D. B. Woodside
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|Born||David Bryan Woodside
July 25, 1969
Jamaica, Queens, New York, United States
David Bryan "D.B." Woodside (born July 25, 1969) is an American actor. He is perhaps best known for his portrayal of White House Chief of Staff (and later President) Wayne Palmer on the FOX action/drama series 24. Additionally, he is noted for his roles as bass singer Melvin Franklin in the NBC miniseries The Temptations, and starring as Robin Wood on the WB/UPN series Buffy the Vampire Slayer in the seventh season, Single Ladies, and as Dr. Joseph Prestridge on Parenthood, most recently he plays SEC Prosecutor, Jeff Malone in the fourth season of Suits.
“It’s actually an interesting story.” He told BBC.co.uk, “I was a football player and I hurt myself in my last year of high school and had to sit out of football for three weeks. I found it too depressing so I began wandering the halls of high school and ventured down into a wing that I’d never really gone down before because I heard music.”
“I happened on a dress-rehearsal for Brigadoon and sat down and lost myself in that world. I don’t do musicals but there was something fascinating about exposing myself to an art that I’d never really been involved with.”
D.B. received his B.A. from University at Albany, SUNY.
He got his start in the second season of Murder One in 1996, playing Aaron Mosley. After that series' cancellation, he guest starred on The Practice, Snoops, The Division and Once and Again. He made a guest appearance on JAG in its final season as FBI Agent Rod Benton. From 2002 to 2003, Woodside guest starred in 14 episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer's final season, as Principal Robin Wood, Buffy's boss and son of a Slayer. He followed this up in the following television season, playing the pragmatic Wayne Palmer, the Chief of Staff and brother to President David Palmer during the third season of 24. In the fifth season of the series, he returned to reprise the role as a guest star in episodes 1–2 and 14–18. Woodside returned as a series regular for the sixth season as the President of the United States.
He had a guest role as Marlon Waylord in the 2004 CSI episode "Harvest". In 2007, he was a guest star on the hit TV show Grey's Anatomy in that show's 4th season episode, "Forever Young," wherein he played the character of Marcus. Woodside also guest-starred as a doctor in the series finale of the USA Network series Monk. He had a recurring role on the CW series Hellcats. In 2009, he starred in the first series of the US drama, Lie To Me.
In June 2014, he began appearing in Suits as Jeff Malone, alongside his co-star, Gina Torres, from 24.