on the Fox hit Ally McBeal as Kimmy Bishop, John Cage's love interest. Gertz was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series. She returned to this role in one more episode as a guest star in the show's final season in 2002. Also in 2002, she portrayed comedian Gilda Radner in the television movie Gilda Radner: It's Always Something.[4] Gertz's character on Still Standing, Judy Miller, is named after a character Radner portrayed on Saturday Night Live. Still Standing, a television sitcom in which Gertz co-starred with Mark Addy and which originally aired from 2002 to 2006, was her longest-running and most successful television show to date.

In 2003 Gertz starred as Brandy, a wanted criminal's girlfriend, in Undercover Christmas, and in 2005 Gertz played the lead role in the TV film Fighting the Odds: The Marilyn Gambrell Story. In 2009-10 she had a recurring role as Marlo Klein, wife of Ari Gold's newest business partner Andrew Klein, an agent at Miller-Gold Talent Agency, on HBO's Entourage. In 2011, she returned to broadcast television with a guest role in the Modern Family episode "Slow Down Your Neighbors". In 2011, she earned a producers' credit on the Academy Award-nominated film A Better Life which was put in limited release throughout the month of June and early July before arriving on DVD in October.

As of 2012, Gertz starring in the ABC sitcom The Neighbors where she plays the mother of a human family that moves into a neighborhood populated by residents from another planet.

Personal life[edit]

Gertz and her husband Antony Ressler (b. July 16, 1959) have three sons: Oliver Jordan Ressler (b. May 6, 1992), Nicholas Simon Ressler (b. February 17, 1995), and Theo Ressler (b. 1998). Gertz and her husband are members of the investment group led by Mark Attanasio that purchased the MLB franchise Milwaukee Brewers. Gertz-Ressler High Academy, a member of The Alliance for College-Ready Public Schools, is named for Jami and her husband.[10]

In 2011, the Giving Back Fund named Gertz and her husband the number-one donor to charity of any celebrity in 2010.[11]

Gertz and her family currently reside in the exclusive Beverly Park community and have a vacation home in Malibu, California.[12][13]


1981On the Right TrackBig Girl
1981Endless LovePatty
1982–1983Square PegsMuffy Tepperman20 episodes
1983Diff'rent StrokesLindseyEpisode: "My Fair Larry"
1983For Members OnlyMonica MitchellTV movie
1983–1984Facts of Life, TheThe Facts of LifeBoots St. Clair4 episodes
1984Family TiesJocelyn ClarkEpisode: "Double Date"
1984Alphabet CitySophia
1984Sixteen CandlesRobin
1984DreamsMartha Spino12 episodes
1987Lost Boys, TheThe Lost BoysStar
1987Less Than ZeroBlair
1989Listen to MeMonica Tomanski
1989Silence Like GlassEva Martin
1990Don't Tell Her It's Me a.k.a., The Boyfriend SchoolEmily Pear
1990Sibling RivalryJeanine
1991–1992SibsLily Ruscio22 episodes
1992Jersey GirlToby
1994SeinfeldJaneEpisode: "The Stall"
1994This Can't Be LoveSarahTV movie
1994Related by BirthLilyTV short
1994Dream OnJane HarnickEpisode: "The Taking of Pablum 1-2-3: Part 1"
Episode: "The Taking of Pablum 1-2-3: Part 2"
1995Dream OnMartin's LoverEpisode: "Take Two Tablets, and Get Me to Mt. Sinai"
1995Hudson StreetAllisonEpisode: "Bells & Whistles"
1996TwisterDr. Melissa Reeves
1997ERDr. Nina Pomerantz6 episodes
1999Seven GirlfriendsLisa
2000–2002Ally McBealKimmy Bishop5 episodes
2001True LoveTV movie
2001Lip ServiceKat
2002Gilda Radner: It's Always SomethingGilda RadnerTV movie
2002–2006Still StandingJudy Miller88 episodes
2003Undercover ChristmasBrandi O'NeillTV movie
2005Fighting the Odds: The Marilyn Gambrell StoryMarilyn GambrellTV movie
2006Keeping Up with the SteinsJoanne Fielder
2006SharkSara MetcalfeEpisode: "Sins of the Mother"
2007Lost Holiday: The Jim & Suzanne Shemwell StorySuzanne ShemwellTV movie
2009–2010EntourageMarlo Klein5 episodes
2011Modern FamilyLauraEpisode: "Slow Down Your Neighbors"
2012–2014The NeighborsDebbie Weaver


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  10. ^ Almendrala, Anna (15 June 2011). "'A Better Life' Hits Home For Inner-City Students At Movie Screening (VIDEO)". Huffington Post. Retrieved 15 November 2011. 
  11. ^ "The Giving Back Fund | The Giving Back 30 2008". Givingback.org. 2011-12-19. Retrieved 2012-03-08. 
  12. ^ "21 Beverly Park Terrace, Los Angeles-Beverly Crest, California 90210 | Los Angeles". Losangeles.blockshopper.com. 2009-11-27. Retrieved 2013-11-06. 
  13. ^ "Los Angeles real estate news, data and statistics, home sales and real estate listings | Los Angeles". Losangeles.blockshopper.com. Retrieved 2013-11-06. 

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