Aldis Hodge

Aldis Alexander Basil Hodge (born September 20, 1986) is an American actor, best known for his portrayal of Alec Hardison on the TNT series Leverage, MC Ren in the 2015 biopic Straight Outta Compton, Levi Jackson in the 2016 film Hidden Figures, and as Noah in the WGN America series Underground.

Aldis Hodge
Hodge at the premiere of Hidden Figures in December 2016
Aldis Alexander Basil Hodge

(1986-09-20) September 20, 1986
EducationArt Center College of Design
Years active1989–present
Known forAlec Hardison – Leverage
Noah - Underground
RelativesEdwin Hodge (brother)

Life and career

Hodge was born on September 20, 1986, in Onslow County, North Carolina.[1] Both of his parents, Aldis Basil Hodge and Yolette Evangeline Richardson, served in the U.S. Marine Corps.[2] Hodge's mother is from Florida, while his father is originally from Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.[3] Aldis is the younger brother of actor Edwin Hodge. Hodge played both the clarinet and the violin as a child, but as an adult, his focus is on the violin; he purchased his first at the age of 18.[4] In addition to acting, Hodge designs watches, writes, and paints.[5] In 2007, Hodge was awarded the role of Alec Hardison on the day of his 21st birthday.[6] In 2010, he received a Saturn Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor in Television for this role on Leverage.[7] In 2019, he began his role as Decourcy Ward in Showtime's City on a Hill with Kevin Bacon.



Year Title Role Notes
1995 Die Hard with a Vengeance Raymond Foxy
1996 Bed of Roses Prince
2000 Big Momma's House Basketball Teen #2
2004 The Ladykillers Donut Gangster
2005 The Tenants Sam Clemence
Little Athens Pitt
Edmond Leafletter
2006 Happy Feet Other Voices
American Dreamz Soldier Chuck
2007 Equal Opportunity Leroy Williams Jones III/The 'Bling Killa'
2009 Red Sands Trevor
2012 The East Ex-military anarchist
2013 A Good Day to Die Hard CIA Ops Officer Lt. Raymond Foxy
2015 Straight Outta Compton MC Ren
2016 Jack Reacher: Never Go Back Captain Anthony Espin
Hidden Figures Levi Jackson
2018 Brian Banks Brian Banks
2019 Clemency Anthony Woods
What Men Want Will
2020 The Invisible Man James
Magic Camp Devin Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1997 Between Brothers Reggie Episode: "Family Affair"
1998 NYPD Blue Eddy Episode: "Weaver of Hate"
1999 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Masked Teen Episode: "Fear, Itself"
1999–2000 Pacific Blue Maurice Raymond 2 episodes
2000 Judging Amy Lester Clancy Episode: "Zero Tolerance"
City of Angels Marcus Hall 2 episodes
2001–2008 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Tony Thorpe 2 episodes
2001 Becker Graduate #1 Episode: "2001½: A Graduation Odyssey"
2002 Boston Public Andre Episode: "Chapter Thirty-Seven"
Charmed Trey Episode: "Long Live the Queen"
2003 ER Young Man Episode: "The Lost"
Cold Case Young Mason Tucker Episode: "The Runner"
American Dreams Travis Grant 2 episodes
2005–2006 A.T.O.M. King, Wrecka (voice) Main cast, 52 episodes
2006 Half & Half Kadeem Episode: "The Big Training" Episode
The Game Derwin Davis Episode: "Pilot"
Numb3rs Travis Grant Episode: "The OG"
Girlfriends Matthew Miles 3 episodes
Bones Jimmy Merton Episode: "The Soldier on the Grave"
2006–2007 Friday Night Lights Ray "Voodoo" Tatum 6 episodes
2007 Supernatural Jake Talley 2 episodes
Standoff Nathan Hall Episode: "The Kids in the Hall"
2008–2012 Leverage Alec Hardison Main cast, 77 episodes
2009 Castle Azi Episode: "Always Buy Retail"
The Forgotten Danny Rowe Episode: "Prisoner Jane"
2010 Mad Usher, Sinestro, Frog (voice) Episode: "WALL-E-NATOR/Extreme Renovation: House Edition - Superman's Fortress of Solitude"
Private Practice Esau Ajawke Episode: "Fear of Flying"
The Chicago Code Deon Luckett Episode: "St. Valentines Day Massacre"
2011 CSI: Miami Isaiah Stiles Episode: "Sinner Takes All"
2014 The Walking Dead Mike Episode: "After"
The After D. Love TV Movie
2014–2017 Turn: Washington's Spies Jordan a.k.a. Akinbode Recurring, 17 episodes
2016–2017 Underground Noah Main character
2017 The Blacklist Mario Dixon Episode: "Mr. Kaplan"[8]
Black Mirror Jack Episode: "Black Museum"
2018 Star Trek: Short Treks Craft Episode: "Calypso"
2019 City on a Hill Decourcy Ward Main character
Medal of Honor Edward Carter Episode: "Edward Carter"


Year Project Role
2004 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Pedestrian
2018 NBA 2K19 Corey Harris

Other work

Year Type Project Role
2010 Commercial Taco Bell Manager
2010 Short Film Death, Inc. Leon
2010 Music video Christian Kane Security
2011 Commercial State Farm LeBron James' friend
2011 Short Film A Standard Story Serious #1
2013 Web Series That Guy Party Attendee
2017 Music Video Legacy Prison Inmate


YearAwardCategoryNominated workStatus
2010 Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actor Television Leverage Nominated
2017 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Hidden Figures Won


  1. "Aldis Hodge Online - Est 2010 – All About Aldis". Archived from the original on 19 March 2011. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. The Weekend of Awesome aka Supernatural LA 2009 - Friday Archived 2011-07-18 at the Wayback Machine (April 21, 2009). "Whedonopolis". Accessed 2010-09-20.
  3. Leverage ConCon The Guys Panel posted by supershinygirl. (March 24, 2010). "". Accessed 2010-04-08.
  4. 'Hmm Awards-Aldis Hodge Complete Interview' by JD247 (November 22, 2009) Accessed 2010-02-09.
  5. 'Interview: Aldis Hodge from Leverage' by Emma Archived 2013-11-03 at the Wayback Machine (December 5, 2008) Accessed 2010-02-09.
  6. 'Leverage Interview II: Talking with Dean Devlin' by Joseph Dilworth, Jr. Archived 2010-08-06 at the Wayback Machine (December 11, 2008) Pop Culture Zoo. Accessed 2010-02-09.
  7. 'Nominations for the 36th Annual Saturn Awards' Archived 2012-07-17 at the Wayback Machine (2010) The Academy of Science Fiction Fantasy & Horror Films. Accessed 2010-09-20.
  8. ""The Blacklist" Mr. Kaplan (No. 4) (TV Episode 2017)". Retrieved 16 March 2019 via
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