Wood Harris

Wood Harris landed his most well-known role playing drug kingpin Avon Barksdale in the critically acclaimed crime series "The Wire" (HBO, 2002-08). It was hardly his first major performance, however. In 1994 Harris made ... Read more »
Born: 10/16/1969 in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Actor (39)

Ant-Man 2015 (Movie)

Gale (Actor)

From the Outside Looking In 2014 (Movie)

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Justified 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Watsons Go to Birmingham 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

30 for 30 2012 (Tv Show)

Narrator

Dredd 3D 2012 (Movie)

Kay (Actor)

The Babymakers 2012 (Movie)

Darrell (Actor)

MVP 2011 (Movie)

Tony Smalls (Actor)

The Heart Specialist 2011 (Movie)

Dr. Sidney Zachary (Actor)

Southland 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cosby 1997 - 1998, 2001 - 2005, 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jazz in the Diamond District 2009 (Movie)

Gabriel Marx (Actor)

NYPD Blue 1996 - 1998, 2001 - 2005, 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

New York Undercover 1997 - 1998, 2001 - 2005, 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Next Day Air 2009 (Movie)

Guch (Actor)

Not Easily Broken 2009 (Movie)

Darnell Gooden (Actor)

Oz 1997 - 1998, 2001 - 2005, 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Played by Fame 2001 - 2005, 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry 2001 - 2005, 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

House 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Just Another Day 2008 (Movie)

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The Wire 2001 - 2005, 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

BET Hip-Hop Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Numb3rs 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Southland Tales 2007 (Movie)

Dion Element (Actor)

Dirty 2006 (Movie)

Brax (Actor)

The Twilight Zone 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Paid in Full 2002 (Movie)

Ace (Actor)

The 32nd NAACP Image Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Committed 2000 (Movie)

Chicky (Actor)

Remember the Titans 2000 (Movie)

Julius 'Big Ju' Campbell (Actor)

Rhapsody 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Small Vices 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Gold Cup 1999 (Movie)

Clayton (Actor)

Celebrity 1998 (Movie)

Al Swayze (Actor)

Slam 1998 (Movie)

Extra (Actor)

The Siege 1998 (Movie)

Officer Henderson (Actor)

As Good As It Gets 1997 (Movie)

Cafe 24 Busboy (Actor)

Hendrix (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Wood Harris landed his most well-known role playing drug kingpin Avon Barksdale in the critically acclaimed crime series "The Wire" (HBO, 2002-08). It was hardly his first major performance, however. In 1994 Harris made his feature film debut playing Motaw in "Above the Rim," starring Tupac Shakur. He subsequently picked up small parts in several television programs such as the cop show "NYPD Blue" (ABC, 1993-2005) and the prison drama "Oz" (HBO, 1997-2003). He also starred as groundbreaking guitarist Jimi Hendrix in the Showtime movie "Hendrix" (2000) and appeared in a dramatically meaty role opposite Denzel Washington in the football drama "Remember the Titans" (2000). Both performances brought him considerable attention, leading to his major part on "The Wire." Although none of Harris' post-"Wire" work managed to capitalize on that breakthrough performance in terms of visibility, he nevertheless continued to star in small features like "Dough Boys" (2009), "Next Day Air" (2009) and "Just Another Day" (2009), and popped up in several high-profile television series.

Relationships

Mattie Harris

Mother

Steve Harris Actor

Brother

John Harris

Father

EDUCATION

New York University's Tisch School of the Arts

Northern Illinois University

Milestones

2002

Played Avon Barksdale in HBO series "The Wire."

2000

Co-starred in football drama "Remember the Titans" opposite Denzel Washington.

2000

Starred as legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix in the Showtime feature film "Hendrix."

1994

Made his feature film debut starring opposite Tupac Shakur in "Above the Rim."

Bonus Trivia

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While attending New York University's Graduate Acting Program at the Tisch School, Harris won his first role opposite Tupac Shakur in the independent feature film "Above the Rim." Harris was later kicked out of the program for being tardy to class. Fellow students petitioned the severity of the punishment and Harris was later allowed to return.

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"One day I’m going to rehearsal, and Paul Newman and Sidney Poitier come into the elevator laughing together. So I’m quiet, trying not to act like a fan of two of my favorite actors, and Paul Newman turns to me and goes, 'You’re doing a great job, kid.’ I was like, 'I need to write that sh*t in my diary!’ I don’t even have a diary. It’ll have one page and it’ll be from Paul Newman." -- from Broadway.com, June 21, 2012

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