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Aldis Hodge, Actor Extraordinaire…

Aldis Hodge started his acting career at the age of three, when he went on a print job with his brother and was chosen for an ad in Essence magazine. Hodge was doing print ads and commercials when he was bitten by the acting bug.

At the age of 9, Hodge was cast in the Tony-winning revival of Showboat on Broadway. During that period, he also appeared in several movies, including Die Hard with a Vengeance and Bed of Roses.

Hodge headed to Los Angeles to continue his acting career and quickly landed several recurring television roles, including the role of Voodoo on Friday Night Lights. He has appeared in such shows as Supernatural, Girlfriends, American Dreams and City of Angels. Other TV appearances include Bones, CSI, ER, Cold Case, Charmed and Boston Public. His movie credits include the independent The Stone House, Edmond, the Coen brothers’ remake of The Lady Killers and Big Momma’s House.

In addition to acting, Hodge writes scripts for film and television, designs watches and is actively pursuing his own watch company.

You’d recognize Aldis Hodge, even if you don’t know his name. You probably enjoyed his underrated turn as MC Ren in last year’s blockbuster Straight Outta Compton or his great performance as one of Friday Night Lights’ best villains, Ray “Voodoo” Tatum. Soon enough you’ll remember the name: Hodge is starring in WGN America’s Underground Railroad drama Underground (premiering tonight at 10pm). The show, which follows an escaped slave named Noah (Hodge), is paced like a prison break thriller. We sat down with him to talk about the show, Friday Night Lights, and the best way to get introduced to Hamilton that doesn’t involve seeing it in a theater.


Year Title Role Notes
1995 Die Hard with a Vengeance Raymond
1996 Bed of Roses Prince
2000 Big Momma’s House Basketball Teen #2
2004 The Ladykillers Donut Gangster
2005 The Tenants Sam Clemence
2005 Little Athens Pitt
2005 Edmond Leafletter
2006 Happy Feet Other Voices
2006 American Dreamz Soldier Chuck
2007 Equal Opportunity Leroy Williams Jones III/The ‘Bling Killa’
2009 Red Sands Trevor
2012 The East Ex-military anarchist
2013 A Good Day to Die Hard CIA Ops Officer Lt. Foxy
2015 Straight Outta Compton MC Ren
2016 Jack Reacher: Never Go Back Filming


Year Title Role
1997 Between Brothers Reggie “Family Affair”
1998 NYPD Blue Eddy “Weaver of Hate”
1999 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Masked Teen “Fear Itself”
1999–2000 Pacific Blue Maurice Raymond “Juvies” 1999 and “Kangaroo Court” 2000
2000 Judging Amy Lester Clancy “Zero Tolerance”
City of Angels Marcus Hall “SWATs Happening” and “Lake Erie”
2001 Becker Graduate #1 “2001½: A Graduation Odyssey”
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Tony Thorpe “Too Tough to Die”
2002 Boston Public Andre “Chapter Thirty-Seven”
Charmed Trey “Long Live the Queen”
2003 ER Young Man “The Lost”
Cold Case Young Mason Tucker “The Runner”
American Dreams Travis Grant “Rescue Me” and “Another Saturday Night”
2005–2006 A.T.O.M. King Main cast, 52 episodes
2006 Half & Half Kadeem “The Big Training” Episode
The Game Derwin Davis “Pilot” Episode
Numb3rs Travis Grant “The OG”
Girlfriends Matthew Miles “The Game”, “Good News, Bad News”, and “L.A. Bound”
Bones Jimmy Merton “The Soldier on the Grave”
2006–2007 Friday Night Lights Ray “Voodoo” Tatum “Wind Sprints”, “Who’s Your Daddy”, “Git’er Done”, “Best Laid Plans”, and “State”
2007 Supernatural Jake Talley “All Hell Breaks Loose Part 1” and “All Hell Breaks Loose Part 2”
Standoff Nathan Hall “The Kids in the Hall”
2008 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Tony Thorpe “The Happy Place”
2008–2012 Leverage Alec Hardison Main cast, 77 episodes
2009 Castle Azi “Always Buy Retail”
The Forgotten Danny Rowe “Prisoner Jane”
2010 Private Practice Esau Ajawke “Fear of Flying”
The Chicago Code Dion Luckett “St. Valentines Day Massacre”
2011 CSI: Miami Isaiah Stiles “Sinner Takes All”
2014 The Walking Dead Mike “After”
The After D. Love TV Movie
2014–present Turn: Washington’s Spies Jordan aka Akinbode Recurring, 10 episodes
2016 Underground “Noah” The Macon 7

Other work

Year Type Project Role
2004 Video Game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Pedestrian
2004 Short film The Cure for a Diseased Life Steveo (scenes deleted)
2010 Commercial Taco Bell Manager
2010 Short Film Death, Inc. Leon
2010 Music video Christian Kane Security
2011 Commercial State Farm LeBron James‘ friend
2011 Short Film A Standard Story Serious #1
2013 Web Series “That Guy” Party Attendee


Year Award Category Status
2010 Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actor Television Nominated



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