Wallace Langham

Active - 1986 - Present  |   Born - Mar 11, 1965 in Fort Worth, Texas, United States  |   Genres - Comedy, Drama, Mystery

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HBO enthusiasts will invariably remember character actor Wallace Langham for his winning multi-season portrayal of Phil, the conceited head writer of Larry Sanders' late-night talk show, on the Garry Shandling-headlined sitcom The Larry Sanders Show. Langham (who first received billing in projects as Wally Ward) grew up in Los Angeles; his parents divorced at an early age and his mother, Sunni, designed costumes for the musical variety series Donny and Marie. Langham was, by all accounts, drawn magnetically to showbusiness; he enrolled in acting classes, signed with an agent, and landed a string of television commercials beginning at age 16 (in 1981). After high school, Langham enrolled briefly in Cal State Northridge, but dropped out after snagging a bit part in John Hughes' teenage sci-fi comedy Weird Science (1985).

Scattered appearances on such series as Murder, She Wrote and Star Trek: Voyager followed -- as well as the recurring role of Josh, smart-alecky assistant to lingerie proprietor Veronica on the Kirstie Alley sitcom Veronica's Closet. It was the Shandling turn, however, that put Langham on top of his game. He made occasional feature appearances in such pictures as the Nora Ephron comedy-fantasy Michael (1996) opposite John Travolta, the Eddie Murphy vehicle Daddy Day Care (2003), the ensemble comedy drama Little Miss Sunshine (2006), the award-winning The Social Network and 2012's Ruby Sparks but -- outside of Larry Sanders -- he is probably best known for his fine work on the series drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. On that program, Langham sustained a multi-season portrayal as lab technician David Hodges.

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  • Moved to Los Angeles at age 9.
  • Mother was a costume designer for Donny and Marie Osmond.
  • First acting job was a yogurt commercial.
  • Used the stage name Wally Ward at the beginning of his career. Was first credited under his real name in the film Vital Signs (1990).
  • Received his big break when he was cast as Phil, the cynical head writer on The Larry Sanders Show, in 1992.
  • Can be heard as the voice of Dr. Grant Seeker during the Dinosaur ride at Disney World's Animal Kingdom.