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WOOD HARRIS (Darnell) is a product of Chicago's notorious west side, deeply influenced by the paradox of the inner city and best known for his gritty, complex performances. While in high school the age of Hip Hop was dawning and music became his primary means of expression. The young artist formed the rap group, FRUIT OF THE MIND and began to produce and perform original music. 

While earning a Masters of Fine Arts Degree from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, Harris became well known in New York's underground poetry scene. Together with contemporaries Saul Williams, Mos Def, Talib Kweli and others, the group became innovators of a distinctive oratory style of poetic rhythm and delivery born from Black culture, high art and hip hop.

During his tenure at New York University Wood landed his first major film role in the basketball drama Above the Rim starring opposite Tupac Shakur and was cast as the lead actor in Morningside Prep, a short film directed by filmmaker Malcolm Lee. In Morningside Prep he played an unforgettable character named Derrick "D-Train" Trainer for which he won the New York City 1st Run Film Festival Best Actor Award. 

Wood has appeared in many theatrical stage productions including the leading role of Levy in August Wilson's Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, the New York City Negro Ensemble Theater's A Soldier's Story, Shakespeare in the Park's Troilus & Cressida, and the original Off-Broadway production of Waiting for Lefty, directed by Joanne Woodward and starring Marisa Tomei. 

His post graduate film work includes roles in the Oscar® winning motion picture, As Good as it Gets and Woody Allen's Celebrity. For Walt Disney Pictures hit Remember the Titans, Wood was recognized with NAACP Image Award and Blockbuster Movie Award nominations for his work as Julius "Big Ju" Campbell. Harris received more critical acclaim as a leading man when he portrayed legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix in Showtime's original movie, Hendrix and for the compelling odyssey of Ace in Roc-A-Fella Film's classic, Paid in Full. 

Wood was the cunning and ruthless Avon Barksdale in HBO's original television series "The Wire.” "The Wire” is an international sensation and has been praised "the smartest, deepest and most resonant drama on TV." and "the greatest dramatic series ever produced for television...brilliant and superbly acted." 

Since wrapping production on the final season of "The Wire,” Harris works nonstop in front of the camera and behind the scenes on numerous film, television and music projects. Wood serves as lead actor and producer in the feature film, Next Day Air also starring Mike Epps, Mos Def and Donald Faison set to be released January 2009.

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