The Story Behind Henry Wolfe: The Son of Actress Meryl Streep and Don Gummer

Henry Wolfe

No wonder why Meryl Streep has been so famous in Hollywood. Her charms, looks, and acting skills have created a wave of magic in the entertainment industry. The diva broke the hearts of many when she got married to Sculptor Don Gummer on 30th September 1978. Since then she has been living happily with him and is a mother of four kids. 

All of her kids have inherited some skills from her and are a bunch of talent. One of her kids is Henry Wolfe Gummer aka Henry Wolfe who is an American singer and songwriter. However, he is mostly renowned to the world as the son of Meryl Streep and Don Gummer. So, what’s his unheard story that remained behind the curtain?

Henry Wolfe Comes From a Star-Studded Family

Henry Wolfe with Meryl Streep, Don Gummer and sisters

When your mom is a famous actress and your dad is a famous sculptor, you will definitely find yourself in the celebrity world. The same thing happened with Henry Wolfe born on 13th November 1979 in  New York, the USA as the son of sculptor Don Gummer and actress Meryl Streep.

Henry spent his entire childhood in Los Angeles and Connecticut with his sisters Grace Gummer, Mamie Gummer, and Louisa Gummer. Two of Wolfe’s sisters Grace and Mamie are into the full-time acting gig while his other sister Louisa Gummer has chosen the modeling career alongside acting. While his sisters followed Meryl’s footsteps, Wolfe decided to follow what his heart says and became a musician.

Henry is a University Drop Out

Henry Wolfe attended Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Connecticut for schooling. He then took admission to Dartmouth College for further studies. Wolfe graduated from college in 2002. After graduation, he joined NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with the hope to start an acting career. However, after spending two years in the University, he realized acting wasn’t his cup of tea. Henry then dropped out from the university in order to work in the field of music. In an interview with New York Daily News in 2011, the junior Gummer expressed his feelings and said: 

“I had to decide whether I wanted to try and make it as an actor or as a musician. For me, music was more stimulating from day to day. It was something that I didn’t need to be working on a project to practice. I can do it whenever and I get satisfaction from completing songs that I never really got from acting.”

Henry Making a Name of His Own in the Music Industry

Henry has always been vocal about how hard he tried to make his own identity coming from a celebrity family. Despite having a guy with his own talent, he was only being judged as the son of brilliant actress Meryl Streep. Talking about the time when his popularity was being overshadowed by his mother’s stardom he told:  

‘The fact that my mom is who she is can be overshadowing. Sometimes I worry that my story isn’t good enough. Sure, my mom is part of the story and I don’t get pissed when people ask me about her, but I wish I had something that could eclipse that as far as compelling storylines.‘

Nevertheless, his struggles paid well and is now a known musician in Hollywood. Wolfe began channeling his own artistic impulses when he received a guitar as his 14th birthday gift. Soon then he started writing songs. However, he officially embarked on his musical career when he formed an indie band called Bravo Silva with his friend after dropping out from the University. Meanwhile, the band got dissolved a year after they released an EP titled ‘July’ in 2004. After the band’s dissolution, Henry began exploring more honing his skills.

In an interview, he said: 

“I found myself with the unique opportunity to expand my horizons as a songwriter. I no longer had to write songs that fit into a mold. I was free to move, literally and artistically.”

Wolfe headed back to Los Angeles where he spent his time playing jazz and pop standards on piano at a downtown lounge. He then immersed himself in the classic American Songs from the 1940s and ’50s. In 2009, Wolfe released two EPs: The Blue House and Wolfe Sings Field penned by Portland-based writer Peter Field. Wolfe then got his first big break in 2011 with his first full solo album Linda Vista. The album was produced by Aaron Older and Nico Aglietti of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes. The album received positive critics by many including Rolling Stone Magazine. He was also titled ‘Artist to watch” by the Los Angeles Times

Apart from this, he has also made his appearance as a musical guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Likewise, he also gave an in-studio performance with John Schafer for WNYC Soundcheck in 2011. His song ‘Stop the Train’ has been featured in her mother’s movie Julie and Julia. As per IMDB, his projects also include songs like ‘For the Turnstiles’ on the Ricki and the Flash soundtrack and Aslimor on Soundcloud. 

His Acting Gig

Apart from making his presence in the musical world, Henry Wolfe has also tried his hands on acting. Though he couldn’t ace his acting career, he has few projects to his name. He has appeared in the movies like Lying (2006), The Wait (2011), The Good Shepherd, and Wolfe with an E.

Wolfe Doesn’t Highlight his Personal Life in Public

Even though Henry Wolfe has hogged the limelight, he prefers living a grounded life. Little to zero is known about his personal life. As per some sources, Henry is married to Tamryn since 2019. The couple has welcomed a daughter in July 2020 and living happily in California.

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