• Jami Gertz is an Emmy-nominated American actress and business magnate
• She is well known for her roles in sitcoms including "Still Standing" and "The Neighbors"
• She is co-owner of the NBA's Atlanta Hawks with her billionaire husband, Tony Ressler
• She has a net worth of over $2 billion, largely attributed to her acting career and marriage
• She was born in Chicago, Illinois and graduated from New York University

Known for movies

Short Info

Net Worth1.68 billion USD, about $2 billion dollars, 1.7 billion USD
Date Of BirthJuly 16, 1959, October 28, 1965, July 16, 1959
SpouseJami Gertz, Jami Gertz
FactShe is from an Ashkenazi Jewish family.

Who is Jami Gertz?

Jami Gertz is a Primetime Emmy-nominated American actress and business magnate, who is best known for her appearances in recurring roles in popular sitcoms including “Still Standing” and “The Neighbors”. Additionally, she is widely recognized for starring in movies such as “Crossroads” (1986), “The Lost Boys” (1987) and “Undercover Christmas” (2003), as well as for being the co-owner of the National Basketball League’s (NBA) Atlanta Hawks, alongside her billionaire husband Tony Ressler.

Early Life, Family and Education

Jami Beth Gertz was born under the zodiac sign of Scorpio on the 28th October 1965, in Chicago, Illinois, one of three children of Sharyn and Walter Gertz. She has two brothers named Michael and Scott, and is of American nationality, white ethnicity and Ashkenazi Jewish descent.

She matriculated from Maine East High School in 1983, and additionally studied acting at New York University.


Jami dived into the world of acting at the age of 13, when she was discovered by Norman Lear. Her acting debut occurred in 1981 when she appeared in the romantic comedy movie “On the Right Track”, followed by a brief appearance in the Oscar-nominated drama movie “Endless Love”. Her small screen debut occurred in 1982, when she was cast for the recurring role of Muffy Tepperman in the TV comedy series “Square Pegs”, which she played ’til 1983.

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Between 1983 and ’84, Gertz starred in the TV comedy series “The Facts of Life” that led her to appear in the romantic comedy movie “Sixteen Candles”. Later that year she starred as Martha Spino in “Dreams” TV series, while in 1986 she appeared in her first leading role in the thriller movie “Quicksilver”.

The real breakthrough in her acting career occurred in 1986, when she starred as Frances in the musical drama film “Crossroads”. One of her most memorable supporting roles so far came just a year later, when she portrayed Star in the 1987 horror comedy film “The Lost Boys”.

Between 1991 and 1992 Jami starred as Lily Ruscio in the TV comedy series “Sibs”. In 1996 she landed the role of Dr. Melissa Reeves in two-time Oscar-nominated thriller movie “Twister”. However, despite the movie’s positive reviews, for her performance Gertz earned The Stinkers Bad Movie Award for the Worst Supporting Actress in 1996, as well as a nomination for the unflattering Golden Raspberry Award (popularly referred to as Razzie).

In 1997 Jami allegedly declined the role of Rachel Green in the TV sitcom “Friends” in order to star in the recurring role of Dr. Nina Pomerantz in the Golden Globe-winning medical drama series “ER”.

Between 2000 and 2002 she portrayed the recurring character of Kimmy Bishop in the TV legal comedy drama series “Ally McBeal”, for which she was rewarded with a nomination for the prestigious Primetime Emmy Award for the Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series.

Into the limelight Jami stepped in 2002, when she was cast for one of the leading roles in the CBS TV’s sitcom “Still Standing” – as Judith ‘Judy’ Miller, she appeared in the total of 88 episodes through the show’s four seasons before it was called off in 2006.

Later that year, she guest-starred in the comedy film “Keeping Up with the Steins”, while from 2009 to 2010 she appeared as Marlo Klein in the TV comedy drama series “Entourage”.

To greater prominence Jami Gertz came in 2012 when she was cast for the leading role of Debbie Weaver in the ABC TV’s Sci-Fi sitcom “The Neighbors”, which she played ’til the show end in 2014. Her most recent acting engagement dates back to 2017, when she appeared in an episode of the TV comedy series “Difficult People”.

Personal Life

Jami first met Tony Ressler at the age of 21 in 1986, when she was introduced to him via her publicist Susan Geller. After a dinner at his apartment – ‘a brunch and a dozen roses‘ – they began dating. After building their relationship for the following three years, the couple married on the 16th June 1989. Together they’ve welcomed three sons – Oliver Jordan born in 1992, Nicholas Simon (1995), and Theo in 1998.

Prior to marrying Tony, Jami allegedly dated several popular actors from the movie-making industry, including Steven Seagal, Sylvester Stallone and John Cusack.

Anthony P. ‘Tony‘ Ressler was born on the 12th October 1960, in the USA, one of five children of Dorothy and Ira Ressler. He attended the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree. Additionally, he enrolled at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business from which he earned his Master of Business Administration degree. After working for the Drexel Burnham Lambert investment bank, in 1990 Tony launched his own private equity firm named Apollo Global Management.

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He is also the co-founder of Ares Management, L.P. assets management and Real Estate Company.

Since 2015, he has shared ownership of the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks team with his wife which they acquired for $730 million.

Net Worth

Authoritative sources have estimated that Jami Gertz‘s net worth, as of mid-2020, figures around an astonishing sum of at least $2 billion, acquired through her prominent acting career as well as through her marriage with an American businessman Tony Ressler whose wealth has currently been estimated at $2.9 billion.

General Info

Full NameAntony Ressler
Net Worth1.68 billion USD, about $2 billion dollars, 1.7 billion USD
Date Of BirthJuly 16, 1959, October 28, 1965, July 16, 1959
Height1.65 m
ProfessionFilm producer, Actor, Businessperson
EducationGeorgetown University, New York University, Maine East High School, Georgetown University
NationalityAmerican, American, American


SpouseJami Gertz, Jami Gertz
ChildrenNicholas Simon Ressler, Oliver Jordan Ressler, Theo Ressler, Nicholas Simon Ressler, Oliver Jordan Ressler, Theo Ressler, Nicholas Simon Ressler, Oliver Jordan Ressler, Theo Ressler
ParentsDorothy Ressler, Ira Ressler, Sharon Gertz, Walter Gertz, Dorothy Ressler, Ira Ressler
SiblingsRichard Ressler, Debra Black, Michael Gertz, Scott Gertz, Richard Ressler, Debra Black


NominationsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress - Comedy Series
MoviesThe Lost Boys, Less Than Zero, Twister, Sixteen Candles, Solarbabies, Crossroads, Keeping Up with the Steins, Don't Tell Her It's Me, Jersey Girl, Undercover Christmas, Listen to Me, Endless Love, Seven Girlfriends, Sibling Rivalry, Mischief, Silence Like Glass, A Better Life, Lost Holiday, Renegade...
TV ShowsThe Neighbors, Still Standing, Dreams, Square Pegs, Sibs

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1I'm at a time in my life where I'm so filled up that I don't want more.
2[in a 1987 interview] Most of the parts I've played have been passive girls who are just sort of there. I have trouble with that because I'm not like that and being passive gets you in big trouble personally. It's not the kind of quality that young girls should be looking up to.


1She is one of the wealthiest women in America. Her husband is a major partner in an investment firm and worth almost 1.5 billion dollars. They are also co-owners of the Milwaukee Brewers.
2She is from an Ashkenazi Jewish family.
3Lives in Los Angeles, California with her husband and three sons. Is still on television and making movies. [April 2002]
4Was considered for the role of Rachel Green on Friends (1994), which went to Jennifer Aniston.
5Her father, Walter Gertz, was a successful Chicago contractor.
6Was discovered in high school by Norman Lear's company.
7Graduated from Maine East High School in Park Ridge, Illinois in 1983.
8Originally planned on being a figure skater.
9Caught the acting bug after winning the role of Dorothy Gale in a school production of "The Wizard of Oz" - according to herself appearing on "The Jeff Probst Show".
10Has two brothers, Michael and Scott.
11Both Jami and Tom Cruise made their film debuts in Endless Love (1981). Both are also mentioned in Bret Easton Ellis' 1991 novel, American Psycho.
12Children: Oliver Jordan Ressler (b. May 6, 1992), Nicholas Simon Ressler (b. February 17, 1995) and Theo Ressler (b. 1998).




Square Pegs1982-1983TV SeriesMuffy Tepperman
Endless Love1981Patty
On the Right Track1981Big Girl
This Is Us2016TV SeriesMarin Rosenthal
Untitled NBA Project2015TV MovieBonnie
The Neighbors2012-2014TV SeriesDebbie Weaver
Dealin' with Idiots2013Rosie
Modern Family2011TV SeriesLaura
Entourage2009-2010TV SeriesMarlo Klein
Lost Holiday: The Jim & Suzanne Shemwell Story2007TV MovieSuzanne Shemwell
Shark2006TV SeriesSara Metcalfe
Keeping Up with the Steins2006Joanne Fiedler
Still Standing2002-2006TV SeriesJudy Miller
Fighting the Odds: The Marilyn Gambrell Story2005TV MovieMarilyn Gambrell
Undercover Christmas2003TV MovieBrandi O'Neil
Gilda Radner: It's Always Something2002TV MovieGilda Radner
Ally McBeal2000-2002TV SeriesKimmy Bishop
Lip Service2001Kat
True Love2001TV Movie
Seven Girlfriends1999Lisa
ER1997TV SeriesDr. Nina Pomerantz
Twister1996Dr. Melissa Reeves
Hudson Street1995TV SeriesAllison
Related by Birth1994TV ShortLily
Dream On1994TV SeriesJane Harnick, Kidnapper #2
This Can't Be Love1994TV MovieSarah
Seinfeld1994TV SeriesJane
Jersey Girl1992Toby
Sibs1991-1992TV SeriesLily Ruscio
Sibling Rivalry1990Jeanine
The Boyfriend School1990Emily Pear
Silence Like Glass1989Eva Martin
Listen to Me1989Monica Tomanski
Less Than Zero1987Blair
The Lost Boys1987Star
Alphabet City1984Sophia
Sixteen Candles1984Robin
Family Ties1984TV SeriesJocelyn Clark
The Facts of Life1983-1984TV SeriesBoots St. Clair Boots St. Claire
Dreams1984TV SeriesMartha Spino
For Members Only1983TV MovieMonica Mitchell
Diff'rent Strokes1983TV SeriesLindsey


A Better Life2011producer


Home & Family2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Good Day L.A.2013TV SeriesHerself
The Talk2011-2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Wheel of Fortune2013TV SeriesHerself - Video Greeting
Marie2013TV Series documentaryHerself
The Jeff Probst Show2012TV SeriesHerself
Big Morning Buzz Live2012TV SeriesHerself
Good Morning America2012TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Chew2012TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Tavis Smiley2011TV SeriesHerself
Sidewalks Entertainment2007TV SeriesHerself - Guest
CBS Cares2003-2006TV SeriesHerself
Chanukah Stories2005TV MovieHerself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2005TV SeriesHerself
The View2005TV SeriesHerself
The Lost Boys: A Retrospective2004Video documentary shortHerself
The Early Show2004TV SeriesHerself
The Tony Danza Show2004TV SeriesHerself
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn2002-2004TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Guest
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2004TV SeriesHerself
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show2004TV SeriesHerself - Guest
On-Air with Ryan Seacrest2004TV SeriesHerself
The 30th Annual People's Choice Awards2004TV SpecialHerself
The 29th Annual People's Choice Awards2003TV SpecialHerself
The Sharon Osbourne Show2003TV SeriesHerself
The Wayne Brady Show2003TV SeriesHerself
Anatomy of a 'Twister'2000Video documentary shortHerself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1996TV SeriesHerself
HBO First Look1996TV Series documentary shortHerself
The Oprah Winfrey Show1996TV SeriesHerself
Late Night with David Letterman1987-1993TV SeriesHerself

Archive Footage

100 Greatest Teen Stars2006TV Mini-SeriesHerself
Corazón de...2005TV SeriesHerself
Dream On1995TV SeriesJane Harnick, Kidnapper #2


Won Awards

1996Stinker AwardThe Stinkers Bad Movie AwardsWorst Supporting ActressTwister (1996)

Nominated Awards

2004Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsMost Popular Mom & Pop in a Television SeriesStill Standing (2002)
2001Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy SeriesAlly McBeal (1997)
1997Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst Supporting ActressTwister (1996)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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