Wallace Langham

James Wallace Langham II[2] (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 on the crime drama television series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and its sequel, CSI: Vegas.

Wallace Langham
Wallace Langham at London Expo.jpg
Langham at Royal Victoria Dock, London, England, October 28, 2006
James Wallace Langham II

(1965-03-11) March 11, 1965 (age 56)
Other namesWally Ward
Years active1985–present
Laura Langham
(m. 1986; div. 1998)

Karey Richard
(m. 2002; div. 2012)

Melissa Voyagis
(m. 2015)
Children2 (with Laura)

Film careerEdit

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.

Television careerEdit

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.

Other workEdit

Langham plays Dr. Grant Seeker in the preshow of the theme park attraction Dinosaur at Walt Disney World's Animal Kingdom, in which his character attempts to send guests back in time to retrieve a live Iguanadon; his voice is also heard in the ride vehicle throughout the attraction.

Personal lifeEdit

Langham was born in Fort Worth, Texas, the son of Sunni, a costume designer, and James Langham, an elevator repairman.[2]

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.[3][4] 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".[5]



Year Title Role Notes
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
1990 Vital Signs Gant
1996 God's Lonely Man Rick
1996 Michael Bruce Craddock
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
2007 The Key unknown Direct-to-Video
2008 The Great Buck Howard Dan Green
2008 Growing Op Bryce
2009 Triumph of Sparhusen Bjorn Epstein Short film
2010 The Bannen Way Surveillance Tech
2010 The Social Network Peter Thiel
2012 Ruby Sparks Warren
2012 Hitchcock Saul Bass
2012 Freeloaders Swedish Car Enthusiast
2013 Somewhere Slow Paul
2013 Rain from Stars Andy
2014 Transcendence Dr. Strauss
2014 Draft Day Pete Begler
2014 Buttwhistle Mr. Confer
2014 AJ's Infinite Summer Danny/Guard (voice role) Short film
2014 Taken 3 Mike
2016 War Dogs Vegas X Supplier
2016 Spaceman Bruce Lindsay
2016 LBJ Arthur Schlesinger
2016 Closure N/A Short film; Director/Producer
2017 Bob Bob Short film
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
2021 Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal Gordon Caplan


Year Title Role Notes
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
1995 NewsRadio Jeff Episode: "Pilot"
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 Medium Alan 2 episodes
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
2011 9ine Physician Episode: "November"
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 Casual Ian Episode: "Pilot"
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 9-1-1 Brian Episode: "Malfunction"
2019 For All Mankind Harold Weisner 5 episodes; recurring role (season 1)
2020 Mom Jerry Episode: "Silly Frills and a Depressed Garden Gnome"
2020 The Resident John Copple Episode: "The Flea"
2021 CSI: Vegas David Hodges recurring cast


  1. ^ Harp, Justin (September 23, 2013). "'CSI' Wallace Langham files for divorce from wife Karey Ann Richard". Digital Spy. Retrieved April 2, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Wallace Langham Biography (1965-)". Filmreference.com. 2010-10-03. Retrieved 2010-10-05.
  3. ^ "Gay, Lesbian Center Gets $10,000 as Part of Sentence". Los Angeles Times. May 6, 2000.
  4. ^ "Langham's 'Closet' Bursts". People. December 14, 1998.
  5. ^ Morgan, Laura; Limpert, Ann (March 31, 2000). "Monitor". Entertainment Weekly.

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