19 November 1966 |
Washington, D.C., U.S.
|Occupation||Film, television actor|
Early life and education
Life before acting
Rob Reiner made Bodison his personal assistant on the set of Misery (1990). At the time, Bodison had an aspiration on becoming a screenwriter and film director and would take notes on Reiner's direction.
Bodison was also credited as being the picture-car coordinator for John Singleton's film, Boyz n the Hood (1991). "My job was to go into South Central and get some of the car clubs interested in the movie," Bodison said.
A Few Good Men
At first, Reiner made Bodison his location manager for A Few Good Men (1992). However, Reiner had trouble casting for the role of Lance Cpl. Harold Dawson, a young recruiting poster of a Marine on trial for the murder of a private.
"We were talking, and he said, 'Wolf, have you ever acted?'" Bodison said. "I said, 'No, man.' He said, 'Ever thought about it?' 'No.' He said, 'Well, I'm trying to cast the movie, and I haven't found anyone for Dawson who fits my vision. Why don't you read for it?'" Since Bodison had never acted before at the time, he hired Julie Ariola, an acting coach. "He's a very creative kid and very intelligent," Ariola said. "He was like a sponge. He took every suggestion."
On August 1991, shortly after Bodison's audition, he was called back to read again. Three days later: "I stopped at a pay phone, called Rob, and he said, 'Wolf, welcome to the movie business.'" Bodison said. "Man, I damn near dropped the phone. Then I went home and sat down in front of my window. I thought, 'What in the hell is going on?'"
Other films Bodison appeared in include Most Wanted (1997), Freeway (1996), Joe Somebody (2001) and Legacy (2010). Television credits include recurring roles on Nothing Sacred and Family Law, as well as guest-star appearances on hit shows such as CSI: NY, CSI: Miami, NCIS, Cane, ER, and Perception.
Bodison's aspiration to become a screenwriter and director came true by writing and directing the short films, Simone, Broken, Sarah's Wish, and The Long Wait, all of which have screened in major festivals worldwide. In the latter film he also starred, along with Elizabeth Yoder, who he first collaborated with at Playhouse West in Los Angeles. "Working with Wolfgang was incredible," Yoder recalls. "He made the writing process easy. What we shared was an understanding of how devastating these unresolved emotions can be, especially through the lens of childhood. After my 24 year quest for solace, understanding and redemption, it’s been enormously cathartic." Bodison and Yoder shared the Storytelling Achievement Award at the 2014 Laughlin International Film Festival. "It’s a story of forgiveness," Bodison explains. "Winning the ‘Storytelling Award’ means a lot because, as writer and director, my job is to tell a great story. This recognition is a huge personal achievement." Bodison also won the Best Director Award at the Playhouse West Film Festival as well as two additional awards for Best Actor and Best Short Film at the 2014 Beaufort International Film Festival.
- A Few Good Men (1992)
- Little Big League (1994)
- The Expert (1995)
- Freeway (1996)
- Goodbye America (1997)
- Most Wanted (1997)
- Joe Somebody (2001)
- Akeelah and the Bee (2006)
- Legacy (2010)
- Johnson, Dave (27 June 1993). "A Few Good Breaks". Daily Press. Retrieved 28 February 2015.
- Wolfgang Bodison biography at The New York Times
- "Critically-Acclaimed Film “The Long Wait” Receives “Storytelling Achievement" Award at the 2014 Laughlin International Film Festival". PR Web. 3 November 2014. Retrieved 28 February 2015.