Walter Kohl Sudduth was born August 8, 1974 in Granada Hills, Los Angeles, the younger brother of actor Skipp Sudduth. He was raised in the small town of Circleville, Ohio. Sudduth acted in several high school plays, including Cheaper by the Dozen and Flowers for Algernon, before attending Ohio University, where he focused his energies on music. During his college years, Sudduth was the guitarist and vocalist of Edison, a punk rock band that played throughout the American Midwest. He graduated in 1995 with a BA in English.