Known for her roles in The Lost Boys, Twister, Less Than Zero, Crossroads and Quicksilver, Jami Gertz is a celebrated American actress. She has also appeared in various television series including Square Pegs, Still Standing and The Neighbors.
In Still Standing, she played one half of working-class couple based in Chicago who tries to teach their children good values even though they never quite outgrew their own teenage mentality. The show was a success and lasted for four seasons. Still Standing also starred Mark Addy who went on to play Robert Baratheon during the first season of the very popular HBO show, Game Of Thrones. But, on The Neighbors, Jami Gertz played the matriarch of a family that relocates to a gated community, only to find that their neighbours are all aliens from another planet. Even though the show had loyal viewers and was well received, it was cancelled after only two seasons.
During the 80s and the 90s, she was a well loved and respected actress. In recent years, however, she has opted to focus more on her family life and her charitable organizations than her career, although she is still most likely to pop up on our screens every once in a while.
Biography & Age
Jami Beth Gertz was born on the 28th of October, 1965, in Chicago, Illinois. She grew up with her parents and two brothers – Scott and Michael – in Glenview, a wholesome suburb. Her father, Walter Gertz was a builder and contractor and her mother was Sharyn Gertz.
Jami is Jewish and was raised in a Conservative Judaism household, along with her siblings.
The young actress attended Maine East High School in Park Ridge, Illinois. After High School, she studied Drama at New York University.
The actress was discovered when Norman Lear, an American television writer and producer, set up a nationwide talent search. She was cast, alongside Andrew Dice Clay, at a young age in an episode of Diff’rent Strokes. She later had a recurring role as a friend and schoolmate of one of the lead characters on The Facts Of Life. Later, she was cast in Square Pegs as one of the main cast members – other cast members included Sarah Jessica Parker and Amy Linker.
The Chicago native appeared in her first film, Endless Love, in 1981. While her role was only a bit brief, things began looking up for her career when she was cast as Robert Downey Jr’s ‘friend-with-benefit’ in Less Than Zero. Shortly after that, she appeared as a ‘half vampire’ in 1987’s hit movie, The Lost Boys opposite Jason Patric and Kiefer Sutherland.
In the early 90s, she took a break from Hollywood and moved to Paris where she worked as a scent designer for Lanvin. when she returned to Los Angeles, she was cast in a supporting but key role in 1996’s hit disaster movie, Twister, opposite Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton. Other films she starred in include Jersey Girl, Crossroads, Solarbabies and Listen To Me, contributing to a successful career.
She also appeared in an episode of Seinfeld as one of Jerry’s girlfriends who worked as a phone sex operator. In 1997, she was cast as Dr Nina Pomerantz, a recurring character in NBC’s medical show E.R. which was so popular during its peak that it turned George Clooney from an unknown actor into a Hollywood A-lister. It was also rumoured that Jami Gertz was offered the role of Rachel Green (which later went to Jennifer Aniston) in FRIENDS but she turned down the role.
In 2000, She was cast as Kimmy Bishop, a love interest for Johnny Cage in Ally McBeal. Her role earned her an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series.
Some of her later roles include appearances in Undercover Christmas, Fighting the Odds: The Marilyn Gambrell Story, Modern Family, A Better Life and Entourage.
Many people don’t realize this but Jami is married to the billionaire, Antony Ressler. The couple got married in 1988 and they have three sons together – Oliver Jordan Ressler who was born in 1992, Nicholas Simon Ressler who was born in 1995, and Theo Ressler born in 1998.
In 2011, Jami and her husband were named ‘the number-one donor to charity of any celebrity’ by the Giving Back Fund. This is only proof of their very charitable nature.
Presently, they live in the very exclusive Beverly Park community which is also home to several celebrities including Denzel Washington, Reba McEntire, Samuel L. Jackson, Sylvester Stallone, Eddie Murphy, and Magic Johnson.
They also have a vacation home in Malibu, California. They are members of the Wilshire Boulevard Temple in Los Angeles as well.
Jami Gertz’s exact net worth is not known as her net worth is usually measured jointly with her husband. On that note, Jami Gertz and her husband are collectively worth $2.1 billion. Her husband, Tony Ressler, is an American businessman who founded the Apollo Management with fellow billionaire and brother-in-law, Leon Black in 1990. The Apollo Management is an extremely successful private equity firm and it accounts for the majority of their income.
Jami and her husband are also members of an investment group which purchased the Major League Baseball franchise Milwaukee Brewers. The group is led by Mark Attanasio, a Los Angeles businessman.
The Gertz-Ressler High Academy is named after her and her husband. The school is a member of The Alliance for College-Ready Public Schools, a Californian not-for-profit organization which operates charter schools in Los Angeles.
Jami Gertz Height, Weight, Feet And Other Measurements
Full Name: Jami Beth Gertz
Profession: Actress, Producer
Height: 5’5″ (165 cm)
Weight: 153 lbs (69 kg)
Body Shape: Hourglass
Breasts-Waist-Hips: 37-28-38 inches (94-71-97 cm)
Dress size: 10
Shoe & Feet Size: 10
Bra Size: 34C