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Jamie Gertz owns the Atlanta Hawks and starred in Lost Boys early in his acting career.

By Rick Gonzalez |: Published

Jamie Gertz had a good thing going for him. Her Hollywood career was booming and it seemed like the sky was the limit for the talented young actress. He just hit Joel Schumacher The Lost Boys, in which Gertz starred alongside Jason Patrick, Corey Haim, Dianne Wiest and Kiefer Sutherland. Then she met the man of her dreams and since then Gertz has become a very wealthy actress and entrepreneur whose portfolio includes owning the Atlanta Hawks NBA franchise.


Jami Gertz

Jamie Gertz was born on October 28, 1965 in Chicago, Illinois. From all appearances, and from Gertz’s own words, her childhood was full of fun, love, and adventure. Gertz grew up in a simpler time, when kids left home early on Saturdays and didn’t come back until the sun went down.

Jamie Gertz remembered, via The Huffington Post, growing up in Glenview, Illinois, a suburb of the Windy City. He talked about moving one block away, to a new neighborhood, where he was inundated by kids from the new neighborhood who wanted to know his name, his age, and the most important piece of information they demanded; can

She grew up Jewish, but says her new neighborhood is filled with families from all walks of life. Because of this, his childhood was surrounded by loving Irish, Jewish, Italian, Greek and German families, all offering the best food a child could ask for.

The holidays were special to Jamie Gertz and his family, and even though they were Jewish and didn’t celebrate Christmas, he and his siblings were always invited to help decorate the Christmas trees, while his family always sent invitations to their Bar and Bat Mitzvahs. it was a time when acceptance was a real thing and not just talk.

Jamie Gertz found his calling in film and television in the early 80s. In fact, her call found her. Gertz discovered Hollywood legend, screenwriter, film and television producer Norman Lear during a nationwide talent search, who celebrated his 100th birthday this birthday. Lear has been involved in over 100 shows in one way or another.

Jamie Gertz’s first role was a very small part in the film On the right track. Then he appeared in the picture, Endless Lovebefore transitioning to television with a sitcom role Square pegs. Her career started to take off as she was seen in other TV series like Diff’rent Strokes, The Facts of Lifeand: Family ties.

Television success brought him success on the big screen as well. Gertz began his transition to feature films in 1984 when he was spotted Alphabet city and then in a small role in John Hughes’ hit film, Sixteen candles. Jamie Gertz followed this with roles in films such as Mischief, Quicksilver, Crossroadsand: Children of the sunall this led him to his first leading role.


1987 was a big year for Jamie Gertz as he landed roles in two of his most popular films. The first was in a vampire thriller, The Lost Boys. In it, she played Star, the half-vampire girlfriend of Kiefer Sutherland’s David. The film also stars Jason Patrick, who has an eye for Gertz’s star, who didn’t quite fit in with Sutherland’s band of young vampires.

The second film of 1987 that brought more attention to Jamie Gertz Less than zero, a film based on the novel of the same name by Bret Easton Ellis. The film also stars Andrew McCarthy, James Spader and a young Robert Downey Jr.


Jamie Gertz was building a good career for himself, but for some reason it just didn’t feel right. So instead of going all-in on the acting gig, she found herself taking a sabbatical and heading to Paris to become a fragrance designer for French luxury house Lanvin.

But that’s when Gertz met Tony Ressler, who was then working at Drexel Burnham Lambert banking firm. They met when Gertz’s publicist introduced the couple to dinner. Apparently it went well because the next day, Ressler invited Jami to breakfast, which he happily accepted. At that time, it was Geerts who was more financially successful.

“Everyone thinks I married a rich guy,” she explained The Hollywood Reporter. “But I made more money, a lot more money, than Tony when I met him. I paid for our first house. I paid for our first vacation. I married him because I fell in love with him.’

According to Ressler of their early romance, he knew she was an actress, but didn’t know how successful she was. “All I knew was that she was a working actress,” Ressler said. “I did not know [her movie and TV credits]”. It didn’t matter who knew what because the couple had fallen in love.

“He was a good guy with a job,” Gertz insisted. “What any Jewish girl from Glenview would want. It would be good if it was a doctor or a lawyer, but a banker was also good.”

So in 1989, after Jamie Gertz took a two-year sabbatical from filming, the couple got married. Although Wall Street was a huge draw for Ressler, the decision was made to stay on the West Coast so Jamie Gertz could return to acting. He did, and for about seven years found roles in similar films Listen to me, silence like glassthe underrated comedy Sibling rivalry which starred the late Kirsty Alley, and Jersey girl.

Jamie Gertz returned to his TV roots with the series, Sibs. He has also found time on series like Seinfeld, Dreaming, and: Hudson Streetand even got a six-episode run on the hit series, WAS. But in 1996, Geertz was part of another big movie that made her a turn all over Hollywood.

It was the movie Twister: and it starred Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton. Jamie Gertz played Dr. Melissa Reeves, one of the group of storm chasers. The film was a big hit for Geertz, along with the cast, and could have given Geerz bigger blockbusters, but as he did throughout his early career and the rest of it, Geerz walked to his own drum.


While Jamie Gertz was riding the rollercoaster of her acting career, her husband was making a name for himself. First was the private equity firm Apollo Global, which he co-founded in 1990. Seven years later, Ressler would go on to start the incredibly successful Ares Management.

When asked to describe exactly what Ares Management is about, Ressler said: “We are a $125 billion asset manager.” Yes, that’s billion with a B. “I think the right quote would be: “We are the most amazing investment company in the history of the universe.”

With their portfolio growing, Jamie Gertz and Tony Ressler started their family. They have three sons, Oliver (30), Nick (26) and Theo (23). As for their portfolio, they now have a net worth of $3.1 billion.

Having that much money, however, means a lot can be done. In 2015, Tony Ressler, a lifelong NBA fan, decided that he and Jamie needed to get into the basketball market by buying an NBA team. Their first foray into professional sports was an attempt to buy the Los Angeles Clippers, but they were rebuffed when wealthy Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer raised $2 billion for the team.

Fortunately, Jamie Gertz and Tony Ressler didn’t have to wait long for another chance to own the NBA. The Atlanta Hawks were suddenly available, and $850 million later, they were official owners. Since then, Geertz has become the face of the franchise, while Ressler has been more than content, remaining in the spotlight.


Although it may seem like it, it’s not all roses for Jami Gertz. Although completely successful on camera and as a businesswoman, not all of her business deals have been successful. Take, for example, the time he wanted to become a film producer.

In 2010, Lime Orchard Productions was founded by Jami Gertz. “You’re getting old,” he said THR:, “and you slow down, and things get a little difficult. Therefore, I decided to invest money in my own project.” Lesson learned.

His production company had one big hit, and that was Chris Waitsy A Better Life which earned actor Demian Bichir an Oscar nomination. But for Jami Gertz, working for five years was enough for the production company. “I tried for five years and it wasn’t very successful,” says Gertz, who also says he’s invested millions of dollars of his hard-earned cash to no avail. he lost every penny.


You won’t see Jamie Gertz filling up her social media accounts, although she isn’t shy about being in front of the camera. He is constantly seen working promotions for the Atlanta Hawks, doing what he can to engage the fans. But when it comes to social media, Gertz has little presence.


Jamie Goertz was last seen on camera in Hollywood in 2017. He appeared in one episode of the Hulu series, Difficult people, starring Julie Klausner and Billy Eichner. Then, after five years away, Gertz took another turn in front of the camera.

He stars in the 2022 romantic comedy on Amazon Prime’s I want you back. The film also stars Charlie Day, Jenny Slate and Scott Eastwood. It told the story of two 30-somethings (Day and Slate) who get dumped by their significant others and then team up to sabotage their exes’ new relationships in order to win them back.

Will Jamie Gertz find another role in Hollywood? Even though. For now, though, he’s busy with his family, the Hawks, and all of his philanthropic projects.


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