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‘Mad Men’s’ Mysterious James Wolk Used to Emcee Bar Mitzvahs

The man behind Bob Benson spent several years on the bar mitzvah circuit

By: Ashley Baylen
Published: June 24th, 2013 in Culture » TV » News
James Wolk as Bob Benson

After an enthralling season finale of ‘Mad Men’ on Sunday night, we are left with even more questions about the true identity and motives of one Mr. Bob Benson.

And now after a recent interview with Vulture, we have to question the background of the actor behind him as well, James Wolk. The young actor, who previously appeared in ‘Shameless’ and ‘Lone Star’ before landing his big break on ‘Mad Men’, admitted that he once had a lucrative career emceeing Bar and Bat Mitzvah’s.

“I grew up in a town where there were an immense number of bar and bat mitzvahs. When I was 15, I was approached by one of the bar and bat mitzvah companies to, like, dance and pass out glow sticks and do inane stuff, and I was told that ultimately it would lead to emceeing. So I started when I was 15 and everyone thought I was 18 or 19 because I was really tall,” Wolk explained.

“No one knew my dad was dropping me off five blocks before the temple. I emceed in metro Detroit throughout college, and even when I moved to New York, I would actually fly back on a Friday, emcee on a Saturday, and fly back on Sunday so that I could audition during the week. It was a big part of my life.”

It doesn’t seem that Wolk will be returning to Detroit any time soon (except via ‘Mad Men’ to oversee the Chevy campaign), as in addition to playing Bob Benson, he is also set to star in CBS’ new comedy ‘The Crazy Ones’ starring Sarah Michelle Gellar and Robin Williams.

To find out even more about James Wolk, check out his Breakthrough Jew profile from a few weeks back.

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