David Hodges of CSI
American actor Wallace Langham is known for his portrayals of distrustful head writer Phil
on HBO's “The Larry Sanders Show” (1992-1998), high-strung assistant Josh on NBC's “Veronica's Closet” as (1997-2000) and lab technician David Hodges on CBS' “ CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” (2003-?). He also played regular roles on “WIOU” (1990-1991), “What About Joan” (2001) and the animated series Mission Hill” (1999-2002) and has made guest appearances in a number of television series, including “ER,” “The Twilight Zone,” “Murphy Brown,” Monk,” “Sex and the City,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “The West Wing,” among others.
“I've had big parts in small films and small parts in big films.” Wallace Langham
First billed as Wally Ward, Langham made his film debut in “Weird Science” (1985) and did not use the name Wallace Langham until five years later in “Vital Signs” (1990). His other film credits include “Michael” (1996), “Daddy Day Care” (2003), “Little Miss Sunshine” (2006), “I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With” (2006) and “The Social Network” (2010).
Currently, Langham is married to Karey Richard. He has two children from his first marriage to Laura.
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Childhood and Family:
Wallace Langham was born James Wallace Langham II on March 11, 1965, in Fort Worth, Texas, to James W Langham, an elevator repairman, and Sunni, a costume designer. His parents divorced in 1971 when he was six years old, and he and his mother moved to Los Angeles three years later. He began studying acting at age 10, under the tutelage of acclaimed coach Janet Alhanti. Wallace briefly attended California State University, Northridge, Northridge, California, before dropping out to pursue acting. He earned an Associate Degree, A.A. in Business from Los Angeles City College, Los Angeles, CA.
In 1986, Wallace married Laura Langham, whom he met on the set of “Weird Science” (1985). They divorced 1998, after having been together for 12 years. The marriage produced two children, Alexander “Alex” James Langham (born June 12 1989 ) and Chloe (born 1991). Wallace remarried on November 3, 2002 to Karey Richard. The couple remain together until now.
Wallace Langham started acting in commercials when he was 16 years old. Billed as Wally Ward, he made his feature film acting debut four years later in the commercially successful teen fantasy/comedy “Weird Science” (1985), which was written and directed by John Hughes and starred Anthony Michael Hall, Ilan Mitchell-Smith, and Kelly LeBrock. There he played the supporting role of Art. The same year, he also appeared as Babe in “Ace Hits the Big Time,” a “CBS Schoolbreak Special” and made his television movie debut as Kevin in CBS's “Children of the Night,” starring Kathleen Quinlan, Nicholas Campbell and Mario Van Peebles.
In 1986, Langham played the role of Mark Ratner in the short lived television series “Fast Time,” a sequel to the 1982 movie “Fast Times at Ridgemont High.” He supported Forrest Tucker, John Ireland and John Shepherd in the action/thriller film “Thunder Run,” directed by Gary Hudson, appeared with C. Thomas Howell, Rae Dawn Chong and Arye Gross in the Steve Miner helmed comedy film “Soul Man” and starred as Perry Barnett, opposite Keith Gordon as Max Mendelsson, on the failed comedy film “Combat High” (aka. “Combat Academy”), from the creator of “Police Academy,” Neal Israel (all also 1986), which was released on video cassette in the United States, and in the United Kingdom.
Next up for Langham, he appeared as Chris Houston in the NBC series “Our House” episodes titled “Past Tense, Future Tense: Part 1 and Part 2” (1987), Nelson in an episode of “The Twilight Zone” called “ Time and Teresa Golowitz (1987) and Paul Hendler, the best friend of the boy with AIDS, in the “ABC Afterschool Special” entitled “Just a Regular Kid: An AIDS Story” (1987). He starred along with Jay Underwood, Chynna Phillips and Karen Black in “The Invisible Kid” (1988), a comedy film directed and written by Avery Crounse, portrayed a gang leader named Archie Costello in the drama film “The Chocolate War” (1988), which is adapted from the celebrated novel of the same name by Robert Cormier, had a supporting role in the teen romance film “Under the Boardwalk” (1989), starring Keith Coogan and Danielle von Zerneck, and was featured as Voyeur Martian in the big screen adaptation of Fredric Brown's novel, “Martians Go Home” (1989), starring Randy Quaid and Margaret Colin. 1989 also saw him play Jimmy Pierson, Jr. in the TV film “ A Deadly Silence” and guest star as Dennis Austin in an episode of “Matlock.”
In 1990, Langham was cast along side Adrian Pasdar, Diane Lane and Jack Gwaltney in the Marisa Silver drama film “Vital Signs,” marking his first feature as Wallace Langham. The same year, he also made guest appearances in the hit shows “21 Jump Street” and “Murphy Brown,” but did not land a regular role until he was cast as Willis Teitlebaum in the CBS drama series “WIOU,” opposite John Shea, Helen Shaver, Harris Yulin, Phil Morris and Joe Grifasi. Premiered on October 24, 1990, the series was cancel after 18 episodes because of low ratings, leaving five episodes unaired. The final was aired on March 20, 1991.
Langham's luck started to change when he landed the role of the cynical head writer Phil on the HBO hit comedy series “The Larry Sanders Show,” starring stand-up comedian Garry Shandling as egotistic, neurotic talk show host Larry Sanders. He was on the show throughout the show's six season run from August 1992 until May 1998.
Langham continued on to make guest appearances in television series like “Life Goes On” (1992), “ Murder, She Wrote” (1993), “Madman of the People” (1994), “Dave's World” (1994), “NewsRadio” (1995-1996), “ER” (1996), “ Grace Under Fire” (1997), “F/X: The Series” (1997) and “Star Trek: Voyager” (1998). He returned to the big screen in 1996 with performances in Frank von Zerneck Jr.'s drama, “God's Lonely Man,” starring Michael Wyle, Jamie Walters and Kyle Kelley, and the John Travolta starring vehicle “Michael,” in which he had a small but splashy role as the fulsome tabloid assistant, Bruce Craddock.
While still in “The Larry Sanders Show,” Langham was cast as Josh Blair, Veronica's sexually ambivalent assistant, in the NBC sitcom “Veronica's Closet,” starring Kirstie Alley as the titular role. The show ran for three seasons from September 25, 1997 to June 27, 2000. He then starred as the voice of Andrew “Andy” French in the animated series “Mission Hill,” which ran for a season of 13 episodes between 1999 and 2002. In 2001, he assumed the co-starring role of Mark Ludlow in the ABC sitcom “What About Joan,” starring Joan Cusack.
In early 2000s, Langham could be seen making guest appearances in television series like “Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child” (2000), “ The Outer Limits” (2000), “ Inside Schwartz” (2001), “ The Twilight Zone” (2002), “Sex and the City” (2003), “ Las Vegas” (2003), “Miss Match” (2003) and “Good Morning, Miami” (2003). Besides, he acted in such films as “Daydream Believers: The Monkees' Story” (2000, TV), “On Edge” (2001), “ Sister Mary Explains It All” (2001, TV), “ Rubbing Charlie” (2003, TV), the Eddie Murphy comedy vehicle “Daddy Day Care” (2003) and “Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of 'Three's Company'” (2003, TV).
Langham gained further attention on the small screen when he joined the cast of the CBS popular police procedural series “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” as David Hodges, a trace technician. He began as a recurring player in the third season in 2003 and moved on to become a main cast in the eighth season in 2008. He holds the role up to present day.
In 2004, Langham starred with Emily Brooke Hands in the drama film “Hot Night in the City,” portrayed Jay in the made for TV film “Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of 'Charlie's Angels' ,” opposite Melanie Deanne Moore, Bret Anthony and Jud Tylor, and guest starred as Terry Anders in an episode of “The West Wing.” He went on to land episodes of “Medium” (2005), “Curb Your Enthusiasm” (2005, as Alan), “ The Batman” (2006, voiced Basil Karlo / Clayface II), “Batman: The Brave and the Bold” (2008, as the voice of Ocean Master / Orm), “ Ben 10: Alien Force” (2008, voiced Tyler/DNAlien #2), “Monk” (2009) and “ Glenn Martin DDS” (2009, as the voice of Dr. Gary Ross). He had a recurring role as Bjorn Eppstein in “Easy to Assemble” between 2009 and 2010. Meanwhile, on the film front, Langham played Kirby in the Academy Award winning drama film “Little Miss Sunshine” (2006), starring Greg Kinnear, Toni Collette, Abigail Breslin, Steve Carell, Paul Dano and Alan Arkin, Claude Clochet in the Jeff Garlin indie film “I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With” (2006), Dan Green in “ The Great Buck Howard” (2008), starring Colin Hanks, John Malkovich and Tom Hanks, Bryce in Michael Melski's “Growing Op” (2008), opposite Steven Yaffee and Jon Cor, Surveillance Tech in Jesse Warren's “The Bannen Way” (2010), Peter Thiel in the David Fincher directed “The Social Network” (2010), starring Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, Brenda Song, Armie Hammer, Max Minghella and Rashida Jones, and Andy in Stephen Wallis' thriller, “Rain from Stars” (2010).
Recently appearing as physician in the TV drama series “ 9ine” (2011), Langham will be cast as Dad/Mr. Confer in Tenney Fairchild's drama film, “Samaritan” (2012), opposite Trevor Morgan, Elizabeth Rice and Analeigh Tipton. He is set to play Nero in”Defining Moments” (2011), a comedy film written and directed by Stephen Wallis, and Gus in another Wallis film, “Holding God” (2011), opposite French Stewart and Gill Gayle.