Richard Anthony 'Dick' Wolf (born December 20, 1946) is an American producer, specializing in crime dramas such as Miami Vice and the Law & Order franchise. Throughout his career he has won several awards including an Emmy Award and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Wolf was born in New York City, the son of Marie G. (ne Gaffney), a homemaker, and George Wolf, an advertising executive. His father was Jewish and his mother was Irish Catholic; he was raised in a secular home. He went to Saint David's School in New York City. Wolf was enrolled at Phillips Academy and graduated from The Gunnery. He enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania, graduating in 1969. He was a member of Penn's chapter of the Zeta Psi fraternity. Wolf worked as an advertising copywriter at Benton & Bowles creating commercials for Crest toothpaste, all the while writing screenplays in the hopes of a film career.
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