James Howard Woods
James Howard Woods was born on April 18th 1947 in Vernal, Utah.
He was nominated twice for an Academy Award, and has won an Emmy Award and a Globe Globe. He is an American film, stage and TV actor. |
James’ father, Gail Peyton Woods, died in 1960 following a surgery routine. He was an army intelligence officer. After the death of his father, his mother Martha A. remarried with Thomas E. Dixon, and operated at pre-school.
James attended Pilgrim High School in Warwick, Rhode Island, where he grew up. Woods’ dream was to be a fighter pilot and he wanted to attend the United States Air Force Academy, to which he was accepted. But a severe accident that damaged his hand tendons forced him to retract.
He then oriented himself towards political science, in which he majored at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). At that time, Woods pledged to Theta Delta Chi fraternity (a social fraternity founded in 1847 at Union College) and was part of “Dramashop”, the student theatre group, where he acted and directed plays. Willing to pursue a career in acting, he dropped his studies at MIT in 1969, just before his graduation, and therefore headed to New-York City. His mother encouraged him a lot telling him she should the best actor he could possibly be.
Throughout his career, it is the intense characters he chose to play that attracted the attention. In The Onion Fields, in 1979, he plays a sadistic murderer, his first intense role. When he appears in an episode of The Rockford Files, he is the son of the couple murdered and asks for the help of James Jim Rockford to find the killer.
In 1987, he is nominated for an Academy Award as Best Actor in Salvador, and in 1996 again, as best supporting actor in Ghosts of Mississippi for his role of Byron De La Beckwith.
He was also complimented on his voice as Hades in Disney’s Hercules. His favorite role, as he says, was Max the gangster in Sergio Leone’s Once Upon A Time in America, in 1984.
In 1995, Woods is in the casting of Casino, by Martin Scorcese and Nixon, by Oliver Stone. He then appeared in Surf’s Up.
In 1989, he is considered briefly for the role of The Joker by Tim Burton and Sam Hamm for the Batman. But the role ended up going to Jack Nicholson.
When his agent omitted to send him the script for a part in Reservoir Dog, by Quentin Tarantino, Woods fired him. He also turned down a part in American Psycho as Donald Kimball.
Woods also appears in animated TV-shows as The Simpson in the episode Homer and Apu, and in two episodes of Family Guy entitled Peter’s Got Woods and Back to the Woods. Some places in animated are name after hin like the high school in Family Guy and a forest in The Fat Guy Strangler.
In 2006, he starred opposite Cuba Gooding Jr in the political Thriller End Game and he played himself in the premiere episode of Entourage’s third season.
He also appears in Grand Theft Auto as Mike Toreno and lent his voice to the falcon in Stuart Little 2.
Woods is a Republican, and he was a vocal supporter of U.S. President George W. Bush and former Mayor of New York Rudy Giuliani. Woods lobbied hard to play Giuliani in the biopic Rudy: The Rudy Giuliani Story, and considers the role one of the favorites of his career.
Woods has an IQ of 180 and is part of the high- IQ society of the World, the Mensa. He also sometimes volunteers as a Reserve Police Officer for the LAPD and is fund of Poker and Video Games.
- The Way We Were, 1973
- Raid on Entebbe, 1977
- Fast Walking, 1882
- Against All Odds, 1984
- Cop, 1987
- True Believer, 1989
- Diggstown, 1992
- Citizen Cohn, 1992
- Killer: A Journal Of Murder, 1996
- Another Day In Paradise, 1997
- The General’s Daughter, 1999
- The Virgin Suicides, 1999
- Riding in Cars with Boys, 2001
- Scary Movie 2, 2001
- Kingdom Hearts (video game), 2002
- John Q, 2002
- The Girl’s Life, 2003
- Shark, 2006
- Scarface: The World Is Yours, 2006
- ER, 2006