Once and Again
Actor Ira Wood has appeared in several productions with his more famous actress sister Evan Rachel Woods, such as “In the Best of Families: Marriage, Pride & Madness” (1994), “Once and Again” (2001), where he had the recurring role of Ajay Lieberman, “Pretty Persuasion” (2005), “Down in the Valley” (2005) and “Across the Universe” (2007). The younger Wood also acted in the TV films “Star Struck” (1994) and “Love-Struck” (1997) and had a recurring role on “One Tree Hill” (2009).
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Childhood and Family:
Ira Wood was born Ira David Wood IV on November 20, 1984, in Raleigh, North Carolina. His father, Ira David Wood III, is a locally outstanding actor, singer, theater director, and playwright, while his mother, Sara Lynn Moore, is an actress, director and acting coach. Ira is the younger brother of actress Evan Rachel Wood (born September 7, 1987). He has one brother named Dana Wood. His paternal aunt, Carol Winstead Wood, is a Hollywood production designer. Along with his siblings, Ira was actively involved in Theatre in the Park while growing up.
One Tree Hill
Ira Wood made his television acting debut in the CBS telepic “In the Best of Families: Marriage, Pride & Madness,” opposite his sister. He played older Jimmy, while she played Little Susie. Directed by Jeff Bleckner and starring Kelly McGillis, Harry Hamlin and Keith Carradine, the drama aired on January 16, 1994. Later that same year on October 30, he appeared as 12 year old Runner on the CBS made for TV film “Star Struck,” starring Kirk Cameron as Runner. Wood resurfaced in 1997 when he landed a part in the TV film “Love-Struck,” starring Cynthia Gibb, Costas Mandylor and Annabelle Gurwitch.
In 2001, Wood had a recurring role as Ajay Lieberman on the ABC family drama series “Once and Again,” where sister Evan Rachel Wood starred as Rick's daughter, Jessie. He appeared in three episodes: “Tough Love,” “Destiny Turns on the Radio” and “Acting Out.”
Wood made his feature film debut as Martin Stivers in “Pretty Persuasion,” a 2005 black comedy/satirical film starring his sister Evan as a 15 year old schoolgirl who makes a false accusation of sexual harassment against her drama teacher. The film received negative reviews from critics and was a commercially flop. He went on to play Craig in the David Jacobson drama film “Down in the Valley” (2005), again starring his sister, Evan. In 2007, Wood reunited with his sister in the Academy Award nominating drama/musical film “Across the Universe,” which was directed and co-written by Julie Taymor. There he had an uncredited part as a SDS Revolutionary.
In 2009, Wood played Jay in two episodes of The CW's teen drama/young adult series, “One Tree Hill.”