Wood Harris - Biography

Last Modified: Dec 21, 2022

Wood Harris
Profession: Actor
Best Known For: The Wire (TV series)
Salary: Under Review
Net Worth: $2 million

Personal Details

Born on : November 17, 1969 (age 54)
Birth Name /
Full Name:
Sherwin David Harris
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Horoscope: Scorpio
Father's Name: John Harris
Mother's Name: Mattie Harris
Siblings: 1

Steve Harris (older brother)

High School: St. Joseph High School
University: Northern Illinois University, New York University
Ethnicity: African-American
Nationality: American


Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Married
Wife's Name: Rebekah Harris
Children: 2

Body Measurements

Height: 1.91 meter (6 feet 3 inch)
Weight: N/A
Hair Color: Dark Brown
Eye Color: Dark Brown
Shoe Size: N/A
Bicep Size: N/A
Chest Size: N/A
Waist Size: N/A

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Who is Wood Harris?

Wood Harris is an actor by profession and American by nationality. He is well known for starring in the TV series The Wire, The New Edition Story, The Breaks, Empire, and in the films Paid in Full, and Remember the Titans.

Wood Harris – Age, Parents, Siblings

Wood Harris was born in Chicago, Illinois, USA on October 17, 1969, as Sherwin David Harris. His mother Mattie Harris worked as a seamstress while his father John Harris worked as a driver. His parents raised him alongside his sibling- an older brother named Steve Harris who is also an actor.

Wood and Steve Harris (Image: Playbuzz)

Education, Ethnicity

For education, Wood Harris attended St. Joseph High School where he also played basketball. He went on to study at Northern Illinois University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Theater Arts. He also attended New York University and earned a Master of Arts degree from the same.

His ethnicity is African-American.

Wood Harris – Girlfriend, Wife, Children, Divorce

Wood Harris married his longtime girlfriend Rebekah in 2001 after years of dating. He and his wife have two children together, although the couple has not shared the names of their children.

The family resides in Los Angeles, California and there are no rumors of divorce surrounding the pair.

Wood and Rebekah Harris (Image: Getty Images)

Wood Harris – Career

Early Days

While still a student at Northern Illinois University, Harris landed a minor role of Motaw in the 1994 film Above the Rim. This was followed by small roles in the films As Good as It Gets (1997), The Siege (1998), Committed (2000), Remember the Titans (2000), Train Ride (2000), and in the episodes of the TV series NYPD Blue (1996), OZ (1997), New York Undercover (1998).

Finally, in 2002, Wood Harris was cast in the TV series The Wire as Avon Barksdale. He portrayed the recurring character from 2002 to 2008 in a total of 38 episodes which is considered his breakthrough role.

Films, Series

Since then he has starred in the films Paid in Full (2002), Dirty (2005), The Heart Specialist (2006), Dough Boys (2009), The Babymakers (2012), Ant-Man (2015), Blade Runner 2049 (2017), Space Jam: A New Legacy (2021), Creed III (2023), Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023), etc.

Moreover, Harris has also worked in the episodes of the TV series Southland (2010), Justified (2014), The Breaks (2017), Empire (2018-2020), Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television (2019), Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty (2022), among others.

Wood Harris in The Wire (Image: GQ)


On the set of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, Wood Harris has starred alongside Sean Kleier, Tony McCarthy, David Bertucci, Hannah John-Kamen, and David Dastmalchian.

Wood Harris – Net Worth, Salary

The net worth of Wood Harris is estimated to be around $2 million while the figure on his annual income/salary is under review.

Wood Harris – Instagram, Twitter, Facebook

On social media handles such as Instagram and Twitter, Harris is followed by thousands of followers. He seems to be absent from Facebook.

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