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Also Known As: Richard A. Wolf, Richard Wolf, Richard Wolffe Died:
Born: December 20, 1946 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: screenwriter, producer, TV commercial producer, advertising copywriter

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A prolific writer and producer who created one of the most successful TV franchises in history, Dick Wolf entered the history books when his creation "Law & Order" (NBC, 1990-2010) tied perennial Western "Gunsmoke" (CBS, 1955-1975) as the longest-running shows on television. After starting his career writing forgettable movies in the late 1970s, Wolf joined the writing staff of "Hill Street Blues" (NBC, 1981-87) before moving on to form his own production company and embark on his signature "Law & Order" franchise, which was unique in breaking up the hour into two halves; the first dedicated to the police investigation of a crime and the second focusing on the courtroom prosecution. Because of the show's ratings success, Wolf had free reign to develop any show he pleased. That resulted in a string of interesting, but ultimately short-lived series failing to last more than a season. He decided instead to expand the "Law & Order" universe into two highly successful shows, "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (NBC, 1999- ) and "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" (NBC, 2001-2011), both of which utilized the original's winning formula. With several characters making crossover appearances, Wolf was able to boost...

A prolific writer and producer who created one of the most successful TV franchises in history, Dick Wolf entered the history books when his creation "Law & Order" (NBC, 1990-2010) tied perennial Western "Gunsmoke" (CBS, 1955-1975) as the longest-running shows on television. After starting his career writing forgettable movies in the late 1970s, Wolf joined the writing staff of "Hill Street Blues" (NBC, 1981-87) before moving on to form his own production company and embark on his signature "Law & Order" franchise, which was unique in breaking up the hour into two halves; the first dedicated to the police investigation of a crime and the second focusing on the courtroom prosecution. Because of the show's ratings success, Wolf had free reign to develop any show he pleased. That resulted in a string of interesting, but ultimately short-lived series failing to last more than a season. He decided instead to expand the "Law & Order" universe into two highly successful shows, "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (NBC, 1999- ) and "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" (NBC, 2001-2011), both of which utilized the original's winning formula. With several characters making crossover appearances, Wolf was able to boost another show's appeal by adding an audience favorite to the cast for an episode, an arc or a season. Though he flopped with "Law & Order: Trial by Jury" (NBC/Court TV, 2005-06) and "Law & Order: Los Angeles" (NBC, 2010-11), Wolf's franchise flourished and underscored the producer's TV dominance for over three decades.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Kill or Be Killed (1990) Creator
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  In Vino Veritas (1990) Creator
4.
  Easy Come, Easy Go (1989) Creator

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 Masquerade (1988) Sedgewick
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4.
 NYTV: By the People Who Made It (1998) Interviewee
5.
 Today at Night (1994)
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1969:
Began career in advertising business; worked as copywriter and producer for over a dozen nationwide campaigns; helped create such slogans as "You Can't Beat Crest for Fighting Cavities"
1978:
Produced and wrote screenplay "Skateboard," based on his own original story (credited as Richard A. Wolf)
1985:
Joined writing team of police drama "Hill Street Blues" (NBC) as an executive script consultant for its last few seasons; earned Emmy and Writer's Guild nominations for the episode "What Are Friends For"
1987:
Returned to feature films after six years to write and produce "No Man's Land"
1988:
Made feature acting debut with minor role in "Masquerade"; also wrote and executive produced
1988:
Formed TV production company Wolf Films
1989:
Executive produced four installments (and wrote the first installment) of "Gideon Oliver," a recurring series within "ABC Mystery Movie" time slot
1989:
Created and executive produced installments of "Christine Cromwell," a recurring series of TV movies within "ABC Saturday Movie" format; also wrote premiere TV movie installment
1990:
Created, executive produced, and wrote premiere episode of short-lived NBC adventure series "Nasty Boys"
1990:
Created, executive produced, and wrote police and courtroom drama series "Law & Order" (NBC); success of show has led to creation of additional shows under "Law & Order" franchise; cancelled after 20 years, narrowly missing out on being crowned longest-running TV drama in history
1992:
Executive produced short-lived sci-fi detective series "Mann & Machine" (NBC); also wrote first episode
1993:
Created (also executive produced and wrote the first episode) short-lived NBC detective drama "Crime and Punishment"
1994:
Appeared on NBC news magazine special "Today at Night"
1994:
Created and executive produced Fox police drama "New York Undercover"
1996:
Wrote (also created and executive produced) UPN series "Swift Justice"
1997:
Created and executive produced CBS drama series "Feds"
1997:
Executive produced and created NBC drama "Players"
1999:
Executive produced highly rated spin-off series "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (NBC)
2000:
Created and executive produced syndicated "Arrest & Trial"
2001:
Executive produced second spin-off "Law & Order: Criminal Intent"; moved from NBC to USA Network 2007
2002:
Produced "Law & Order: Crime & Punishment" (NBC), a reality television spin-off of the Law & Order franchise
2003:
Produced "Twin Towers," the Academy Award-winning Short Documentary about two brothers, one a policeman and the other a fireman, who lost their lives in the line of duty during 9/11
2005:
Produced short-lived spin-off "Law & Order: Trial by Jury" (NBC); cancelled after first season
2007:
Produced award-winning HBO film "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee," adapted from Dee Brown's book of the same name
2010:
Created and produced short-lived spin-off "Law & Order: Los Angeles" (NBC)
2012:
Produced NBC drama "Chicago Fire"
2013:
Inducted into The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' Hall of Fame
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Education

Phillips Andover Academy: Andover , Massachusetts -
University of Pennsylvania: Philadelphia , Pennsylvania - 1969

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