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.

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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.

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