Woodrow "Woody" Strode
Assistant Coroner
Gender: Male
Age: 59
Actor: Kurt Fuller
Family: Elaine Strode (former wife)
Missy Strode (daughter)
Significant other(s): Grace Larsen (formerly)
Hair color: Grey, balding
Eye color: Brown
Aliases: Woodman
The Woodster
Woody the Coroner
Status: Alive
First appearance: High Top Fade Out
Last appearance: Psych: The Movie

Dr. Woodrow Juniper "Woody" Strode (b. 1954) is the coroner operating at the SBPD from season four onward. He is portrayed by Kurt Fuller.


Woody works as the Santa Barbara Police Department's corner and he has appeared many times since 2009, but he figures prominently in season six. He even goes on a bender with Shawn, Gus, and Lassiter. He's a bit strange, often agreeing with Shawn and Gus's crazy theories, like vampires as the cause of death. He was in the All Coroner's League. Woody is also very quirky, using strange examples and making comments and morbid jokes that even Shawn is slightly disturbed by. His wife cheated on him twelve times; the known instances are with her personal trainer, White Sox slugger Harold Baines, and a cabbie from Khartoum named Matak. He is wanted in the Philippines for unknown reasons.

In "Autopsy Turvy", Woody begins a romantic relationship with Grace Larsen, a former flame and a mortician who helps Woody with a case. At the end of the episode, it is revealed that it was Grace who was the murderer, and she wanted to be thought of as good as Woody. In this same episode, it is revealed that Woody may have a crush on Chief Vick, as he asks her if she was currently seeing anyone, and then when she tells him she's married with a child he says he guesses she'll only, "be the chief of doing (him) in (his) dreams!" Woody begins a relationship with Ursula, Marlowe's parole officer and lover of Carlton after a one-night stand after Juliet gets them together to help Carlton and Marlowe live together in their own home. Woody stated that they were both what each other was looking for.

Despite being disturbing and making strange comments (for example he once proposed that a woman died of smallpox only to find out that it had been eradicated several decades previously), he seems to be good at his job.


"I cannot thank you enough for believing in me!"
— Woody Strode (from Autopsy Turvy)



  • He predicts Shawn will die in a gangland-style execution; they'll never find his head.
  • He predicts that Gus will die by slipping in the bathtub.
  • He and Grace Larsen were lovers in college.
  • He frequents Furry websites.
  • He is attracted to Mr. Yang.
  • He is attracted to Karen Vick.
  • In the Psych fan vote, the result of which was announced in "After Pshow", Woody was the winner in the "Best Supporting Character" category.
  • He “came out” (without using a label) during episode 6x14, while declaring that: “[You know, since] it is as easy for me to love a man as it is to love a woman; you’re all just meltable flesh and breakable bones…”.


The gallery page for Woodrow Strode can be found here.

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