Previously, he had roles in films Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995), Big Momma's House (2000), The Ladykillers (2004), and Happy Feet (2006), and television series NYPD Blue, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, ER, and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.
He wasn't threatened by the scale of any of the jobs: "I didn't know what Broadway was. [Sesame Street] was just a place where you go to the set and play around." Comparing the revival of Showboat and Sesame Street, he noted to a newspaper reporter that Showboat has a plot reflecting long-ago bias, while Kevin Clash plays Elmo on Sesame; the two became friends.
Frank Oz directed Hodge in an episode of Leverage; Oz is friends with series star Timothy Hutton. Hodge attends the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.
- "'Leverage' WWII plot connects generations", Lansing State Journal, July 15, 2011.