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Also Known As: Jami Beth Gertz Died:
Born: October 28, 1965 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA Profession: actress

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A wide-eyed, dark-haired performer, Jami Gertz won a nationwide talent search sponsored by producer Norman Lear and was cast at age 16 in the breakout role of preppy Muffy Tepperman in the short-lived CBS sitcom "Square Pegs" (1982-83) featuring Sarah Jessica Parker. With her parents' permission, the young actress left her home in Illinois and settled in L.A. to play the snobbish Muffy. Following the demise of "Square Pegs", Gertz went on to a recurring role on NBC's "The Facts of Life" in 1983 and a co-starring berth on the equally short-lived John Stamos vehicle "Dreams" (CBS, 1984). Although she had made her feature film debut in the notorious bomb "Endless Love" (1981) and had supporting roles in "Sixteen Candles" and "Alphabet City" (both 1984), the actress landed her first starring role opposite Kevin Bacon in "Quicksilver" (1986). Later that year, Gertz was seen both on stage (in "Out of Gas on Lover's Leap" in L.A.) and on screen (in "Solarbabies") opposite Jason Patric, with whom she also co-starred in "The Lost Boys" (1987), Joel Schumacher's stylish vampire thriller. She went on to do fine work in films that didn't click with either critics or the public. Gertz was impressive as a vacuous,...

A wide-eyed, dark-haired performer, Jami Gertz won a nationwide talent search sponsored by producer Norman Lear and was cast at age 16 in the breakout role of preppy Muffy Tepperman in the short-lived CBS sitcom "Square Pegs" (1982-83) featuring Sarah Jessica Parker. With her parents' permission, the young actress left her home in Illinois and settled in L.A. to play the snobbish Muffy. Following the demise of "Square Pegs", Gertz went on to a recurring role on NBC's "The Facts of Life" in 1983 and a co-starring berth on the equally short-lived John Stamos vehicle "Dreams" (CBS, 1984). Although she had made her feature film debut in the notorious bomb "Endless Love" (1981) and had supporting roles in "Sixteen Candles" and "Alphabet City" (both 1984), the actress landed her first starring role opposite Kevin Bacon in "Quicksilver" (1986). Later that year, Gertz was seen both on stage (in "Out of Gas on Lover's Leap" in L.A.) and on screen (in "Solarbabies") opposite Jason Patric, with whom she also co-starred in "The Lost Boys" (1987), Joel Schumacher's stylish vampire thriller. She went on to do fine work in films that didn't click with either critics or the public. Gertz was impressive as a vacuous, rich party girl in the drug-soaked world of "Less Than Zero" (1987), as Kirk Cameron's fellow college debate team member in "Listen to Me" (1989) and as Kirstie Alley's critical sister in "Sibling Rivalry" (1990).

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Undercover Christmas (2003) Brandi O'Neill
5.
 Gilda Radner: It's Always Something (2002) Gilda Radner
6.
 Seven Girlfriends (1999) Lisa
7.
 Twister (1996) Melissa
8.
 This Can't Be Love (1994) Sarah Wells
9.
 Jersey Girl (1993) Toby Mastallone
10.
 Sibling Rivalry (1990) Jeanine
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Raised in Glenview, Illinois
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First acting role was playing Dorothy in "The Wizard of Oz" in the fifth grade
1981:
Made film debut in "Endless Love"
1982:
Regular series debut, playing the popular Muffy Tepperman in the CBS sitcom, "Square Pegs"
1983:
Played the recurring role of Boots St. Clair on the NBC series, "The Facts of Life"
1984:
Appeared in the John Hughes-directed, "Sixteen Candles"
1986:
Leading role debut, "Quicksilver"
1986:
First collaboration with Jason Patric, the Los Angeles production of "Outta Gas on Lover's Leap"
1986:
Had featured role alongside Jason Patric in "Solarbabies"
1987:
Again collaborated with Jason Patric in "The Lost Boys"
1987:
Portrayed rich girl Blair, opposite Robert Downey Jr. and Andrew McCarthy in the film adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis' novel, "Less Than Zero"
1989:
Co-starred with Kirk Cameron as college debaters in "Listen to Me"
1990:
Played Kirstie Alley's sister in "Sibling Rivalry"
1991:
Returned to series TV as the youngest of three sisters in the ABC sitcom, "Sibs"
1992:
Played title role in the feature comedy "Jersey Girl"
1994:
Had memorable guest role as a woman who wouldn't share toilet paper with Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) on "Seinfeld" (NBC)
1994:
Made TV-movie debut in "This Can't Be Love" (CBS), starring Katharine Hepburn and Anthony Quinn
1996:
Co-starred as Melissa, the fiancee of a storm chaser (Bill Paxton), in "Twister"
1997:
Had recurring role as a psychologist on the hit NBC series, "ER"
1999:
Played one of the titular "Seven Girlfriends"
2000:
Played a recurring role of a prissy lawyer on the FOX comedy, "Ally McBeal"; garnered an Emmy nomination
2001:
Played a heroin addict in "Lip Service"
2002:
Portrayed the late comedy legend Gilda Radner in the ABC movie, "Gilda Radner: It's Always Something"
2002:
Played Judy Miller in the CBS sitcom, "Still Standing"
2006:
Cast in the indie comedy "Keeping Up with the Steins," playing the wife of Jeremy Piven
2009:
Joined HBO's "Entourage" in a recurring role as Marlo, the wife of Ari Gold's new business partner
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Education

New York University: New York , New York -
The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute: New York , New York -

Notes

"I have parents who love me, and I married a great guy. I've had a charmed life." --Jami Gertz in People, June 10, 1996.

"I don't lead a terribly dramatic life and I didn't have a rotten childhood." --Gertz quoted in Scene, 1996

Gertz was offered one of the roles on "Friends" but turned it down because she wanted to have a second child.

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husband:
Tony Ressler. Stock investor. Born c. 1960; married in 1987; was misdiagnosed with a brain tumor in September 1995; underwent surgery for removal of a cyst in 1995.

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father:
Walter Gertz. Contractor.
mother:
Sharon Gertz.
son:
Oliver Jordan Ressler. Born May 6, 1992.
son:
Nicholas Simon Ressler. Born on February 17, 1995.
son:
Theo Ressler. Born c. 1998.
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