David Hodo

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David Hodo
Hodo as part of Village People in 1978
Born (1947-07-07) July 7, 1947 (age 76)
Years active1975–2013

David Hodo (born Richard Davis Hodo; July 7, 1947) is an American dancer/singer. He is best known as a member of the group Village People, in which he was the construction worker character from 1978 to 1982 and from 1987 to 2013.[1]

Hodo was born in San Andreas, California, and was raised in Sacramento.[2] He graduated in 1969 from California State University, Sacramento, where he majored in speech and acted in several campus productions, including Oh What a Lovely War, Carnival and Richard III. In 1972, he moved to New York, making his Broadway debut in Doctor Jazz in 1975.[2] Hodo appeared as a chorus member in numerous musicals, including Salvation, a touring company of Funny Girl in 1972,[3] a Broadway revival of Pal Joey in 1976 and The Red BlueGrass Western Flyer Show at the Goodspeed Opera House in 1977.[4] He was also a guest on What's My Line as a roller skating fire eater.[5]

Hodo joined the Village People in 1978 and was with the group during its most commercially successful era. He appeared with the group in the 1980 musical film Can't Stop the Music and the accompanying promotional television special Magic Night which also featured Cher and Hugh Hefner.[6] He left the Village People in 1982, but returned to the group in 1987, remaining until 2013 when he retired. Hodo has also appeared on numerous television programs, including Married With Children, The Love Boat and The Osbournes.

In 2002, he released a cover of "My Sweet Lord" (originally recorded by George Harrison). In 2008, he released an EP featuring the single "The Kids'll Be Fine", partially inspired by school shootings in the USA.[2]


  1. ^ Sutherland, Donnie (November 11, 1979). "Village People - great disco fun". The Sydney Morning Herald. p. 18. Archived from the original on July 17, 2012. Retrieved May 6, 2010.
  2. ^ a b c Wikane, Christian John (May 29, 2014). "Under the Hard Hat: An Interview with Village People's David Hodo". Pop Matters. online. Retrieved November 6, 2020.
  3. ^ "State Sacramento Fall 2005 Sac State Online Magazine". Archived from the original on February 15, 2015. Retrieved June 24, 2011.
  4. ^ David Hodo at IBDB
  5. ^ "YMCA". Super Seventies.
  6. ^ David Hodo, "Filmography" section at IMDb

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