Wolfgang Bodison

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Wolfgang Bodison
Born (1966-11-19) 19 November 1966 (age 48)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Occupation Film, television actor

Wolfgang Bodison (born November 19, 1966) is an American actor best known for playing Lance Cpl. Harold W. Dawson in the 1992 drama A Few Good Men.

Early life and education[edit]

Brian Wolfgang Bodison[1] was born on November 19, 1966 in Washington, D.C.[2][3] His father died in a car accident when he was a child.[4]

In 1988, he graduated from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia,[2] where he played football, as a team member of the Virginia Cavaliers, and earned a degree in fine arts.[1][5]


Life before acting[edit]

After his graduation, Bodison was hired as a file clerk at Columbia Pictures. From there, he was hired a job in 1989 at the mail room at Castle Rock Entertainment.[1][5]

Rob Reiner made Bodison his personal assistant on the set of Misery (1990).[5] At the time, Bodison had an aspiration on becoming a screenwriter and film director and would take notes on Reiner's direction.[1]

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.[1]

A Few Good Men[edit]

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.[1]

"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."[1]

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?'"[1]

"I wasn't the least bit surprised he got the job," said Ariola on Bodison getting what became his most well known role. "Destiny. That's what it was."[1]

Later career[edit]

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.[4]

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.[4]

He recently appeared in the independent feature, Ragamuffin (2014).[4]

Personal life[edit]

Bodison resides in Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles.[1] Bodison is the Artistic Director at the Los Angeles branch of the Playhouse West School and Repertory Theatre.[6]

Select filmography[edit]


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