Wayne Sherwood was born in Springfield, Ohio but raised in Anaconda, Montana and Orange County, California. In college he majored in astronomy and physics with the aim of becoming an astronomer but became bored and dropped out of school. For several years he was a school custodian but later returned to college and graduated with a degree in Theatre. Wayne became a cab driver for a while but eventually gained work in Hollywood as extras.

Wayne Sherwood played the man in the sportscar when Ross's car is finally free in The One Where They All Turn Thirty.