…not your father’s Dragnet.
— Dick Wolf
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Ed O’Neill || Ethan Embry || Dick Wolf || Walon Green || Peter Jankowski
(Note: These bios come from Wolf Films/Universal Network Television press materials. Used by permission.)
In the early 1980’s O’Neill moved to the bright lights of New York City from Youngstown, Ohio, to pursue his love of acting. He quickly landed his first role as an understudy in the Broadway production of Knockout. It was kismet and a little bit of luck when the lead actor left the show and O’Neill had his chance to shine. O’Neill has acted on stage in many classic productions including David Mamet’s Lakeboat at the Long Wharf Theatre, The Front Page at the Philadelphia Drama Guild, Of Mice and Men at the Hartford Stage, Gentle People at Playwrights Horizon and A Streetcar Named Desire at Theatre Calgary.
O’Neill’s other television credits include playing a New York police detective in the 2001 CBS cop drama Big Apple, co-starring Michael Madsen and where he first worked with Dragnet executive producer Walon Green. In 2000, he co-starred with Ann-Margret, Dianne Wiest and Camryn Manheim in the fantasy/adventure NBC miniseries The 10th Kingdom. He has also starred in the television movies The Whereabouts of Jenny and in the action thriller Popeye Doyle.
O’Neill has also had a very busy career in the feature film world working with a vast array of Hollywood talent. Recently, he worked with John Travolta and Lisa Kudrow in the Nora Ephron-directed film, Lucky Numbers, produced by Dreamworks. The year before he again played a detective in Universal’s The Bone Collector that also starred Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. He and David Mamet came to work together again in the cult hit The Spanish Prisoner starring Steve Martin and Campbell Scott and produced by Magnolia Films. In 1991, he costarred with his Dragnet partner, Ethan Embry, in the John Hughes comedy Dutch. He was also part of an ensemble cast, which also starred Rick Moranis in the family comedy Little Giants and showing his range as a comedic actor, O’Neill appeared in both of the Wayne’s World movies, starring Mike Myers and Dana Carvey and produced by Paramount Pictures.
O’Neill, who has studied Jiujitzu for more than 10 years with the well known Gracie family, currently lives in Los Angeles.
Ethan Embry stars as Detective Frank Smith in the new Wolf Films/Universal Television drama series Dragnet. A native of Los Angeles, Ethan Embry, is a talented comedic and dramatic actor, who has successfully been building his career since the age of 10, when he made his feature film debut opposite his Dragnet co-star Ed O’Neill in the film, Dutch. He also starred in the Emmy-winning miniseries Drug Wars: the Camarena Story with Screen Actors Guild award-winner Benicio Del Toro.
Recently, Embry has been very busy with feature film work including the thriller They from Dimension Films and the Touchstone comedy hit Sweet Home Alabama, opposite Reese Witherspoon, Josh Lucas and Patrick Dempsey. In Sweet Home Alabama, Embry plays “Bobby Ray,” a gay rugged southern boy_ and an old friend to Melanie (Witherspoon). In addition, he will be seen with Paul Walker in the much anticipated Richard Donner film from Paramount Pictures, Timeline, scheduled for release in early 2003.
Embry is also well known for his turns as the secret admirer in the teen comedy Can’t Hardly Wait, opposite Jennifer Love Hewitt, and as the naive young bassist in That Thing You Do, directed by Oscar winner Tom Hanks. He braved a frightening storm as the youngest crew member aboard a ship in Ridley Scott’s White Squall, which also starred Ryan Phillippe and was produced by Hollywood Pictures. Additional credits include Vegas Vacation, Disturbing Behavior, Dancer, Texas, the cult hit Empire Records and the independent features Rennie’s Landing and Ball in the House.
Embry is extremely passionate about music and plays multiple instruments. He is also an avid skateboarder and currently lives in Los Angeles with his family.
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Dick Wolf, one of television’s most respected drama series creator/producers is executive producer of the new version of the classic television series Dragnet. Wolf is also the architect of one of the most successful franchises in the history of television – Law & Order. He serves as creator and executive producer of the three Law & Order-branded drama series from Wolf Films and Universal — Law & Order; Law & Order: Special Victims Unit; and Law & Order: Criminal Intent. In addition, he is creator and executive producer of the new NBC “dramamentary” Crime & Punishment, which returns for its second season in 2003.
Wolf’s updated version of Dragnet starring Ed O’Neill and Ethan Embry will feature two Los Angeles police detectives investigating crimes in the City of Angels. True to life stories will be drawn from various Los Angeles’ crime stories in the city’s history.
Now entering its 13th season on NBC, Law & Order is the longest-running current drama series on television, it has received a record eleven consecutive Outstanding Drama Series Emmy nominations – the record for most consecutive series Emmy nominations in the history of television (tied with Cheers and M*A*S*H) — and it won the coveted Emmy in that category in 1997. With NBC’s unprecedented five-year pick up (through 2005), Law & Order will become the longest-running police series and the second longest running drama series in the history of television. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Law & Order: Criminal Intent are both enjoying their highest ratings ever, with all three series regularly ranking among the top 15 primetime network programs.
Wolf has been a creative force in television for more than 25 years, with an illustrious career as a top advertising executive and continuing as one of television’s most prolific producer/writers with such series as Hill Street Blues, Miami Vice, New York Undercover, Arrest & Trial, South Beach, Feds and Players. Among his feature film credits are the screenplay for the hit Paramount release School Ties, writer and executive producer of Masquerade and writer and producer of No Man’s Land.
His personal honors include such awards as: the prestigious 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 & Sciences; the 1997 achievement award from the Caucus for Producers, Writers, and Directors; the 1998 Television Showman of the Year Award from the Publicist’s Guild of America; and the 2002 Tribute from the Museum of Television and Radio.
Wolf is also an Honorary Consul of Monaco and is actively involved in the principality’s prestigious annual television Festival, and is its primary liaison with the entertainment community.
Walon Green, executive producer of Wolf Films and Universal Network Television’s new dramatic series Dragnet, is an Oscar-, Emmy- and Peabody-winning writer, director, and television producer with an impressive list of both theatrical and small screen credits.
The multiple WGA- and Emmy Award-nominated Green has been involved in the production and writing of many of the most acclaimed and successful television shows in the history of the medium. He first worked with Dragnet executive producer Dick Wolf on the hit NBC series Hill Street Blues and has directed and produced multiple National Geographic specials, for which he won Emmy and Peabody Awards. He was reunited with Wolf as executive producer/head writer on Law & Order from 1990-1992. In 2001, he was a co-executive producer of the popular NBC drama series ER and was consulting producer with Dragnet star Ed O’Neill on Big Apple.
Green began his feature film career in 1969 with a Best Original Screenplay Oscar nomination for the classic Warner Bros. western The Wild Bunch directed by Sam Peckinpah, and starring William Holden and Ernest Borgnine. More recently, Green worked with Warner Bros. again as the co-writer of Eraser, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, and was also the screenwriter of Polygram Entertainment’s The Hi-Lo Country, based on the book by Max Evans and starring Woody Harrelson and Patricia Arquette. The film was the recipient of two awards including the Western Writers Silver Spur Award and the National Cowboy Hall of Fame Wrangler. Green also wrote the original screenplay for the 2000 Disney hit Dinosaur. Other high profile films he has worked on include Sorcerer, The Crow, The Bodyguard, and Crusoe. In 1971, Green was an Oscar-winner for the documentary drama, The Hellstrom Chronicle.
Born in Maryland, he is now married and calls Los Angeles his home. Green is currently working on feature projects for Jerry Bruckheimer Films and DreamWorks, as well as developing projects for television.
Biography on Hollywood.com
The November 2002 issue of Scenario magazine features a lengthy interview with Mr. Green, as well as his full screenplay for The Wild Bunch. (Print only; not available on the web site.)
Peter Jankowski joined Wolf Films as President in 1996. An executive producer on Dragnet, he also oversees day-to-day operations for all of Dick Wolf’s television projects, and is currently executive pro, ducer of four of the company’s current series – Law & Order, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Crime & Punishment.
Prior to joining Wolf Films, Jankowski spent ten years as an executive at Universal Television, mos recently as senior vice president, current programming, where he was the executive in charge of production for some of the studio’s most successful series, including Northern Exposure, Law & Order, Coach and Quantum Leap.
A second-generation television executive (his father is Gene Jankowski, former President of CBS), Pete is a 1986 graduate of College of the Holy Cross.