Langham at Royal Victoria Dock, London, England, October 28, 2006
James Wallace Langham II
March 11, 1965
Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.
|Other names||Wally Ward|
(m. 1986;div. 1998)
(m. 2002;div. 2012)
|Children||2 (with Laura)|
James Wallace Langham II(born March 11, 1965) is an American actor. He is best known for playing the role of Phil the Head Writer on the groundbreaking HBO series The Larry Sanders Show . He also played the role of David Hodges in the American crime drama television series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation .
Formerly billed as Wally Ward, Langham got his start in the John Hughes film Weird Science (1985), as well as in The Invisible Kid and the ABC Afterschool Special entitled Just a Regular Kid: An AIDS Story, but later moved to roles as a young bigot in Soul Man and as a gang leader in The Chocolate War . He appeared in the Eddie Murphy comedy Daddy Day Care , and the critically acclaimed Little Miss Sunshine and The Social Network .
Langham dropped the Ward moniker in the 1990s as he moved to more adult roles, appearing as a regular in the much-hyped but short-lived CBS series WIOU . His big breakthrough came when he was cast as Phil, the cynical staff and then head writer for insecure talk show host Larry Sanders, in HBO's sitcom The Larry Sanders Show . Langham then took on a role in NBC's Veronica's Closet , playing Kirstie Alley's gay assistant Josh. He then appeared on the Joan Cusack sitcom What About Joan?
He has guest-starred on many series including, Murphy Brown , NewsRadio , ER , Murder, She Wrote , Sex and the City , 21 Jump Street , Medium , both the 1985 and the 2002 versions of The Twilight Zone , The Outer Limits , Star Trek: Voyager , Curb Your Enthusiasm , Monk , Shameless (US) , and Grace Under Fire .
He was the voice of Andy French on the animated series Mission Hill , as well as the Care-Bots and Smoltz in Buzz Lightyear of Star Command , Basil Karlo/Clayface II in The Batman , Orm/Ocean Master in Batman: The Brave and the Bold , and Anarky in Beware the Batman .
Langham played lab technician David Hodges on the CBS series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation . Starting with the eighth-season premiere, Langham was listed in the main titles.
Langham plays Dr. Seeker in the preshow of the ride Dinosaur in Walt Disney World's Animal Kingdom. He explains the reason for going back in time and rescuing a stray dinosaur. His voice is also heard in the ride vehicle throughout the attraction.
Langham was born in Fort Worth, Texas, the son of Sunni, a costume designer, and James Langham, an elevator repairman.
In March 2000, Langham pleaded no contest to battery charges after beating a gay tabloid reporter (who had allegedly made accusations against Langham's girlfriend's tattoos; the reporter in turn claimed that Langham yelled homophobic slurs at him while he was being beaten) and was ordered to serve three years' probation and to serve 450 hours of community service for gay and lesbian charities, and to donate $10,000 to the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center.In exchange for pleading no contest, prosecutors dropped a hate crime charge that had been filed against him. In a statement, Langham said he supports gay rights "and would have never attacked anyone had I not first been provoked".
|1985||Weird Science||Art||film debut|
credited as Wally Ward
|1986||Thunder Run||Paul||credited as Wally Ward|
|1986||Soul Man||Barky Brewer||credited as Wally Ward|
|1986||Combat Academy||Perry Barnett||credited as Wally Ward|
|1987||Amazon Women on the Moon||Private Anson W. Pucket (uncredited)||segment "The Unknown Soldier"|
|1988||The Invisible Kid||Milton McClane||credited as Wally Ward|
|1988||Under the Boardwalk||Backwash||credited as Wally Ward|
|1988||The Chocolate War||Archie||credited as Wally Ward|
|1989||Martians Go Home||Voyeur Martian||credited as Wally Ward|
|1996||God's Lonely Man||Rick|
|2001||On Edge||Jimmy Hand|
|2003||Daddy Day Care||Jim Fields|
|2004||Hot Night in the City||Jack|
|2006||Little Miss Sunshine||Kirby|
|2006||I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With||Claude Clochet|
|2008||The Great Buck Howard||Dan Green|
|2009||Triumph of Sparhusen||Bjorn Epstein||Short film|
|2010||The Bannen Way||Surveillance Tech|
|2010||The Social Network||Peter Thiel|
|2012||Freeloaders||Swedish Car Enthusiast|
|2013||Rain from Stars||Andy|
|2014||Draft Day||Pete Begler|
|2014||AJ's Infinite Summer||Danny/Guard (voice role)||Short film|
|2016||War Dogs||Vegas X Supplier|
|2016||Closure||N/A||Short film; Director/Producer|
|2017||Battle of the Sexes||Henry|
|2018||The Darkest Minds||Dr. Viceroy|
|2019||Sophie's Quinceanera||Man||Short film|
|2019||Ford v Ferrari||Dr. Granger|
|1985||CBS Schoolbreak Special||Babe||television debut|
Episode: "Ace Hits the Big Time"
credited as Wally Ward
|1985||The Best Times||Bill Skeezac||Episode: "Snake Meat"|
credited as Wally Ward
|1985||Children of the Night||Kevin||Television Movie; credited as Wally Ward|
|1986||Fast Times||Mark Ratner||7 episodes; recurring role|
|1986||Combat High||Perry Bennett||Television Movie; credited as Wally Ward|
|1987||One House||Chris Houston||2 episodes; credited as Wally Ward|
|1987||The Twilight Zone||Nelson Baxley||Episode: "Time and Teresa Golowitz/Voices in the Earth"|
credited as Wally Ward
|1987||ABC Afterschool Specials||Paul Hendler||Episode: "Just a Regular Kid: An AIDS Story"|
|1989||A Deadly Silence||Jimmy Pierson, Jr.||Television Movie; credited as Wally Ward|
|1989||Matlock||Dennis Austin||Episode: "The Cult"|
|1990||21 Jump Street||Poole||Episode: "Research and Destroy"|
|1990||Murphy Brown||Michael||Episode: "The Murphy Brown School of Broadcasting"|
|1990–91||WIOU||Willis Teitlebaum||series regular; 14 episodes|
|1992||Life Goes On||John Hemingway||Episode: "The Fairy Tale"|
|1992–98||The Larry Sanders Show||Phil||series regular; 89 episodes|
Nominated - Online Film & Television Association Award for Best Actor in a Cable Series
|1993||Murder, She Wrote||Todd Merlin||Episode: "Dead to Rights"|
|1994||Madman of the People||Davis||Episode: "The Jack Buckner Story"|
|1994||Dave's World||Neil||Episode: "Family Membership"|
|1994||Life with Louie: A Christmas Surprise for Mrs. Stillman||unknown (voice role)||Television Short|
|1996||NewsRadio||Stewart||Episode: "Physical Graffiti"|
|1996||ER||Dr. Melvoin||Episode: "Doctor Carter, I Presume"|
|1997||Grace Under Fire||Eric Spencer||Episode: "Grace's New Job"|
|1997||F/X: The Series||Levi Chase||Episode: "Shooting Mickey"|
|1997–2000||Veronica's Closet||Josh Blair||series regular; 67 episodes/ Director Episode: "Veronica's Clips"|
Nominated - Online Film & Television Association Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
|1998||Star Trek: Voyager||Flotter T. Water III||Episode: "Once Upon a Time"|
|1999||The Wild Thornberrys||Sven (voice role)||Episode: "Pal Joey"|
|1999–2002||Mission Hill||Andy French||series regular; 13 episodes|
|2000||Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child||Prince Bobby/Fish (voice role)||Episode: "The Frog Princess"|
|2000||Daydream Believers: The Monkees' Story||Don Kirshner||Television Movie|
|2000||The Outer Limits||Ezekiel/Daniel Faraday||Episode: "Final Appeal"|
|2000||Buzz Lightyear of Star Command||Care-bots/Smoltz (voice role)||2 episodes|
|2000–01||What About Joan||Mark Ludlow||series regular; 21 episodes|
|2001||Sister Mary Explains It All||Aloysius Benheim||Television Movie|
|2001||Inside Schwartz||A.J.||Episode: "Comic Relief Pitcher"|
|2002||The Twilight Zone||Charlie Stickney||Episode: "Mr. Motivation"|
|2003||Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of 'Three's Company'||Jay Bernstein||Television Movie|
|2003||Sex and the City||Willy||Episode: "To Market, to Market"|
|2003||Las Vegas||Julian Kerbis||Episode: "Donny, We Hardly Knew Ye"|
|2003||Miss Match||Lucas||Episode: "Kate in Ex-tasy"|
|2003||Good Morning, Miami||Ken||Episode: "With Friends Like These, Who Needs Emmys?"|
|2003||Rubbing Charlie||unknown||Television Movie|
|2003–15||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||David Hodges||73 episodes; recurring role (seasons 3–7)|
170 episodes; series regular (seasons 8–15)
Writer/Teleplay Episode: "Field Mice"
|2004||Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of 'Charlie's Angels'||Jay Bernstein||Television Movie|
|2004||The West Wing||Terry Anders||Episode: "The Hubbert Peak"|
|2005||Curb Your Enthusiasm||Man in Bathroom||Episode: "The End"|
|2006||The Batman||Basil Karlo/Clayface II (voice role)||Episode: "Clayfaces"|
|2008||Batman: The Brave and the Bold||Orm/Ocean Master (voice role)||Episode: "Evil Under the Sea!"|
|2008||Ben 10: Alien Force||Tyler/DNAlien #2 (voice role)||Episode: "Inside Man"|
|2009||Monk||Steve DeWitt||Episode: "Mr. Monk and the Dog"|
|2009||Glenn Martin DDS||Dr. Gary Ross (voice role)||Episode: "Mom Dated THAT Guy?"|
|2009–11||Easy to Assemble||Bjorn Eppstein||6 episodes; recurring role|
|2013||Drop Dead Diva||Lester Tuttle||2 episodes|
|2013–14||Beware the Batman||Anarky/Lonnie Machin (voice role)||7 episodes; recurring role|
|2014||Nikki & Nora: The N&N Files||Carl Mottenberg||2 episodes|
|2015||Castle||Dar. Van Holtzman||Episode: "Hollander's Woods"|
|2015||CSI: Immortality||David Hodges||Television Movie|
|2015||Scream Queens||Mr. Putney||Episode: "The Final Girl(s)"|
|2016||Mike & Molly||Robert||Episode: "Cops on the Rocks"|
|2016||iZombie||Dr. Alan Benway||Episode: "He Blinded Me...With Science"|
|2016||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Tom Metcalfe||Episode: "Imposter"|
|2016||Rosewood||Duncan Jacott||Episode: "Eddie & the Empire State of Mind"|
|2017||Grey's Anatomy||Dr. Steve Corridan||Episode: "Who Is He (And What Is He to You)?"|
|2017||Doubt||Harrison Weiss||Episode: "Where Do We Go From Here?"|
|2017||Manhunt: Unabomber||Louis Freeh||Episode: "Publish or Perish"|
|2017||Criminal Minds||Mr. X||Episode: "Killer App"|
|2017||Good Behavior||Stephen||Episode: "You Could Discover Me"|
|2017||Longmire||Brian O'Keane||2 episodes|
|2018||Lethal Weapon||Charlie Blum||Episode: "Ruthless"|
|2018||Heathers||Mr. Sawyer||Recurring role|
|2018||Young Sheldon||Dr. Edward Pilson||1 episode|
|2018||My Dinner with Herve||Aaron Spelling||Television movie|
|2019||Veronica Mars||Courthouse Clerk||Episode: "Years, Continents, Bloodshed"|
|2019||The Boys||Damien Hodgman||Episode: "The Female of the Species"|
|2019||Shameless||Dr. Tyson||2 episodes|
|2019||For All Mankind||Harold Weisner||5 episodes; recurring role (season 1)|
|2020||Mom||Jerry||Episode: "A Depressed Garden Gnome and a Mud Flap"|
|2020||The Resident||John Copple||Episode: "The Flea"|
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