Jami Gertz (born October 28, 1965) is an American actress. Gertz is known for her early roles in the movies The Lost Boys, Quicksilver, Less Than Zero, the short-lived 1980s TV series Square Pegs with Sarah Jessica Parker, as well as the 2000s CBS sitcom Still Standing with Mark Addy.
Gertz had supporting roles in the 1996 blockbuster Twister, the 1984 teen film Sixteen Candles, the 1986 film Crossroads and a 1994 episode of Seinfeld (as a girlfriend of Jerry who is also both Kramer's phone-sex partner and Elaine's toilet-paper-hogging nemesis). Gertz played the recurring character Dr. Nina Pomerantz during the 1997 season of ER.
Gertz made her film debut (along with Tom Cruise) in the 1981 romance film Endless Love. In 2002, Gertz played the late comedic legend Gilda Radner in the television movie Gilda Radner: It's Always Something. The name of Gertz's character on Still Standing, Judy Miller, was also the name of the little girl character created by Gilda Radner on Saturday Night...
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Keeping Up With the Steins is a 2006 comedy film directed by Scott Marshall, and starring Garry Marshall, Jeremy Piven, Jami Gertz and Daryl Hannah. The film is also a commentary on how too many Jewish families see a bar mitzvah or bat mitzvah not as a coming of age for their son or daughter, but rather as an excuse to throw outrageously lavish parties.Tagline: Something's not quite kosher.Benjamin Fiedler (Daryl Sabara) is the 13 year old son of Adam and Joanne Fiedler (Jeremy Piven and Jami Gertz). After attending the elaborate bar-mitzvah for the son of Arnie Stein (Larry Miller) - which was done on a cruise ship, with a Titanic theme - Benjamin's parents decide to go all out for his bar-mitzvah. The idea - rent out Dodger Stadium for the bar-mitzvah, complete with movie stars and everything. Adam had even booked Neil Diamond to sing the National Anthem. However, Benjamin doesn't want to go through with it, as he doesn't even understand the words of the haftorah he has to read as...
Twister is a 1996 disaster film starring Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton as storm chasers researching tornadoes. It was directed by Jan de Bont. The film was based upon a script by Michael Crichton and his wife, former actress Anne-Marie Martin.
In the movie, a team of "storm chasers" try to perfect their new instrument, while competing with another team.
Twister also has a famous scene of a flying cow, a scene that was the subject of many parodies. The film also became the theme of a ride at Universal Orlando Resort called Twister... Ride it Out.
According to IMDb, Twister was the first movie commercially released on DVD.
Taglines:Jo Harding: The leader of her storm team. When she was five, Jo's father was killed in an F5 tornado because of a less-than-perfect warning system. Ever since then, she's dedicated her life to creating the advanced warning system. During the film she is in the process of divorcing from Bill Harding, but because she still loves him, she is hesitant to do so. Jo...,
Antony Ressler & Jami Gertz married
Zwei Frauen (American title: Silence Like Glass) is a 1989 German dramatic film. (Though made in Germany it is set in America and features an American cast with all English dialogue.) The film stars Jami Gertz as Eva, a wealthy, snobbish ballerina who is diagnosed with cancer. She is admitted into the youth cancer ward at a hospital where she is forced into humility by her disease. She rooms with fellow cancer patient Claudia (Martha Plimpton), and the majority of the film revolves around their interactions together in their hospital room.
Ultimately Eva goes into remission and is able to continue her life, but not before witnessing another young woman's death and also assisting Claudia to suicide.
The film was nominated for Outstanding Feature Film at the German Film Awards. Notably, actress Plimpton shaved her head for this role, a move that would steer the direction of her career for the next several years. (She would again appear bald in the film Parenthood and accompanied then...,
Less Than Zero is a 1987 film based on the novel of the same name by Bret Easton Ellis. It stars Andrew McCarthy, Jami Gertz, Robert Downey Jr., and James Spader. It has been rated R by the MPAA.Clay (McCarthy) is a college freshman who returns home to Los Angeles, California, for Christmas, and finds things to be a bit of a mess. His ex-girlfriend Blair (Gertz) has been having sex with his high school friend, the drug-addicted Julian (Downey), who is being hassled by his dealer, Rip (Spader), for the $50,000 he owes. What follows is Clay's effort to help clean up Julian. The movie presents a look at the culture of wealthy youth in Los Angeles and has a strong anti-drug message, something that never existed in the novel.The movie focused on a strong anti-drug message, rather than the emptiness of the characters' lives as displayed in the novel.Also, in the book, Clay must decide whether he wants to continue his relationship with Blair, while in the movie they have already broken up...,
The Lost Boys is a 1987 American horror film about young Californians who must fight a gang of teenage vampires. It stars Jason Patric, Corey Haim, and Kiefer Sutherland, and co-stars Jami Gertz, Corey Feldman, Dianne Wiest, Edward Herrmann, Alex Winter, Jamison Newlander, and Barnard Hughes. It was directed by Joel Schumacher.
The Lost Boys was produced at the height of Nancy Reagan's "Just Say No" anti-drug ad campaign, and the film's depiction of vampirism is a direct metaphor for teenage drug addiction as it was portrayed in the media in the 1980s. The film's title is derived from Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie.
A divorced mother, Lucy Emerson (Dianne Wiest), and her two teenage sons Michael (Jason Patric) and Sam (Corey Haim) move to live with Lucy's father in the small California town of Santa Carla (based loosely on the city of Santa Cruz, California, the film's primary filming location). Santa Carla plagued by problems with a motorcycle gang and unexplained disappearances.
Solarbabies, also known as Solarwarriors, was released in November 1986. It was released on DVD on March 6, 2007. Set in a post-apocalypse future in which most of the water has disappeared from the planet, we find a group of children, mostly teenagers, living at an orphanage run by the despotic rulers of the new Earth. The group in question consists of Jason, the group's ad hoc leader played by Jason Patric; Terra, played by Jami Gertz; Tug, played by Peter DeLuise; Rabbit, played by Claude Brooks; Metron, played by James Le Gros; and a little deaf boy named Daniel, played by Lukas Haas.
The group likes to play a somewhat rough competition game of rollerball and are quite good at it. It has given them a unity that transcends the attempts to bring them to heel by the government who tries to influence the children into becoming future soldiers.
While hiding out in a cave, the children find an unusual orb of special power, which in reality is a sentient alien entity called Bohdai....,
Crossroads is a 1986 cult film inspired by the legend of Robert Johnson. The film was directed by Walter Hill and featured an original score by Ry Cooder. Starring Ralph Macchio, renowned guitarist Steve Vai also appears in the film as the devil's guitar player in the climactic guitar duel.
Eugene Martone (Macchio) has a fascination for the blues while he studies classical guitar at the Juilliard School for performing arts in New York City. Researching blues and guitar music brings famed Robert Johnson's mythically creative acclaim to his attention; especially intriguing are the "missing recordings" that were lost, supposedly evermore to the world.
In his quest to find these recordings he discovers old newspaper archive clippings that, fortunately or not, the blues legend Willie Brown is yet alive and incarcerated in a nearby minimum security hospital.
On a visit to meet this musical icon, Eugene gets thwarted by Willie who denies that he is that Willie Brown and doesn't have any...,
Quicksilver is a 1986 feature film starring Kevin Bacon. Written and directed by Thomas Michael Donnelly, the film also includes Jami Gertz, Paul Rodriguez, Louie Anderson, Larry Fishburne, and Rudy Ramos.
Bacon's character is Jack Casey, a successful young stockbroker who loses all of his money after a risky business decision. Deflated and disenchanted with his profession, he becomes a bicycle messenger for a service, Kurtzweill's Quicksilver Express Co., Ltd. Jack deals with his parents and his girlfriend, who are disappointed with his job as a messenger. Along with the colorful characters that work with him, he meets a troubled young woman, Terri.
Although frustrated, Jack enjoys the freedom that comes with his lower responsibility. He also uses his education and business acumen to help his co-workers. When some of them are involved in dangerous or difficult matters, Jack must decide whether (and how) he should become involved.
The film was shot on-location in both New York and San...
Sixteen Candles is a 1984 coming-of-age film starring Molly Ringwald, Michael Schoeffling and Anthony Michael Hall. The film was written and directed by John Hughes and is often associated with the beginning of the Brat Pack.
High school sophomore Samantha "Sam" Baker (Molly Ringwald) struggles to get through her sixteenth birthday, backdropped by her ongoing infatuation with fellow student Jake Ryan (Michael Schoeffling) and her family’s uniform ignorance of her situation (in their defense, they are planning a wedding for older sister Ginny (Blanche Baker), and weird foreign exchange student Long Duk Dong (Gedde Watanabe) hits town visiting Sam’s grandparents and is hastily paired with Samantha. The family eventually make up before the wedding.
A running subplot involves geeky, insecure Ted (Anthony Michael Hall) unsuccessfully trying to bed his love interest-Samantha-to satisfy a bet with his friends. Ted eventually confesses the wager to Samantha, who befriends Ted and loans him...,
Endless Love is a 1981 English language drama film and romance film directed by Franco Zeffirelli, starring Brooke Shields and Martin Hewitt. The screenplay by Judith Rascoe was adapted from the novel by Scott Spencer. The original music score was composed by Jonathan Tunick. The film is marketed with the tagline "She is 15. He is 17. The love every parent fears."
As of 2006, the film has yet to be released in the United States on DVD (Region 1).
Jade Butterfield and David Axelrod, both teenagers, fall in love. Their love becomes dangerously obsessive, especially for David. When Jade's father tries to stop them from seeing each other, David accidentally burns down the Butterfields' house. For this, he is sent to a mental hospital for the next five years and is forbidden to contact Jade ever again. When David is released on parole, he goes to look for Jade. In a chance meeting in Manhattan, Jade's father is hit and killed by a car after running into the street to chase after David....,
Jami Gertz was born