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James Woods – MovieActors.com

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Woods in ANY GIVEN SUNDAY.

About James Woods (1947 – )

  • James Howard Woods was born on April 18, 1947, in Vernal, Utah. His parents were Martha A.and Gail Peyton Woods, a United States Army intelligence officer who died when James was a child. His mother remarried, and he grew up with his mother, his younger brother, and stepfather in Warrick, Rhode Island.

    James Woods has an of 180. James reflects on his school days. "I was really bright as a kid and tested well, and it was clear that I was going to get scholarships to any schools I wanted. My dad always said I could be an engineer; at that time it was the elite of society: steady job, working in science, which was then the answer to every problem we had. It was kind of a mandate. Kind of a dream he had for me."

    James got a scholarship to Massachusetts Institute of Technology, but was inadvertently bitten by the acting bug. James was cast in 36 plays at MIT, Harvard, and the Theater Company of Boston and also performed in summer stock at the Provincetown Playhouse. He dropped out his senior year, and headed for New York City to pursue something that he really enjoyed doing.

    James shared how hard it was to leave academia for a thespian career. "It was a very wrenching and painful decision for me--in my senior year at MIT, on high dean's list and full scholarships--to decide that maybe I wanted to be an artist. I think it is actually something that my father would understand. Whether I'm making 30 grand a day or union scale, I have found something that I truly love, and that is something he would have admired."

    Being known as an actor/producer/director with intense eyes, James Woods has been impressing audiences for over three decades with his compelling performances.

    After appearing in a handle of Broadway theatre productions, Woods' debut film role was in the 1970 film, ALL THE WAY HOME.

    It took the Joseph Wambaugh novel and Woods' cold blooded performance as the cop killer in the 1979 film, THE ONION FIELD to show his acting skills and to get the attention he needed to became a star.

    James Woods won three Emmy Awards for his outstanding performances: in the 1986 telefilm PROMISE; (as James Garner's schizophrenic brother), MY NAME IS BILL W in 1989; (as the longtime drunk who cofounded Alcoholics Anonymous), and as notorious lawyer, Roy Cohn, in the 1992 cable-TV movie CITIZEN COHN.

    In 1989, Woods scored a Best Actor Academy Award Nomination as abrasive journalist, Richard Boyle, in Oliver Stone's gritty and unsettling SALVADOR.

    James Woods plays a character who works for Richard Nixon in the 1995 movie NIXON and played one of a band of men who wore Nixon masks when they robbed a police depository in BEST SELLER; (1987).

    James Woods explained how he sees his talent as an actor. "I am one of those guys who could do the most emotional scene and crack a joke instantly. I'm lucky. I'm just like an idiot savant. I have one enormously enjoyable, pleasurable--for me--talent, which is being able to act. I do it without any confusion or restriction or ambivalence or hesitation, and it just flows, almost as naturally as anything in my life. So I don't have a big burden about it."

    In 1997 Woods was engaged to actress Missy Crider. They met when she played his daughter in the 1994 TV movie JANE'S HOUSE.

    James Woods is ambidextrous. We see him use his talent in THE VIRGIN SUICIDES; (1999), when he is writing on a chalkboard with both hands.

    Woods has expanded his work to give a voice to some animated characters: HERCULES; (1997), HOOVES OF FIRE; (1999) and STUART LITTLE 2; (2002).

    In a series of Blockbuster commercials, James Woods also provided the voice of Carl, the straight-laced rabbit in the pet store across the street from a rental station, in a series of Blockbuster commercials.

    On October 15, 1998, James Woods received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for motion pictures, located at 7021 Hollywood Blvd.

    James Woods's notable movie credits include...

    JAMESY BOY (2014)
    JOBS (2013)
    WHITE HOUSE DOWN (2013)
    STRAW DOGS (2011)
    AN AMERICAN CAROL (2008)
    SURF'S UP (2007)
    END GAME (2006)
    BE COOL (2005)
    THIS GIRL'S LIFE (2003)
    JOHN Q (2002)
    SCARY MOVIE 2 (2001)
    THE GENERAL'S DAUGHTER (1999)
    GHOSTS OF MISSISSIPPI (1996)
    THE SPECIALIST (1994)
    SALVADOR (1986)
    ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA (1984)
    AGAINST ALL ODDS (1984)
    EYEWITNESS (1981)
    THE ONION FIELD (1979)
    THE GAMBLER (1974)
    THE WAY WE WERE (1973)
    THE VISITORS (1972)


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Woods in ANY GIVEN SUNDAY.

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James Woods in SALVADOR (1986)

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Woods in WHITE HOUSE DOWN (2013)

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James Woods in ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA (1984).


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