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Wood Harris
Born Sherwin David Harris
October 17, 1969 (1969-10-17) (age 40)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Occupation Actor
Years active 1994–present

Wood Harris (born October 17, 1969) is an American actor, perhaps best known for his roles as Avon Barksdale in the HBO television drama The Wire and as Julius Campbell in the motion picture Remember the Titans.


Life and career

Harris was born Sherwin David Harris in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Mattie and John Harris.[1] He holds a Bachelors of Arts in Theater Arts from Northern Illinois University (NIU) and a Master of Arts from New York University. He is the younger brother of actor Steve Harris. While enrolled in NYU, Harris starred in his first major film role in the basketball drama Above the Rim, starring opposite Tupac Shakur, and appeared in many theatrical stage productions of various off-Broadway plays.

Harris was awarded the New York Film Festival's 1st Run Best Actor Award for his portrayal of "Derrick 'D-Train' Trainer" in Morningside Prep, a thirty minute short movie directed by rising filmmaker, Malcolm Lee. He subsequently guest starred in a variety of television and film venues before portraying legendary rock guitarist, Jimi Hendrix in Showtime's 2000 movie, Hendrix.

Later that year, Harris received his first NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture along with the Blockbuster Movie Award nomination for Favorite Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture for his role as Julius "Big Ju" Campbell in Remember The Titans. In 2002, he starred in the Dame Dash produced cult-classic film, Paid in Full, based on the true story of three legendary Harlem drug kingpins.

He starred as Avon Barksdale in the first three seasons of HBO's original series The Wire. He also produced his own debut album, Beautiful Wonderful, which was intended for release in 2005. Harris returned to his role as the ruthless drug kingpin Avon Barksdale in the fifth and final season of The Wire.

In June 2008 director Martin Guigui revealed on his production blog[2] that Harris was cast as Nate "Sweetwater" Clifton in Sweetwater, the movie about the first black player in the NBA. Filming begins on July 21.


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