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James Woods

James Woods
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James Woods Biography

James Woods was nominated for an Academy Award for his starring role in Oliver Stone's Salvador and also co-starred in the filmmaker's Nixon as White House Chief of Staff H.R. Haldeman.

Woods has proven himself one of the most varied and active of the entertainment industry's award-winning stars. His recent leading role in John Carpenter's Vampires challenged him with perhaps the only assignment he had not previously essayed, the action hero. Most recently, Woods' films have included his first teaming with actor/director Clint Eastwood in True Crime, a pairing with John Travolta in The General's Daughter and performances opposite Kathleen Turner and Melanie Griffith in, respectively, Sofia Coppola's first directorial film, The Virgin Suicides, and Larry Clark's Another Day in Paradise, the latter a critically acclaimed festival success. Read Full Bio >>

James Woods Awards

2012 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries Too Big to Fail (2011) (TV). Nominated
2011 Satellite Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television Too Big to Fail (2011) (TV). Nominated
2011 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie Too Big to Fail (2011) (TV). Nominated
2007 Satellite Awards Best Actor in a Series, Drama "Shark" (2006). Nominated
2006 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series "ER" (1994). Nominated

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James Woods Trivia

  • Received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame [15 October 1998]
  • Alleged to have an IQ of 180. Scored a perfect 800 on his verbal SATs and a 779 on the math section.
  • He plays a character who works for Richard Nixon in the movie Nixon (1995) and played one of a band of men who wore Nixon masks when they robbed a police depository in Best Seller (1987).
  • Reserve Los Angeles Police Officer. Anti-Capital Punishment.
  • He appeared in the music video and sang in the choir on the song "Voices That Care."
  • Fired his agent for not telling him of Quentin Tarantino's offer to star as Mr. Orange/Freddie in Reservoir Dogs (1992).
  • Dated actress Heather Graham
  • Majored in Political Science at M.I.T.
  • Brother of actor Michael Jeffrey Woods.
  • Felt victimized by Sean Young, who allegedly stalked and harrassed him after their dating relationship ended.
  • Member of Theta Delta Chi Fraternity.
  • Was engaged to actress Missy Crider in 1997; they met when she played his daughter in the TV movie Jane's House (1994) (TV).
  • While on a commercial flight from Boston to LA in August, he noticed a group of men acting suspiciously on the plane and informed a flight attendant that he felt the men were planning to hijack the plane. He has thus been in several interviews with FBI agents since the September 11 attacks. [2001]
  • Providing 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.
  • Is ambidextrous (as seen in The Virgin Suicides (1999), writes on chalkboard with both hands).
  • Is the son of a U.S. Army intelligence officer
  • The high school in the animated show "Family Guy" (1999) was named after him (James Woods High School). James grew up in Rhode Island, where the show took place.
  • Visits his family in Rhode Island frequently.
  • Actor James Woods observed and reported four hijackers making a trial run on an airline flight before the September 11 terrorist attacks on America.
  • Loves cooking and is an excellent chef.
  • Enjoys playing golf.
  • Quit smoking cigarettes in 1993.
  • Loves photography.
  • He was accepted into the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on a full scholarship, majoring not in the physical sciences, but in political science. He also pursued acting, appearing in 36 plays at MIT, Harvard and the Theater Company of Boston, and performed in summer stock at the Provincetown Playhouse. He dropped out of MIT during his last year to move to New York and pursue acting full-time.

James Woods Photos

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    "White House Down" New York City Premiere – Arrivals

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    "Savages" Los Angeles Premiere - Arrivals

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    "Savages" Los Angeles Premiere - Departure

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    Celebrities Sighted Arriving at LAX Los Angeles International Airport on May 21, 2012

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    65th Annual Cannes Film Festival - "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted" Premiere - Arrivals

  • James Woods and Ashley Madison

    63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - Arrivals

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