Wood Harris, born Sherwin David Harris (born October 17, 1969), is an American actor who is perhaps best known for his roles as Avon Barksdale in the television drama The Wire and as Julius Campbell in Remember the Titans. He was born in Chicago, Illinois to John and Mattie Harris, and holds a Bachelors of Arts in Theater Arts from Northern Illinois University (NIU) and a Master of Arts from New York University. He is the younger brother of actor Steve Harris.
While enrolled in NYU, Harris starred in his first major film role in the basketball drama Above the Rim, starring opposite Tupac Shakur, and appeared in minor theatrical stage productions of various off-Broadway plays.
Harris was awarded the New York Film Festival's 1st Run Best Actor Award for his portrayal of "Derrick 'D-Train' Trainer" in Morningside Prep, a thirty minute short movie directed by rising filmmaker, Malcolm Lee. He subsequently guest starred in a variety of television and film venues before portraying legendary guitarist, Jimi Hendrix in Showtime's 2000 movie, Hendrix.
Later that year, Harris received his first NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture along with the Blockbuster Movie Award nomination for Favorite Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture for his role as Julius "Big Ju" Campbell in Remember The Titans. In 2002, he starred in the Dame Dash produced cult-classic film, Paid in Full, based on the true story of three legendary Harlem drug kingpins.
He starred as Avon Barksdale in the first three seasons of HBO's original series The Wire. He also produced his own debut album, Beautiful Wonderful, which was intended for release in 2005. Most recently, Harris, along with his brother Steve, can be seen in Common's 2005 video "Testify" playing a defendant who is double-crossed by his wife. Harris returned to his role as the ruthless drug kingpin Avon Barksdale in the fifth and final season of The Wire.
In June 2008 director Martin Guigui revealed on his production blog that Harris was cast as Nate "Sweetwater" Clifton in Sweetwater, the movie about the first black player in the NBA. Filming begins on July 21.