Jody Wood was born and raised on Staten Island, NY where he was lucky enough to be able to work with, and learn from, some extremely talented directors and actors on the excellent SI Theater scene. In the early 80’s he took the SI Ferry across to Manhattan and studied for three years at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts where he received a scholarship from the Drama League and was the recipient of the prestigious Charles Jehlinger Award for Acting.
Upon graduation, Jody began his journey into professional show business by working in small NY theaters continuing to hone his craft. Aside from his work in the theater some television roles started to trickle in on One Life to Live, the Guiding Light and Another World as well as Law and Order. Jody also spent these years as a member of The Groundlings East Improv Comedy Troupe later becoming Gotham City Improv.
After writing and performing his one man show Off Broadway, Jody headed out to Hollywood. Upon arrival he began to work almost immediately with roles in such shows as Brooklyn South, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Nothing Sacred, Party of Five, JAG and 7th Heaven. From there he went on to guest star opposite Dennis Franz in multiple episodes of N.Y.P.D Blue, Dick Van Dyke in the recurring role of “James Jurkowski” in Diagnosis Murder, and “Mr. Cameron” in The West Wing opposite Rob Lowe. He also appeared with Tony Danza in Family Law, Beau Bridges in The Agency, David Caruso in CSI Miami and Noah Wyle in ER to name a few. Jody also appeared alongside Russell Crowe in L.A Confidential, Marc Wahlberg in Boogie Nights, and Samuel L. Jackson in Rules of Engagement, and with Jamie Lee Curtis in Halloween H2O.
Jody is perhaps best known for his role as Detective Wallace Danby in David E. Kelly’s “Boston Public.”
In addition to his film and television work, Jody has appeared in numerous commercials while providing voice over in others. He has worked in every aspect of the business from stage, film and television to print, radio and video/interactive games. He now brings his extensive experience and love of the craft to others both new to the art of performing to those “not so new.”
Jody conducted Acting and On Camera Acting Technique classes at the prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City where he was also a Director and an Improvisational Theater Specialist.
Jody has been married to his wife Sally, (whom he met at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts) for 32 years and they have 2 children, Joe and Lucy. He is a member of SAG/AFTRA, and Actor’s Equity Association