Hodo was born in Palo Alto, California. He graduated in 1969 from California State University, Sacramento, where he majored in speech and acted in several campus productions, including Oh What a Lovely War, Carnival and Richard III. In 1972, he moved to New York, appearing as a chorus member in numerous Broadway musicals, including Funny Girl.
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