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Also Known As: Wally Ward, James Wallace Langham Ii, Wally Langham Died:
Born: March 11, 1965 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Fort Worth, Texas, USA Profession: actor

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Brown-haired, green-eyed actor Wallace Langham has made a nice transition from the "kid next door" and menacing delinquent roles he used to play billed as Wally Ward. He showed the nicer side in his feature debut, John Hughes' "Weird Science" (1985), as well as in "The Invisible Kid" (1988) and the "ABC Afterschool Special" entitled "Just a Regular Kid: An AIDS Story" (1987) but was equally effective as a young bigot in "Soul Man" (1986) and a hard-edged gang leader in the impressive low-budgeter "The Chocolate War" (1988). Langham dropped the Ward moniker in the 1990s as he moved to more adult roles, appearing as a regular in the much-hyped but short-lived CBS series "WIOU" (1990-91). Although he almost opened a coffee shop in a moment of despair, his bad luck ended when he landed the part of Phil, the cynical head writer for insecure talk show host Garry Shandling, in HBO's hit sitcom "The Larry Sanders Show" (1992-98). Langham then took on TV's most prominent potentially gay role since Ellen in NBC's "Veronica's Closet" (1997-2000), playing Kirstie Alley's uptight assistant Josh (who everyone assumes is homosexual but has not come out) while continuing as Phil.

Brown-haired, green-eyed actor Wallace Langham has made a nice transition from the "kid next door" and menacing delinquent roles he used to play billed as Wally Ward. He showed the nicer side in his feature debut, John Hughes' "Weird Science" (1985), as well as in "The Invisible Kid" (1988) and the "ABC Afterschool Special" entitled "Just a Regular Kid: An AIDS Story" (1987) but was equally effective as a young bigot in "Soul Man" (1986) and a hard-edged gang leader in the impressive low-budgeter "The Chocolate War" (1988). Langham dropped the Ward moniker in the 1990s as he moved to more adult roles, appearing as a regular in the much-hyped but short-lived CBS series "WIOU" (1990-91). Although he almost opened a coffee shop in a moment of despair, his bad luck ended when he landed the part of Phil, the cynical head writer for insecure talk show host Garry Shandling, in HBO's hit sitcom "The Larry Sanders Show" (1992-98). Langham then took on TV's most prominent potentially gay role since Ellen in NBC's "Veronica's Closet" (1997-2000), playing Kirstie Alley's uptight assistant Josh (who everyone assumes is homosexual but has not come out) while continuing as Phil.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Somewhere Slow (2013)
2.
 Ruby Sparks (2012)
3.
4.
 Growing Op (2008)
9.
 Daddy Day Care (2003) Jim Fields
10.
 Uncle Saddam (2001) Narrator
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Moved to Los Angeles with mother in the mid-1970s; Mom had got a job as assistant costume designer for the "Donny and Marie" (ABC, 1976-1979) show
1975:
Began to study acting at age 10 (date approximate)
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Appeared in first commercial for an English brand of yogurt
1985:
Feature debut in John Hughes' "Weird Science", billed as Wally Ward
1985:
TV debut in CBS Schoolbreak Special "Ace Hits the Big Time"
1985:
TV-movie debut in "Children of the Night" (CBS)
1986:
Portrayed Mark Ratner in short-lived CBS series "Fast Times"
1987:
Played the best friend of the boy with AIDS in the "ABC Afterschool Special" entitled "Just a Regular Kid: An AIDS Story"
1989:
Last credit as Wally Ward, the ABC movie "A Deadly Silence"
1990:
First feature as Wallace Langham, "Vital Signs"
1990:
Regular role as Willis in CBS series "WIOU"
1992:
Featured as Phil, the writer, on the HBO comedy series "The Larry Sanders Show"
1997:
Best feature exposure to date, his small but showy role as the unctuous tabloid assistant in the John Travolta hit "Michael"
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Co-starred as Josh, the sexually ambiguous secretary, in the NBC sitcom "Veronica's Closet"
2001:
Co-starred in the ABC sitcom "What About Joan?"
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Education

Los Angeles City College: Los Angeles , California -
California State University, Northridge: Northridge , California -

Notes

"One of my most horrifying experiences was helping my mom carry some shoes into Marie [Osmond]'s dressing room. I had the hugest crush on her. She turned around, and she didn't have any makeup on, and it was like the Phantom of the Opera at the organ." --Wallace Langham, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, October 10, 1997

In November 1999, Langham, who played a sexually ambiguous character on the NBC sitcom "Veronica's Closet", was charged with a hate crime stemming from an alleged attack on a tabloid reporter who is gay which occurred on September 7. Langham's spokesperson claimed the reporter provoked the actor and the charges were filed as a means of extorting money. In January 2000, the actor offered a cash settlement for an undisclosed amount of money but the presiding judge ruled that the settlement was inappropriate because of the nature of the attack and ordered Langham to stand trial.

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wife:
Laura Langham. Actor. Met in Chicago during filming of "Weird Science"; she was a local high school senior; divorced.
wife:
Karey Richard. Flamenco dancer. Married in West Hollywood on November 3, 2002.

Family close complete family listing

father:
James W Langham. Elevator repairman. Divorced from Langham's mother c. 1971.
mother:
Sunni. Costume designer. Divorced from Langham's father c. 1971.
son:
Alexander James Langham. Born on June 12 1989 with a rare, congenital malformation called Klippel-Trenaunay (or K-T), necessitating the use of a wheelchair because of his partially developed legs.
daughter:
Chloe Langham. Born on February 22, 1991.
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